Meet the Cast
EMILY CARR as ASSISTANT MARAKorper Conversion Cohort
Assistant Mara acts with integrity and commitment in her service to The Mother and can always be relied upon to maintain the rules and keep the peace in her contribution cohort . When a routine day is interrupted by an unexpected delivery, Mara’s world is turned upside-down. Can sie expel the controlling grip of The Mother Administrations to learn the truth and lead a revolution?
As an actor, Emily’s stage credits include: Reagan Kelly (Metro Arts, Rocket Boy Ensemble – Matilda Award Nomination); QUEENZ (Melbourne Fringe Festival – Best Comedy Nomination); Cosi (That Production Company, Mira Ball Productions); Mara Korper (Theatreworks, Citizen Theatre – in production); Incognito (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, La Mama – in production); and Fool For Love (Princess Theatre – in production). She is also an experienced actor in short film, children’s entertainment and TVC, and works extensively in the creative development of new works.
A graduate of QUT Drama, Emily has also trained with NIDA, The Groundlings, as well as some of Australia’s leading clowning, improvisation, puppetry and voiceover coaches. Away from acting, she enjoys working as an MC and workshop facilitator and is collaborating with two equally fierce female artists on an original children’s book.
SHAMITA SIVA as ASSISTANT KONRADKorper Conversion Cohort
Assistant Konrad is a fresh graduate eager to rise to the top and believes strongly in the bureaucratic way. Sie stands for fairness, accountability and commitment and longs to be recognised and accepted by those Sie comes into contact with. The quintessential stickler, Konrad is a quick witted, highly observant and studious individual who believes sie is far more loyal to the Mother Administrations than literally anybody else.
Shamita Siva is a multi-faceted performer and theatre maker who enjoys choreographing and devising new work. A trained dancer from an early age, after over 16 years of ballet training and multiple other dance styles, she gradually developed an interest in dance theatre forms such as Butoh alongside her acting. After completing her BA performing arts from Monash University, she supplemented her training at Stella Adler AOA Los Angeles, Film & Television Studios international, and AAFTA.
As a performing artist her work has travelled across Australia and overseas. Shamita is a keen writer and director, and is popularly consulted for movement direction. She often incorporates intercultural practices and cross disciplinary elements into her work, inspired by everyday experiences, music and sound, and socio- political issues she is driven by. She is also an active performer in Australia's queer scene, and is passionate about creating for the LGBTIQ+ community.
FREYA PRAGT as SCHWESTER FEDENKAKorper Regulation Cohort
Schwester Fedenka has always felt dissatisfied in ser life, as if Sie doesn’t ‘fit’. Ser contribution tasks require ser to administer treatments to cure recalcitrant individuals who have broken the korper regulations by making their korpers angular and muscular. Fedenka has used ser exceptional intelligence and creativity to make potions and elixirs to experiment with ser own korper in secret, in hopes of finally feeling a sense of inner peace and contentment.
Freya is a Melbourne based actor and theatre maker with a practice focussed in physical theatre, text-based absurdism, film and comedy. Select credits include: Pinocchio (Make a Scene, 2019/2020); Dinner (VCA FTV, 2019), The Bacchae (La Mama, 2019); Google Pay “GPAY” Myki TVC (The Producers 2019); Forgotten Places (Citizen Theatre, 2019); What Lies Beneath (Erth Visual & Physical / White Night Melbourne, 2019); Dino Park (Erth Visual & Physical / Melbourne Zoo, 2019); The 91-Storey Treehouse national tour (2018/19); The 78-Storey Treehouse national tour (2017/18) and The 26-Storey Treehouse national tour (2015) CDP Theatre Producers; Gestir (Frystiklefinn, 2017); The Servant of Two Masters (Make a Scene / La Mama 2016); Ubu Roi (5pound theatre, 2014); It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I Want To national tour (Hit Productions, 2013); Dangerous Remedy (ABC, 2012).
In 2017, Freya was resident artist at Frystiklefinn Theatre in Snæfellsnes, Iceland, presenting the award nominated production of Purgatorio (Attic Erratic / 5pound theatre). Freya is a VCA graduate and proud member of MEAA since 2012.
JORDAN BARR as ASSISTANT BRAY & PATIENT PATRICE
Assistant Bray is a meticulous, methodical worker, enjoys quiet time, has a short fuse but deeply cares for ser colleagues despite ser prickly personality.
Patient Patrice is a fresh graduate who suffers an injury partying too hard during the graduation ceremony. Sie also gets found out for having cultivated a forbidden, angular korper and is treated by Schwester Fedenka.
Jordan Barr is a VCA BFA Music Theatre graduate. During her time at VCA she played various roles such as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma and Mammy in L’il Abner. Since graduating she’s focussed her time on creating new work and has produced many shows under her production company The Dizzy Biz. Her writing has received recognition including being shortlisted for Screen Australia's Smart For A Girl: ROAR, receiving a nomination for Best Comedy at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe and earlier this year her work was shortlisted for the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission. In 2018, Jordan was a RAW comedy state finalist and she recently sold out her debut stand-up show 'Inexcusable' with fellow comic Cat Finch at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
KAYLA HAMILL as ASSISTANT HANS & SUPERIOR CLARENCE
Assistant Hans is a fun-loving, jovial individual who wants to enjoy every moment. Sie is known for ser spritely voice, energetic spirit and this often gets ser into trouble. Sie has many friends through ser favourite hobby, the Motherly Leisure Choir.
Superior Clarence is head of the Superiors. Sie is warm, loveable but has such immense power Sie could order someone to be aborted at any given moment.
Kayla graduated from the Arts Academy at Federation University Ballarat in 2015. Since then she has been a part of the creation of many wonderful silly works involving fart jokes, original music and fabulous collaboration. In 2016, Kayla returned to study at the John Bolton Theatre School, a 4-month intensive course focusing on physical and comedic theatre. In 2017, Kayla played the lead role in David Williamson’s new play ‘Credentials’ as part of La Mama’s 50th year celebration. 2018 brought along beloved children’s author Elizabeth Honey’s play ‘That’s Not a Daffodil’, touring throughout regional Victoria. Kayla has performed in both the MICF as well as Melbourne Fringe, receiving nominations for Best Comedy (The 2007 Wonthaggi Blue Light Disco) and Best Cabaret (Death & Other Things). Since the beginning of 2017, Kayla has had the utmost pleasure of being offered a job as a Clown Doctor, working in hospitals as a way to ease a child’s pain and spread joy in and amongst the hospital setting.
Most recently, Kayla was involved in the Fairfax Youth Initiative, a program that connects professional arts practitioners with youth and their leaders in rural communities.
ASHA KHAMIS as SUPERIOR PRETZ & CHORUSKorper Conversion Cohort
Superior Pretz is head of the Korper Conversion Cohort. Sie is opportunistic, rose through the ranks swiftly and is known for being ruthless in trying to keeping the peace and prevent any mischief. Sie has the capacity for kindness, but sees the world and the system for what it really is and acts accordingly.
Originally from Coffs Harbour, Asha made the move interstate to study at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in the Foundation Program and then the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). During her studies, Asha has performed in ‘Morning Melodies’ 2019 (dir. Jayde Kirchert) at Hamer Hall and played Helena Landless in her third year production of ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ 2020 (Dir. Jason Langley) and ensemble member in ‘Our House’ (dir. Tyran parke). In 2021 Asha appeared in Antipodes Theatre online Ricochet Reading presentation of ‘The Secret Life of Wonder’ (dir. Cheyenne Barboza). She is a passionate dancer, singer and actor and is thrilled to be playing Superior Pretz/Chorus Member in Citizen Theatre’s ‘Mara KORPER’ (dir. Jayde Kirchert).
URSULA SEARLE as SUPERIOR FRY & CHORUSKorper Degredation Management Cohort
Superior Fry is head of the Korper Degradation Management Cohort. Sie is old, warm and has ser favourites. Sie formerly treated unwell individuals and has the air of an old doctor, but won’t tolerate rule-breakers or those who seek to undermine the system.
Ursula Searle (she/her) is a multi-faceted performer specialising in classical voice, with a keen interest in developing new work. Ursula has been part of the lead cast in three all-new Australian musicals across Melbourne Fringe and MICF, and graduated from Monash University with a double degree in B. Arts Theatre/Performance and B. Music Classical Voice in 2019. Since graduation, Ursula lived and worked in Berlin where she performed, directed, and stage-managed with the Berlin Opera Academy. Whilst in Berlin, Ursula was thrilled to play Woman 1 in Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World with Berlin Musicals.
Since returning from Berlin, Ursula is proud to be represented by Ian White Management and could be found throughout isolation looking after her many, many plants and doing various online performances. Ursula is extremely excited to be a part of Citizen Theatre's new feminist sci-fi work, and is grateful to be surrounded by such talented and inspiring humans.
ERIN McINTOSH as SUPERIOR TOSTRIL & CHORUSKorper Regulation Cohort
Superior Tostril is head of the Korper Regulation Cohort. Ser special interest is nourishment efficiency and it was ser exceptional research in this area that led to ser eventual promotion to Superiority. Sie is thorough, swift, has the most accurate memory of anyone and does not deal in fuzzy feelings.
Growing up in regional Victoria, Erin has an appreciation for the growth theatre can bring to local communities. They graduated from Federation University’s Arts Academy in 2020, where they performed as Bobby Mills in A Chorus Line dir. Anthony Crowley, and Mrs Miles in Ladies in Black dir. Tamara Searle. Most recently Erin made their professional debut as Mamillius/Perdita in Melbourne Shakespeare Company’s The Winters Tale dir. Jennifer Sarah Dean. Erin has greatly enjoyed developing Mara KORPER and hopes it will open the door to more non-binary representation in Australian theatre.