THE CREATIVE TEAM
HEAD OF CREATIVE
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, Nelson and the Gallagher.
Previously based in Queensland, Ashley has directed, choreographed and performed in over thirty shows across the Gold Coast and Brisbane; portraying Charlotte in Jekyll and Hyde, Olive in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Lucy in Avenue Q and Linda in Blood Brothers, 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 and Sweet Charity. She then collected the award for Best Production the following year for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which she co-directed. After moving to Melbourne in 2011, Ashley established Bitten By Productions in 2013, with Gabriel and Justin and has since directed 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 Midumma hit Eyes Wide Woke.
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
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
Since training professionally in Brisbane under QUT’s Fine Arts degree, Kashmir has worked on films such as A Promise Carved In Flesh and Beast which won Best Australian Short at the international film festival; Flickerfest, been involved with Australian premieres of plays such as Toyer (NorthOfEight) and performed extensively with Complete Works Theatre Company, totalling more than 350 shows to date in the roles of Banquo, The Porter and Macduff in Macbeth and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Kashmir’s other theatre credits include; Springsteen, The Commune, The Last Supper and We Can Work It Out 1 & 2 (Bitten By); Battlefield Blues (Melbourne Fringe); Act A Lady (La Mama); A Month In The Country (QUT); Festen (QUT & La Boite); Summer And Smoke (QUT); Under Milkwood (Fractal Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (QUT) and Jane Eyre (QUT & Matrix Theatre). Kashmir made his directing debut with Bitten By's Midsumma Festival production, Eyes Wide Woke in 2020.