Biography

 

Malcolm Rock writes, directs and produces large-scale theatre, ballet and opera productions with collaborators that have included Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, North Netherlands Theatre Company, Zwolse TheatersThe Australian Ballet and the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam.

He is currently the artistic director of ODD Continent.

Malcolm trained at Melbourne Theatre Company as resident assistant director and was international director for Dansgroep Amsterdam. He founded youth theatre company Autonomous Productions while studying performance and puppetry with Noriko Nishimoto and Peter Wilson of Spare Parts Theatre.

He was assistant director to Simon Phillips (Love Never Dies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical) with whom he worked on productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Bombshells and Urinetown the Musical.

Most recently Malcolm worked with the film actress Monic Hendrickx and popular composer Colin Benders (The Kyteman Orchestra) on Homebody, the first ever multidisciplinary adaptation of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner. His brave new musical for actors, dancers, singers and symphony orchestra, Morning Blossoms, premiered this year and will tour extensively.

Malcolm produced the award-winning protest theatre project Trip en Masse for performances in Kenya and at Beijing’s National Performing Arts Centre. He was awarded a bursary prize from the International Foundation for Arts & Culture and a Big Break for cultural entrepreneurialism. Earlier this year he was named a fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts New York. Last month his contribution to the Dutch performing arts was acknowledged by an audience with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

Malcolm’s feature writing has appeared in The Guardian, Time Out, The Age, Dance Europe and others. His radio scripts were broadcast on Southern Cross Austereo Radio. His fiction is published by Fremantle Press.

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