Festival Director - Gillian English
Originally from Nova Scotia, Gillian English is a comedian, actor, and storyteller. Gillian trained in theatre and comedy at Dalhousie University, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and The Second City. Gillian has headlined RISK! Live, Jokers Comedy in Hobart, Based Comedy on the Gold Coast, hosted Local Laughs in St Kilda, done the footy tipping with Jon Faine on ABC radio, and sold out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Katherine and Nhulunbuy. Gillian was also the roving reporter for Channel 31 satire news show “The Leak” for it’s fourth season, and reported on the issues of the day while touring all over Australia. She has performed and won awards around the globe, including: New York City (2X Audience Choice and Best of Fest winner at Frigid Fest), Wellington (Most Outstanding Performer Winner and Best in Fringe Nominee), Perth (Best Comedy Nominee), Montreal (Best Design Winner and Nominee, Best Script Winner and Nominee at the Montreal Fringe), Adelaide (Highly Commended Best Comedy Award at the Adelaide Fringe), Halifax, and Toronto.
Assistant Festival Director -
Sally Rose McShane
Tasmanian born and bred, Sally Rose McShane is activist, comedian and owner/ operator of Sally Sunshine Entertainment. She is committed to developing local talent, and nurturing creative growth in new artists. Sally is delighted to be bringing her decades of arts admin experience to Fringe at the Edge of the World
Graphic Designer - Hamish Hall
Hamish Hall is a born and bred Hobartian. He likes to blur the boundaries between contemporary street art styles and ideologies, and traditional oil painting techniques. This paradox of genres, coupled with an interest in masculine culture, allows him to create a broad range of visual explorations.
Since graduating from The Tasmanian Art School, Hamish has been focused on exploring new techniques and art conventions in an educational setting. Now an established art teacher, Hamish aims to expand his creativity with new enlightenment and enthusiasm.
Hamish is represented by Penny Contemporary Gallery Hobart
Media Liaison - Rob Braslin
Rob Braslin is a comedian, actor and writer from the Hobart suburb of Clarendon Vale.
Rob started doing stand up comedy in 2013 and has been a regular on the small but strong Hobart scene ever since and has opened for Australia's biggest comedy acts including, Hannah Gadbsy, Luke McGregor, Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine, Fiona O'Loughlin and Lawrence Mooney.
For his performance at Deadly Funny, the Aboriginal comedy competition during the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Rob was awarded runner up spot.
Rob’s work in stand up has also lead to acting in some local ads including Cripps Bread, Tas Networks, and Real Mates Drink Driving campaign as well as a small role in ABC TV’s Rosehaven. His first appearance on a theatre stage came in 2016 as Salarino in Loud Mouth Theatre Company’s production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Maeve MacGregor.
In the 2017 48 horror challenge he received an honourable mention for the short horror Film B-Side he wrote, directed and starred in. Rob was chosen to be a part of the Shock Treatment Initiative by Screen Australia and ABC to write and direct his first fully funded short horror film Vale Light has screened at The Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Brisbane Film Festival, ImagineNative film festival in Toronto and The Hawaiian Film Festival.
Hosting and Airport Pick-up Organisers (Wheels and Rooms) -Jen Smith and Kate Boden (L-R).
Kate & Jen are good mates who bonded over a shared love of comedy, spreadsheets and burping, all of which they Excel(TM) at.
They are looking forward to sharing some renowned Tassie Hospitality with Fringe artists.