Learning Program Producer – Maureen Hartley
Maureen graduated as a Secondary Teacher of Drama and English and taught in country and city high schools. She began regular work at La Mama Theatre in 1981, as the theatre’s Publicist and as Administrative Assistant to the Artistic Director, Liz Jones. During this time other duties have included managing the Education Program, Box Office Manager, Front-Of-House, assisting with casting, and serving on the Committee of Management, for many years as Secretary. Maureen is now the La Mama Learning Producer, and regular FOH. She has also performed in many theatres across Melbourne, including La Mama, the Pram Factory, St Martins, the Fairfax Theatre (Vic Arts Centre), and 45 Downstairs.
Maureen’s more recent theatre performances include Foxholes Of The Mind by Bernard Clancy (La Mama Courthouse 2010), The Privilege Gene (Lloyd Jones’ Ensemble, La Mama 2011), Graham Parker’s Linguistic Loonacy (Comedy Festival, La Mama 2012), ‘What Is The Question?’ (Lloyd Jones’ Ensemble, La Mama 2012), The Biography Of A Battler by Scott Welsh, (Fringe Festival, as part of Mental Health Week, La Mama 2012), Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams (45 Downstairs, 2013), Light Within Darkness, (Lloyd Jones’ Ensemble, La Mama 2013), Nicola Gunn’s In Spite Of Myself (Fairfax Theatre for Melbourne Festival, 2013) and The Play’s The Thing by Brenda Palmer (La Mama, 2014).
Since 1993 Maureen has co-written and performed as one half of the comedy duo ‘Violet and Rose’ with actor Clare Larman, conducting numerous mobile street performances, tours and other on-site events – leading chocoholics around the laneways of Melbourne in Buildings, Barricades and Banter, then returning to Marvellous Melbourne with Vice and Virtue in Little Lon (in conjunction with Melbourne Museum, 2003-2011), creating poetry and chaos on trams (City of Melbourne’s Art on the Move project, Fringe Festival 2001), exploring St Kilda Cemetery in search of Madame Brussels (for Friends of St K Cemetery, and for the Federation Project 2001), and performing at the International Performance in Cultural Institutions Conferences in Canberra (2005), in Melbourne (2006), and in Belfast (2008). Maureen and Clare recorded some of their original material for an ABC Radio National’s history documentary about Madam Brussels in 2011. They are currently working on two new projects, one being for the Melbourne Seafarers’ Mission.