On the Couch with Frank Minniti

Frank Minniti Arts Review On the CouchWho is Frank Minniti?
A kid from the western suburbs of Melbourne who ran away with the circus, then created his own circus. Now, I look to help independent artists by co-producing their work and creating a hub for them to showcase it.

What would you do differently to what you do now?  
To be honest, I’m really happy where I am now. If I had to do something different, I would definitely return to acting, I love it and would love to tread the boards again.

Who inspires you and why?
I know this is going to sound lame, but all of the Australian Circus producers; they are taking an old art form and constantly re-inventing it through multiple mediums. From Trad Circus troupes, mainstream producers, indie crews self-producing and taking risks, to the big powerhouses with names we all come to know. They all inspire me with how they tell a story or entertain me with these amazing artists, who are so highly skilled in their craft.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Well, currently I’m in talks with a new art space in remote South Africa called Bokamoso Arts Centre and with the lovely Veronica and Sello Molefi down there to provide some aid including equipment, people and time. Yeah, it’s a shameless plug to help ‘em out.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Man, I loved New York City, especially Brooklyn. It’s one of those places that when you travel, you feel you’re at home. Once I arrived I felt like I had been there before. I loved the subway, the streets, the people.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
That’s a tough one because of all the cool things we have in this city… but if I did I’d show them my neighborhood of Fitzroy and Collingwood. I feel there’s a bit of everything there for everyone; from bars to good eating.

What are you currently reading?
Blade – the comic series… I’m a sucker for a good comic, and cool action heroes.

What are you currently listening to?
Gramatik – he’s got some nice mellow trip hop beats, mixed with some old funk samples.

Happiness is?
Living in a circus.

What does the future hold for you?
Who knows? Hopefully some more travelling around with The Boardwalk Republic as a travelling, lost in time, electro jazz circus village!

Frank is the director of The Boardwalk Republic – which will be presented as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe at Gasworks Arts Park: 13 September – 1 October. For more information, visit: www.gasworks.org.au for details.

Image: Frank Minniti