Black Swan State Theatre Company's Resident Artists Program provides artists with specific areas of expertise, sustained engagement with Black Swan across the year. Working alongside Artistic Director Clare Watson, these artists will develop leadership skills, collaborate on developing future programs, take on key creative positions throughout the season and become advocates for the company in the broader community. Our resident artists will regularly attend rehearsals, company runs and specific events and activities in the year.
In 2018, Tyler Hill worked as the set and costume designer for Black Swan, Perth Festival, and DADAA onYou Know We Belong Together(directed by Clare Watson), and will be the set designer onHir (directed by Zoe Pepper). He will also be adding his designer eye to the theming of theSummer of the Seventeenth Dolldinner party (Saturday 12 May) and theDirty Dancing dance party later in the year.
As part of the Resident Artists program Chloe Ogilvie will be working as the Lighting Design Associate on the following 2018 productions:Assassins, The EventsandXenides. Ian Michael will run post show events, script readings, attend rehearsals, company runs, events and functions and conduct artist meetings for the Company. Our fourth resident artist, Katt Osborne comes with a wealth of experience from the independent theatre sector and will act as an Assistant Director onXenides. She recently was the Assistant Director on Dr Seuss’sThe Lorax for The Old Vic in London. Katt will also be working with St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School on experiences for their community, aiming to inspire students in their leadership aspirations.
The Resident Artists Program has evolved over the years with assisting emerging and mid-career artists being mentored within the company across all disciplines on productions in both the Heath Ledger Theatre and Studio Underground.
“Through the Resident Artists Program, Clare Watson and the Black Swan team are investing their knowledge, skills and experience to these four young professionals, which will not only benefit them immensely but in turn will provide audiences and the next generation of young creatives with inspiration, both on and off stage,” Kellie Parker, Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Managing Director of Planning, Integration and Assets and Black Swan Board member said.
“As Principal Partner of our State Theatre Company, we are proud of the high importance Clare and the Company place on providing opportunities for new and emerging talent and we look forward to seeing Tyler, Chloe, Ian and Katt’s influence on the 2018 program.”
Artistic Director Clare Watson, is thrilled to have these four highly skilled and diverse artists join the Black Swan family, which includes administration and technical staff, creatives who join us for each production, the Board and most importantly, the audience. She believes that “each of these artists is dedicated to their practice, adventurous, and have an abundance of creative energy. We are all looking forward to collaborating with each one of these passionate artists, sharing their ideas, and as a team emboldening our vision for the company.”
The McCusker Charitable Foundation have been long-time supporters of Black Swan’s artist development programs. “The McCusker Charitable Foundation is excited to support Black Swan’s 2018 Resident Artist Program. We look forward to seeing the Resident Artists contribute to the company and productions in 2018 under the guidance of Artistic Director Clare Watson. The Foundation has been a long-term supporter of Black Swan and the work they do on stage, as well as the important work they do off stage developing and nurturing WA artists,” said Tonya McCusker AM.
Black Swan Resident Artists are all practicing industry professionals and we welcome their specific skill-sets and enthusiasm as they too join the conversation in 2018.
Black Swan’s Resident Artists program is supported by Principal Partner Rio Tinto, McCusker Charitable Foundation, City of Perth and St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School.