Gold Satino's Creative Director Davina Wright is the collective's visionary, writer and director. Currently Davina is pursuing a masters by practice-led research in performance, focusing on the representation of violence in site-specific theatre. Davina’s primary theatrical love is making site-specific work that explores all the strange, surreal and creepy corners that urban/suburban landscapes offer.
Davina is a vegetarian enthusiast and friendly neighbour. Since moving into her current apartment building Davina has made two new friends and one enemy.
Multidisciplinary performance maker, Ross de Winter is responisible for many of the companies aesthetic elements. Voted President by the collective after suggesting all meetings be held at the local swimming pool. A practised makeup artist and costumer Ross moonlights as Crystl Bth, a cold, hard, drag ice queen.
Cazz Bainbridge began pursuing acting while studying a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University where she double majored in English and Theatre Studies. In 2009 she headed to New York to train in the Meisner Technique at Ward Studio. She went on to join their graduate international acting company in 2011 performing in two US productions. Since returning to Melbourne, Cazz continued to further her acting studies under the mentorship of Kerry Armstrong. She has performed in various TVCs, film and television as well as multiple independent theatre works including 'Live Acts On Stage' at 45 Downstairs, 'Act a Lady' and 'A Feast' at La Mama Courthouse and 'The Subtle Act of Flirting' at the Butterfly Club. She is also a current member of the 2016 Boutique Theatre Ensemble, having previously performed into two of their productions. Cazz has been a member of Gold Satino since 2012, devising and performing in their past six productions, and additionally works as the collectives Marketing Manager.
Accomplished theatre maker Xavier O'Shannessy is a performer, producer, and publicist. Xavier is a graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio, where he trained with, among others, Kim Krejus, Elizabeth Kemp (Actor’s Studio, NYC), Carl Ford (Susan Batson Studio, NYC) and Kim Farrant (Dir. Strangerland). Previous to his studies at 16th Street, Xavier trained in the Meisner technique in Melbourne in 2010, followed by a six-month residency in Philadelphia, USA with an international ensemble creating and performing original works. Aside from his work with Gold Satino, he has appeared in various short films including The Decision (VCA) and Party Goods Etc, television roles and various theatre projects including Birte in Kissing and Fucking Up, Janek in I Wish You a Boat (Philadelphia) and Erik in Love (Dir. Adena Jacobs).
Anneli Björåsen is a Melbourne based performer of Scandinavian descent. She is currently an artist in repertoire with Chamber Made Opera, a soprano with the Swedish Choir in Melbourne, and has been a performing member of Gold Satino since 2012. In 2011 she was nominated for a Green Room Award for her performance as Elina in 'Sarajevo Suite', directed by Bagryana Popov at La Mama; the play was selected as an ensemble of La Mama Mobile in 2012 and completed a regional tour of Victoria, receiving a VicHealth Touring Grant Award as part of the Arts About Us initiative. In 2013 she was part of the Chamber Made Opera ensemble performing in 'Turbulence', and partook in the filmatization of the production by Peter Humble in 2015 for the ebook LIGE, released by the Danish Ministry of Culture and Danish Ministry of Equality in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts to mark the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in Denmark. She is at present pursuing a doctorate in English Literature through La Trobe University and works as the Sponsorships Manager of the Girls on Film Festival and Treasurer of Gold Satino.
Claudia Nugent believes through art we can most honestly connect with people and, in that, incite real change; it is with this attitude held tight Claudia approaches performance making. As an arts student, Claudia's studies major in Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity Studies and English Literature with a concurrent diploma of Italian Language.
Claudia’s current focus is the power of the physical, present body – the body as a vessel for resistance believing that it is our best, most honest resource.
In 1968 Meredith Rogers found a cure for her first broken heart in the theatre and she’s mostly been there ever since. She’s a feminist, performer, daughter, scholar, mother, director, grandmother, writer, friend, teacher, mentor, creative collaborator, doctor of philosophy, cheese eater and wine drinker.
In performance she looks for the exquisite ordinary – or the other way round.