ROMAN BERRY. Independent Theate Maker, Director, Movement Director, Artistic Director for Divergent Theate Collective.
From Cebu City, Philippines, Roman migrated with his family to Ceduna, South Australia, where he discovered his love for community theatre and the arts. He trained at Flinders University Drama Centre (Acting) and Centre For Performing Arts (Dance). Performance career highlights include Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian Premiere of Miss Saigon; Harry Miller’s Pageant: The Musical. He was the Artistic Director II Commonwealth Youth Games Opening & Closing Ceremony (Australia). Roman created/ conceptualised Body and Mind, Wellness Workshops (The Voice of Domestic Workers UK) since 2016, which he now facilitates online from Melbourne.
He has recently returned from London where he collaborated as Director/ Movement Director on several West End/ Off West End productions, focusing on New Plays & New Musicals, with companies such as Get Over It Productions, The Bread & Roses Theatre, Goldsmiths University (MA Program), The Hope Theatre, The Jack Studio Theatre, Arrows & Traps Theatre Company, just to name a few. One of the highlights in London is directing Lorna Wells’ sold out season of It Tastes Like Home, The Musical - a reflection of multicultural London, looking through the prism of Jamaican and Chinese culture.
Whilst back in Melbourne, he directed Jamila Main’s Butterfly Kicks for 2019 Queer Quickies Festival at Theatreworks (Melbourne); Creative Advisor for Narre Warren South P12 College's 2019 production of Hairspray The Musical; Workshopped a development reading of DTC’s Illegals The Game Show at Multicultural Arts Victoria and directed Music Theatre Melbourne’s latest offering Electric Dreams The Musical by Drew Lane, which was performed at Gasworks Arts Park Theatre.
He is the Artistic Director for Divergent Theatre Collective, which was launched in 2016 (London). Divergent Theatre Collective champions new work and is now based in Melbourne.
The Fair Play project, funded by Creative Victoria, is an equity and inclusion capacity building program for organisations that receive multi-year funding through Creative Victoria.
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