Duncan Maurice – Artistic Director, Producer
Sharon’s love affair with the stage began at the tender age of 6, singing at community events, corporate functions, pubs, clubs, and charity events. Her passion for the performing arts led her to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in Theatre, Indigenous studies, and English literature. Sharon also studied Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music and Advanced Screen Acting at Screenwise. Sharon’s theatre credits include Nine, Parramatta Girls, Henry V, Sweeney Todd, Grey, Herman and Rosie, Other Brother, Deep Shallow Empty, The Silence Came and The Age of Entitlement. As a writer, Sharon has developed a variety of works for the stage including comedies, musicals and dramas and is now trying her hand at writing for screen. Having been a part of the Mongrel Mouth journey from the beginning. Sharon is thrilled to continue bringing the Mongrel vision to audiences as a co-writer and actor in Like Me and The Bee and the Tree.
As an “actor slash model, and not the other way around” (Derek Zoolander), Moreblessing has thrived upon the creative energy of performance from a very young age. With a wealth of experience within varying fields within the arts, she made the choice to realise her dream of being an actress a long time ago. With a plethora of accents, languages, and musical skills under her belt, Moreblessing has frequently invested these attributes as a model youth and ambassador within her community.
Alongside her study of both psychology and theatre at UNSW, Moreblessing has committed herself conscientiously to take on every acting opportunity that has presented itself to her, including Money and Friends, opening at The Theatre on Chester in November, 2014. She has procured further stage experience in The Producers (Rockdale Musical Society), Twelfth Night (UNSW NUTS), and Fame: The Musical. Furthermore, Moreblessing has partaken in music videos (Julia Why?), a web-series (On Patrol), and Government initiative videos (Young People’s Rights). Moreblessing appeared inThe Age of Entitlement with Mongrel Mouth. She was a contributing writer and performer for Like Me and The Bee and the Tree.
David Herrero – Composer, Lyricist and Musical Director
David is a composer and performer whose work extends into corporate events and professional development as an event manager, trainer, facilitator and presenter. He studied music at The University of Sydney, and has worked as a performer, writer and composer for language education companies Theatre Lote (Melbourne) on L’Amour est bizarre! and Der Schock and ACT (Barcelona) on Skin. David also Musical Director and performer for Broadway Baby and Shakespeare: The Cabaret at La Bar, and with Blue Angel Productions for Weill Women (Old Fitz and Melbourne Fringe) and The Song That We Shout (Bar Me).
David has worked as an arranger for the a cappella group Massabanadeen, created music for The Impending Room’s production of Still at Old 505, was lead puppeteer for the Flywire short film, Single White Farmer, and an actor in Pinchgut Opera’s Giasone. He was formerly President of Sydney University Graduate Choir, where he has helped produce events including the Sydney Sings… program and An Australian War Requiem, and sings with the chamber choir, Coro Austral (Blackheath Choral Festival, Camelot Lounge). In various technical and off-stage roles, he has worked with Opera Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, and other private companies.
After creating music and soundscapes for The Age of Entitlement and Like Me, he has remained with Mongrel Mouth for The Bee and the Tree, the company’s first musical.
Gemma O’Nions – Set Design
Gemma is an artist and theatre designer from Sydney. She studied fine arts as a sculpture and installation major at UNSW COFA, graduating in 2012. Gemma currently works as a props makerfor Opera Australia.
Recent theatre design projects include: Tin Shed Camping Tours by Tin Shed (set and props design, Bondi Pavilion Theatre 2015, Fraser Studios 2012). Destroyer of Worlds by Caleb Lewis (costume design, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015, Bondi Pavilion Theatre 2014). Bondi Feast Festival, Rocksurfers Theatre Co (bar and foyer design 2012, 2013, 2014, stage design 2013, Bondi Pavilion). Uh Oh Tony! by Nick Coyle (set, props, costume, puppet design, and touring stage manager, Critical Stages NSW regional tour 2014, Bondi Pavilion Theatre 2013). The Importance of Being Ernest Dragons and Other Classic Tales by Alli Sebastian Wolf (design assistant, Old Fitzroy Theatre 2012). Gemma is very excited to be working with Mongrel Mouth for the first time on Like Me. Her next project will be the continuation of a body of work in sculpture and painting, before seeking out new adventures in theatre for 2016.