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Embracing our heritage

Celebrating our diversity

Encouraging our youth

Our Mission:

Mercury’s Wings (MW) contributes to a distinctive voice from the Gold Coast region; embracing our heritage, celebrating our diversity, and encouraging our youth, using the tools of disciplined theatre technique, creativity, a spirit of openness, professionalism, respect and playfulness.
Founded and supported by internationally trained and experienced artists of excellence, we include and share our work with emerging artists, ensuring a lasting and sustainable legacy.

We are committed to on-going professional development for our artists and extending the reach of our audience regionally, nationally and internationally.

What we do:

Mercury’s Wings creates theatre in new and existing performance spaces; from parks, to galleries to theatres and more.

We produce classic and contemporary work with local resonance, underpinned by dedication to training and craft, and robust text interrogation.

We provide a wide variety of workshops and training including theatre technique and dance.

We have produced 14 Independent productions with remuneration for Gold Coast artists.

We have presented works never before seen in our region.

We work in partnership with local groups to build authentic relationships and contribute to a cohesive, sustainable arts environment in the Gold Coast region and beyond.

We are small, passionate, experienced and driven.

Please contact us:

We love new initiatives!  Please contact us and let us know how we can contribute to your program.

info@mercuryswings.com.au

Core Creatives:

Claudine Anderson (neé Stephen-Smith)
Co-director & Workshop Facilitator

“an assurance impossible to fault” Peter Halstead BBC Plays and Players Endgame
“inspired” “quirky” “refreshing” *Australian stage Art

Claudine has worked over the past 28 years as a dancer, actor, singer, director, theatre maker and educator in Australia, Germany & France. She specialised in movement at NIDA as a post-Graduate and studied at Doctorate level at QUT (Research). Claudine tutors and assesses aspiring dance teachers with the Royal Academy of Dance. Her repertoire incorporates classic works retold with regional resonance, and original theatre works, both dedicated to developing authentic and innovative performance.

Claudine performed with Musiktheater im Revier, L’Opèra de Metz, Tanztheater Regenbogen, Oldenburgishes Staatstheater, and musicals, (“completely outshone by Claudine Stephen-Smith as Anita” Jochen Schmidt, Frankfuter Allgemeine Zeitung 1995 Anita in West Side Story), and Buddy Holly (Peggy-sue & vocals).

Her work has been performed throughout Queensland, and in both existing and innovative performance spaces. Claudine’s work includes physical theatre, classic & contemporary text, dance and original work. She has taught at numerous private dance & drama institutions, including NIDA, QUT, NYFA, HOTA and as Artist-in Residence for Gold Coast secondary schools.

James Anderson
Co-director & Workshop Facilitator (outside school hours)

James is a dynamic performer, director and educator with over 20 years experience in Australia, Japan and the UK. A company member of Frank theatre for over 15 years, James trains and teaches Suzuki method physical theatre.

He performed at Shakespeare’s Globe UK as part of the international Actor’s Fellowship, with a selected handful of artists from around the world, coached by Timothy Walker, Master of the Words Giles Block, Master of Movement Glynn MacDonald, and Master of Voice Martin McKellan. James was invited in 2016 to participate in workshops with ground-breaking Uk theatre company Complicité, where he worked with Jos Houbon, Clive Mendes & Kirsty Housley. With Frank Theatre, he performed the title role in Badengood for Tadashi Suzuki’s Toga International Theatre Festival Japan

James is a registered secondary school teacher, regularly directing innovative work for teenagers, winning multiple awards at Dramafest (Chatroom, Lion Boy, Numerical Man amongst others)

His wide-ranging repertoire includes Shakespearean roles Hamlet, Macbeth, Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Caliban (The Tempest), absurdist works Vladimir (Waiting for Godot), Clove (Endgame), contemporary Australian Carbon Dating (multiple roles), Fraser (Sweer Phoebe), children’s theatre Pirates vs Dinosaurs (Captain Milkbeard).

Dr Patrick Mitchell

Patrick began his working career with a passion for learning about Australia by working in as many parts of it as he can. A career as a director, writer, actor, teacher, facilitator and company manager with a diverse range of theatre companies, arts organisations and independent projects has helped him to get close to this goal.

He has worked extensively as a professional actor with companies such as the Jigsaw Company in Canberra, The South Australian Theatre Company in Adelaide, Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory in Melbourne, Sydney Theatre Company, Pippi Storm Theatre Collective, Toe Truck Theatre in Sydney (including performances at international festivals such as Theatre for Young peoples festival in Lyon, France).

He has also acted with the Riverina Theatre Company, Darwin Theatre Company, and various independent companies.

As an Artistic Director Patrick has led Freewheels Theatre Company in Newcastle, The Australian Theatre of the Deaf in Sydney, the Riverina Theatre Company in Wagga Wagga, La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane and the Darwin Theatre Company in the Top End. He has also directed and taught for youth theatre companies such as the Canberra Youth Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney, Access Arts in Brisbane.

In the early 2000s Patrick worked for the Queensland Arts Council for 4 years developing creative projects with regional communities throughout Queensland.

Since 2004 he has been teaching theatre and performance in degree programs at both Griffith University and at TAFE Brisbane for the University of Canberra. During this time he has also completed a Masters looking at the creative capacities of regional communities and a PhD in theatre and performance on the Gold Coast Queensland.

For Mercury’s Wings Theatre Company Patrick has played Prospero in The Tempest in 2018. He played Vandery Cable in Thursday’s Child in 2019. In 2021 and 2022 Patrick played King Lear. In 2022 he played one of the popular mechanicals, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.