– 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 Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed and Stories of Dis.place.ment. He also directed and edited Dis.connect.ed: A Short Documentary.

Born in Brazil, Cesar has lived in Australia since 2013, where he has been engaged with the performing arts industry as 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, 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 Cia. de Teatro Os Satyros, (Brazil), Cia. Pessoal Do Faroeste (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 Noosa Pengari Steiner School, where she directs and produces six 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 an anthology 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. In 2019, she assisted in the conception and production of Dis.connect.ed: A Short Documentary and the street performance Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed. 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; Novo Manual Prático para o Anonimato and Manual Prático para o Anonimato with Cia. de Teatro Os Satyros. 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 Cia Nova Dança 4 (Brazil); in contemporary dance with Ruth Rachou and Denise Passos (Brazil); in Linklater Voice Training with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble (Brisbane, Australia); in Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Drama with the Independent School for Creative Speech and the Art of Drama (New Zealand).

ENSEMBLE

Tanya McCall
Performing Artist

Tanya McCall is a graduate Actor from the University of Southern Queensland Performing Arts program. She has been a member of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective since 2019.

Since completing her Actor training, Tanya has been involved in many theatre and film productions in Western Australia, Brisbane and Melbourne. Recent performances include Urban Twitters: Dis.connect.ed for D.I.V.E Theatre Collective (2019); Minefields and Miniskirts for Brisbane Arts Theatre (2017); various roles in The 39 Steps for Brisbane Arts Theatre (2016); various roles in Under Milkwood for Noosa Arts Theatre (2016); and the role of Emma in David Williamson’s Let The Sunshine for The Maleny Players (2015).

Tanya is also a fully registered Drama and English Teacher, currently teaching in Steiner Education.

Camila Mozzini
Performing Artist

Originally from Brazil, Camila Mozzini is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. She holds a Doctor in Communication from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ-Brazil) and a Doctor in Arts: Production and Investigation from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV-Spain), with a Master degree in Social and Institutional Psychology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS-Brazil) and a Bachelor degree in Social Communication – Journalism from the same institution.

Her research affinities are located in the interfaces between body, social mediation, meditation, desire for omnipresence, affection, migration, as well as her work as a performing artist. Throughout her career, she worked as art educator in several cultural institutions, such as the Iberê Camargo Foundation and the Mercosul Biennial Foundation, as well as being social educator at the Mathias Velho House of Youth (Canoas-RS), where she taught workshops of Citizen Journalism to the youth of the community.

Presently, her artistic research focus is to produce itinerant devices that work as exchange vectors in everyday spaces of transition, as seen in the performances I exchange your pain for a massage, Between comings and goings, Exchanges that do not know and Can we touch? Artistically, Camila wanders around the universes of the audio-visual, technology, contemporary dance, flamenco, social media mediation and meditation. She takes writing as a field of poetic experimentation and the body as our first and ultimate creative substratum.

Joey Kohnke
Performing Artist

Brisbane-born, independent artist, physical theatre performer, artistic director and theatre maker with a passion for people, contemporary multi-form performance, immersive site-specific storytelling and ritualized celebration, Joey has recently returned to Australia after 30 years working in France.

Joey has worked as theatre director, dramaturge, actor, performance artist, facilitator, teacher and clown in professional, contemporary, community, adult, youth and infant theatre projects. Her technical acting skills embrace classical training, physical theatre and clowning, indoor and outdoor voice and body management, storytelling, martial arts kendo and Qi gong, fixed trapeze and dance. She has performed with professional theatre companies throughout Europe and Western Africa (including “theatre of objects” and dance-theatre companies). She conducts research laboratories to explore specific methodologies of actor training and embodiment.

Joey has directed more than 30 pieces and has been awarded government grants (France) for her work. Her directing is often characterized by the strong emotional impact of its theme, the collaborative involvement of its artists and the specificity developed between performer/audience relationships. Her work often marries different modes of expression. She is also regularly approached by other artists as mentor/artistic director/dramaturg.

She has always linked her professional job to its surroundings, imbedding her theatre practice within the community. She has specialized in infant, primary, secondary and university tuition and has often favoured working in areas or localities with challenging backgrounds. Her communication, methodology and pedagogical skills have resulted in masterclasses, mentoring and teaching students, young adults, trainee teachers. Fluent in English and French, she has a level B2 in German and speaks Melanesian pidgin.

Tamara Lea Collins
Performing Artist

Tamara Lea Collins is a Sunshine Coast-based teaching artist, director and performer. In 2017 Tamara completed the highly rigorous Masters of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) under the guidance of Dr Lynne Bradley, artistic director of Zen Zen Zo. The following year, she embarked on her first professional work with the 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 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.

Rebecca Dostal
Performing Artist / Costume Designer

USC BA Alumni Rebecca Dostal is an independent creative artist who has held a portfolio of Creative Arts positions on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane since graduating in 2015. Her roles have been diverse, from supporting young artists identifying with a disability at tertiary and performance levels to teaching a simulated patient program for Drama students at USC.

Rebecca’s role of supporting artists grew due to her secondment as the Production Manager of the Horizon Underground Fringe Festival in 2017, showcasing 27 events in Nambour, QLD. Rebecca was fortunate to continue to work with Horizon in 2018 as the Project manager and lead artist for the immersive installation The Travelling Wunderkammer; event manager for the second Diner En Noir and puppeteer coordinator for String Symphony, Horizon 2018. In 2019, she completed a season at Metro Arts with The Aha Ensemble’s inclusive work Explain Normal.

Rebecca’s passion in the Sunshine Coast Arts industry has been to connect emerging artists with a platform to showcase their talents. Through her love of the arts and life, she inspires others to follow their passions and believes it is never too late or too early to follow your dreams.