Melbourne Fringe Living Legend Award is presented to someone who has inspired high-quality work as an exemplar to the Fringe community by:
Susie Dee has worked extensively in the theatre as a performer, devisor and director in Australia and overseas for the past thirty years. She has been the Artistic Director of three theatre companies: Melbourne Workers Theatre (MWT), Union House Theatre (UHT) and Institute Of Complex Entertainment (ICE). ICE’s projects went on to win various awards and received many accolades for their ground-breaking site-specific work. In 2011, Susie was the recipient of the Australia Council residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Susie has directed works for MTC, Malthouse Theatre, Hothouse Theatre and many Independent Theatre Companies. Susie works with many writers in developing/directing their work: Patricia Cornelius (Savages, SHIT and Big Heart), Melissa Reeves (Happy Ending, In Cahoots), Angus Cerini (Wretch, Resplendence, Saving Henry), Brian Lipson (A Large Attendance in the Antechamber, Bergasse19:Apartments of Sigmund Freud, Edmund The Beginning) and most recently Emily Goddard (This is Eden). Last year Susie performed in and directed Caravan, a 2017 Melbourne Festival/Malthouse production. She has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including most recently a Helpmann Best Director nomination for SHIT. Animal, which she co-directed and co-devised, garnered four 2016 Green Room Awards, including for Best Director. Susie has been involved in Melbourne Fringe since its earliest days in the 1980s and she has been involved as a performer, director, outside eye, judge and mentor to countless Fringe artists over the years.
Richard is a Melbourne-based arts writer, broadcaster and all-round Fringe legend. His work shines a light on many amazing independent artists year-round, so Fringe decided to was time to shine a light on him. Not only is he an avid supporter of Melbourne Fringe and a genuinely lovely person, he is also the Performing Arts Editor of ArtsHub, where he provides a platform for critical debate and discussion about the big issues facing artists and Australians today. His weekly program SmartArts on 3RRR has amplified the work of countless independent artists helping them reach new audiences and develop their following. Richard is also the founder of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and a Life Member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. He currently serves on the boards of La Mama Theatre and the literary journal Going Down Swinging, and is a member of the Green Room Awards’ Independent Theatre panel. He has worked for multiple arts organisations (but we assume Melbourne Fringe is his favourite).
Rinske Ginsberg wears many glorious hats, and one of her shiniest is her Fringe Living Legend hat (it has sequins!) She has had a long association with Melbourne Fringe as a Board member and Chair between 2010- 2013, and continues her support and mentorship for Fringe artists. Rinske has over 35 years of experience in the performing arts industry, as teacher, performer, movement educator and dramaturg in theatre education institutions (VU, Deakin University and VCA&MCM). She currently sits on the Green Room Awards’ Independent Theatre panel, the Melbourne University Theatre Board and Poppy Seed Artistic panel. Rinske Ginsberg has made a wonderful contribution to the Fringe community and we love her work!
Ian Pidd has been an integral part of Melbourne Fringe for over 25 years. The Festival could not be Fringe-y today without Ian. He has championed Fringe by supporting the independent arts, mentoring emerging artists and working as Chair of the Melbourne Fringe board for many years, where he developed and grew the Festival’s strategy. Ian is a freelance director of theatre and festivals. He does everything, from programming festivals (The Lost Lands) and directing theatre (Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish) to participatory events (Wheeler Centre’s 20 Questions). That’s to say…he does lots of stuff, artistic stuff. You can see his spirit of Fringe in his many works, which are accessible, playful and span many different genres.