Associates Melbourne Playback's Associates
Melbourne Playback is proud to collaborate with a number of Associates in our work within the corporate, community and education sectors.
Mike McEvoy joined Melbourne Playback Theatre in 2005. He is an Honours Graduate from the School of Creative Arts, VCA and is also an ensemble member with Rawcus. Mike has facilitated training programs and communication workshops at Qantas, NAB, Melbourne Business School, the CAE, and theatre workshops for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, in high schools, for young men at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre, for teenagers with disabilities and for the Education Foundation.
Rachael Dubois (formerly Dyson-McGregor) joined Playback in 2010 and is an actor, facilitator and previous Artistic Director. She has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Auckland’s UNITEC. Rachael facilitates groups in corporate, government, NFP, and education sectors. She enjoys applying the principles of improvisation and adaptive leadership to different working environments and enabling groups to hone their communication, presentation and teamwork skills.
Rachael also works with school groups as a Teaching Artist and provides workshops in devising, improvisation, Shakespeare and acting technique. She has worked with Malthouse Theatre Education and has performed excerpts from Arcadia, The Wier and The Ferryman as well as creating and performing an original solo.
Lenka was bitten by the PLAYBACK bug in 2001 whilst studying theatre at WAAPA. She is a teaching artist for Melbourne Theatre Company’s Indigenous Scholarship Program and was the Creative Director of our 2015 & 2016 Reconciliation week public events. She is passionate about developing innovative opportunities for Cultural development, story telling and community building. Lenka is a multi cultural Yawuru woman who in 2014 became our first Indigenous performing member since our inception in 1981.
Sermsah Bin Saad
Sermsah’s name in the Indigenous community is synonymous with theatre, fashion, modelling, local television, the festival and event circuit, opera and choreography. In the non-Indigenous community, he is probably more known for cracking into the tough Top 14 on 2008’s “So You Think You Can Dance”,overall in the Top 7 Males of Australia. He also led the dancers in memorable musical numbers such as ‘Nothing I Would Rather Be’ and ‘Broome Love Theme’ in the crowd-pleasing, mega hit movie “Bran Nue Dae”. Above all, Sermsah values his heritage. He believes in ‘Liyarn Ngarn’ a saying springing from his Saltwater Country hometown of Broome in far-north WA meaning ‘coming together of the spirit’.
Ananth is the Founding Director of social enterprise Polykala which facilitates Adaptive Leadership training. He an educator in Cultural Geography at The University of Melbourne and is a doctoral student at the AUSSCER (University of Wollongong). He was an actor with Melbourne Playback in 2014/2015. His training as an actor began in New Zealand and continued in the U.K. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Geography (Melbourne University).
A consulting psychologist, trainer/ facilitator, and coach with 20 years experience managing and leading teams Beck regularly collaborates with organisations to achieve people results. She’s held positions or consulted to a wide range of sectors such as, Government, Telecommunications, Health, Education, National Sports clubs, NFP’s, and many medium sized Australian businesses.
Andrew is Director of Babel Fish Group, a boutique management consulting company specialising in leadership and change. Leveraging the power and engagement of participatory approaches Andrew has worked across many different industries and organisations within Australia and internationally across the US, UK and Asia.
Andrew also works as a management and leadership educator with experience across Melbourne, Monash and Swinburne Universities teaching Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Leadership, Global Business Strategy and is an experienced Industry Consulting Coach. Andrew is a member of the global BP Faculty for Leadership Development.