PACT will produce and present the world premiere of two exciting new works by First Nation artists Cheryn Frost and Thomas ES Kelly. PACT will partner with Moogahlin Performing Arts on our final 2017 AFTERGLOW Season.
Thomas ES Kelly
Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung and Wiradjuri man of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. He studied at NAISDA Dance College and graduated in 2012. Thomas is an artist that works with multiple art forms, which include choreography, dance, theatre, music composition, puppetry and teaching. Thomas' performance credits include: Long Grass by Vicki Van Hout; Am I with Shaun Parker & Company; Dinosaur Zoo with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc; [MIS]CONCEIVE by Thomas E.S. Kelly and 1770: A Tale Not Often Told with Founding Modern Australia.
Thomas creates work that offers audiences an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal Australia and where that fits into to the modern world. Acknowledging the past, to understand the present, to better the future, knowledge is a source of power and it must be shared.
Cheryn Frost is a proud Yuwaalaraay woman. She is an advocate; a feminist; a creative; an emerging artist who wants to change the world of theatre.
Cheryn graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2015 with a Bachelor of Performance (Acting).
In 2014 Cheryn had the opportunity to debut the character Poppy in the AWGIE Award winning production, The Gap written by Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Angela Betzien and directed by Catherine McKinnon. In 2015 Cheryn was Artistic Director for the annual UOW Student Initiated Nothing to See Here Festival.
Recently, Cheryn debuted a new Australian work that she co-devised, co-wrote and performed as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, titled Smut & Half Truths.
Cheryns’ performance credits also include, iDNA devised by PACT Collective and directed by Katrina Douglas and Fredrick Copperwaite (2016), Hold Onto Hope directed by Tim Maddock (2015), The King Or Something (The Public Are Invited To Dance) directed by Caitlin Newton-Broad (2015), Love and Money directed by Aaron Lucas (2015), The Trial directed by Chris Ryan (2014), Confidante directed by Catherine McNamara (2014) and The Skriker directed by Jackson Davis (2013).
PACT’S premiere performance season showcasing new works by Australia’s most compelling emerging performance makers. AFTERGLOW features works that represent the very best of contemporary Australian performance.