The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley, Dean of Perth, has announced Mr Jay Emmanuel as Artistic Director for the Cathedral’s new St George’s Dance and Theatre programme.
“We have been looking to take the Cathedral’s proud history of Arts, Dance and Theatre in a new direction. Chapter, the Arts Foundation and I are delighted that Jay has accepted this exciting new position. He brings a young, multicultural, and diverse dimension to the role.”
Born in India and raised in Australia, Jay is a graduate of the prestigious Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, whose alumni include industry greats Geoffrey Rush, Simon McBurney and Ariane Mnouchkine.
“I am very excited by this opportunity,” said Emmanuel. “I look forward to be able to provide young artists with the space and opportunities needed to produce high quality contemporary work, which is bold and thought-provoking, as well as culturally and socially relevant. I hope to build a platform for the diverse voices in Australia.”
Jay has worked across independent and professional dance and theatre sectors, in Australia and internationally. This positions him well to drive the newly formed St George’s Dance and Theatre programme.
After spending his early years in Perth, Jay moved to Paris, where he was the Artistic Director of Young Arts Paris. He has worked as a freelance director and performer for Compagnie Soi/Radhouane El Meddeb and Encounter Physical Theatre. His latest international work, Sonnets and Prose, was commissioned and presented at the 2015 Delhi International Arts Festival. He recently trained and worked with Theatre Du Soleil and Ariane Mnouchkine and was an intern at Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Brisbane, where he was closely mentored by Artistic Director Lynne Bradley. In 2011, he was nominated for Woodside Best Emerging Artist Award at Perth Fringe World.
Jay regularly mentors young people in acting, directing and artistic leadership. He is the Career Ambassador for Edith Cowan University and Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. This year, he taught the Professional Physical Theatre Masterclass with ex-La Fura Dels Baus collaborator, Younes Bachir. He is on the general board of National Youth Week planning Committee. He is also part of the Sydney Festival Industry Arts Program for 2017.
“Challenges have always excited me, and to take on the role of Artistic Director for such a colossal space is exhilarating.” asserted Jay.
“Emmanuel’s appointment,” Dean Pengelley declared, “is an extremely exciting new development for both the Cathedral and the Perth arts scene.”
St George’s Dance and Theatre programme will launch on 20 November 2016.