Artistic Director and Producer
JOANNE HARTSTONE is a multi-award winning South Australian theatre-maker: an actor, singer, writer, director, curator & teacher. Joanne is also a prolific producer, creating and managing productions in the UK, the USA and Australia.
“One of the most lauded and awarded Fringe performers Adelaide has produced” - Samela Harris, TheBarefootReview.com.au
Joanne graduated with a Bachelor Creative Arts (Honours) from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2005, and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from the University of South Australia. She was nominated for the Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics Circle and nominated (twice) for the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Best Female Performer (Professional). Her acting credits include David Mamet’s Oleanna, The Storm by Liam Ormsby, Stephen King’s Misery, and in Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli.
Joanne began performing in the Adelaide Fringe in 2007, and subsequently went on to join UK based Theatre Tours International in 2008, working her way up to General Manager. Whilst also performing, Joanne produced the Centre for International Theatre (CIT) in the Adelaide Fringe, presenting award-winning international companies, producers and artists in South Australia from 2010-2012. Joanne began producing under her own banner in 2014, and has since established a strong reputation and substantial community following.
The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign, Joanne’s first solo-show, won the inaugural Made In Adelaide Award and the Holden Street Theatres’ Award in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. The show then travelled to Hollywood, where it won the Producers’ Encore Award, the TVolution Platinum Medal, the Combined Artist & Fringe Management ‘Pick Of The Fringe’, Better Lemon’s Critics Choice Award, and the TVolution Best Solo Show (Female) Award and was nominated for a host of other awards. Joanne toured to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe where further accolades propelled her towards New York City, home to much acclaim in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and back again to Edinburgh in 2018. The show will premiere in Sydney in September 2019.
Joanne’s second solo show That Daring Australian Girl won both the BankSA Best Theatre Week 3 Award and the Sunday Mail Award for Best Solo Show (Female) during the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. It then went on to have successful seasons in the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and subsequently London. In the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, That Daring Australian Girl also won the Sunday Mail Award for Best Reboot.
“Hartstone has carved her own successful niche by writing and performing elegantly crafted, socially relevant original material” - Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser
Joanne is the Artistic Director of the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, as well as a high profile international presenter. She has won multiple awards for her shows including Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Awards, the Peace Foundation Award, Adelaide Critics Circle Awards and the Sunday Mail Best New Venue, Best Collective and Best Return Season Awards.
“Hartstone is something of a daring Australian girl in her own right. She has evolved into one of the major figures of the Fringe world both as an entrepreneur curating her own mini Fringe in the city and Botanic Gardens, producing shows as well as creating outstanding solo pieces.” - Samela Harris, TheBarefootReview.com.au
Joanne Hartstone has earned a reputation of producing strong artistic work of integrity and quality. As a theatre-maker appearing on international platforms, Joanne also proudly promotes the art and artists coming from South Australia.
Head of Production
TOM KITNEY is the Technical Manager and resident Designer for the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Garden during the Festival Season for which he won 'Spirit Of The Fringe 2019'!
Tom graduated with a degree in Media Arts from Royal Holloway University Of London but quickly found his calling within live theatre. Cutting his teeth in the Off-West End Scene in London he was in-house Production Manager of the King’s Head Theatre and Technical Manager (co-founder) of The Hope Theatre. Highlight’s include the world premiere of ‘Shock Treatment’ the sequel to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show and original design for ‘Trainspotting: Live’ - A totally immersive live theatrical experience in an underground carpark within the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For his recent design ‘Lifeboat’ he was nominated for The Off-West End Award for Best Lighting Design.
London’s Off-West End theatre industry gave Tom the ideal training ground to hone his skills, particularly branching out into Production Management and overall system design and maintenance. Plus some extremely creative problem solving to create complex shows in non-traditional theatrical spaces - often with huge power limitations! A recent collaboration with Canadian Company Talk Is Free Theatre on ‘The Curious Voyage’ saw Tom create custom dimming and control systems for an immersive top secret musical across a network of subterranean rooms with full wireless control across the site for the roving operator. Other notable challenges include shows in total darkness, escape rooms, free running across wet rooftops, and getting a large truck inside the Tower Of London!
Touring Arts Festivals worldwide has allowed Tom to forge some long-standing collaborations with musicians such as The Magnets (Great British A Capella Stars) and The Beatbox Collective (Reigning World Beatbox Champions). These collaborations range from venues such as the Shanghai Concert Hall, outdoor pop-up gigs, Spiegeltents, and The UK Beatbox Championships where just one showcase has got 643,000 views online. Working with groups such as these has given Tom a reputation for great musicality and he was thrilled to be asked to light Lea Michele (Glee) on her London Solo Debut at Shoreditch Town Hall. Tom is an experienced ETC Eos and Avolites operator and moving lights technician, plus has a strong background in video and AV within live environments - particularly managing to balance visual elements across both live and broadcast audiences.
For more of an insight into his Lighting Design portfolio, please visit www.tomkitney.com