Matthew Caffoe graduated University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts: Major Acting in 2009. Throughout his time at USQ he performed lead roles in such plays as “Our Country’s Good”, “The Rimers of Eldritch”, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, and Bertolt Brecht’s “Threepenny Opera”. During this time is where Matthew developed his passion for physical theatre – particularly the stylistic teachings of Meyerhold with bio-mechanics. On top of that Matthew focused a lot of his energy into Shakespeare’s collected works, studying most plays, and developing independent performances shown throughout the year as an extra-curricular activity to continue developing his craft in between performance seasons. Matthew worked internationally developing one-person shows in independent theatres, enjoyed a string of success working in the voice over industry, and worked intensely with Shake & Stir theatre company for three years. Since departing with Shake & Stir, Matthew has been teaching across Australia and operating his business Mashed Theatre.



Nicole Reilly is an emerging artist, whom upon being accepted into the highly competitive University of Sunshine Coast’s Master of Professional Practice (Contemporary Performance) has studied under the guidance of Zen Zen Zo’s artistic director, Dr. Lynne Bradley, and seasoned director and performer Dr. Jo Loth. During her time as an arts educator in a rural and remote Central Queensland community, Nicole was invited to present workshops at Drama Queensland’s Regional Roundup as well as many primary and high schools in the area. She also wrote a chapter for Drama Queensland's publication on excellence in drama classroom practice, about an original verbatim unit she designed and implemented. She has devised, written and directed her own works, has trained with established theatre companies across Australia and is the founder and artistic director of Act Yo’ Age Theatre Co., a not-for-profit youth arts ensemble in the Pioneer Valley providing opportunities to young people. Nicole is a passionate arts advocate and was recently awarded an Australia Day Cultural Award by the Pioneer Valley committee, nominated by her students and peers.