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 Caprichos (2022), 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).

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 on 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 15 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 Caprichos (2022), 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.

Since starting her theatre career, Priscila 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 BA in Theatre Arts at Rollins College, Florida, and her MFA 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 communities such as foster kids to social workers to entire towns.  She has worked and studied with renowned community-based theatres, such as Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles and Sojourn Theatre in 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 joined D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective in 2022 as an ensemble member on the Sunshine Coast.

Daniela Lavorenti

Daniela Lavorenti

Performing Artist

Daniela is a passionate Italian and Brazilian performer who loves travelling around the world, spreading art, love and healing. She has worked in the performing arts for 23 years; she is an experienced voice actor, dancer and professional clown.

Daniela has a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts from Faculdade Celia Helena (Brazil) and a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management from the Australian Dance College.

Credits in Australia include Peculiar River (The Factory Theatre Company), Hamlet (Sydney Foreign Actors Association) and the comedy Philosopher’s Hospital, for which she was one of the finalists in the Short and Sweet Festival in 2020. She also worked as a full-time clown at Luna Park in Sydney for two years.

In Brazil, Daniela worked and toured with some of the leading theatre companies in Sao Paulo for 20 years. She also facilitated workshops and worked as a hospital clown doctor for five years with Doutores da Alegria.

Daniela joined D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective in 2022. She is excited to reconnect with her true source and breathe fully again.

Mary Eggleston

Mary Eggleston

Performing Artist

Mary Eggleston is an actor, performance artist, director, writer and producer of performing and visual arts. She’s a keen collaborator and has worked with national and international artists since 1997.  She trained in physical theatre with Zen Zen Zo and then went on to study mime and movement theatre at dieEtage in Berlin.

Mary has toured extensively with Artslink and QLD Music Festival’s Youth Touring. She was selected to be part of the 2020 PlayLab mentorship under the guidance of Maxine Mellor and she’s currently writing collaboratively on a new work for theatre with Dr Nycole Prowse. Mary is also the producer of Project 24 – a council-funded arts residency program at 2nd Space in Nambour.

Megan O’Hare

Megan O’Hare

Performing Artist

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

She joined D.I.V.E Theatre Collective's Ensemble in 2021 due to 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, and Caprichos, directed by Cesar Genaro. She has trained in Biomechanics, Theatre of the Oppressed, Improvisation and the Meisner Technique, and she is eager to expand and improve her knowledge and skills.