Helen is a theatre and digital media artist, a writer and an internet
professional. A diverse career has led to her current experimental work
in the use of the internet as a site for live performance, specifically
in bringing remote performers together in live theatrical events. She
calls this new art form cyberformance.
She is a founding member of the globally dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar
Body Collision and one of the coordinators of UpStage, a
platform for cyberformance.
Helen created her first web page in 1994, and has worked professionally
in the internet industry since 1997 doing web site construction and maintenance,
web copywriting, consultation and project management, for clients from
large corporations to individual artists.
Helen is the "web queen" for
Project, an international network of women in theatre,
and a trustee for both the Magdalena Project and Magdalena
its New Zealand chapter. She is also a trustee for the Pandemonic Operations
Trust (which oversees UpStage) and is on the board of the FLOSS
She gives workshops, lectures and
presentations about her work, and writes all
kinds of stuff. In 2008, Helen completed a Master
of Arts (Research) on cyberformance, at Queensland University of
|theatre artistcurrently experimenting
with the internet
as a venue for live performance
queenfor the Magdalena Project,
an international network of women in contemporary theatre
in live performance with remote performers
Avatar Body Collision, using UpStage, an online performance platform and other technologies
|writerof plays, articles, web copy,
random thoughts, poems, criticism, letters, emails ...
|nomad2010 - pausing at home ...
||directorof theatre, video, and
collaborative mixed-media productions
||catalystinitiator of projects, realiser
inspirator and conspirator in plots and plans
|playwrightwriter of words for
stage and screen
|photographermost of the photos
on this site were taken by me
(unless otherwise credited)
|driver40,000 litres of
pure water is used in the manufacture of one new car; today's cars
have an average life of 5 years
||collaboratorAvatar Body Collision;
UpStage; Water[war]s; Women With Big Eyes; and more ...
||hostcome back later, I'm travelling!
flowers, herbs, trees ...
it's good to take my fingers afk and put them in the dirt
of big and little projects;
corporate web sites, theatre productions, other events
|feministi'll be a
post-feminist when we live in a post-patriarchy
||organiserit's a natural thing
|guestthe opposite of being
a host; I try to excel at both
||frock-wearercall it a passion, an obsession,
a collection - I like old frocks
||teacherworkshops in cyberformance,
guest lectures and presentations, private tuition in internet skills
||knitterit's true, I like knitting;
mostly baby clothes because they're quick
||artisttheatre, cyberformance, words,
images, knitting, gardening ...
||collectorof frocks, friends, memories,
souvenirs, books, knowledge and one car
||producerof theatre, video, and collaborative
|fire horseI'm also a Leo, which
could explain a few things
never solved anything;
there is a better way
in the clouds