Committee

Kate Stones, President

Kate Stones has been working with the CTC since 2009. In 2016 she completed a Masters in Directing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Kate joined the committee in 2010 and served as Secretary from 2011-2018. She directed Gallipoli, The Musical for the CTC (2017), Monkey and the Monk (2015), Burqa, a short play by Ian Nash, performed as part of the 2013 Artfields Festival in Castlemaine. She has performed for the CTC as Doll Common in Playhouse Creatures (2014) , in New Blood (2012, as Rosie Donahue in The Donahue Sisters for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Kyneton One-Act Play Festival); as Toinette (and Musical Director) in The Hypochondriac (2011); and as Ida Rheingold in Dirty Work at the Crossroads (2010). She runs a small independent theatre company – The Red Room – with partner Kenneth MacLeod. Kate co-directed and performed in their production Purgatorio, which was part of the Castlemaine State Festival 2015; and Emilie’s Voltaire, which premiered at the 2011 Castlemaine Fringe Festival, and went on to tour to the Kyneton Town Hall, and to the Engine Room in Bendigo (July 2013).  Kate facilitates drama workshops for CreateAbility, an organisation that creates creative opportunities for adults and young people of varying abilities, and also works as Education Coordinator for Castlemaine State Festival.

 

Clare Shamier, Vice President

Clare is an academic and actor (in no particular order) and has been performing in theatre and film for a long little while now. She currently teaches media and politics at Swinburne University. Her first appearance with the CTC was soon after her move up the Calder Highway in Peach Season (2016) and since then has gone on to show her face in a number of productions (Gallipoli: The MusicalAs You Like It). In 2017 Clare was brought on board to run the publicity arm of the CTC. In her scant spare time Clare cares for and rides her 3 horses, Nino, TC and Willow.

 

Elaine Matheson, Treasurer

Elaine has her own bookkeeping business, Lynden Bookkeeping, serving the local Castlemaine area. She works pro bono for the local charity HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies). HALT aims to remind tradies they are valued by their community, and direct them to support services, both local and national, should they need them. Elaine has also been involved with the CTC backstage, front of house, and made her debut on stage in Gallipoli the Musical (2017). Elaine first connected with community theatre in the late 1990s as part of the Boilerhouse Theatre Group in Sunbury, where she appeared in a number of productions including Black Rock, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland, she also stage managed and worked backstage. Elaine and her partner Lindsay moved to Elphinstone in 2010, and joined the CTC in 2008. Elaine loves theatre.

 

Seamus Curtain Magee, Secretary

Seamus joined the CTC committee in 2018 after appearing in The Peach Season (2016) and Arsenic and Old Lace (2018). Before a 6 year children-induced hiatus from the stage he specialised in Ancient Greek Comedy, translating and directing The Clouds (2006) and Lysistrata (2008) by Aristophanes. Aside from his pet subject, Seamus has appeared in everything from musicals to Jacobean Tragedy. Seamus teaches by day, and is the committee’s official Tech Head.

 

Delwyn Hopkins

Delwyn studied performance studies at Victoria University, before going on to a Graduate Diploma and Masters of Creative Arts Therapy. She has played a diverse number of roles including Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  the Caterpillar in James and the Giant Peach and a murderer in A Timeless Mystery. Delwyn’s first performance with CTC was in As You Like It, she then went on to crew in Blood Wedding before taking the plunge into the role of Stage Manager for Frankenstein’s Children. Delwyn is a mother of 4 children.

 

Stephen Mitchell

After studying Community Theatre at the University of Tasmania in the 1980s, Stephen worked as an actor in Hobart and Adelaide, as well as in numerous backstage roles including stage manager, lighting designer/operator/rigger. As a scriptwriter, he has had plays staged in Melbourne and Sydney and a radio drama produced by ABC Radio National. In 2001, he won an AWGIE for his SBS teleplay Wee Jimmy. After a 20 year hiatus he returned to acting in 2010. In 2012 he directed and performed in The Local Stigmatic for Castlemaine Theatre Company, and appeared in the 2016 production of The Ghost Train and 2018’s As You Like It. Stephen directed Frankenstein’s Children for the CTC in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kate Stones


Clare Shamier


Elaine Matheson


Seamus Curtain Magee


Delwyn Hopkins


Stephen Mitchell