Season 2 Team

Our team includes some of the best emerging talent in Adelaide, Australia.

Director: Connor Reidy
Connor Reidy is a South Australian writer, actor and director. He is currently in his final year at the University of South Australia studying a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts/English & Creative Writing). Since 2014, Connor has been a member of the South Australian Youth Arts’ Senior Ensemble: credits include Beautiful Words (Adelaide Fringe 2015). In 2016, he underwent a playwriting mentorship with Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), where he workshopped his play Wrapping Paper Dolls. He directed On the Record: Songs for the Departed as part of the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival. He is currently working with SA Youth Arts on major projects that will lead to performances in 2017 and 2018.

Project Manager & Writer: Anita Sanders
Anita Sanders is a writer and arts administrator based in South Australia. In 2016, she completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at Flinders University. Her writing has appeared in Theatre Review & Events and Empire Times. She has also written for the South Australian Youth Arts Company, Australian Theatre for Young People, the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Melbourne Writers’ Theatre. You can check out some of writing at Within arts and cultural management, she has worked with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Audio Engineer: Leah McKeown
Leah is an audio engineer residing in South Australia, who has taken her passion for audio into areas of film, television and studio recordings. A graduate from the University of South Australia, she studied a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts). Now currently, a student at the SAE Creative Media Institute, completing a Diploma of Music Industry: Live/studio production. She has worked with production companies such as Fury Fingers to produce short films such as Pirate (2017), and is the sound engineer for Channel 44’s show ‘Our Time’, amongst other creative projects.

Writer: Alys Messenger
Alys Messenger is a writer, director, and actor based in South Australia. Currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) at Flinders University, her work has previously appeared in the Unley Young Writer’s Group zine. In 2015, she also co-wrote on both of Adelaide High School’s Running With Scissors productions of that year: Finding Comfort Where You Can (in this, the Ruin of Civilization) and If The Walls Could Speak. Uncover more of her writings at

Writer: Chloe Cannell
Chloe Cannell is an Adelaide based writer with a passion for food, music and theatre. She is currently undertaking her honours year in the Bachelor of Arts (English and Creative Writing) at the University of South Australia. While Chloe’s main interests are young adult fiction and queer studies, she writes food and event reviews for lifestyle website Weekend Notes.

Writer: Ela Colangelo
Born and raised in Adelaide, Ela Colangelo is a writer and artist based in her home city. In 2014, she won the gold prize in the Campbelltown Literary Awards, taking the silver prize in 2015. She also has publications in Verse magazine, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She is in her final stages of her degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of South Australia, and is excited to jump into the industry as a writer. In her spare time, she enjoys journaling and painting. Examples of her writing and artwork can be found in her blog A Creative Artefact.

Writer: Jamie Hornsby
Jamie is a playwright and actor from Adelaide, South Australia. His current work, ‘because there was fire’ was commissioned by Jopuka Productions and recently won Best New Work at the Newcastle Fringe Awards. It will tour the country in 2018 and 2019. He has also contributed three short plays to Jopuka’s upcoming Whatever Theatre Festival, and his work has been performed by Tantrum Youth Arts and Calamity Theatre. Jamie is a recent Acting graduate of Adelaide College of the Arts. During his time there he was head writer on Canto, a physical theatre piece based on Dante’s Inferno. Later in 2018, Jamie will tour to schools around South Australia in Waxing Lyrical’s Romeo and Juliet.

Writer: Mark Tripoldi
Mark Tripoldi is a writer and comedian for stage, print and broadcast. His play, “Anteworld” debuted in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival. You’d be mistaken to assume it was his debut play – Mark writes flexible improvisation scripts for everyday life. He is also a daily host on Radio Adelaide’s drive time show, “The Range”, where he fills the role of an arts journalist.

Writer: Matthew Cropley
Matthew Cropley is a playwright, short story writer, interactive game writer, reviewer and fantasy author. His most recent short story, Seeking the Great Current, co-authored with #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, was published in 2018 in Daily Science Fiction. His other short fiction has been published in Dimension6 and Sword and Sorcery Magazine, and he has written and directed plays for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He also writes and reviews for Grimdark Magazine and  He has recently received three Honourable Mentions in the international Writers of the Future Contest. Matthew is the Program Coordinator for Writers SA and is writing his third novel.

Writer: Simon-Peter Telford
Short story writer, playwright and poet. Currently undertaking Honors at the University of South Australia for Creative Writing. Themes of identity, reality, social class and family are my main creative focus. Graduating high-school from St. Columba College in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs, I spent three years working at various places before enrolling in University. 2017 was a great year for me, attending Cambridge to study literature and undertaking the head writer position for On the Record, a fifty-person production for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. 2018 is looking to be even better, especially being part of the New Wave team.

Writer: Taeghan Buggy
Taeghan Buggy is a writer based in South Australia, who writes for various forms, including short fiction and poetry. She has performed her works at Spoken Word events and Speakeasy Flinders, she has also been an actor for Brisbane Arts Theatre. Currently, she is studying a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Creative Writing and Drama at Flinders University, where she has been published in the student magazine, Empire Times.

Actor: Bethany McGrath
Bethany has been immersed in performing for theatre and film for numerous years. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of South Australia. Her accolades include performing in theatre productions for Max’s Masters, Norwood Morialta and University of South Australia. This year, her 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival production was nominated for a Fringe Award. In film, she has made repeat appearances in Radish Pictures and LM Productions for an array of projects. Bethany is also a keen contributor to the arts through producing her own theatre production in and out for the festival season in Adelaide.

Actor: Cat Galligani
Cat was featured in the first season of New Wave: Audio Theatre and had the opportunity to perform live at the Adelaide Podcast Festival. She comes from an extensive improvisational theatre background, as well as starring in ‘On the Record – Songs of the Departed (Musical) for last year’s Cabaret Fringe Festival. She also attained a lead role in the filmed comedy documentary “AEIOU” (2016). Cat is also the lead singer of Adelaide Acoustic Trio “Peachy Keen” and is an avid songwriter.

Actor: David Hampton
David Hampton is a South Australian actor and writer. He’s a graduate of Flinders University’s Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English. As an acting student, he featured in the plays “When The Rain Stops Falling” (2011), “Kasimir & Karoline” (2012), “The Golden Dragon” (2013), and the student short film “Work” (2012). He performed with Shane Davidson Presents on “Shout! The Legend of the Wild One” (2010), “Seussical” (2011), and the Melbourne / Perth tour of “The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl” (2015). He appeared in All Sourced Up Creative Dept.’s short film “AEIOU” (2016), and web series pilot “Door Knockers” (2017), which he also wrote. He wrote All Sourced Up Creative Dept.’s first original play, “Beside Herself” (2017), and is currently researching his second play.

Actor: Hannah Helbig
Hannah Helbig has grown up in dance and has always loved performing, recently she has transitioned and focused her passion into acting and music through the performing arts courses at her university, which she has taken as part of a media degree. There she has been lucky enough to be part of a number of short films and stage productions as an actor and a member of the production teams, she loves both the performance and behind the scenes aspects. She is also incredibly excited to be part of the New Wave ensemble!

Actor: Isobel Logan
Isobel is an actor and writer with 14 years of theatre experience. Currently, she is undertaking a Master’s degree in teaching, which will soon allow her to teach drama to a new generation. Her credits include: The Horse and his Boy (2010), Captain Hook’s Revenge (2012), Man of Steel (2014), According to Rumour (2017), On the Record (2017), and the Fringe award-nominated Apartment of the Feign (2018).

Actor: John Khammash
John is considered to be an ‘all-rounder’ performer who can act, sing and dance. Having a strong focus in music, John has built up his musical profile to include singing as a backup singer for Adele during her Australian tour. He has also performed on stage in countless theatre shows throughout South Australia. John decided to broaden his acting knowledge by studying a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) at the University of South Australia and is in his final year of study. John hopes to excel in all areas of performance, which will lead him to a professional career in the arts.

Actor: Max Kowalick
Born in Sydney, raised in Adelaide, attending Flinders University in a Bachelor of Arts studying Screen-Film and English. Actor in the Urban Myth/ Now SAY arts Acting group, having preformed several well acclaimed shows in Adelaide fringe festivals such as “Beautiful Words” and “Aftershocks”, written by local stage-writer Sean Riley. Strong stage presence and voice, given much instruction of traditional performance, movement and vocal training theory and practice.

Actor: Seamus Byrne
Based in Adelaide, Seamus has spent many years contributing youth and community theatre. His accolades include Urban Myth Youth Theatre Company’s Romeo & Juliet as well as working with South Australian Youth Arts (SAY Arts).

Actor: Shannon Eisenblatter
Shannon is a fringe award nominated Producer, Director and actor. He and his group Maxs Masters have performed to great acclaim four independent productions over the last four years ranging from Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece “The Bald Prima Donna” to Channing Cornwall’s chilling story “Apartment of the Feign”. He also loves talking about himself in the 3rd person!