The Depot Theatre Drama Club

Tutors

David Jeffrey - Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Depot Theatre

David is the co-founder of The Depot Theatre (est. 2015). He previously co-founded Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) (2011-2014), Sydney Shakespeare Festival (2007-2013) and Go Theatre (2004-2006). David also co-founded The Actor’s Factory (2001-2004), an acting school and theatre company, where he developed and was the head tutor for the full curriculum. He also co-produced and designed Lovepuke by Duncan Sarkies (2003), along with several student productions.  Originally from New Zealand, David is a graduate of the Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT) (1999). For The Depot Theatre David  performaed  in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (2015). David performed in the Pulitizer nominated Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by Will Eno (2014), played Topher in the new Australian play, An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan (2013) and Mr Bullen in the Sydney Premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish (2013) at the Old Fitzroy Theatre for Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO). In 2012, he played Joe Ryan in When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell and Frank in Educating Rita by Willy Russell for SITCO and played Claudius in Hamlet and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew for Sydney Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Complete Package by Robert Allan for SITCO, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing for Sydney Shakespeare Festival; numerous productions for Go Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, and other independent companies. David also has a diploma in film and television production and direction from the Academy of Photogenic Arts (1992). For The Depot Theatre, David produced and designed The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Recent theatre design and producer credits during SITCO's residency at the Old Fitzroy Theatre from 2013-2014 include The Les Robinson Story & Belle of the CrossTHOM PAIN (based on nothing)An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan, Friday by Daniela Giorgi, Something Natural But Very Childish written and adapted by Gary Abrahams. Also for SITCO, design and producer credits include When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, Educating Rita by Willy Russell (2012) and the world premieres of The Liar’s Bible by Fiona Samuel (2012) and The Complete Package by Robert Allan (2011). For Sydney Shakespeare Festival, David has produced and designed 10 of Shakespeare's classics. In 2004, David established Glebe’s only currently operating theatre at The Roxbury Hotel in Glebe with Julie Baz. Together they converted an unused function room into one of Sydney’s renowned theatre and comedy venues where they staged six productions under the banner of Go Theatre.

Julie Baz - Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Depot Theatre

Julie is the co-founder of The Depot Theatre (est. 2015). She previously co-founded Sydney Independent Theatre Company (SITCO) (2011-2014), Sydney Shakespeare Festival (2007-2013) and Go Theatre (2004-2006). From 2001 to 2004, Julie co-founded and directed The Actors Factory, an acting school and theatre company, where she was a regular tutor and directed the student productions and performances.  She also  co-produced and directed Lovepuke by Duncan Sarkies (2003). For The Depot Theatre in 2015, Julie  produced and directed in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. For SITCO in 2014, she produced the Australian double bill, The Les Robinson Story & Belle of the Cross by Kieran Carroll and Angelika Fremd, produced and directed the Pulitzer nominated THOM PAIN (based on nothing) by Will Eno. In 2013, she produced and directed the world premiere of Australian play, An Ordinary Person by Robert Allan, the world premiere of political satire, Friday by Daniela Giorgi, the Sydney premiere of Something Natural But Very Childish, an Australian play based on the stories of Katherine Mansfield written and adapted by Gary Abrahams. Julie also collaborated with over 25 independent theatre companies to program a range of productions during SITCO's residency at the Old Fitzroy Theatre from 2013-2014. Also for SITCO, Julie produced and directed the Sydney independent premiere of Andrew Bovell's multi-award winning Australian classic When the Rain Stops Falling, Willy Russell’s award winning masterpiece, Educating Rita and the world premieres of The Liar’s Bible by multi-award winning New Zealand Writer, Fiona Samuel and The Complete Package by new Australian writer, Robert Allan. For Sydney Shakespeare Festival, Julie produced and directed ten of Shakespeare’s classics between 2008-2013. In 2004, Julie established Glebe’s only currently operating theatre at The Roxbury Hotel with David Jeffrey. Together they converted an unused function room into one of Sydney’s popular theatre and comedy venues where they staged six productions under the banner of Go Theatre, including the Pulitzer prize winning, Boy’s Life by Howard Korder and the Australian premiere of Serial Killers by renowned New Zealand writer, James Griffin. She has a BA Communications (Film and Media Studies and Production) and has directed several short films including the award winning That Was… (1997).