Winterfall Theatre established itself in Northcote 2010 – 2014 and is currently operating out of a new theatre space in Kew and other parts of Melbourne (TBA). The company was founded by Michele Williams and Trent Baker at the start of 2010 and quickly established itself as one of Melbourne’s finest independent theatre companies. One of the central aims of the company is to provide high quality theatre at reasonable ticket prices, and the long term aim is to create a core ensemble company.
Michele attended several programs in the U.K and U.S including The Webber Douglas Academy, The Mime Centre London and full-time training at NCSA (North Carolina School of the Arts), member of the New York League of Actor Training Programs, including the Yale and Juliard schools of drama.
Trained as a classical actor, Michele worked with a mentor from the Moscow State Stanislavski Theatre. She also spent a year with The Florida Studio Theatre, which is dedicated to producing new American plays.
After returning to Australia in the late Eighties, Michele played various roles and has worked for; Her Majesty’s Theatre Sydney, The Lyric Theatre Brisbane, and La Mama, Universal, Playbox, Malthouse and Anthill in Melbourne.
Recent theatre credits include Flame by Joanna Murray Smith, Still by Jane Bodie and the central role in Rona Munro’s Bold Girls.
She has played guest roles on most Australian TV series including Janus, MDA, The BBC co-production of Kangaroo Palace and many different incarnations on Blue Heelers, Neighbours and Stingers.
She has produced many independent Theatre productions that have attracted funding from philanthropic and government organisations.
For Winterfall Michele has appeared as Deborah in A Kind of Alaska and Liubov in The Cherry Orchard.
Michele is co-founder of Winterfall.
Trent is a Melbourne based actor, theatre director and teacher.
He is a graduate of the W.A.A.P.A. acting program and the V.C.A. postgraduate directing course. Trent is also an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
He has three times played the title role in MacBeth for MTC Education and appeared in Still by Jane Bodie at The Malthouse. Most recently he starred in Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at 45 Downstairs and played ‘Curt’ in Blue Surge for Winterfall Theatre. He has also worked for Bell Shakespeare in their Actors at work program and has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Trent has been seen in; City Homicide, Tangle, Satisfaction, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Round the Twist, On the Beach, Child Star, the feature films Dingo, Frank and Jerry and The Caretaker, When Darkness Falls and the Tropfest finalist film Beggars Belief.
One of the twelve actors who began Red Stitch Actors Theatre, he also co-created the Chapel Loft space at Chapel Off Chapel with Nancy Cato.
As a director Trent’s credits include A Man For All Seasons (MTC Education), The Cherry Orchard, A Kind of Alaska and As You Like It (Winterfall Theatre), Brilliant Traces (Red Stitch), True West (Human Sacrifice), Loveplay, Romeo and Juliet and Knives in Hens (VCA Directors Season). For MTC Trent was assistant director to Simon Phillips on Festen and Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot.
As a teacher he has taught for MTC Education, Bell Shakespeare, The National Theatre Drama School, Brave Studios, VCA summer and winter schools, and St Martins youth theatre.
In January 2012 he will begin work as assistant director to Tom Gutteridge on the touring production of Yes Prime Minister.
Trent is co-artistic director of Winterfall.