Introducing our 2023 Artistic Associates
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Freya Silas Finch
Freya Silas Finch (they/them) is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based performer, director and theatre maker. Since training at Melbourne’s John Bolton Theatre School, their original works have included BED, Car and Shabbat Shalom and Thank You for Coming. Recipient of the 2017 Auckland Fringe Festival Best Newcomer Award, their mainstage performance work includes Break Bread for Silo, Second Unit at Circa Theatre, Actual Fact at BATS Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Binge Culture’s Yorick!. In 2020 and 2021, Freya was handpicked to curate and direct the Auckland Pride Festival Pride Gala, which received critical acclaim and was a sell-out sensation.
Leon Radojkovic (he/him) (Dalmatian/Ngāpuhi/Pākehā) is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is the creator and composer behind Live Live Cinema and its stable of three productions, Carnival of Souls, Dementia 13 and Little Shop of Horrors. Leon has worked extensively with Silo on productions including Brel, Peter and the Wolf, and My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak, along with Auckland Theatre Company's Jesus Christ Superstar and Amadeus. Leon also composes for film and television, including Piki Films’ feature Baby Done. In his free time he leads the avant-garde ensemble Fortress Europe.
Daniel Williams (he/him) is a graduate in performance design from Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. His award-winning theatre career has seen him design sets and costumes for work all over Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Designs for Silo include The Writer, Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Here Lies Love, Sunday Roast, Peter and the Wolf, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again and My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak. He was the Associate Director of the 2017 World of Wearable Arts Awards Show.
Rachel Marlow (she/her) is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based lighting and production designer who enjoys collaborating to produce beautiful theatrical productions and light installations. Rachel studied theatre at Victoria University of Wellington and Royal Holloway, University of London. Awards include Lighting Designer of the Year (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2018) and Excellence in Lighting Design (Auckland Theatre Awards, 2018).
Jon Coddington (he/him) is a design graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, and Massey University. Since then he has gone on many adventures, in the realms of theatre, film, animation, puppetry and illustration. Jon’s puppetry work has gone all over the place, from a stint working with the New Zealand Police, to the award-winning table-top marionette show, Puppet Fiction. His award-winning puppetry for theatre has seen him work with Silo, Auckland Theatre Company, Indian Ink and Circa Theatre.
Born in Sāmoa and raised in South Auckland, Anapela Polata‘ivao (she/her) is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Along with partner Vela Manusaute, she was a founding member of the South Auckland theatre company Kila Kokonut Krew, which won her an Arts Foundation New Generation Award in 2014. Her acting credits include Every Brilliant Thing for Silo, Victor Rodger’s My Name is Gary Cooper, Sia Figel’s Where We Once Belonged and Tusiata Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt – for which she won Actress of the Year (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2018) and Best Director (Auckland Theatre Awards, 2016). Anapela won Best Actress at the Fresh Shorts Awards 2012 for her work in Zia Mandviwalla’s Night Shift, and later went on to win Best Actress at the International Short Film Festival in Spain.
Stacey Leilua (she/her) is of Sāmoan, Māori and English heritage, and was previously one of the directors of South Auckland-based theatre company, Kila Kokonut Krew. Stacey is part of the ensemble cast of Tusiata Avia’s Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, which won Production of the Year at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards. After 2019’s Auckland Arts Festival / Silo Theatre / FCC co-presentation of the show, Wild Dogs was invited to New York for a season at the Soho Playhouse in 2020. Stacey is currently filming the third season of the NBC Universal production Young Rock, reprising the lead role of Ata Johnson. Her performance in the show’s first season earned her a Hollywood Critics Association Award nomination for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network Series (Comedy).
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