Festival Lab

For WA emerging artists in any artform

Festival Lab is an opportunity for emerging practitioners from across disciplines to get stuck into the big ideas in the Festival program, and to reflect on their own artistic practice. 

About Festival Lab

Festival Lab is an opportunity for emerging practitioners from across disciplines to get stuck into the big ideas in the Festival program, and to reflect on their own artistic practice.

Festival staff curate an intensive program of events for the Lab in response to the Festival and the engagement opportunities that arise with companies and artists. This may include performances, discussions, workshops, gallery tours and attendance at rehearsals.

Importantly, the Lab creates an opportunity to find community within the cohort itself, creating relationships with artists and practitioners from other disciplines over an intensive period of discussion and discovery.

Perth Festival 2022 is celebrating Wardan: our turbulent ocean, the calming seas, the journeys made across water and the joy we have beside it. Through the Lab, participants will be invited to connect with local arts industry representatives and the Festival team, providing insight into the way a Festival is programmed and the context in which it operates

There are no outcomes associated with the Lab. This is an invitation to make space for contemplation and inquiry, and a vehicle for connecting with artists working in different ways – but not a skills development program.

Meet our Festival Lab 2022 cohort!

Cezera Critti-Schnaars

Cezera is a proud Nyoongar and Greek theatre maker whose passion for theatre started when she was a kid. She completed the Aboriginal Performance Course at WAPPA in 2018. Since, she has worked with companies such as Yirra Yaakin and Spare Parts in both acting and directing positions.

Sally Davies

Originally from Kalgoorlie and currently Perth based, Sally studied a double degree of Performance Studies/Creative Writing at Curtin University, graduating in 2018. Since then she has worked as a writer, director, and actor, as well as co-founder of independent theatre company Lindstedt & Davies.

Read more here.

William Terence Gammel

William Gammel is a 26-year-old visual maker working in performance, movement, film and design. Having honed his craft in acting and film making at LAMDA (London), The Atlantic Acting School (New York), and the Actors Centre and UNSW (Sydney) over the past 8 years, Gammel recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making)

Sean Guastavino

Sean is a theatre maker and puppeteer based on Whadjuk Noongar boodja and seeks to make art that both challenges and celebrates our shared humanity. After winning Fringe World's Best Emerging Artist for his performance in Busboy (2017), Sean apprenticed with activist theatre company Bread and Puppet.

Read more here.

Celina Hage

Celina Hage is an Australian/Norwegian performing artist currently based as an independent dancer in Boorloo/Perth, Australia. She graduated in 2017 from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a BA in contemporary dance, and subsequently the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (Austria) in 2019.

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Samuel Herriman

A Perth born and based emerging screenwriter, Samuel is interested in telling compelling human stories filtered through a comic, uniquely Australian lens.  
Samuel cut his teeth at the University of Western Australia where he graduated with a first class honours and has recently completed a Masters of Screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.

Read more here.

Adam Kelly

My name is Adam Kelly. I am a 25 year old autistic gentleman and aspiring performer  
Working with WAYTCO’s Artistic Director James Berlyn, he and I co wrote my solo performance ARCO, and performed is at part of Bodyrights in 2020 at the Perth Fringe Festival. I won the ECU Performing Arts Award for it and then got an Australia Council Grant to develop the show. I performed the new Junior and Senior versions of ARCO in 2021 and will be touring it through Western Australia in 2022. 

Adam is Perth Festival's 2022 My Place bursary recipient.

Read more about ARCO

Emilie Monty

Emilie Monty is an emerging artist and facilitator whose approach to art-making involves playful experimentation with a variety of mediums, research through collaboration and the goal to engage participants in new ways. She is currently the artist in residence at Museum Of The Great Southern through Art On The Move's Activating Collections Program. 

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Lucinda Nicholls

Lucinda Nicholls is an emerging soprano soloist, chorister and vocal teacher. Lucinda sings with critically acclaimed vocal ensemble The Giovanni Consort, and has collaborated with leading Perth chamber music ensembles The Irwin Street Collective and Wind Quintet Plus. 

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Brent Rollins

Born and raised in country NSW, Brent moved to Perth in 2017 and completed his Bachelor of Arts at WAAPA. During this time, he was awarded Most Promising dancer and also trained and performed in Taiwan as part of WAAPA’S Exchange program

Read more here.

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