A couple of months ago, we brought on board two new crew members, Erin Harvey, who’ll be managing a great deal of our touring admin, and Karly Pisano who is working on production and administration for our upcoming Sydney events.
Erin Harvey was born in Sydney, then moved to Italy as a child with her parents, where she became passionate about theatre after joining a local theatre group and being immersed in Italy’s rich performance culture. She had the opportunity to work with professional Commedia dell’Arte performers, ballet dancers, musicians and Opera singers. She recently graduated in Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, London, and has moved back to Sydney.
During her time in the UK, Erin was involved in a large number of University performances, and stage-managed at the Finborough Theatre, London. She also formed her own company, Encompass Productions, where she worked as Production Manager and Co-Producer. Among other projects, Encompass organized live music events and toured a play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Karly has been involved in all areas of the arts for as long as she can remember. Originally her passion was in performing; she loved musical theatre and performed as much as she could. She completed a Bachelor of Art in Cultural Studies and Performance Studies at Curtin University in Perth, her hometown, where she was introduced to behind-the-scenes work in theatre, including stage management, lighting, set and costume design and front of house work.
This was also where she discovered her talent and passion for directing. Eventually she realised that she was most definitely NOT an actor (there’s a funny anecdote here about being involved in a production that required Karly to be covered in fake blood – ick), and she decided to pursue directing and producing as her career. After graduating Karly moved to Sydney and created her own production company with long time friend, Kelly. They want to create fun and interesting stories through theatre and short film and so Spinach Puff Productions was born!
Karly said “I came to blackcat as I realised that I don’t know very much about the technicalities of setting up and running your own production company, and I thought where better to learn that sort of stuff than from two lovely ladies who are doing it (rather successfully) already? I love the work that blackcat are doing and am having an absolute ball working with them!”