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Todd Levi - President

Todd started his working life a mail boy in a Sydney advertising agency and became a copywriter before morphing into a voice over artist. He took his first acting lesson at 36, won his first film role at 37 and has since had roles in dozens of feature films and television productions, short films, corporate films, animated cartoons and in the last few years, theatre. He remains one of Australia’s most heard commercial voices. Todd has had a long and successful career in Brisbane as one of that city’s leading voice over artists, heard on hundreds of commercials, promos and corporate films. Since deciding to train as an actor at the age of 36 he has gone on to have an equally successful career on stage and screen. His film and television credits include Inspector Gadget 2 (2002),  Fat Cow Motel (2003)  The Sleepover Club  (2003) The Marine (2006) Sea Patrol (2007/ 08) , K-9 (2009,) Actolytes (2008), Subdivision (2008), Daybreakers (2009) Bad Karma (2011),  Terra Nova (2011), Prank Patrol (2011), The Strange Calls (2012), Parer’s War (2014).  He has also voiced characters in the animated series Farmkids (2008) and the video game series Rome: Total War. (2007-08) Stage credits include Twelfth Night for 4MS in Brisbane (2011) and since moving to Melbourne, Doomsday Devices (Sly Rat Theatre Company – 2014), Macbeth (Eagle’s Nest Theatre Company – 2014), Vile (La Mama - 2014), The Crucible (Eagle’s Nest – 2015). Pluck (Sly Rat Theatre Company - 2015), A Midsummer Nights Dream (STRC - 2016), The Tempest (SRTC - 2017)

 

 

Victoria Haslam - Vice President/Events Manager

Victoria Haslam is a Melbourne-based Artist whose Dance and Fine Arts training imbue her stage personae with great physicality and style. Her stage credits have included those of Set Designer, Propmaker, and Costumier.

Haslam appeared as Hippolyta in Sly Rat Theatre’s inaugural Shakespeare on the Maribyrnong River: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gonzalo in the 2017 ensemble of The Tempest. Her next appearance will be as Juliet in Sly Rat's upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet opening in November for the 2017 Shakespeare in the Otways. 

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Alan Chambers - Co-Artistic Director

Alan Chambers is an actor and theatre director based in Melbourne. He graduated from NIDA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Acting.

Directing credits include: A Resounding Tinkle, Heads, Clear Glass Marbles, The Censor, MÜLLER (Hayman Theatre); Other People (Newtown Theatre); Cosi (Northcote Town Hall); 15 Minute Hamlet, The Education of Skinny Spew (National Theatre); Pluck! (Butterfly Club); Doomsday Devices, The Martyrs (Revolt Artspace) and Shopping and F**king (NIDA), A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Maribyrnong river).

As an actor Alan has featured in ABC’s Australia on Trial and the award winning short film Arrivals and Departures directed by Zak Hilditch. Stage highlights include Roger in Lord of the Flies (Dir. Kip Williams), Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Dir. Tony Knight),  Ivan in Inner Voices, Menelaus in Women of Troy (Dir. Donald Pulford), Truffaldino in A Servant to Two Masters (Dir. Carla Moore) and Medvedenko in The Seagull (Dir. Leah Mercer).

Alan is the Co-Artistic Director of Sly Rat Theatre Company and founder of the annual SLY RAT SHAKESPEARE festival. He directed and produced a Mad Max-inspired A Midsummer Nights Dream: 2016, The Tempest: 2017 in Pipemakers Park and more recently Romeo & JULIET: 2018 in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds.

Alan also runs acting classes for Adults through NIDA Open, The National Theatre and Sly Rat Theatre Co.

 

 

Andy Harmsen - Co-Artistic Director

Andy Harmsen is a playwright from Melbourne, Australia. He is a research graduate at The University of Melbourne working with Associate Professor Denise Varney and Raimondo Cortese, at the Victorian College of Arts. He was shortlisted for Red Stitch Theatre’s INK program for 2015 with his play, LONG SHADOWS. His most recent work for the stage was his unique adaptation of Shakespeare's, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM for Sly Rat Theatre's 'Shakespeare on the Maribyrnong River Festival' (2016). He also received a Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship from Writer’s Victoria for 2012.

Andy is also the co-artistic director of the Melbourne and Sydney-based independent theatre company, Sly Rat Theatre Co. The company has produced shows for Sydney’s National Institute of the Dramatic Arts, Perth’s The Blue Room Theatre and Melbourne’s Revolt Artspace. His writing credits include FOREIGN BODIES (Owl & Cat Theatre 2015), DOOMSDAY DEVICES (Revolt Artspace 2014), THE MARTYRS (Revolt Artspace 2013), SLEEPING DOGS LIE (PACS ScreenLab 2009), DIRTY PRETTY NAILS (The Blue Room Theatre 2007), and BYE, BYE BABY: A MUSICAL (Nexus Theatre 2005).

Andy has written for the International Journal of Culture and Arts, Island Dynamics, and The Conversation. He is also a prolific sound designer and composer, having recently worked with Precious Gift Burlesque, The Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Eagle's Nest Theatre, and all of Sly Rat Theatre's projects.

 
 
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Craig Cremin - General Manager

Originally from London, Craig has previously performed in the UK, France, Italy, USA and Egypt. He has been in Australia for ten years and began working with Sly Rat Theatre Company as a performer in A Midsummer Nights Dream and assistant director and/or performer for The Tempest; 2017 & Romeo & Juliet; 2018.

Craig is also associate director for Sly Rat Theatre Co and is currently in pre-production for Macbeth: 2019.

He will return as protagonist Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure directed by Alan Chambers in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweeney Preston - Administration and Public Relations

Sweeney is a young writer, actor and singer who has performed stand-up comedy, musical theatre and YouTube sketches. Most recently he has played the role of Riff in West Side Story & and Marius Les Miserables, and was invited to join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's young comedian development program. 

 

In his first production as a performer in Sly Rat's ''The Tempest', Sweeney brings an energetic and passionate vibrancy to the stage, with which he hopes he can engage audiences for many years to come.