Artist in Residence – Darren Vizer

Since the beginning of 2015, Darren Vizer is the new La Mama’s Artist in residence after he has been awarded a Professional Pathways Scholarship from VCA. He is currently directing Stars of Track and Field written by Amanda Miha which opens at La Mama Theatre 29th July and runs until 9th August. Darren is extremely excited to be invited to choreograph the VCA – Melbourne University first year dancer end of year performance.

Darren graduated with both a VCA Post Graduate Diploma of Performance Creation specialized in Choreography in 2011 and a VCA Master of Choreography in 2013. He also holds a Diploma of Dance from QUT Brisbane in 1993, a Graduate Diploma of Dance Laban Centre London passed in 1997 and a Professional Diploma of Acting from Ensemble Acting Studios passed in 2008. In 2013, he was awarded a Creative Scholarship for his masters studies at VCA.

In 2012, Darren was Choreographic Consultant for Bagryana Popov ‘Article 1’ 3rd Year Graduate Actors. He also danced for Opera Australia in The Magic Flute and performed in Opera Australia’s Carmen in Melbourne. As a theatre maker, Darren has worked, studied, preformed and choreographed nationally and internationally, with QUT Dance 1992, Sydney Dance Company 1994, Australian Dance Theatre 1995, Australian Folkloric Company 1995, Transitions Dance Company 1997, The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance London 1997, Opera Australia, Ensemble Acting Studios, and Feast Festival.

In November 2012, he was offered an Explorations Season at La Mama Theatre where his solo work No One Likes Me was created, before being programmed for a full season at La Mama as part of the 2013 Midsummer Festival, it will be presented at Feast Festival Adelaide2105. He came back to La Mama for the 2014 Explorations Season with Blending, which has been programmed for the 2015 ‘Any Where Festival Franskston & Melbourne Fringe Festival’ under the new title Plunge. In 2014, Darren founded the Devize Co, which aims to work on the fusion of acting and dance.

Darren will be working with La Mama directly under the supervision of our Company Manager, Caitlin Dullard, who will educate him with all areas of the company from Production and Marketing to Front of House. As a part of his residency at La Mama, Darren will also be regularly presenting his practice to La Mama Theatre in 2015.

For further information on Darren Vizer check his Devize Co company website www.devizeco.com