BRENDAN O’CONNELL – ZIPOPO PRACTITIONER
- Brendan O’Connell has 25 years experience as a professional actor, musician, director and drama teacher, holding a Masters of Creative Arts Theatre from Wollongong University Australia. He currently teaches and directs for the Faculty of Performance at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.
- Recently he devised and directed the cabaret for kids, A Day in Paris, Lasalle’s inaugural children’s theatre production. His extensive association with theatre for young people includes acting credits on numerous productions with REM Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. He toured REM’s The Kookaburra Who Stole The Moon throughout the UK, as well as directed a French version for the Centre Tjibaou in Noumea, New Caledonia. He returns regularly to Australia to direct shows with young people for Imagination Theatre.
- He also performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Paralympics manipulating huge inflatables with the French company Plasticien-Volant. In 2009 he performed with Stretch Mk I in Caterpillars Can Fly at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress International Theatre Festival, Korea. His association with Theater Junge Generation in Dresden has taken him to Germany several times as both a performer and director, as well as touring a co-production of King Midas into remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia.
- Brendan is a founding member and co-director of the Sydney-based company Hit & Run Entertainment (HARE) that provides roaming characters for corporate launches, promotions and events. HARE also produces commissions for big outdoor events, as well as providing scenarios and facilitators for corporate training. His extensive experience in the corporate sphere includes roleplaying for Health NSW and Aspect Organisational Psychologists in Australia. He recently conducted his first corporate roleplay in Singapore with Roleplay UK.