Tashmadada in Action

Nurturing and developing national and international collaborations


Tashmadada has collaborated with a number of organisations to produce:

Masterclass with Richard Schechner -  a four day Rasabox training with the Master of Avant Garde Performance and founder of the Tisch School at NYU. (World Theatre Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse)

The Dead Twin - Written by Chi Vu - A site specific promenade performance about the trauma of war which draws on the horror sensibility. (Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre)

Andante - workshop and presentation/performance with Younes Bachir - actor and collaborator with legendary Spanish performance company, La Furas del Baus. (Open Channel, NICA, Darwin Festival, ACAPTA and Underbelly Festival)

KABooM: Stories From Distant Frontlines - a site-specific promenade performance installation event about cultural memory and war. 7 directors making 7 short works (in collaboration with performance maker Deborah Leiser-Moore) in response to interviews with ex soldiers from global conflicts. (fortyfivedownstairs)

Cordelia, Mein Kind - a duet for live body and film that maps a modern day Cordelia and her "Lear-like father" onto the bones of Shakespeare's Lear and his silent daughter. This piece has toured extensively national and internationally.

Meant To Be Spoken - a celebration of Australian playwriting - Searchlight Festival
and Melbourne Writers Festival (for 3 years).

Celebrated writer Tom Keneally and Ari Roth (Washington DC) in conversation with Mark Baker at the State Library of Victoria (taped for Radio National's Art Works).

Tom Keneally and Ari Roth Masterclass at the Victorian Writers Centre (Glenfern).

Acclaimed Israeli Playwright Motti Lerner working for 2 weeks on the development of his new play, Benedictus, with Australian theatre practitioners. (Multicultural Arts Victoria)

Motti Lerner in discussion with Julian Meyrick at the State Library of Victoria.

Performance piece 'Cordelia Mein Kind' at Festival Szekspirowski (Poland), La Mama Theatre (Melbourne), Marsh Theater (San Francisco), Theatre J (Washington DC), fortyfivedownstairs, Searchlight Festival and Under the Radar Festival (Brisbane Festival).

Director's Cut - evenings of curated and ecclectic performance from the best of our writers, performers, dancers (various locations).

Searchlight Festival -  in collaboration with and at fortyfivedownstairs -  a curated festival of explosively diverse performanceby the best of our Independent performance makers.

American 'Godfather of Creative Non Fiction', Lee Gutkind, in conversation with Varuna's Peter Bishop at the Victorian Writers Centre's Glenfern  studios and the 2012 Melbourne Writers Festival.

'Mistress Classes' and 'An Afternoon Delight' - part of Theatre Works "Girls at Work" season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Workshop with Polish performance company Teatr Piesn Kozla.

Workshop/performance with NYC performance company Witness Relocation -
for ACAPTA's Flashpoint Forum at Legs On the Wall (Sydney) and Queensland Theatre Company (Brisbane).

Plus new projects to be announced very soon.

Who We Are

tashmad ‘destruction’
dada 'anything is possible' - (the movement of artists from the turn of the 20th century involved in random ordering of the artistic palate).

Deborah Leiser-Moore

Deborah Leiser-Moore has been working in physical contemporary theatre since 1989. Her devised solo and collaborative works include Cordelia and range of others...

Richard Zimmerman

Richard Zimmermann is a former actor, spent several years in New Zealand and Australia producing shows, managing bands and nurturing and promoting talented local artists...

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky is an Australian physician and writer. She was the Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellow for Fiction in 2007, writer-in-residence at the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate School of Creative Writing...