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BY ASHLEY ADELMAN AND

INFINITE VARIETY PRODUCTIONS

It’s been 50 years since thousands of young American women served their country in Vietnam, and their stories have remained largely untold… until now. 

Based on the accounts of five extraordinary women, ‘In Their Footsteps’ explores the experiences of women working in war zones, their struggles to be recognised heroes, their loss of faith and the friendships they forged in the face of trauma. 

This deeply moving, time traveling piece brings us a better understanding of what happened to these remarkable women and the many others who served alongside them 50 years ago.

DEIRDRE CAMPBELL

Deirdre got into the acting game relatively late in life (2016) , and although she has had no formal training she feels privileged to have gained several roles in both theatre and film, and have had the joy of working with some extremely professional people. Her most recent role was as Gayle in the emotional and confronting play Parramatta Girls by Alana Valentine.

 

Her theatre credits include Clairee in Steel Magnolias; Maria in My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Bunty in Daylight Savings; Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden; Mrs Slocombe in Are You Being Served; Mrs Fraser in Stepping Out; and Madame Arcati in Blythe Spirit. Even more challenging - and incredible - has been the opportunity to create new characters in original plays by some of our marvellous Australian playwrights such as Alana Valentine, Brenda Gottsche and Luke Holmes. Roles like Gayle; Sinead in How I Met My Mother; and Tracy Rineman in Resolution.

 

She has also had the privilege to appear in several award winning short films such as The Skydiver and the Scarecrow, as well as appearing in a number of television commercials.

LINDA NICHOLLS-GIDLEY

Trained as an actor and a theatre voice/accents and dialects specialist, Linda has worked in the Industry for over 20 years.

Recent acting credits include: Ex-Girlfriend in Once at Darlinghurst Theatre Company and multiple character voices for Hyde Park Barracks museum experience and will be seen later this year on Channel 72’s science program for children Get Clever. Linda played Marge Murray and Judy Shepard in The Laramie Project/ The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later for Theatre Travels, Polonius/Stage Manager in Håmlet with Ban Shakespeare at Bondi Feast, Susan in One Way Mirror with Subtlenuance, and as various characters for the 2018 KXT Storytellers festival, she appeared as ‘Coach’ in the independent feature film Zoe.Misplaced.

In 2019 Linda was dialect coach for: Shrek - The Musical (GFO), Little Miss Sunshine, I’m With Her, Kasama Kita, Good Dog, Baby Doll, Table, Once, Hitler’s Daughter, Mercury Fur, Cypress Ave, Saturday Night Fever, Russian Transport, The last 5 Years, Grounded,  The Crucible, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Counting and Cracking and two short films The Hollow and Vincent. She also directed two short plays: Toxic by Maryanne Lynch and You Still Here by Patricia Cornelius. Other Theatre credits include Love, Maggie Stone, The Humans, Torch Song Trilogy, The Walworth Farce, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, DNA, and Home Invasion. Linda has also coached for large mainstage productions such as Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular, The Bodyguard, Rocky Horror and Dirty Dancing. Film: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, Jungle, and Book Club. Television: Mary – The Making of a Princess, The Chase Australia. She directed Pramkicker by Sadie Hasler at its Sydney premier in October 2018.

Linda can be heard talking about the Australian accent on the podcast In A Manner of Speaking and about the voice in general on the podcast’s Brady’s Hunch and Don’t Be So Dramatic.

NOLA BARTOLO

Nola is an Australian film and television actress of Lebanese descent whose heart belongs to the stage. As an avid theatre performer, who attended UNSW Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre and Film, Nola played the lead roles in FURY (2018) and The Odd Couple (2019).


She has a range of experience from film and television to directing and co-writing a short film, Possum62 in 2008. She featured in the short film Tea for Two - Directed by Jonas McLellan in 2004.


Her noteworthy television roles were in Doctor Doctor in 2016 and more recently Channel 7’s Sunday Night show cast her in the reenactments of two of their lead features; one of which being the story of a mother lost in the bush with her son for days on end; wherein Nola amerced herself in some very honest emotions, which she was able to draw on to recreate this event. (2018)
Nola has starred in commercials for big brands; KFC (2017) and TAB (2018)
She is fluent in English and Arabic.

ROWENA ROBINSON

Rowena was born in Los Angeles, California.  She was a student at Santa Monica City Collage and subsequently accepted a scholarship to Southern Illinois University in the US to compete on their prestigious gymnastics team.  That team won the National Championships in her final year at SIU.

Rowena’s love of the arts and in particular the stage has seen her participating in small amateur projects from time to time over many years.  Some of her roles include Tituba from The Crucible, various parts in the Deadly Women TV series and television commercials work.

Rowena brings life experiences to this role having lived through the Vietnam war and watched many of her contemporaries be dragged away to that conflict, some of them never to return.  She is also an accomplished violinist, studio artist, educator and Herbalist.

Rowena immigrated to Australia in 1972.

SONYA KERR

Sonya Kerr is a graduate of The Flinders University Drama Centre in South Australia. She has worked extensively in Melbourne and Sydney, appearing in both stage and screen roles. Her theatre credits include: WPC Parker/Hilary, ​The Angry Brigade, ​ Ivy, ​August: Osage County, ​ Gail/Kelly/Mel/Sam,​ Next Lesson, ​ Joan, ​Dinkum Assorted ​ for The New Theatre, Lady Mcduff/Meneith/Bloody Captain, Macbeth ​ and Duke Frederick/Corin/Hymen ​As You Like It ​ for​ ​ SheShakespeare, Kat, ​Seed Bomb, ​ Donna, ​One Way Mirror, ​ The Net​ A Quiet Night in Rangoon, ​ Anne,​ Lucy Black, ​ Erica, Cristina in the Cupboard ​ , Eclectic Girl, ​Shut Up and Drive ​ for Subtlenuance, Titania, ​A Midsummer Night’s Dream ​ for 63 Globes, Lady Macbeth, ​Macbeth, ​ Norma, ​The Auxiliary ​ for Phrankly Theatre - Melbourne, Dom,​ A Moment on the Lips ​ for Mad March Hare, Catherine Winslow, ​The Winslow Boy ​ for The Genesian Theatre, The Girl, ​The Ham Funeral ​ for Sibils, Gabrielle,  ​Appropriation ​ for Fledgling Theatre.

 

She has also appeared in several short films, including the award winning ​Work Mate  with Bus Stop Films. Sonya was one of the creators and hosted ​Kapow: Comics, Cartoons and Collectables, Australia's largest online comic book review show. 

ASHLEY ADELMAN: PLAYWRIGHT

Ashley Adelman received her BFA from NYU TISCH and her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. Ashley specializes in documentary theatre focused on stories from women's history. Her play In Their Footsteps has been performed all around NYC, as well as around the country for The Women Overseas Service League in San Antonio, The Borderlight Fringe in Cleveland, and JMCC. The production also had great success in Edinburgh Fringe and will be heading back to Europe next November for a production not yet announced. Her other works such as Nellie and The Women of Blackwell has been commissioned for an immersive theatre run in downtown NYC. The work is based on the undercover reporter Nellie Bly who went into the lunatic asylum to expose the horrid conditions. Lastly, Ms. Adelman's play about a family who seeked asylum from Hitler and then the Japanese invasion once they had immigrated to the Philippines is set to go up in NYC as part of The Estrogenius Festival in March 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Ashley owns her own theatre company and is a proud resident of FringeNYC and is honored to have such an incredible group of artists around her. And a huge thank you to all those who trust her with their stories. To learn more about Ms. Adelman or her theatre company “Infinite Variety Productions” head to www.infinitevarietynyc.org

CARLY FISHER: DIRECTOR

Carly is the Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Travels. ⠀

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For NO : INTERMISSION 2020, Carly is Directing Girl Shut Your Mouth and Co-Directing In Their Footsteps, as well as proudly Producing all 8 shows. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Before N:I 2020, Carly will Direct and Produce Girl Shut Your Mouth at the Bakehouse Theatre as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Carly will also Produce and Stage Manage Bleach for the Festival. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In 2019, Carly Produced and Co-Curated the inaugural NO : INTERMISSION festival, as well as Directing Final Placement by Ara Watson, Falling Skies by Brayden⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Frascone and Co-Directing Albumen by Mishka Lavigne.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Carly Produced and Co-Directed Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Companies’ The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project:10 Years Later at the Seymour Centre in 2018.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For Carly’s full bio and credit list, visit www.theatretravels.org/about

SHIYA LU: CO-DIRECTOR

SHIYA LU is a Chinese-born theatre producer and director. After finishing her education in the UK, Shiya has worked in the arts around Europe and Asia. Shiya relocated to Sydney in 2018 and has trained at the AFTT (Academy of Film, Theatre and Television) and NIDA’s Director Studio. While studying Art History and Visual Arts at the University of Sydney, she is working as project producer at award-winning dance company Shaun Parker & Co. She has worked for renowned arts organisations including the Ibsen International in Norway, Beijing NLGX Theatre Festival, Helsinki, Exit Festival, Shanghai International and Edinburgh International festivals. Shiya is a member of the European Festival Association’s Festival Academy and writes various English and Chinese language publications. She directed the sold-out Australian premiere of A Deal in 2019, and successfully organised the associated international theatre forum and workshop at the University of Sydney.

Photographer: Tess Bourguignon