Member Profile : Frederick Copperwaite

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FREDERICK COPPERWAITE is a Bunuba man from the South-West Kimberley, Western Australia. He has been active in the theatre since 1978.

He graduated as an actor from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has extensive experience working in the Australian theatre, film and television industry. His most recent appearance was in The Gods of Wheat Street for ABCTV.

Frederick is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Moogahlin Performing Arts. He was artistic director of the company from 2009 to 2015. His directing work for Moogahlin includes The Collective (2016) in partnership with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, This Fella, My Memory (2013), The Cake Man play reading (2012 Sydney Festival), Gathering Ground (2010) and Lessons in Flight (2008 Dreaming Festival). He is the artistic director of Yellamundie: National First Peoples Playwriting Festival (2017, 2015, 2013). In 2016 Moogahlin attended the Matariki Development Festival in Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand and the Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival in Toronto, Turtle Island, Canada, where he directed readings of Cuz, by Redfern playwright Billy McPherson.

Frederick has taught acting to children, young people, acting students, emerging theatre artists and professional actors in a variety of training environments throughout Australia and Europe for over 35 years. He has worked extensively with young Aboriginal people and community, particularly in urban and regional NSW, The Kimberley (WA) and East Arnhem Land (NT). He was an arts educator for the Bell Shakespeare Company from 2007 to 2016, regularly working in urban and regional areas throughout Australia teaching Shakespeare and theatre arts related subjects to primary and secondary school students and teachers, special community groups and remote First Peoples communities. He was Head of Theatre and Screen Performance Studies at Eora College of Aboriginal Studies: Centre for Visual and Performing Arts from 2011 to 2015.
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