Category: Ensemble

Who we are

Cesar Genaro

Cesar Genaro

Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Born in Brazil, Cesar has lived in Australia since 2013, where he has been engaged with the performing arts industry as an actor, director, teacher, sound and light designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, from University São Judas (Brazil, 1999) and worked for 8 years in film and television production in São Paulo, Brazil. As a director and filmmaker, he has produced short films, documentaries and institutional videos. He is presently D.I.V.E.’s Artistic Director and  Theatre, Film & Media facilitator at SPIRAL, Inc. He also taught acting at TAFE Sunshine Coast.

Cesar is an experienced actor and director, having trained in Experimental Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Puppetry, Physical Theatre, Viewpoints and Butoh with different schools and theatre companies in Brazil and Australia. He started in acting in 2007 with Teatro Escola Macunaíma (Brazil), and has since trained with Cia. de Teatro Os Satyros, (Brazil), Cia. Pessoal Do Faroeste (Brazil), Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Fools Theatre Company and Zen, Zen, Zo (Australia).  

Cesar founded D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective with Priscila Da Cunha and has been Artistic Director since 2017. Performance and directing credits for D.I.V.E. include Diver.city Inside Out (2021), Exodus (2021), Into the Light (2020), Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed (2019) and Stories of Dis.place.ment (2018). He also directed and edited Dis.connect.ed: A Short Documentary (2019).

Cesar’s other theatre credits include Bureau of Dodgy Dreams (Fools Theatre Company); Something, by Rebecca Dostal (Noosa Arts Theatre’s  Shorts on the Stage); Homem Não Entra for Cia. Pessoal Do Faroeste (Brazil); Brincar De Pensar by Vanessa Bruno (Brazil); Edifício London, Satyricon, Distopias, Novo Manual Prático  Para  o Anonimato and Manual Prático para o Anonimato for Cia. De Teatro Os Satyros (Brazil). On the screen, he has acted in the short films Arcano 13 and Abaixo a Ditadura (Brazil) and has directed the shorts Disability Violence Project for Queensland Advocacy Inc. and TAFE Sunshine Coast.

Priscila Da Cunha

Priscila Da Cunha

Co-founder & Creative Producer

Priscila Da Cunha is one of the founders of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective and has been a Creative Producer since 2017. Originally from Brazil, she has lived in Australia since 2013 and is Drama & English Teacher at a Steiner school in the Sunshine Coast, where she directs and produces five full-length theatre performances per year. She completed her Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2004. Her research interests lie in contact improvisation, physical theatre and the boundaries between literature, theatre, film and dance. She has published two articles on Comparative Literature and edited three anthologies of Australian short stories for high school students.

Priscila has been involved in the performing arts for more than 14 years. With D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective, she has led workshops for schools and community groups and has produced and performed in several projects. She worked as a producer and project coordinator for Diver.city Inside Out (2021), Exodus (2021), Into the Light (2020), Dis.connect.ed: A Short Documentary (2019) and the street performance Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed (2019). In 2018, she facilitated and acted in two street performances as part of Stories of Dis.place.ment.

Credits in Brazil include Somos De Feitos, for Cia. De Feitos and Cia. Les Commediens Tropicales (2008-2009); Novo Manual Prático para o Anonimato (2009) and Manual Prático para o Anonimato (2008) with Cia. de Teatro Os Satyros. She was a member of Inorgânicas Contemporary Dance Troupe (2010-2013), directed by Denise Passos, and performed in numerous contemporary dance festivals. Priscila also facilitated storytelling workshops and performances in schools, community centres, libraries and companies in Sao Paulo, Brazil for several years.

Since starting her theatre career, she has trained in contact improvisation dance with Joerg Hassmann (Australia) and Cia. Nova Dança 4 (Brazil); in contemporary dance with Ruth Rachou and Denise Passos (Brazil); in Viewpoints with Zen Zen Zo; in Linklater Voice Training with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (Australia); Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Drama with the Independent School for Creative Speech and the Art of Drama (New Zealand).

Alice Clapham

Alice Clapham

Performing Artist

Alice Beaver Clapham grew up in Tennessee, USA. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts at Rollins College, Florida and her M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences at Arizona State University, Arizona.  She studied acting at RADA in London and at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC.

Alice has worked professionally as a performer, playwright, director, and arts educator for the past 20 years in the USA (Childsplay), Honduras (Teatro La Fragua), Hong Kong (Faust, HKYAF, AFTEC) and Singapore (Faust). She has worked on several community-based theatre projects ranging in from foster kids to social workers to entire towns.

She has collaborated and studied with renowned community-based theatres, such as Cornerstone Theatre (Los Angeles) and Sojourn Theatre (Portland, Oregon). Alice is also an accomplished voice actor, working for companies such as Disney, Cartoon Network, Animax, and V-Tech.

After recently relocating to Australia, Alice is delighted to be a part of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective here on the Sunshine Coast.

Maria Shamsy

Maria Shamsy

Performing Artist

Maria is an emerging performing artist who was born and raised in Germany. She studied acting at the Theatre Academy in Mannheim before moving to Australia, almost two years ago. She also trained on acting techniques at On Stage Akademie in Ludwigsbur and Theatre Pedagogy at Theaterwerkstatt in Heidelberg (Germany).

Raised by a Finnish mother and an Iranian father - two cultures that could hardly be more different, Maria has learned to transform this experience into a strength for creating an understanding and acceptance not only for herself but also for different cultures, life histories and views others might have in life.

Acting has helped her a lot in building confidence and self-esteem and has been a part of her life since she was young. Some of her theatre credits in Germany include Maria Stuart, in Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller; Mariedl in Die Präsidentinnen by Werner Schwab; Wrage in Topdogs by Urs Widmer; Akela in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling; Aishe in The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare; Das Klageweib, in Das zird schon. Nie mehr lieben! by Sybille Berg.

She joined D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective in 2022 and is excited to participate in the creative development of Caprichos.

Megan O’Hare

Megan O’Hare

Performing Artist

Originally from Ireland, Megan is a novice performing artist and student at the University of Queensland.

She joined D.I.V.E Theatre Collective's Ensemble in 2021 due to her experience as an immigrant and her shared belief in the potential of art to effect change. She is convinced that there is immense value in exploring and celebrating the multitude of (sub)cultures and experiences existent within Australian society, particularly those that are provocative, marginalised or misunderstood.

Megan has performed in Pandemonium, directed by Ms. Stephanie Dimitriou. She performed the role of Hazel, a traumatised scientist, and Mabel, a child dancer prone to (farcical) catastrophising. Pandemonium explored themes of surrealism, madness, and apocalypse, with a cast composed of culturally and/or linguistically diverse young actors.

Megan has trained in improvisation and the Meisner technique and she is eager to expand and improve upon her knowledge and skills.

Mia Hollingworth

Mia Hollingworth

Performing Artist

Mia Hollingworth (b. Melbourne 1975) is an Australian educator, content writer and performance artist based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

A dance graduate of the Victorian College of Arts 1996, her career as a contemporary dancer for live and film work has seen her collaborate and tour with some of Melbourne’s leading experiential contemporary companies and choreographers from 1997-2007.

During a lengthy hiatus from practice and performance, Hollingworth became a mother and returned to studies, completing a Bachelor of Education in 2017. She is currently undertaking Death Doula training.

Since moving to the Sunshine Coast, Hollingworth has returned to her art practice and has since been a grant recipient to create in Place2Play (2020), a Creative Spaces Artist in Residence recipient (2021), and performed as part of Horizon Festival Homegrown 2021/2022 with LJ Projects.

Hollingworth is committed to dance advocacy through contributing to conversations, writing and education.