Tamarama Rock Surfers (TRS) are Australia’s leading independent new writing theatre company. We are committed to the development and presentation of new Australian work. Through our iconic Sydney venue; The Bondi Pavilion Theatre, we aim to provide access to for artists and audiences alike. The Rock Surfers’ goal is to give emerging theatre artists a leg up into the Sydney theatre scene, create community hubs for independent artists and show case the very best new Australian work.
The Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company is a twofold operation. Firstly, the Rock Surfers are a production company and have produced dozens of new Australian works at The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Stables Theatre, and The Opera House. It has produced work of such notable Australian playwrights as Brendan Cowell, Toby Schmitz, Sue Smith, John A D Fraser and Suzie Miller.
Secondly, The Rock Surfers are Resident Theatre Company of Bondi Pavilion Theatre, an iconic 220 seat venue in Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach. For information on venue hire see below.
To date the Rock Surfers have showcased work to over 90,000 punters and presented over 140 shows, including the premieres of over 50 new Australian plays.
In 2013 The Bondi Pavilion hosts 6 mainstage productions, plus festival, late sessions, bi monthly scratch night Cut & Paste, Sunday play readings, community events, functions and workshops.
Submissions open annually, inviting independent companies to pitch their shows for the main stage season in both venues. (Submissions for 2014 season open June 2013).
Here at the Rock Surfers, we pride ourselves in supporting the next crop of talented, hungry, emerging theatre practitioners. The line up that you see on a TRS season will be the names that fill the main stages of the best theatres in Sydney, Australia and beyond in years to come.
Bondi Pavilion Theatre is a versatile 220 seat theatre venue suitable for public productions and private functions, with the additional ability to provide hospitality at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre Bar overlooking Bondi Beach.
For more information on Venue Hire please contact General Manager Michael Brown on michael[at]rocksurfers.org or phone 02 9365 0147.
Leland Kean- Artistic Director/CEO
Leland is the Artistic Director of Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company LTD (TRS). He has over ten years directing, dramaturgy, design, producing and venue management experience which includes eight years with TRS and the Old Fitzroy theatre, four of these as artistic director. Since graduating from the NIDA directors course in 1997 his career has been dedicated to the development and production of new Australian writing and contemporary performance practice. Under his tenure as Artistic Director Leland has been responsible for the Programming and presentation of over 40 main stage productions and five annual programs, 2005 ‘A Season of Heaven’, 2006 ‘Blow it Up’, 2007 ‘Season of Rock’, 2008 ‘A Wave of Words’ and 2009 ‘Fragments from the Fringe’. His directing credits include Rock, Paper, Scissors by John Ad Fraser, THRALL by Sue Smith, Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somereset by Stephen Carlton, This Blasted Earth – A Christmas Miracle with Music by Toby Schmitz music by Tim Minchin, Cu*t Pi by Toby Schmitz, Harrys’ Christmas by Steven Berkoff (TRS), Woyzeck (0ne Man Prod.), ATM (Sydney Festival 2002), Happy New and Men by Brendan Cowell (Rogue Star Prod.) Where the Wild Things Are (Naked Eye Prod.), Blasted by Sarah Kane (NIDA) and How to Act Around Cops by Logan Brown(Shaman Prod.). He was the associate director on Cross Sections by Suzie Miller (TRS) in 2004 and for the return season at the Sydney Opera House in 2005. He is a regular dramaturg with key organisation Playwriting Australia, a committee member of the Critical Stages touring program and a tutor of the NIDA Directors Course.
His Theatre credits include: Writer: Boxing Day (Tin Shed, MakeBeLive & TRS. The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney), Pelvis (Home Brew Festival 2011), Mike (ATYP, Sydney & published by Currency Press), Kansas (Home Brew Festival 2010), Yolk (Brand Spanking New, Sydney), Fit For A King (Brand Spanking New & The Arches), Cardboard Castle (Imagine Festival, Sydney, The Arches & Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Collisions Can Be Painful (West End Festival, Glasgow).
Writer/Performer: The Great Apeth (The Horse’s Mouth Festival), Bluey (Melbourne fringe festival, Sydney Theatre Company, The Old Fitzroy Theatre. Battersea Arts Centre, London. The Arches, Glasgow)
Programming: Phil curates the bi-monthly scratch night Cut & Paste, is festival director for the annual Home Brew Festival, bi-annual The Horse’s Mouth (a festival of autobiographical performance) and co-director of the winter festival Bondi Feast. Phil is also Co-Artistic Director of Tin Shed Theatre Company & regularly performs at events such as Penguin Plays Rough, Story Club & Cab Sav.
Michael Brown- General Manager
Michael Brown is an arts and entertainment professional who has traversed creative producing, programming, marketing, and event, venue and festival management for organizations including Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association, Performance Space, The Comedy Store, Parramasala Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Before joining Tamarama Rock Surfers in June 2012, Michael was General Manager at PACT centre for emerging artists in 2011/2012 and Associate Producer at Sydney Comedy Festival from 2008 – 2010.
Larna Burgess-Munro – Company Manager
Larna is finally living out her dream of being a professional rock surfer. Since graduating from Charles Sturt University’s BA (Design for Theatre and Television) in 2002 Larna spent many a long night in dark corners of independent theatres Stage Managing shows such as Muf-Tee Casual Cabaret (The Stables),Balm in Gilead (Imperial Hotel), Rules of The Game and Bangers and Mash (Darlinghurst Theatre), Top Shorts (The Old Fitz), Embalmer! The Musical (SOH Studio), Cross Sections (The Old Fitz & SOH Studio), Blasted and The 8 Reindeer Monologues (Company B, Belvoir), Harry’s Christmas (The Old Fitz), Lord of the Flies and Close to Home (The Stables), Love and Killer Joe(Company B, Belvoir) mixed in with Stage Managing/Event Coordinating on various events through Sydney Festival, Auckland Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. In 2006 she joined the Sydney Theatre Company as ASM on Embers, Love Lies Bleeding, The Taming of the Shrew and The 7 Stages of Grieving before moving into fulltime as STC’s Production Administrator in 2007. Larna has recently returned to TRS as Company Manager by day and Production Manager by night for All The Rage and I Want To Sleep With Tom Stoppard.
Zoe Norton Lodge – Associate Artist
Zoe is a co-founder of Bambina Borracha Productions, with whom she has produced five seasons of theatre. Since it’s inception in 2007, Bambina has won the People’s Choice Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Words They Make With Their Mouths, 2010) and been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award (Beyond the Neck, Belvoir St Theatre, 2009). In 2010 Zoe put on a one woman production of Under Milk Wood, which played at The Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville and The Melbourne Fringe Festival. Since graduating from an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Technology (2010) Zoe has been working as a writer and editor. Recent publishing credits include the 2010 UTS Anthology I can see my house from here (2010), Seizure (2010), Going Down Swinging (2011) and The Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories (2011). Zoe is tremendously excited about joining the TRS team as Associate Artist.
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