Meet the Players
Paradise is Singing will open at JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts on October 7th and plays until the 22nd. This fantastic work is for Cairns, about Cairns and stars three talented actresses, we are very proud to call our own.
Roz has been a constant in the Australian music industry for 20 years as musician, as well as an emerging playwright, actor, presenter, programmer and producer and is currently based in north Queensland. Roz has diversified her extensive songwriting experience into writing two plays through JUTE Theatre Company’s Enter Stage Wright program which she has also presented on stage. ‘Rosa’, toured regional Queensland (2013) and internationally in 2015, and new work in creative development ‘Banging on the Door’. Roz also performed in JUTE Theatre Company’s smash hit, ‘What are the Odds’ in 2011. Her first professional acting foray was playing Margarita Paronella in Paronella Park’s presentation of ‘The Impossible Dream’. Roz is extremely excited to appear in JUTE Theatre Company’s current production, ‘Paradise is Singing’ with her great mentors and friends, Rachel Terry and Susan Prince, and looks forward to casting a new and quirky light on Paradise through a different lens … and a guitar.
Susan has been acting on stage since she was 7 years old and has been a professional actor, director, producer and writer since 1990. Susan finds that most of the roles she has had the opportunity to play in her life have impacted in ways of making her a better technician in the skill of acting as well as a better observer of the people in their environs. She has written 17 plays and won an award of excellence in writing in 1989 for ‘Aids The Musical’. JUTE Theatre produced her widely acclaimed play ‘Demolition, Pile Driving, Hard Hats and Donkey Dick’ in 1994. he was commissioned by the Education Department – Arts Division through La Luna Youth Theatre to write a film for bus safety, through this process Susan became interested in melding movement, music and action. She is constantly writing and has been part of the Enter Stage Write community for many years and finds this resource an inspiration and skill enhancer. Susan has performed in over 70 plays since being 7 and some her most outstanding memories for characterisation were performing in ‘Cake’, ‘Tiptoe’, ‘Surviving Jonah Salt’, ‘The Boys’ and ‘Grace’. As a founding member of JUTE Theatre, Susan has performed in 15 JUTE productions over its 20 year history.
Rachel studied directing at the Queensland University of Technology as part of the Drama Open Program before being accepted into the acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art where she completed a Bachelor in Dramatic Art (acting). Her theatre directing credits include – Frying Saucers and Waiting for Godot (assistant director) at QUT; Anything Goes for Cranbrook Boys School and The Wiz for Ascham Girls High; After Dinner and Europe for Dirty Bird Productions; The Vagina Monologues for Gestation Productions. Rachel has worked as an actor for Jute numerous times since its inception including The Breast Project, The Impossible Dream (remount at Karnak) as well as Soph and the Real World. In 2016 she directed The Salt Remains here in Cairns. She is currently teaching drama and dance at Smithfield State High School.
Season runs October 7th to 22nd. Tickets are available now at jute.com.au