A_tistic is comprised of an “arts core” made up of five artists. We are a company with a co-operative, horizontal structure, and we often share tasks and roles.

We also collaborate with outside artists.

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tom middleditch

Tom is the Artistic Director of A_tistic, a writer/director/performer, and a neurodiversity and inclusion consultant. Tom is the Inclusion Coordinator for St Martins Youth Arts Centre. Tom has played key roles in A_tistic’s consulting, workshops, relaxed performance adaptation and theatrical productions - Tom was the co-creator of Them Aspies (2014, 2015), writer and director of Pinocchio Restrung (2016), and writer and co-producer of Alexithymia (2017). His additional directing credits include Twelve Angry Jurors (2017, co-directed with Sarah Brantino, produced by Oxagen Productions). Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Philosophy and Theatre) from Monash University. 

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jacinta anderson

Jacinta works predominantly as a freelance stage manager, but has a passion for design, performance and technical work, and brings these passions to bear as a member of A_tistic’s arts core. She is also employed as a technician at Theatre Works. Her recent stage management credits include the 2018 Tour of Always… Patsy Cline (Dir. Denny Lawrence, Hit Productions), The Market is a Wind-Up Toy (Dir. James Jackson, The Bloomshed), The Nightingale and the Rose (Dir. Stephen Nicolazzo, Little Ones Theatre), Fierce (Dir. Alice Darling, Theatre Works), Anti-Hamlet (Dir. Mark Wilson, New Working Group), Jack of Two Trades (Dir. Nate Gilkes, Centre for Theatre and Performance/Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music), The Moors (Dir. Stephen Nicolazzo, Little Ones Theatre/Red Stitch), Lifetime Guarantee (Dir. John Sheedy, Theatre Works), The Happy Prince (Dir. Stephen Nicolazzo, Little Ones Theatre), Trevor (Dir. Denis Moore, Red Stitch), and The River (Dir. John Kachoyan, Red Stitch).

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james matthews

James is an autistic self-advocate and theatre maker. James acts as A_tistic’s finance manager, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Economics and Finance at RMIT with a major in Macroeconomics. He became part of A_tistic as a devising performer in Them Aspies and has since contributed to the company as a workshop designer/presenter and dramaturge for Pinocchio and Alexithymia. He draws on collaborative negotiation and world-building techniques used in table-top roleplaying games to inform his approach to devised storytelling. James views theatre as an effective and delightful tool for the examination of the norms of society and, as necessary, the work toward their reformation.

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hannah aroni

Hannah is a writer, director, dramaturge and visual artist/designer. Aside from contributing dramaturgy and design to A_tistic productions, Hannah has also been a dramaturge for Quippings, a scriptwriter for Passer Vulpes’ forthcoming fiction podcast Supernatural Sexuality with Doctor Seabrooke, and wrote and directed her award-winning debut play, Aphonia: Love Stories, presented at Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) in 2012. Hannah is also a nonfiction writer with works appearing in Overland, SBS Life and Plus61J. Hannah has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (Honours) from Monash University and is currently completing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Melbourne. She has worked in family law, disability advocacy, academia and social work, and draws on analytical, collaborative and compassionate approaches from these fields to inform her work in theatre. She is endlessly fascinated by the complexities of interpersonal communication and the challenges of conjuring better worlds through fiction.

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john collopy

John is a lighting and visual designer, whose work for the stage has been seen in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, and is a member of A_tistic’s arts core. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, with a theatre major and performance minor. His recent lighting design credits include The Nose (The Bloomshed; winner of Sydney Fringe Festival Director's Award 2017), The Market is a Wind Up Toy (The Bloomshed, Critics Pick of Sydney Fringe 2018), Kilter (One Fell Swoop Circus), Wrath (Baker’s Dozen Theatre), Marie Antoinette (Heartstring Theatre), The Man Who Cannot Sleep (White Night/Magic Lantern Studio/Sanctum Theatre), Too Ready Mirror (Darebin Arts Speakeasy), Ironbound; Hurlyburly; and Shining City (Q44 Theatre). He has worked extensively as a lighting assistant and associate with Katie Sfetkidis on shows including Merciless Gods (Little Ones/Darebin Arts Speakeasy), The Happy Prince (Little Ones/La Mama), and The Moors (Little Ones/Red Stitch). He also seconded Emma Valente on JOAN (THE RABBLE/Theatreworks) and Little Emperors (Malthouse). The Happy Prince, The Moors, and JOAN were all nominated for 2018 Green Room Awards for Lighting Design in their respective categories.