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John Senczuk John Senczuk i(A24716 works by)
Born: Established: 1959 ;
Gender: Male
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John Senczuk graduated from NIDA in 1983 and has worked as a designer in theatre both nationally and internationally in drama, opera and dance. He is also an academic and theatre historian and lectures in dramaturgy in the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong where, in 2003, he established the first post-graduate performance company in Australia, Square Brackets, under the patronage of Peter Carroll. Senczuk also writes and directs for the theatre.

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y separately published work icon Griffin Rising : The First Decade of the Griffin Theatre Company (1979-1988) Haymarket : Esson Press , 2019 19927779 2019 multi chapter work criticism

'The Griffin Theatre Company celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019. Its success and longevity the great legacy of its founders Jenny Laing-Peach, Peter Carmody, Penny Cook, Rosemarie Lenzo and Eadie Kurzer.

'This 300 page illustrated book surveys the history of the people, plays and productions from 1979 - the first meeting a director Jenny Laing-Peach’s cottage in Griffin Street, Surry Hills - to the departure of the first Artistic Director, Peter Kingston, and the appointment of his replacement Ian B Watson in 1988.

'The Griffin Theatre Company’s inaugural production, JP Donleavy's ‘uproarious tragedy,’ The Ginger Man, opened at the Kirk Gallery on 6 April, 1979. A year later, they were the resident company at the Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross. Over the decade that followed, the Company was twice the recipient of the Sydney Theatre Critics Award for their season’s work; Michael Gow’s Away and Europe, Richard Barrett’s The Heartbreak Kid, Karen Mainwaring’s Binge, Ned Manning's Us or Them, Alex Harding’s Only Heaven Knows, and the group-devised Soft Targets all representative of the high calibre of production presented. The survey also places the Company, and its ‘all-Australian’ repertoire in the landscape of the Sydney and National theatre enterprise.

'In 1986, the Griffin’s future was made secure through the generosity of philanthropist Dr Rodney Seaborn - and the SBW Foundation - who purchased the building, offering it back for the Company’s use. The book provides an extended biography of Dr Seaborn and the history of the Stables Theatre itself, revealing an extraordinary connection between the Dr Seaborn and the venue that can be traced back to the 1840s!

'Indexed, and including numerous production photographs, there is also a full list of repertoire, cast and production creatives.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's History Prize New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
Eureka : Our Story 2004 single work musical theatre 'Eureka : Our Story' tells of the real-life Irish miner Peter Lalor, a central figure at the rebellion on the Ballarat goldfields in 1854, and his partners at the diggings. The musical is set on the Ballarat gold fields - at Bakery Hill, the Gravel Pits, the Eureka dig, the Chinese quarter and the Eureka Hotel - and in Melbourne at Government House and the Great Exhibition Building.
2005 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Musical
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