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SYDNEY - Fraser Corfield

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SYDNEY - Fraser Corfield

FRASER CORFIELD2Fraser is a director, dramaturge and the Artistic Director of Australian Theatre for Young People. He has been the Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts (Qld, 2005-08) Riverland Youth Theatre (SA, 2001-03) and the Associate Director of Queensland's second largest professional theatre company La Boite Theatre (1997-2000).

He is recognised as a national leader in the development and presentation of theatre involving young artists, presenting work with many of Australia's most celebrated companies and venues.

As an Artistic Director Fraser has been a passionate advocate for new work commissioning and producing over twenty new plays and productions. Highlights include Grounded by Alana Valentine co-commissioned with Tantrum Theatre, winner of 3 AWGIE awards including 'Most Outstanding Script' of 2013, The Tender Age (co-developed with Version 1.0), Australia's first major opera composed for young people, Dirty Apple (Backbone Youth Arts/Opera Queensland/Queensland Music Festival) the new Australian musical Paradise (Backbone Youth Arts, published by Playlab Press) and AWGIE award winning I Said a Word by Stephen House (Riverland Youth Theatre). In 2012 he initiated the atyp Foundation Commission Award, an annual award open to playwrights of all ages to write a play for actors aged between 10 and 13. In 2011 and 2012 atyp co-productions were nominated in the category for "The best new Australian Work" at the national Helpmann Awards.

He has directed over thirty productions for professional, independent and youth theatre companies around Australia. For atyp he has directed Spur of the Moment, Max Remy Super Spy, The Tender Age (Co-directed with David Williams) The Laramie Project, Rio Saki and Other Falling Debris, Desiree Din and the Red Forest, and Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs.

In 2012 Fraser was invited to the Kijimuna Festa in Okinawa to devise and direct an international collaboration based on the theme of the festival, "Nuchigusui" (translated within the context of the festival means "Theatre as medicine for life") as part of the 'Next Generation' program. The project involved 22 professional artists from 12 countries.

Fraser has sat on advisory bodies at all levels of the industry including as a peer assessor for Arts Queensland (2009 -), Regional Arts NSW ( 2012 -), the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts (2008 – 2011), State representative for Young People in the Arts Australia (2006 - 2008 & 2013 -)Company Associate of Queensland Theatre Company (2006 – 2008), a board member for Young People in the Arts Australia (2007 – 2009), Chair of the selection committee for the Youth Arts Mentoring Program (YAMP) (2006 – 2008), a board member of Metro Arts (2005 – 2008) and part of the selection panel for Queensland's theatre industry awards 'The Matilda's'. He was one of seven Australian representatives selected for the 'Next Generation" international collaboration project which ran from the 2008 - 2011 ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festivals.

 
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