Playgrounds are places where it’s safe to play – but it doesn’t have to be all monkey bars and swings.
Pop Up Playground creates new playgrounds for all, in new places, with new games and experiences.
Come play with us!
The Pop Up Players
Robert Reid (Artistic Director) is a freelance playwright, director and academic. He was Artistic Director and a founding member of the independent theatre company Theatre in Decay and also of the experimental puppet and visual theatre company Terrible Comfort. He most recently had his play The Joy of Text produced at Melbourne Theatre Company. Robert recently published Hello World! Promoting the Arts on the Net, a Platform Paper for Currency House. He is the editor of Australian Puppeteer, the national puppetry magazine for UNIMA Australia; a reviewer for theatrealive.com; a panelist for the Greenroom awards Alternative and Hybrid Panel; a regular panelist for Arts Victoria; and host of the Meant to Be Spoken events for the Melbourne Writers Festival. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a post graduate diploma in directing in 2000, holds a Masters Degree in Creative Industry (Scriptwriting) from Queensland University of Technology and is currently completing a PhD in Australian Theatre History at La Trobe University.
Sayraphim Lothian (Curator and Maker) is an award winning artist who has worked on films, tv and in theatre, in museums and galleries, in schools and at festivals, creating magical worlds and experiences for people of all ages. Sayraphim is also investigating street art installations as a means of playfully engaging with the public and one of her current street craft projects, Gilding the City, can be found in the streets of a number of cities around the world including London, Paris, Canberra, Portland and Seattle. Sayraphim and her work can be found in a number of books and publications including Garth Johnson’s 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, Vickie Howell’s Craft Corps and Heads On and We Shoot: The Making of Where The Wild Things Are from McSweeny’s Publishing. Her work is held in MOMA in New York, the archives of the National Gallery of Victoria, in the Monash Heart Art collection and in private collections around the world. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Art in a Public Space at RMIT, Melbourne.
Ben McKenzie (Game Mechanic) is an actor, scientician, comedian, feminist, improviser, geek, voiceover artist, games player, presenter, nerd, writer and ginger. Described as ‘geek comedy’s patron saint’ (T-Squat Magazine) and ‘the anti-Hitler’ (Boxcutters), Ben has written and performed sketch comedy, comedy science lectures and stand-up for over a decade. He founded production companies Shaolin Punk, Museum Comedy and (with others) Pop Up Playground, created the long-running improvised comedy Dungeon Crawl, and appeared in The Bazura Project and Woodley for the ABC. Ben was recently published in the anthology Geek Mook by Vignette Press, is currently working as Production Manager on the 2012 Freeplay Independent Games Festival, and hopes to launch a new game discussion podcast, “Losing An Eye”, later in the year. Ben’s Internest is labcoatman.com.au, and you can follow him on Twitter at @labcoatman. His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus.
Jaye Erin Cook (Administrator) is an arts administrator with experience in both the visual and performing arts. Jaye was the production manager on Pop Up Playground’s This is a Door festival at Theatre Works in St Kilda in July 2012. She worked on the 2012 Next Wave Festival as an artist liaison. She is keenly interested in fostering collaboration and a supportive and vibrant arts community. In March 2012 she founded the Postgraduate Cultural Management Group at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at RMIT University and is currently undertaking the Master of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne.