Artistic Director / Producer / Writer / Performer
Liesel has almost 20 years experience in writing, producing, directing and performing in a range of theatrical productions for both young and adult audiences. Liesel began her theatrical career as an actor with various companies in Queensland including the Queensland Theatre Company and Grin & Tonic before relocating to Singapore where she was employed as the Director of Speech and Drama for Cre-Ed Arts and Dance School. She returned to co-found Strut and Fret Productions in 1997 through which she created and performed in several hit festival shows, including Pink Bits for the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals and Wordpainting for the 1998 Out of the Box Children’s Festival and The Java Jive for the 1999 Commonwealth Theatre Festival in Kuala Lumpur. In 1999 she formed Loose Canon Arts and has since toured throughout South East Asia and the Middle East for several months of each year with performances for young audiences. In addition to creating and performing in a range of adult cabaret shows that have toured locally and overseas, Liesel has written, produced and directed two comedies for family audiences Monkeyshines and Darlingwood Tales which were commissioned and presented by the Sydney Opera House in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Over the last two years she has also created and performed new work for seasons at Carriageworks, the Famous Spiegeltent and the Sydney Festival as well as for the City of Sydney and the NSW Historic Houses Trust. For the last four years she has also performed as part of the cult Sydney comedy cabaret collective Six Quick Chicks and has just directed Jude Bowler's Working Class Sheilas for the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival.