On the Couch with Elizabeth Millington

Arts Review On the Couch Elizabeth MillingtonWho is Elizabeth Millington?
Elizabeth is a crazy Russian director without the accent, but is very good at putting one on if a more threatening demeanor is required.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would engage in less underage partying as a teenager – I’m exhausted now.

Who inspires you and why?
Everyone who is truly good at their job because that takes dedication, talent and a lot of hard work.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would create a mandatory event once a year when everyone would live someone else’s life for a day. And perhaps bubble machines during question time.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Going home to Mother Russia for winter because I’m a snowaphile. (yes, that is what is sounds like)

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I will always use my friends as guinea-pigs and take them to places I have never been to. The Spearmint Rhino is next on my list.

What are you currently reading?
Into The Woods by John Yorke

What are you currently listening to?
Nina Simone

Happiness is?
Laughing at yourself to make others happy.

What does the future hold for you?
2 weeks of gin-drinking theatrical antics for Gin Sister at the Poppyseed Festival! And after my creative hangover I hope the future is filled with insane experiences, colourful people, life lessons and dogs riding skateboards.

Before graduating from QUT (Drama), Elizabeth Millington studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, studied and performed at the Moscow National Theatre Institute and vocally trained at The Moscow Conservatorium.

As a founder of the independent theatre company Dead Puppet Society she has written and performed in Little Grey Wolf (Adelaide Fringe 2010), The Timely Death of Victor Blott (Metro Arts Independence 2010) and directed Victor Blott – A Desire To Rot (Short+Sweet Festival 2009), winning Best Comedy, the Short+Sweet Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Elizabeth has since written and directed Little V’s Terrible Tea Party (Metro Arts 2010) What’s Wrong with Gregor Post? (Brisbane Festival 2011) and was the co-creator, production designer and performer in the sell-out season of The Harbinger (La Boite Indie 2011) earning her a Matilda Award nomination.

In addition, Elizabeth was a performer in Dan Santangeli’s Wheyface (Melbourne Next Wave Festival 2012), Director of Didem Caia’s Vile (La Mama 2014) and wrote/directed The Philly May Show (Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015). In 2014, Elizabeth was a participant in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women Director’s Program.

Elizabeth is currently directing Gin Sister at the New Ballroom, Trades Hall as part of the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival from 26 November – 6 December 2015. For more information, visit: www.poppyseed.net.au for details.

Image: Elizabeth Millington