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.

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.

Trevor Dunn: In 1995 Trevor graduated from the Animateur – Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Theatre Making at 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

Zoe Hunter: Zoe successfully completed Dance and Disability studies at Deakin University. She has worked with inclusive dance teachers in the USA and has taught inclusive dance all over Melbourne. She has performed with Weave since 2007.

Melanie Keely is a dancer and community arts worker. Currently the Artistic Director of BoilOver Inc, Melanie has worked in the dance sector since 2009 although has been dancing since a young age. A graduate of Victoria university (Sport and Recreation) and the University of New England (Counselling), Melanie has skills in dance therapy, direction and facilitation.

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.

Ryan New: Ryan is a graduate of the TAFE Ignition Theatre course, and has been performing with Weave since 2009. He has performed with the Family Dog Circus and Rollercoaster Theatre and is currently also in the Rawcus ensemble. He developed and performed his own show in 2010 and was the 2012 Winter Artist in Residence at St Martins Youth Theatre, producing and performing in “What’s the Time Mr Wolf”.

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.

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.

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.

Ariel Verona: Since completing her theatre studies, Ariel has taught drama and inclusive movement in various settings. She has also been a cabaret and street performer. Ariel has been a member of Weave since 2004.  She loves the freedom, playfulness and quirky humour that makes Weave a unique company.