BIO

 

Tessa’s work has featured across Australia at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Feast Festival, Qld Poetry Festival, Womadelaide, Adelaide Fringe, the Australian Poetry Slam and the National Circus Festival, among others.

From 2007 to 2011 she won the People’s Choice Award at the Performance Poetry World Cup (in Nimbin) and Brisbane’s Poetry Unearthed competition and the Fringe Bar Burlesque Competition.  She was part of the madness of Outsiders collective, hosting “…the most bizarre and brilliant live music events Brisbane is likely to witness”.

Tessa went on to become coordinator (or Slammaster!) of the Qld Poetry Slam, working in communities across the state towards a national final at the Sydney Opera House.

Those years she produced two spoken word shows with live musicians, The Moonshine Cooperative and Billet Doux, which played at the Qld Poetry Festival and Woodford Folk Festival respectively.

After moving to Adelaide in the late 2000’s, she worked as a Producer for Adelaide Fringe to create outrageous large-scale events.  As a producer she also now works with Gravity & Other Myths, an award-winning contemporary circus company.

Most recently she developed Lady Rose and the Letters of Rapture, an interactive letter-writing work, and co-created Spandexx Ballet, an 80’s aerobics dance troupe.

She is the Adelaide Arts Writer for Scenestr Magazine, and has reviewed arts events for several years with Australian Stage.

Tessa currently lives in Adelaide organising acrobats, teaching yoga, and pursuing more Spandexx and love letters for the stage and public arena.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

 

2015
-Lady Rose and spoken word performances at QLD Poetry Festival
-Spandexx Ballet, WOMADelaide

2014
-Spandexx Ballet, Feast Festival
-Spandexx Ballet, Adelaide Fringe

2013
-Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
-Spandexx Ballet, Feast Festival
-BALLS Cabaret, Edinburgh Fringe
-T.R.I.P, Adelaide
-The Bedouin Club, National Circus Festival Tasmania
-DJ at Adelaide Fringe Club

2012
-Love You Long Time, Melbourne Fringe
-DJ at Adelaide Fringe Club
-Barrio, Adelaide Festival
-Dirty Little Late Night Disgrace, Adelaide Fringe
-Riverbend Books Poetry Series, Brisbane

2011
-WINNER Fringe Bar Cabaret and Burlesque Competition, Brisbane
-Love Letter tour at National Circus Festival Tasmania, Adelaide Fringe, Ice Cream Factory Brisbane.
-QLD Poetry Slam host at Cairns Festival, Brisbane Writer’s Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Stanthorpe, Barcaldine, Gold Coast
-Billet Doux at Woodford Folk Festival
-Spoke Festival, Adelaide
-Sideshow Paradiso, National Circus Festival, Tasmania
-Burlesque in the Library, Brisbane
-Wink Wink Nudge Nudge fundraiser, Adelaide

2010
-MC at The Bohemian Masquerade Ball, Brisbane
-Ghostboy Golden Virtues Film Clip, ‘Love Me’
-Diva Diva at The Step Inn, Brisbane
-Emergence Circus Programme, Woodford Folk Festival
-Outsiders present SOFT, Brisbane
-Swallow and Exit, Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
-Format Zine Fair, Adelaide Fringe
-QLD Poetry Slam host at Cairns Festival; Brisbane Writer’s Festival; Townsville; Longreach; Gold Coast
-Words or Whatever, Brisbane
-Feature artist, Avid Reader Presents, Brisbane

2009
-The Electric Brisvegas Revue, Globe Theatre, Brisbane
-Diva Diva at Feast of Fools, Outsiders, Brisbane
-The Suits, Outsiders, Brisbane
-Bleeding the Grid, Writer’s Fringe, Brisbane
-MC, Wordfood Poetry Slam, Woodford Folk Festival
-Character Jam, Adelaide
-Buy the Ticket Take the Ride, Globe Theatre, Brisbane.
-Mystique’s Jazzercise Class at La Boheme, Adelaide

2008
-The Moulin Beige, Brisbane
-MC at The Writer’s Fringe, Brisbane.
-The Mystery Bus, Woodford Folk Festival
-Riverbend Books Poetry Series
-Speakeasy, Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane
-Dancer for Maiden Speech at Brisbane Cabaret Festival

2007
-WINNER People’s Choice Award, Performance Poetry World Cup, NSW
-WINNER Poetry Unearthed Competition, Brisbane
-Random Acts of Poetry, Brisbane Writer’s Festival
-Klownsville, Woodford Folk Festival
-Miss Tess and the Moonshine Cooperative at QLD Poetry Festival
-Love Poetry Hate Racism, Globe Theatre, Brisbane
-Speedpoets, Brisbane
-This is Not Art Festival, Newcastle