Bron Batten is a Melbourne based theatre- maker, producer and performer.
Bron’s award winning pieces have been presented at venues and festivals such as The Soho Theatre and The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, La Puta Calle Paris, The Space Glasgow, Dark MOFO, The Melbourne Theatre Company, The Malthouse Theatre, Arts House, Performance Space Sydney, Vitalstatistix Adelaide and The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.
She recently received funding from The Australia Council for the Arts to undertake professional development programs in Chicago, London, Berlin, Avignon, Glasgow and New York and was awarded a residency at The Cite Des Arts Internationale in Paris and the Lithuanian Composers Union in Druskininkai, Lithuania at the start of 2015.
Bron was the Co-Creative Producer of the independent theatre event The Last Tuesday Society (with Richard Higgins) founded in 2008, which has been staged at festivals and venues locally, nationally and internationally.
She created the performance work Sweet Child of Mine in 2011, which was devised and performed in collaboration with her elderly parents for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, where it won the award for Best Experimental Performance.
Sweet Child of Mine has since toured to The Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won a Special Commendation for Best Theatre, and Perth Fringe World where it was nominated for Best Theatre Production.
Sweet Child of Mine was presented in 2013 at The Neo-Futurist’s theatre in Andersonville Chicago with presentation funding from The Australia Council and Creative Victoria. It was also presented at BATS Theatre in Wellington New Zealand in 2016 and co-presented by Gilded Balloon for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland UK.
In 2014 Bron developed the live-art work Use Your Illusion in collaboration with a qualified hypnotist, which was presented as part of Field Theory’s ‘Site is Set’ series.
She also presented the interactive performance work Psychic Hairdressers Anonymous in collaboration with artist Beth Sometimes at the 2014 White Night Festival in Melbourne and at Dark MOFO in Hobart.
Bron was an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris from January- April 2015, undertaking professional development and studying at the renowned Gaulier School.
In 2016 Bron was a performer in Field Theory’s durational radio installation 9000 Minutes as part of Melbourne’s Public Art Biennial, co-produced by The Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Bron is also the Artistic Program Curator for The Village at The Falls Festival in Lorne.
Bron’s most recent live-art work Onstage Dating involves going on real first dates with audience volunteers live onstage. The work was commissioned for the 2016 Festival of Live Art (FOLA) at Arts House North Melbourne and was re-staged at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival where it won the Adelaide Fringe Touring Award and also nominated for Best Performance.
Onstage Dating was presented in Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Adelaide in early 2017 where it was nominated for Best Theatre at Perth Fringe World Festival, nominated for Outstanding Performer at the New Zealand Fringe Awards and was also nominated for two Green Room theatre awards including Innovation in Audience Participation and Best Performer.
Onstage Dating has had further national Australian presentations at the Darwin International Arts Festival and The Brisbane National Arts Festival in August and September 2017, with UK touring in 2018 at London’s Soho Theatre.