Weave Performers

Janice Florence is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Weave Movement Theatre. Janice trained in dance in Australia and the USA. In 1983 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance at Melbourne University. For 10 years, she was a performer, teacher and researcher with State of Flux, one of the first Australian companies to include a dancer with a disability. Janice has worked and had residencies with Karen Nelson, exponent of ‘diverse dance’ in the USA and with Blue-Eyed Soul, Touchdown and CanDoCo in the UK.  Janice is the recipient of the inaugural 2019 Disability Arts Award for an Established Artist from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Zya Kane: is an inclusive arts practitioner, theatre maker, director, performer, producer and facilitator, running workshops and teaching regularly with a diverse range of companies and people of all abilities. Zya has been involved in creating and co-devising works for events, theatre productions and festivals in Australia and internationally over the past 25 years.

Zya is a member of ‘Weave Movement Theatre’ and has led and directed numerous creative workshops for the company. She performed in Weave Movement Theatre’s most recent productions of ‘Wannabe A Rabbit’ for the ButohOut 2018 and 2019 Festival at the Abbotsford Convent. Additionally, Zya runs a newly established performance ensemble ‘FUSE’ with YourDNA creative art and has been the Artistic Director of the Onemda/Araluen inclusive theatre group since 2016.

Trevor Dunn: In 1995 Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University. Trevor was a co-founder of Weave Movement Theatre, and has performed in all Weave productions since 1997. Trevor has taught drama and dance to young adults with disability at the Art Life program at Footscray Community Arts Centre and has worked alongside many well-known improvisation teachers such as Al Wunder and Nick Papas. Most recently Trevor performed in ‘A Normal Child’, directed by David Woods and performed at the Northcote Town Hall. 

Leisa Prowd: is a writer, public speaker and performance artist based in Melbourne. Known for her blog, ‘Life At My Level’, Leisa writes about her musings on everyday observations, the habitual and the intriguing. Nominated as one of 6 emerging writers by Writers Victoria (Writeability 2014), Leisa was a regular contributor to ABC Ramp Up and appears in 3CR – Smalltalk, among others. Currently working at Arts Access Victoria, Leisa believes variety is the spice of life and in 2012 turned her hand to hosting Take Five with Leisa …a chat show with a difference. Leisa has been a member of Weave since 2014. Leisa is also a member of Rawcus Theatre.

David Baker: completed Ignition theatre Training (2005, NMIT), VCAL Arts and Multimedia (2007, Swinburne TAFE) followed by a Diploma of Theatre Arts (2009, Swinburne TAFE). David performs as a stilt walker and balloon artist at various events across Melbourne. In 2011 David completed a two year Internship at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, in the role of ASM when this production was remounted at the Fairfax Studio, Melbourne Arts Centre in 2012.  David is a founding member of Rollercoaster Theatre, and volunteer artist with FOG Theatre (City of Port Phillip), RAG Theatre and Dream Theatre.   In 2013 he was a member of the cast of “Casa Del Crip,” a pilot sit com about people with disabilities.  He was selected for a Professional Development opportunity at the Unlimited UK Arts Festival in London in 2012 where David learned techniques for body mapping, which he shared in masterclasses in Melbourne in 2012/13. David is employed as an Usher at The Melbourne Arts Centre. David joined Weave in 2015

Greg Muir: Greg has attended movement classes for many years. He has also performed in a number of settings. He is a talented painter. Greg also first joined Weave in 2011, and performed in Done To Perfection.

Emma Norton: is an emerging dancer and choreographer. Currently studying at NMIT (Ignition Theatre), Emma’s passion is to become a performer and develop her own dances to be seen by wide audiences. Already, Emma has taken lead roles in various performances including as a member of BoilOver Inc. In 2009 /10 Emma performed at the Awakenings Festival, and participated in eth RAWCUS Flashmob at Federation Square. In 2013 she was a street performer at Sunfest where she developed an improvised routine to engage local attendees. Emma is developing her public speaking skills and this year was a key speaker at the have A Say Conference and is a committee member of BoilOver. Emma joined Weave in 2015.

Anthony Riddell: Poet, novelist, visual artist, performer. Terrible fear of poltroons. Wrote FALSE HEAD, DOG GOD and MAKE YOUR OWN BRAIN (among others) and asks ‘why am I a pie?’  Anthony has an extensive background in music and performance and is the author and self-publisher of eight novels to date. Anthony has performed with Weave since 2000.

Willow J Conway: is a multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner and actor/performer working in variety forms including acting, burlesque, bouffon, butoh, cabaret, performance art. Graduating with an Ad. Dip in Acting in 2001 she has worked extensively in film and television and with many independent theatre companies. She has a successful solo career touring nationally and internationally with her self-devised and directed pieces making headlines in Japan, USA, Paris and London. Some of her credits include DasSHOKU SHAKE!, White Day Dream, Dirty Pictures, Voodoo Trash Dolls, Measure for Measure, Empire, All of Which Are American Dreams, Elmo, Burlesque Hall of Fame (2013 & 2018) and is the director/creator of The Living Museum of Erotic Women.  Willow joined Weave Movement Theatre in 2016 for White Day Dream directed by Yumi Umiumare and has been an enthusiastic and proud ensemble member ever since.

Sonia Marcon: has always had an obsession for performing. She grew up in Perth and after realising her love for the stage from a young age she began her formal training with a four-year theatre & drama degree from Murdoch University. During this time, she was heavily involved in the Perth theatre scene as an actor, singer and dancer.  She has been involved in various productions including Beatrice in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, Kate in Pinta’s “Old Times” and Eponine in “Les Miserables”. Sonia was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the height of her performing life and has since moved to Melbourne. This move was a highlight for Sonia’s love of disability inclusive theatre where difference is embraced with open arms. Since then, she has performed in a number of dramatic roles and in devised work with inclusive companies such as Quippings and Weave Movement Theatre.