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Image by Lachlan Woods

Image by Lachlan Woods

 
 

NATE GILKES is an artist working across many disciplines of theatre, music and performance. As theatre maker, director, music director and performer, Nate’s artistic practice sits at the colliding points of music, theatre and opera. Drawing on art and popular music, opera and contemporary performance practice, Nate sees music and the sung voice as fundamental connectors to our own ancient, human story and the activating agent for making theatre. 

Nate holds degrees from the Victorian College of the Arts in Directing, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Education and Voice and is a NIDA graduate in Music Theatre.

In 2011, he co-founded the Present Tense Ensemble with collaborator Bryce Ives. Works include: Ricercar, an immersive operatic event based on the music of JS Bach; Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert (Theatreworks), Chants des Catacombes (Castlemaine State Festival) an immersive, macabre music theatre event; FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival); Good Morning MOFO (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Malthouse); Common Ground (Arena Theatre Company and SEDA Arts); the #LOVELY WAR Project (Federation University), a town-wide activation based on Joan Littlewood’s Oh What a Lovely War and the Centenary of Anzac; and the innovative music event The Major Bruce Sessions.

Works for other companies include Composition and Music Direction for Robot Song (Arena Theatre Company); Direction for new musical Jack of Two Trades (Jeanne Pratt Artist in Residence, Monash University) and Death Comes Calling (Monash Centre for Performing Arts); Composition for The Acoustic Life of Sheds (with James Milsom, Big hART and Ten Days on the Island); Music Direction for Hipbone Sticking Out (Big hART, Melbourne International Arts Festival); Blue Angel (Big hART, Tasmanian International Arts Festival); Delectable Shelter (The Hayloft Project); Vocal Direction for Murru (Big hART and Melbourne Festival); performing in Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs/ Sydney Festival); Parade (Federation University); For Lyric Opera of Melbourne he has directed Iphigenie en Tauride, Trouble in Tahiti and La Voix Humaine

Nate continues to advocate for strong artist training and teaches regularly at The Sydney Opera House, Federation University, the Victorian College of the Arts, The National Theatre Drama School, Monash University, GPACed, Artology’s WotOpera, and trains regularly with Fragment 31.

Nate holds degrees from the Victorian College of the Arts in Directing, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Education and Voice and is a NIDA graduate in Music Theatre.

In 2019, Nate will take up the appointment as Artistic Director at Marian Street Theatre for Young People, one of the oldest continually-running children’s theatres and drama schools in Australia.