Meet the Briefs factory ARtists
DIREctor & co-founder
Fez is well known for creating accessible, ground-breaking, physically dynamic, risqué and contemporary performance that infuses his Pacific bloodline, political bite, gender juggling, visual spectacle and tongue-in-cheek.
Fez is also Shivannah. He-she is the host and MC, choreographer, creative director, performer, collaborator and co- creator along with an all-male circus burlesque gender bending cast. As an independent artist, collaborator and arts worker/educator, Fez has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally through Canada, the Pacific, the UK and the USA. He has featured in various cabarets, co-productions and commissioned works including Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Festival, Sydney Biennale, Sydney Festival, Harbor Front Centre Toronto, Big Sky Works & Galapagos Art Space New York, Performance Space Sydney, Duckie Royal Vauxhall London and the Sydney Opera House Studio. He has also independently produced and programmed work for Brisbane Festival & Adelaide Fringe Festival.
CO-FOUNDER & KEY CREATIVE
Mark has toured the nation and globe for the past 15 years forging a unique Aussie flavour amongst festivals, spiegeltents, nite clubs and theatres and winning awards along the way.
His signature acts that have graced stages worldwide blend circus, burlesque, clown and pure risque showmanship. He has featured in productions such as Feasting on Flesh Sydney Opera House, a resident Boylesque fixture in The Famous Spiegeltent, Guest artist in the acclaimed Comic Strip, La Clique, Late Night lounge @ The Studio and Ali McGregor’s late night variety, a core member of the renowned Brisbane company POLYTOXIC. He has starred in the recent re-birth of La Clique Royale - Edinburgh Fringe and an iconic co-creator and artist in the award winning production BRIEFS - All Male All Vaudeville All Trash. He has collaborated and worked alongside musicians, actors and comedians such as Gotye, Meow Meow, Amander Palmer, Margaret Cho, Le Gateau Chocolât, Bob Downe, Ali McGregor, Mikelangelo, The Hoff and the late Bille Brown.
Thomas Worrell started his career as a dancer in Sydney and attended NICA, specialising in Aerial Hoop and Contortion/Hand-Balancing, Thom has performed around Australia having appeared on Australia’s Got Talent and working with A4 circus Ensemble, How to Train Your Dragon Live and King Kong the musical. Internationally Thom has performed with Le Grand Cirque, Crece and most recently Le Noir. Touring countries such as the U.S.A, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Singapore and China. In 2012 Thom competed in the SolyCirco festival in Germany where he was awarded an “Engagement Award” and in 2013 won the title of Acrobatic Hoop Champion at the Australian Pole Fitness Championships. This year Thom returned to the Hoopla Festival in Sydney appearing in The Aerial All Stars and took out in the inaugural Circus Throw Down to claim the title of Circus Maestro.
With a talent for mathematics and a panache for rubick’s cubes, Louis Biggs is a 26-year-old acrobat, flying trapeze artist, cabaret performer, dancer, physical theatre artist, clown and independent freelance practitioner. Before joining BRIEFS, Louis grew up in Broome, Western Australia and attended the Western Australian Circus Festival annual summer school with the Sandfly Circus from age 11 before moving to Albury to join the Flying Fruit Fly Circus to finish his education and to consolidate his practice as a circus artist. Louis represented the Sandfly Circus at the national youth circus symposium in 2010 as a promising Australian circus artist and he was acknowledged for his work as community cultural development leader using circus to engage with indigenous Australian youth.
The Evil Hate Monkey is New York City’s sexiest simian. As an award-winning acrobatic burlesque legend, Monkey has been throwing his poo at audiences since 2002. He has earned the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s King of Boylesque title (2010) and Best Duo (2007) with his trainer and partner, Trixie Little. Monkey brings his love of bananas and a mastery of climbing to
his performances, which range from song and dance to flipping and stripping. Although his rear end is naturally hairless, he dedicates every performance to all the hairy creatures of the world.
DESIGN COLLABORATOR & ENSEMBLE
With a strong focus drawn from the details and styles of fashion history and popular culture, traditional drag and burlesque performance, Dallas has become a cross- cultural identity transcending more than the entertainment genres that provided his initial outlet. Playing primarily with gender, Dallas’ performances are infamous for their innovative and edgy style that ranges from dark or comedic, to dreamy and etherial. Dallas has performed professionally for ten years with many and varied highlights and has just completed sell out, award winning, one man, all woman show: “In Pursuit Of Glamour” to rave reviews.
Doing a sport and getting a gold medal kind of got boring for Luke Hubbard. “Now I can make people laugh. I love to entertain with what I wear, the music I choose and what I put on stage. I make all my own costumes and do my make-up, so it felt like I could exercise all my muscles as an artist.”
“I have always been a little bit cheeky,” he said.
A former gold medal-winning diver, Hubbard discovered a passion for hand-balancing as a teen and left his sleepy home town of Echuca to attend Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts. It was there he first heard about Briefs and developed tunnel vision to become one of them.
While Hubbard only recently became a main Briefs cast member, he has already been performing with the company for offshoot shows Club Briefs and Brat Kids Carnival for two years.
Dale Woodbridge-Brown is a Kamilaroi man from Mungindi. He first became involved in circus as a child with Circus West, where he performed as a clown and an acrobat. He went on to become a state gymnast, training and coaching at the Dubbo Police and CommunityYouth Club. Tired of being the only gymnast over five feet, Dale turned to dancing – a passion he has had since childhood. He attended the Aboriginal Centre for the PerformingArts where he completed a Diploma in Performing Arts majoring in Dance. Dale has taught hip-hop workshops along the East Coast of Australia and choreographed for the television show Move It Mob Style. Dale was a performer with Circus Oz for 5 years where he performed flying trapeze, chinese pole, acrobatics, juggling, clowning and was the show’sRing Master. Dale was also invited to host the annual Midsumma Pride Parade Festival in Melbourne.
As an entertainment professional of twenty years, Brett has achieved an astounding career covering a broad cross section within the entertainment industry.As a leading commercial dancer in both the UK and Australia, Brett has had the privilege of touring and/or working with artists such as Kylie Minogue, Rhianna, Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Take That,Robbie Williams, Jay Z, Cold Play, Will.I.Am, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Seal, Bananarama, Steps and Tina Arena.He's work in television includes X Factor, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars UK, Britain’sGot Talent, The Brit Awards, The Royal Variety Performance and The Graham NortonShow. Brett has also worked extensively in tv commercials, fashion and as a choreographer.
Dylan Rodriguez is a dynamic circus and performance artist with diverse and unique skills. Both contemporary and commercial, he has a skillset which spans from renowned drag performances and cabaret to contemporary circus.
Dylan has entertained crowds around the world, performing for companies such as Briefs Factory International, CIRCA and Celebrity Cruises. Highlights include starring in Sweatshop at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing at the Radio Four Gala and Performing in a collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CIRCA, Beethoven 9 at Hamer Hall.
company manager + KEY CREATIVE
Gia Mitchell is a photographic artist, costume designer, stylist, DJ and wig maker with 30 years’ experience in creative industries. Having recently returned to her Queensland roots after a decade working in London, she joins the Briefs Factory team as Company Manager and a key creative collaborator; the culmination of a relationship that began in the UK in 2016.
Gia brings a diverse portfolio of projects to the party encompassing live theatre, editorial, film and television, and the alternate club scene. With extensive experience in running live entertainment venues here and the Uk she was dubbed the ‘Dame of Drury Lane’ after her years of running the famous White Hart pub in London’s West End.
As her DJ alter ego ‘The G-Spot’ she’s been spinning and strutting in London since 2012 and touring as part of the Club Briefs line-up internationally since 2017
LIGHTING UP THE STAGE LIKE NO OTHER
Perth Production house Granston Productions are Briefs go to for lighting and sound.
Backstage taking care of business
Cluster Arts works with extraordinary artists to bring work to the stage.
Cluster Arts is an exciting and unique organisation that provides the essential ‘backend’ services to performing arts companies.
Based in Brisbane Australia, Cluster Arts has demonstrated experience in delivering work for major events and festivals as well as small and intimate gigs.
With a passion for supporting and nurturing unforgettable work, Cluster Arts are a networking and advocacy leader for Artists in Australia and abroad.
Cluster Arts are proud to be the Producers for Briefs Factory International Pty Ltd.
THE BRIEFS OG Club includes:
DavY SAMpFORD, RUdi mineur, natano fa'anana, ben lewis, maLI De goey, tess BECK, lachy shelley & tom flanAgan