our people 

ADAM BROINOWSKI - co-director

Adam Broinowski is an academic, writer and theatre maker. Adam has worked as a performer, writer and director primarily with Australian and Japanese theatre companies since 1994, including with Tokyo-based Gekidan Kaitaisha while a researcher at the University of Tokyo in the 2000s. He teaches in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on Japanese and Asian Studies, Performance and Historical Studies, and critical International Relations. He has a PhD in modern Japanese history and cultural studies (performance, film) from the University of Melbourne. He published a monograph Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and recently completed an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow ship entitled ‘Contaminated Life: ‘Hibakusha’ in Japan in the Nuclear Age’.

Recent 2018 publication: http://demosjournal.com/bodies-is-that-all-we-are/

EMMA STRAPPS - co-director

Emma Strapps is a choreographer, performer, movement director and teacher of dance and shiatsu practitioner. Emma graduated with an Associate Degree in Dance, Queensland University of Technology (1997) a Post Graduate Diploma in Animaturing, Victorian College of the Arts (2009) and a Master of Arts (Choreography), VCA&M (2011) with First Class Honors. She has performed, choreographed and taught dance in Australia and internationally. Emma held the position of co-course coordinator, facilitator and supervisor for the Solo Residency Performance Program, Creative Industries at Victoria University (2005 – 2011). Recent choreographic/performance works include: ‘Flight/less’ BAC (2017) and ‘Too Soon To Tell’ The Street Theatre (2018) directed by Adam Broinowski and supported by ArtsACT. Emma is movement director and choreographer on theatre productions at The Street Theatre for Constellations, Under Sedation and Boys will be Boys (2017) and Diary of a Madman (2018). Emma regularly teaches movement classes for actors, children and adults and at the Belconnen Arts Centre ‘Dance for Wellbeing’ programs including for people with disabilities.


Emma holds a Diploma in shiatsu and Oriental Therapies ASC (2003). She practices shiatsu in Canberra. She is a current member of the National Council for the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA) holding the position of Director of Research and Development. Emma has a keen interest in how stress and trauma manifest in the body and ways that movement – dance, shiatsu, yoga and meditation – can play a role in the healing process by shifting habitual patterns in the body.


Emma holds a current Senior First Aid and Working with Vulnerable people card (ACT).