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Iris Simpson

Artist, Writer

Iris is a writer and performer based in Sydney, Australia. She is interested in the intersections between language, feminine experience, and the power of music as a form of storytelling.

As a member of The House that Dan Built ensemble, Iris devised and performed in all three developments of Tender Young Creatures, and performed at the opening of the 2018 Blake prize.

She was selected to perform in Angelica Mesiti’s video work, ASSEMBLY, for the 2019 Venice Biennale d’Arte. Iris has been performing in plays since she was 12, and has appeared in multiple ATYP plays.

She played Jerry in the first ever Intersection in 2017, directed by Katrina Douglas of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

Iris has filmed two short films in 2018, in collaboration with students from AFTRS. She has written extensively for House that Dan Built shows, with a writing background in poetry. She has undertaken Suzuki training with Shy Magsalin of Ninefold Ensemble, and extensive physical and vocal training with Danielle O’Keefe and the House ensemble.

The Young Artist As Cultural Citizen
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Conversation 22 - 22 Jan 2020

The Young Artist As Cultural Citizen

Youth theatre should not be training for thought and action in the future, argues Iris Simpson. It should be training for now.

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