On the Couch with Carla Kissane

Whores and Weeping Women editorialWho is Carla Kissane?
I’m an actor and singer, living and working in Melbourne.

What would you do differently to what you do now?   
More silly dancing in the privacy and comfort of my home.

Who inspires you and why?
Audra Macdonald; because she sings with every last cell in her body and the sounds go through to my very core.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Listen more than I talk.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Perth, Western Australia; Family and pristine white beaches that stretch into eternity…..

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Peninsula Hot Springs – it’s the best way to shake off world weariness. An immersion for body and soul.

What are you currently reading?
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy. A book of poetry written from the perspective of the women behind famous men – Mrs Darwin and Queen Kong are my favorites!

What are you currently listening to?
Bill Burnett’s I Regret Everything, sung by Patti LuPone. It’s the ultimate cure for perfectionism.

Happiness is?
Gratitude.

What does the future hold for you?
Shakespearean Cabaret. Silly dances. Listening. Gratitude.

Born in Perth, and graduating from the VCA (Bachelor of Dramatic Art-Acting) in 2009, Carla Kissane has recently returned from a 12 month national tour as the resident swing on Motherhood The Musical for HIT Productions, and is thrilled to be performing in Whores & Weeping Women.

Recent performances have included Lux Radio Theatre’s 2013 Queensland Tour of Gone With The Wind, and Groucho for the Jewish Theatre Trust at Chapel off Chapel in 2012. Roles with the Australian Shakespeare Company include Mistress Quickly in Henry IV part 1 at the Athenauem Theatre, Alice in Wonderland (Duchess), Macbeth (1st Witch, gentlewoman), Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Comedy of Errors (female understudy).

2010 involved Channel 7’s Winners and Losers pilot, touring Cosi and The Crucible around Victoria with Complete Works Theatre Company; and creating the role of Celeste at the Melbourne Recital Centre for Magnormos on Sondheim’s Saturday Night.

Carla has a B.A (English) Theatre Arts major from Curtin Uni, W.A, and a Certificate of Music Theatre (National Theatre Drama School). Roles whilst at the VCA include Clytemnestra (The Oresteia), Yelena (Uncle Vanya), Brutus (Julius Caesar), Liza (ACTION), and Betty (Vinegar Tom).

Whores & Weeping Women runs from 19 – 24 November at The Butterfly Club. For more information, visit: www.thebutterflyclub.com for details.

Image: Carla Kissane

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