Presented with the generous support of Arts South Australia and the Embassy of Australia.
The privilege of being Artistic Director of Australia’s Patch Theatre Company for 20-years allowed Dave Brown to develop a distinctive philosophy and practice of professional theatre-making.
Across those 20 years, he co-conceived and directed twenty-eight original, devised works for 4-8 year old children, ten of which have toured internationally in the US, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan and New Zealand and fourteen of which have toured nationally in extensive Playing Australia tours.
Nine of the works have been presented by the Sydney Opera House, three by the Kennedy Center in Washington and two by the New Victory Theater in New York.
Included in the repertoire are two National Helpmann Award winners, an International Victor Award winner and six National Touring Drovers Award winners.
In 2015, Dave received the Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence from IPAY.
In 2016, Dave’s thinking around collaborative theatre-making found fresh expression in The PaperBoats and its seven creative principles in a platform inspired by open-source, co-creation communities and the power of partnership.
In 2016-2017, with the support of an Australia Council Fellowship, Dave kick- started a 5 year “proof of concept” investigation with artists and communities, locally and internationally which is culminating in a range of new performances for children.
By sharing and accumulating ideas and content across our 4 partnership communities (Australia, USA, Singapore and New Zealand) in slow-brewing processes underpinned by The PaperBoats creative principles, the platform is progressively developing a range of theatre works for early childhood audiences in all 4 communities across the next 3 years.