A video series where MTC staff and artists answer questions sent in by students and teachers.

The Morning Tea with MTC video series gives schools an exclusive Q&A opportunity with MTC staff and artists. During the COVID-19 shutdown, we asked teachers and students to send us questions about theatre-making, production processes, career trajectories, or tips and tricks. Explore the videos below to learn more from our special guests!


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Episode 5 with Production Manager/Lighting Designer James Lipari coming soon!

Petra Kalive Bio

Petra Kalive is the Associate Director at Melbourne Theatre Company. Having directed BeachedMelbourne Talam and Hungry Ghosts for MTC, Petra has extensive experience as a director, writer and dramaturg of new works for the stage. Petra also directed In the Kingdom of Cha for MTC’s Cybec Electric playreading series and was Assistant Director on MTC’s Constellations. Petra’s other recent work as a director includes the new Australian musical My Brilliant Career, the much-acclaimed Taxithi, which had two sell-out seasons at fortyfivedownstairs, Mirror’s Edge and her own work Oil Babies at Northcote Town Hall.

Tahlee Fereday Bio

Tahlee Fereday is a 2017 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Before her studies she was based in Darwin, where she hosted The Breakfast Show with Tahlee on Larrakia Radio 94.5FM. Tahlee’s theatre credits include Astroman (Melbourne Theatre Company), Fallen (She Said Theatre), Love (Dee&Cornelius), which toured to the Venice Biennale after its Melbourne season, and Blackie Blackie Brown (Malthouse Theatre). Tahlee will next be seen in Melbourne Theatre Company’s SLAP. BANG. KISS.

As a First Nations and queer artist, Tahlee is an advocate for representation of minority voices on the mainstage.

Aljin Abella Bio

Aljin played Iago in Disney’s musical extravaganza Aladdin. He was in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s highly-anticipated 2019 production of Shakespeare in Love and Malthouse Theatre’s The Temple.

In 2017, Aljin played Chris in feature film Ali’s Wedding, directed by Geoffrey Walker, and had a recurring role as Russell Crewe in Ten’s Offspring. He also filmed a role in online drama series Zero Point, produced by Undergrowth.

Aljin graduated from NIDA in 2006. He has worked as an actor both nationally and internationally in film, television, animation, theatre and voiceover. He made his stage debut in The Melbourne Theatre Company & Belvoir Street Theatre seasons of The Sapphires in 2005 and reprised his role in their subsequent South Korean and London tours.

In 2015, he appeared in two national tours; Anything Goes for Opera Australia and he reprised the title role in Monkey: Journey to the West for Bell Shakespeare and Theatre of Image. Prior selected stage credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Green Room Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Musical), The Good Person of Szechuan, Moths, Triumph, Strangers in Between, Three Sisters, The Matchmaker, Love Labour’s Lost, The Laramie Project, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Anything Goes and The New Black.

Film, TV and animation credits include I Love You Too, Marco Polo, Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away, Who Wants To Be A Terrorist?, Just Punishment, Power Rangers Jungle Fury, The Dr. Blake Mysteries, City Homicide, Noah & Saskia, Neighbours, Guinevere Jones, Bootleg, Legacy of the Silver Shadow, Blue Heelers, Horace & Tina and High Flyers.

In 2012, Aljin was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy at both the IAWTV and Raindance Independent Awards for the web series Hunter ‘n Hornet.

Kat Chan Bio

Originally trained as an architect, Kat has worked in architectural offices in Adelaide and Tokyo. She was recently a participant of the Women in Theatre Program at Melbourne Theatre Company (2018) and graduated from the VCA with a Masters in Production Design (2008) and Postgraduate Diploma in Production Design (2006) receiving the Trina Parker Scholarship (2008) and Sir George Tallis Design Award (2006).

Working across theatre, ballet and video art, recent design credits include: Torch the Place MTC (Costume Designer), Golden Shield MTC (Associate Designer), Mother Belvoir St/If Productions (Set & Costume), The Australian Ugliness Open House Melbourne/Video Artist: Eugenia Lim (Costume): From Silence The Australian Ballet (Set & Costume), This Year’s Ashes Red Stitch Theatre (Set & Costume), Beached MTC Education (Costume), and The Sleeping Beauty The Australian Ballet (Design Associate to Gabriela Tylesova).

James Lipari Bio

James Lipari has spent the last decade working in the technical production field for Australian companies large and small, both locally and as part of world-wide tours. For Melbourne Theatre Company, James has Production Managed Golden Shield, Hungry Ghosts, The Violent Outburst That Drew Me to You and What Rhymes with Cars and Girls (2017 tour). Other projects include Touring Technician for Melbourne Talam and Peddling (MTC), Lighting Designer for Middletown (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Dualities (SCIMM Dance: Platforms Youth Company), Spring Awakening (Federation University Ballarat Arts Academy) and Like a Fishbone (Man With A Plan / MKA), Technical Manager for St Kilda Festival, and Production Manager for the Split (Lucy Guerin Inc.) world tour. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, James is a trusted name in Production Management for festivals, events and theatre.


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