Meet Our Awesome , Amazing , Insightful , Thoughtful , Diverse Team

JUSTIN CLARKE
Editor-in-chief/Content Co-ordinator

Raised in Western Sydney, Justin has always had a love for theatre and the spontaneous. This led him to seeking a career in drama teaching which led him to teach in the United Kingdom for three years where he nabbed himself a cheap West End ticket every weekend he could. Justin has developed his writing for publishers such as Theatre People and ArtsHub. His past theatre credits include directing Stiles and Drew’s Soho Cinders, the ‘brave’ Sir Robin in Spamalot for Arcadians Theatre and the French Taunter/Tim in Spamalot for Springers UK, and his debut role as Muldoon in Jurassic: That is One Big Pile of Musical which took out the audience favourite award in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2015. As the years have gone by, Justin has taken a great interest in swallowing as much theatre as he can and bringing it to the masses through the establishment of Theatre Thoughts.

Charlotte is an incredibly enthusiastic, audibly emotive audience member. They have been reviewing and editing for Theatre Thoughts since March 2021. Her poetry and other reviews have been published in Voiceworks, Baby Teeth Journal, Pine the Zine and The Tertangala. When they used to perform on stage, they won an award as ‘Meg’ in Michael Gow’s Away. Her favourite play of all time is Nakkiah Lui’s Black is the New White as directed by Paige Rattray because it’s a joyfully silly comment on Australian society. During daylight hours Charlotte is an industrial relations lawyer.

Charlotte Smee Designation

Lillian spent three years studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance) at the University of Wollongong, only to realise she really really didn’t want to be an actor. She leapt off the stage and started writing plays, short productions and small festivals with Merrigong Theatre Company, ATYP and the Q Theatre. She is new to the world of reviewing but thoroughly enjoys the chance to be in the thriving heart of Melbourne, putting her knowledge of performance making to the art of reviewing.

Lillian Gerlach Melbourne

Christian has been passionate about theatre from a young age. As a theatre performer and dancer from 12 years old, Christian loves nothing more than the stage. As an experienced drama teacher with over 8 years experience, Christian is still passionate about seeing as much theatre as possible and spreading the word to as many people as he can.

Christian Gillett Sydney

Karen is a wife and mother and is extremely passionate about all things arts. She has worked in and around theatre and film, in drama and music education and has a decades worth of experience working in Marketing Communications in the tertiary sector. Earlier this year she launched a brand-new company in partnership with Phillippa Webb – 2Kats Productions – who currently have their first screen arts project, the Whirld Web Series, in postproduction

Karen Illesca Sydney

Astrid is a theatre maker, writer and dancer from Naarm (Melbourne). She is fond of reading screenplays with her friends, fresh flowers and digital curation. In the digital realm, you can usually find her @girlglimmer on Instragram. P.S Don't ask her about Moulin Rouge - she'll never shut up about it.

Astrid J Melbourne

Saskia is an actor, singer, creator and life-long-self-confessed theatre nerd. With a BA in Music (Music Theatre) and Fine Arts (Visual Arts), her passion for all things creative knows no bounds. Following the pandemic, she has made it her mission to spend as much time in a theatre as is socially and legally acceptable.

Saskia Johnson Melbourne

Caitlin is a theatre actor/maker, classical soprano, and almost inordinately moody poet. She has been on stage since a very young age but has had opinions about theatre from birth- a condition exacerbated by almost seven years working front of house on large-scale productions. She first began reviewing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which is her Quidditch World Cup.

Caitlyn A. Kearney Sydney

Vaanie is an artist, dancer and theatre lover from Sydney. She grew up in the northern part of Sydney surrounded by the Indian Classical Arts and was exposed to both Eastern and Western music, dance and theatre from a young age. She is a trained Indian Classical dancer and has written reviews for Indian Down Under, Sydhwaney and recently started her own venture The Theatre Enthusiast. You can read more from Vaanie on her website.

Vaanie Krishnan Sydney

Martha is a part time theatre maker and full time theatre lover. She is tall, loud and will talk about literally everything with the utmost passion. You can find her on most platforms under her nom de plume SadGoldfish.

Martha "MJ" Latham Melbourne

Passion for performing arts has been part of Annika’s life since childhood, starting with marching around the backyard with mum’s scarf pretending to be one of the von Trapp family. Through to youth & adulthood spent in grassroots amateur companies experiencing all aspects of theatrical creation, including sets & stage-management, direction, or onstage. She has performed in plays, musical’s, & operetta, and currently enjoys being part of a contemporary choir. You can find Annika on Instagram (@melb.theatregirl), and out enjoying & promoting as much theatre & arts as she can.

Annika Loki Melbourne

Tessa love for theatre and performing started at the age of 5 when she begun dance classes. Like most sad dance tales go, a knee injury ended her 18 year journey with performing. After completing her Master of Arts Management degree at the Australian Institute of Music, Tessa begun working in marketing in the musical theatre and the radio industries and begun reviewing musical’s to fill the gaps of the radio stations digital magazine. When Tessa isn’t at a musical, she spends her time working at an animal shelter, helping furry friends find forever homes.

Tessa Miles Sydney

At her school in Perth, WA, many centuries ago, Juliana Payne used to hide in the toilets and read books rather than go to sports classes. With a lifelong love of the arts, she naturally now has a minimal income but knows a lot about theatre and literature. She clawed her way to first class honours in English Studies at Edith Cowan University, and they even paid her to do a Masters degree there too. She spent many happy evenings watching plays for free and writing the reviews for the campus magazine and is delighted to be doing the same thing for Theatrethoughts. In between going to the theatre, the cinema, book launches and arts festivals, she has had the odd job for various government departments and industry associations so you can see why she needs to escape into another world.

Juliana Payne Sydney