– Who we are – 

Cesar Genaro
Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Credit: Vlad da CunhaCesar founded D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective with Priscila Da Cunha and Florence Teillet and has been Artistic Director since 2017. Performance and directing credits for D.I.V.E. include 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).
Born in Brazil, Cesar has lived in Australia since 2013, where he has been engaged with the performing arts industry as an actor, director, film maker, teacher, sound and light designer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, from University São Judas (Brazil) and worked for 8 years in film and television production in São Paulo, Brazil. As a director, he has produced short films, documentaries and institutional videos. He is presently theatre and film & media facilitator at SPIRAL, Inc. and has 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 Os Satyros Theatre Company, (Brazil), Pessoal Do Faroeste Theatre Company (Brazil), Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (Australia), Fools’ Theatre Company and Zen Zen Zo (Australia).

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
Co-founder / Producer

Credit: Vlad da CunhaPriscila Da Cunha is one of the founders of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective and has been 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 in 2004. Her research interests lie on contact improvisation, physical theatre and the boundaries between literature, theatre and dance. She has published a few articles on Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and edited two anthologies of Australian short stories for high school students.

Priscila has been involved in the performing arts for more than 10 years. With D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective, she has led workshops for schools and community groups, and has worked as actress and producer in several projects. She produced 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 De Feitos Theatre Company and Les Commediens Tropicales Theatre Company; Novo Manual Prático para o Anonimato and Manual Prático para o Anonimato with Os Satyros Theatre Company. She was a member of Inorgânicas Contemporary Dance Troupe, 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 for several years.

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

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Tamara Lea Collins
Performing Artist

Tamara Lea Collins is a Sunshine Coast-based teaching-artist, director and performer. In 2017, she completed the highly rigorous Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) under the guidance of Dr Lynne Bradley, Artistic Director of Zen Zen Zo. The following year Tamara embarked on her first professional work with Artistic Director of Salted Pineapple Productions, Anthony Borsato, and co-devised the production of The Divine Appeal of Media in which she choreographed key movement pieces and performed the role of Media.

Tamara’s most recent artistic work extends to engaging young performers, building their capacity as artists and discovering their own voice in today’s society. Her youth ensemble Thrive Theatre took out highly awarded prizes of ‘Platinum Award’ and ‘Most Inspiring Actor’ at the Sunshine Coast Schools Drama Festival for their Greek theatre production of Love and Soul – The Story of Psyche and Eros. In 2019, Tamara continued her professional relationship with Zen Zen Zo with their sell-out production of The Tempest, as Stage Manager.

It has been a highly engaging process working with D.I.V.E for their production of Into the Light, in 2020, and she is excited to take this into the 2021 production of Exodus.