Ming-Zhu Hii
Once an actress, then a director as well as an artistic director of her own theatre company, and now a playwright, Ming-Zhu Hii possesses a strong commitment to Melbourne’s independent theatre market. Anna Lozynski interviewed the multi-talented and energetic Melbourne-ite about her latest work.

Ariel Dorfman
From a young age, Ariel Dorfman was determined to be a writer. Since that time, he has become one of the most accomplished writers of our time, penning a number of novels, articles, scripts and more recently, librettos for opera.

Anna Lozynski interviewed Dorfman before the Australian premiere of his work, Purgatorio, presented by Hoy Polloy.

Roy Ofer
From Tel Aviv, Israel comes Mayumana (which means skilled in Hebrew), touted as a sensational and high energy one-stop-shop performance. Before the opening night of the company’s self titled show, Anna Lozynski caught up with co-founder and producer of 13 years, Roy Ofer.

Vanessa Pigrum is an animateur, director, dramaturge & creative producer. She is currently Artistic Director of the Victorian Arts Centre’s FULL TILT program.

Vanessa spoke to Australian Stage’s Jan Chandler.

John Bucchino is one of New York’s most prolific and well-respected songwriters. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Liza Minelli, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Patti Lupone, Kristin Chenoweth and Australia’s own David Campbell.

Ahead of shows in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, John Bucchino spoke to Australian Stage's Michael Bingham

He began his career at Circus Oz in a work experience capacity making coffee in 1992. Five years later, he returned as Artistic Director and co-CEO.

Before the premiere of Circus Oz: Barely Contained in Melbourne, Anna Lozynski interviewed Mike Finch.

‘Where play meets sketch’ is how Freshly Ground Theatre creator Sam Floyd describes the company’s latest offering, Every Base Covered. He might have added hand crafted, heartfelt and seriously entertaining.

Sam Floyd talks to Australian Stage's Alice Allan.

The Sunwrae Ensemble, founded in Melbourne in 2001, is a nine-piece chamber ensemble and is about to launch its third album, Autumn Never Fall.

Before the Ensemble’s national tour, Anna Lozynski caught up with its multi-talented Artistic Director, and ray of sunshine, Rae Howell.

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