Influx was born in 2009 when Susie, Kate and Nicci came together to participate in an intensive workshop entitled “Andante” facilitated by Younes Bachir from the world-renowned Spanish theatre company La Fura Dels Baus.
Susie, Kate and Nicci all share a similar aesthetic and a passion for raw new work that has heightened physicality and is visceral in nature. They share a desire to create work that empowers women and gives them a voice.
Together they collectively have a strong desire to make work that is bold, unafraid and reveals humanity in all it’s complexities and ugliness.
The mix of skills and practices within this exciting cross-generational creative team includes acrobatics, circus, body weather, theatre, butoh, music, multimedia and design.
Susie has worked extensively in theatre as a performer, devisor and director in Australia and overseas for the past thirty years.
She has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies: (MWT) Melbourne Workers Theatre, (UHT) Union House Theatre and (ICE) Institute Of Complex Entertainment. ICE’s projects went on to win various awards and received many accolades for the ground-breaking site-specific nature of the work.
In 2011, she was the recipient of the Australia Council residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where she observed the work of Theatre du Soleil and other French companies.
She has directed works for MTC, Malthouse Theatre and many Independent Theatre Companies.
Susie has been nominated and won numerous awards, including a Green Room Award for her direction of Patricia Cornelius’s Savages (2013) and a nomination for her direction on The Long Pigs (2014) and Patricia Cornelius’s SHIT (2015).
Kate Sherman is a multi disciplinary performer and performance maker. She has most recently performed in Ruby’s Wish at Downstairs Belvoir and co collaborated on a work entitled Genius for the Festival of Live Art (FOLA).
She has worked with companies such as Performance Space (A real-time game and multi media performance entitled Wayfarer), STC (Macbeth), Downstairs Belvoir (Checklist for an Armed Robber), Erth Visual and Physical Inc (Gargoyles), Legs On The Wall (Beyond Belief, My Bicycle Loves You), Campbelltown Arts Centre and has also worked in film and TV.
She was funded by The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to study at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris 2012) and she was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship where she researched collaborative practice in NYC, Europe and the UK throughout 2013/14.
She has performed in and made site specific works for the Castlemaine Festival, Performance Space, and Harry Seidler’s Expanded Architecture: Temporal Formal Exhibition which was published in a Bauhaus edition.
In 2015 she had a film exhibited in the RoslynOxley9 Gallery entitled Perfect Boy Redux – Imaginarium. Kate Graduated from NIDA in 2005 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement at The VCA in 2015.
Nicci has been working in the performing arts for over 30 years performing at festivals and theatres around the world from the Pitjantjatjara lands to 42nd St.
She has created many new works of various art forms as a performer, creator/devisor and director with numerous companies and independent artists throughout Australia.
Companies she has worked with include: Circus Oz, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, KAGE, Melbourne Workers Theatre, CIRCA, Hothouse Theatre, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, The Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Dislocate, Legs On The Wall and Dee & Cornelius.
She also works as a Clown Doctor for The Humour Foundation.
She was a performer in the multi award winning show SHIT by Patricia Cornelius, Assistant Director and performer for the Green Room Award winning show Taxi by Dee & Cornelius and co-creator and performer of the highly acclaimed show The Long Pigs.
She has one dog.