BEAR BAXTER (ALY LORÉN)
BEAR BAXTER is a Melbourne based queer-non-binary-femme-tomboy-dreamboat who was sent to earth to make it gayer and more romantic. They are a playwright, multi-disciplined performer, poet, composer and cowboy, creating and sharing stories on the land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples. They made their theatre debut for Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2017 with their one-babe-show Share My Blankets, and, revamped as a cabaret, brought it to MELT in 2018 under the name Aly Lorén. Their new project, stage name and regular life name is a mission in trans-ing up blues and pub tunes through original and adapted music. They have a focus on and passion for creating space for trans and gender diverse people within the music and theatre worlds.
Artemis Green is a queer artist, radio host and content creator who founded Magnetic North Theatre Company in 2014 as a response to the disappointing lack of trans, queer and intersectional voices in mainstream media. Their aim is to turn marginalisation into art, and offer creative ownership to people whose stories are often overlooked. Artemis enjoys long-form devising processes and getting caught in the rain.
Specialising in creative portraiture, Joel is a Brisbane-based photographer, burlesque & drag producer with an interest in alternative makeup. A painter from a young age until he found his main passion in photography. He attained his Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a major in Entertainment Industries and a minor in Visual Art, at QUT Kelvin Grove in 2013. Joel's work has been exhibited across Australia.
Joel has photographed a number of personalities and celebrities, including; Paris Hilton, Mel B, Rhonda Burchmore, Olympian Matthew Mitcham, Ryan Greasley, Brendan Maclean, DJ Havana Brown, The Veronicas, The Naked Magicians, Josh Wade, stars from RuPaul's Drag Race, Duo-RAW, and many more. In early 2015, Joel his first solo exhibition and book, HYDRA, at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Inspired by a dark alternative vision of isolated masculinity, HYDRA was on display from the 3rd to the 22nd of February 2015 as part of the first MELT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. His extended series ‘#FOODP*RN' launched as a book and exhibition as part of the third annual MELT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture at Brisbane Powerhouse in January 2017. In January 2017 Joel launched his open-ended series DVRX, a weekly digital ebook focussing on the human form and modern notions of masculinity. Joel also holds the role of Creative Designer with Oscar Production Company and the Boy&Girl shows. In 2018, he launched RUMBLE, an underground game show like no other, pitching two performance artists against each other over 3 rounds of acts and improvisation.
Joel is currently freelancing as a photographer and producer full time in Brisbane, Australia.
Lucinda Shaw is an actor, vocalist, songwriter, visual artist, poet and educator. Starting her performing career in musical theatre, she became known as one of the vocalists/songwriters in seminal Brisbane 1990s band ISIS who blazed a trail throughout their home city and the nation with their elaborately staged shows as well as for their bold and politically charged song-writing addressing gender, feminism, domestic violence and queer sexuality. The band released three albums and continue to perform on occasion at special events. Since 2007, she has been the lead vocalist and co-composer of avant-garde, cabaret-noir group Silver Sircus.
She has performed original and interpreted work at major theatres/venues and festivals nationally including Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melt Festival, Adelaide Feast Festival, Brisbane Pride Festival, Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals and Woodford Folk Festival. As a featured performer her recent appearances include Fire Walk With Us: The Music Of Twin Peaks (Electric Moon/The Junk Bar), In The Warm Room: The Music of Kate Bush, Ziggy Stardust, Transformer, HEDWIG 15 (Electric Moon/Brisbane Powerhouse), We Will Not Kiss Touch Frighten You In The Dark and Caligula (The Danger Ensemble) and the Matilda Award winning The Sound Of A Finished Kiss (Electric Moon/Now Look Here).
Lucinda holds a BA Fine Arts (majoring in painting) and has designed theatre works for La Boite Theatre and Darwin Theatre Company. She is associated with diversity and inclusion with Education Queensland and has also conducted artist in residence masterclasses with young people to connect them to the natural world.
A passionate supporter of emerging artists and reflective practice, Lucinda is one of Brisbane's most beloved and highly respected artists, not only in the LGBTIQ world, but also in the wider artistic community.