Who We Are

CAROLYN BOCK: Producer/Writer/Actor

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A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Carolyn’s diverse career over the past 25 years has encompassed dance, theatre, television and film. In theatre, she has worked for M.T.C., Playbox, and Theatre at Risk and on a myriad of independent productions. Her most recent theatre credits include Lost in Ringwood by Barry Dickens for L. WOLF Productions/La Mama. Aphanisis by James Clayden and for the past three years she has played the title role of Medea by Euripides for Complete Works Theatre’s education program and The Penelopiad, also for Complete Works. For The Shift Theatre she performed in their production of Two Sisters and a Piano and The Girls in Grey. Carolyn’s television credits include Wentworth, Offspring, A Beautiful Lie, INXS The Untold Story, Dr Blake Mysteries, Winners and Losers, Neighbours and City Homicide. Film credits include Vanished, Murder in Greenwich (USA), SNAK, Zone 39, and many short films. In addition to her acting experience, Carolyn is the Associate Artistic Director of Rollercoaster Theatre for actors with disability. For many years, she has taught for independent and leading dance institutions and has created, produced and directed many dance/theatre works for young children. She also works with primary and secondary students in rural areas devising performing arts experiences, and as a drama coach and mentor. In 2017 Carolyn was invited to attend the United Nations forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.  

 HELEN HOPKINS: Producer/Writer/Actor

Helen Hopkins

Co founder of The Shift Theatre with Carolyn Bock, Helen Hopkins appeared in their productions of Two Sisters and a Piano and Fred at The Dog Theatre in Footscray and their production of The Girls in Grey. Her theatre appearances include Julius Caesar for Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals for Essential Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor at fortyfive downstairs, Wuthering Heights at Ripponlea, Much Ado About Nothing in Perth and Adelaide and the far north of Australia and Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens for The Australian Shakespeare Company, Away for Melbourne Theatre Company. La Mama productions include Lost in Ringwood, The Show Must Go On, Macbeth X, Dizney on Dry Ice, Thy Kingdom Come, Orpheus, Evidence, Monologues for an Apocalypse, Mary Shelley and the Monsters, Good Morning Midnight, Heights, Advice from a Caterpillar. She also appeared in the production of The Women’s Jail Project for the Dublin Fringe Festival. Helen has featured in lead roles in the films The Marey Project, Hamlet X, Ghost Paintings 1-4 and Sensitive New Age Killer (SNAK). Helen is a member of La Mama’s Committee of Management.

ANGELA BUCKINGHAM: Writer in Residence

Angela_1Angela Buckingham’s writing focuses on historical narratives – fact-based dramatic texts demanding intensive research. Inspired by the Orwell quote “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past” Angela seeks projects that reshape dominate narratives of history. Social justice is the core theme of her career. In the past ten years her perspective on this work was shaped by living and working in Berlin and Paris. As a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts she has written books, theatre and television. Her play, #NoExemptions – produced by The Shift Theatre, will be performed at La Mama Theatre in April 2022. She is the author of “Powerful Princesses” and “Courageous Queens”; collections of short adventure stories about real women who did extraordinary things – both books published by Five Mile Press. She wrote and directed “Paper Dolls” for Marina Films, “Aftershock” for Pericles Films and wrote “Challenges, Change and Faith” for X-Ray Vision and “The Last Great Amateurs” for Apollo Films.