THE CREATIVE TEAM
PRODUCER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Gabriel is a Melbourne-based author and playwright. He won the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award in 2015 and was nominated for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. In 2016 his first young adult novel, Boone Shepard, was shortlisted for the Readings Young Adult Prize. His first adult novel, The Hunted, will be published on May 18 by HarperCollins and in the UK by Faber, with a sequel scheduled for 2021. A film adaptation is currently being developed in a joint production between Stampede Ventures and Vertigo Entertainment in Los Angeles with Gabriel writing the screenplay. Gabriel has also signed a second two-book deal with HarperCollins for his YA coming-of-age novel, True Colour of a Little White Lie.
PRODUCER / DESIGNER
Previously based in QLD, Ashley has directed, choreographed and performed in a variety of shows across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Playing such roles as Charlotte in Jekyll and Hyde, Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Lucy in Avenue Q and Linda in Blood Brothers (Spotlight Theatrical Company), to name a few. In 2010, Ashley was awarded both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Gold Coast Theatre Awards, for her performances in Ruthless (Top Hat Productions) and Sweet Charity (Javeenbah Theatre Company). Since moving to Melbourne in 2011, Ashley established Bitten By Productions in 2013, with both Gabriel and Justin, and has since gone on to direct Below Babylon, The Lucas Conundrum, The Critic, Dracula; Last Voyage of the Demeter, The Commune, Dead Air and The Lucas Betrayal for the company. Ashley has been seen performing in Bitten By’s post-apocalyptic epic, The Last Supper and most recently in the companies 2020 Midsumma hit Eyes Wide Woke. Ashley also works as Bitten By's in-house graphic designer, having her degree in Creative Media from SAE Creative Media Institute.
HEAD OF SOUND
Justin Anderson has worked in the performance industry since 1991. Playing a wide range of characters and working with many of Australia’s most talented actors. Much of his training came from mentors such as Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell who took Justin under his wing in the early 90s while working together in The Late Show over two years. Since then he has featured in guest roles on Blue Heelers, Neighbours, Skytrackers, Scooter- Secret Agent, Good Guys Bad Guys, Halifax F.P, Rush, Underbelly, The Slap, Stingers and Killing Time. As well as many short films. It would be fair to say that Justin spent more time on TV sets than in the class room during his high school years. Justin has a passion for history and also researches family histories and Genealogy. Justin has also starred in Bitten By's Reunion, Springsteen, Dead Air and most recently in our rural Victoria tour of We Can Work It Out 2.0
PRODUCER / COMPANY SECRETARY
Alicia Beckhurst graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, as the recipient of the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence in training, in 2010. She has made appearances on television programs such as; It’s a Date (ABC, 2014) and Winners and Losers (Seven Network, 2013) and worked with Beyond Blue in their Stop, Think, Respect: Invisible Discriminator advertising campaign. Alicia toured with Complete Works Theatre Company in 2013, performing the lead female roles in both Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Her other theatre credits include The Critic (Bitten By Productions, 2016) The Winter’s Tale (Class Act Theatre Company, 2016) The Lucas Conundrum (Bitten By Productions, 2016) Look at the Funny Lady (Black Apple Theatre Company, 2014) The First Fireworks (ReAction Theatre Company, 2012) Yakiniku Dragon (VCA/Arts Centre Collaboration, 2011) The Hollow (VCA, 2010) Springsteen (Bitten By Productions) and The Commune (Bitten By Productions).
PRODUCER / TREASURER
Kashmir trained as an actor at QUT in their Fine Arts Degree and has most recently featured on Netflix in their 2021 series Clickbait. His other screen work includes Swipe, Blood and Relics, and Beast, which won Best Australian Short Film at Flickerfest. Kashmir has been involved with Complete Works Theatre Company since 2013 in over 400 shows to date, including Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Othello, Photograph 51, Extinction, A Doll's House, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire.
With Bitten By, Kashmir has directed Eyes Wide Woke for Midsumma festival, performed in We Can Work It Out, Springsteen, The Commune and The Last Supper and will have his first playwriting credit when Old Gods is produced in 2022. Kashmir’s other theatre credits include; Toyer (NorthofEight); Battlefield Blues (Melbourne Fringe); Act A Lady (La Mama); Under Milkwood (Fractal Theatre); Festen, Jane Eyre, A Month In The Country, Summer And Smoke and Much Ado About Nothing (QUT).
Rose is the most recent addition to the Bitten By committee, bringing a wealth of expertise both on and off the screen and stage. You may have seen Rose in TV series' including Jamie: Private School Girl, Utopia, Glitch and How to Stay Married. Perhaps you've spotted her on a TVC or two, or on the Adelaide or Melbourne Fringe stage. Rose is also co-founder of SceneWorkout; Facilitating tailored scene-work sessions designed for experienced actors to train, connect and perpetually grow the acting muscle between jobs. In conjunction, Rose also hosts Get Your Act Together! The podcast helping Australian actors navigate the business and the craft through practical discussions with current industry professionals. Rose began working with Bitten By in 2016's The Critic. She also performed in 2017's Dead Air before coming back to direct the 2019 revival of The Critic at Melbourne Fringe, garnering fantastic reviews and a brilliant response for this first time director. Rose stars as Morgan Bitten By's 2020 break out web series The Pact.
Peter Blackburn is a prolific, award-winning director, teacher, coach, theatre and filmmaker renowned in the Australian scene. His remarkable expertise sees him oscillating between directing for screen, stage and multimedia, while also coaching and teaching professional and emerging talents within the industry at home and abroad. Peter has worked alongside, been mentored by and taught by some of the world’s most spectacular industry minds – including Larry Moss, Noni Hazlehurst, Ellen Burstyn, Peter Evans, Mike Alfreds, Rob Marchand, Rena Owen, Kim Farrant, Cameron Daddo, Matt Scholten and many, many more. He has taught at leading institutions including NIDA, VCA, 16th Street, The National Theatre Drama School and DHPC. His work is breathtaking, his actors love him, his perspective and insight on the industry and the craft are unmatched and, what is not always a given; he really knows his stuff. In 2021 he founded PB Actor Coaching & Directing to focus on independent artists’ self-sufficiency and agency, and, along with SceneWorkout and Bitten By Productions, is determined to create a space for Independent Communities – a collection of artists and companies unaffiliated to any governing body or in thrall of any particular approach or institution, but who nevertheless seek to assist, guide and reach other independent artists find their potential and move beyond what they thought possible.