Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Sound Designer - A.B. Facey's A Fortunate Life by Jenny Davis & Stuart Halusz and SYDNEY II: Lost and Found by Jenny Davis
Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Sound Designer - A.B. Facey's A Fortunate Life by Jenny Davis & Stuart Halusz and SYDNEY II: Lost and Found by Jenny Davis

Ben began working as a professional saxophonist in 1998, graduating from WAAPA in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in Arranging and Composition.

Ben has performed with many notable artists including James Morrison, Joe Chindamo, and Don Burrows, and as a featured soloist with Grace Knight, Rhonda Birchmore and Daryl Somers. He has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra alongside Graeme Lyall under the direction of Tommy Tycho and Guy Noble, with such artists as Ben Folds, Leslie Garrett, Anthony Warlow and Rob Guest. He has also performed with Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, and Pete Murray and regularly performs, records and tours as a freelance musician and with many groups in and around Perth.

Ben has mixed, edited and co-produced numerous albums for local artists/bands and composes and assists post production work on film projects. He received the WASA award in 2008 for best composition for a short animation Dox and was nominated in 2009 for Eternus. Ben was also shortlisted for the APRA Professional Development Award in the Film and Television Category in early 2011.

Since 2009 Ben has been part of the theatre industry as a Composer/ Sound Designer and has worked with the likes of Tim Winton, John Howard, John Waters, John Stanton, Heather Mitchell, Aaron Pedersen, Amanda Muggleton, Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera) Wendy Hughes, Wesley Enoch, Neil Armfield, Helen Morse, Michael Cormick and Rachael Beck. He’s worked for Black Swan State Theatre Company since 2009, composed for dance and mixed media works including Buzz Dance Company’s Behind The Veneer and toured nationally and internationally with Black Swan/Belvoir B’s production of The Sapphires.

Ben attended a week-long advanced field recording workshop with Chris Watson (BBC, David Attenborough) and Jez Riley French in Iceland in June 2014 where they focused on different field recording techniques, including multi-channel nature recordings and extensive use of contact microphones and hydrophones. Ben also participated in an internship with online game developer Big Point in Berlin during July 2014 as they updated Drakensang and began work on Game of Thrones.

As one half of electronic outfit The Bosons, in 2013 he completed a tour of the UK, Slovenia, South Korea, Japan and the east coast of Australia to promote their debut album and continues to write electronic music and explore interactive and tangible interfaces as part of his interest in electronic production and composition.

In addition to Ben’s performance experience, he continues to teach workshops and instrumental lessons throughout Perth and the surrounding areas. He was a peripatetic teacher of saxophones and clarinet between 2001 and 2009 at many schools including St Hilda’s Anglican Girls School, Scotch College, Newman College, St Marks Anglican School, Joondalup Baptist College, Peter Carnley Anglican School and Aranmore Catholic College.

He regularly provides workshops specializing in Sound Design and Composition at a secondary and tertiary level and mentoring students at Curtin University. Ben taught Theatre Technology and Fundamentals at Curtin University in 2015 and is currently lecturing in Sound Design for Theatre at WAAPA.

He has a keen interest in technology and its influence on the way music is created and produced, and is currently researching audio for interactive media and games, 3D audio and the application of it in VR. This includes basic knowledge of FMOD and Unity software.

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We are so delighted and honoured to welcome Dr Carina Hoang to the board of THEATRE 180. Dr Hoang brings an incredible amount of expertise, advocacy and heart to our team and we look forward to working with her!

Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR • Actor • Speaker • Historian • Academic • Business Owner •  Award-winning Author/Publisher 

Carina was 16 when she fled Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges living in a primitive refugee camp. After resettled in the United States she continued her education and had a successful corporate career. She went on to hold management positions in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and healthcare industries in the areas of marketing, human resources, and administrative management. 

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Gender and Cultural Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy. 

Carina is a leading advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. In 2007, she moved to Australia and has made an immense impact in raising awareness of refugee issues.
Thanks to CircuitWest we have two of our wonderful teaching artists in Albany this weekend. TrenT Baker and Tegan Mulvany will be conducting some awesome acting/directing/impro workshops at the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company. Beautiful Albany - we wish we were all there! 
#theatre #Workshops #albany #theatre180 #circuitwest
Due to positive Covid cases among the artistic team we have had to reschedule the two performances of Matters of the Heart to Friday 20th May, 11am and 7pm. All existing ticket holders have been notified by email and your tickets will be automatically valid for the new date and time. Please check your inbox and if you can't make the new date please email info@theatre180.com.au for a refund.
If you haven't yet booked a ticket there are only a few remaining so be sure to get in quick! www.theatre180.com.au
A first get together with the cast, director, costume/set designer and producers of THEATRE 180’s upcoming production of Joe Penhall’s award-winning play Blue/Orange. A very exciting discussion has ensued about characters and costume/set ideas 😊

Don’t miss out on seeing one of the best contemporary plays written in the last two decades! 

Laurence Olivier Award – Best Play 2001
Evening Standard Theatre Award – Best Play 2000
Critics Circle Theatre Award – Best New Play 2000
 
“Blue/Orange explores the connection between ethnicity and  perceptions of mental health…it illuminates the way psychiatry can be strategic - and anatomises the politics of medical care.” – Evening Standard (London)
 
“In the way of great comedy, Blue/Orange touches on great themes: self-advancement at the expense of others and perceptions of sanity.” - The Independent (London)
 
Directed by Stuart Halusz
Featuring Jarryd Dobson, Andrew Lewis, Tinashe Mangwana
Set/Costume Designer - Neil Sheriff
Sound Designer – Noah Ivulich
Lighting Designer – Garry Ferguson
Lower Burt Memorial Hall, 38 St Georges Tce, Perth
August 20 – September 3
Bookings link www.theatre180.com.au
#theatre #mentalhealthawareness
Thank you Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for providing creative development funding for our next cinestage production based on the stunning series of books by Dianne Wolfer - Author The Lighthouse Girl, The Light Horse Boy, In the Lamplight and the Last Light Horse. 
Titled ‘The Lighthouse Girl Saga’, the script, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner, with AV Design by  Josephine Hayes, AV Production by Sunburnt Films, Sound Design by Ben Collins and directed by Stuart Halusz, this seed funding sets us on our path to seek full production funding for this very special story. Thank you to our readers Michelle Fornasier Brendan Hanson and Nick Maclaine ❤️ #thelighthousegirl #theatre #westernaustralia #DLGSC #artsfunding
So excited to be at the launch of @diannewolfer  latest book The Last Light Horse at the beautiful Albany Town Hall! We are thrilled we have been given creative development funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to turn all of the 4 books into a script for a theatre production, written by Jenny Davis and Hellie Turner ❤️