Cheyney Caddy: Director, Playwright, Producer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Cheyney trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2006 Cheyney co-founded Black Apple Theatre Company, for the purpose of giving young performance-makers sustained opportunities for collaboration and investigation.
Cheyney’s most recent directing credits include: Two Weeks with the Queen (2011), Songs (2011), Girls Do Gertrude! (2012), Weir Be Dragons! (2012), Look at the Funny Lady! (2014), The Seagull (2016) and Untouchables (2020). In 2013 Cheyney was commissioned by Ballarat’s Arts Academy to direct their production of The Company of Wolves, an adaptation of Angela Carter’s radio play of the same name.
As a writer, Cheyney’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including the the 2007 edition of the short-fiction anthology Verge. The Ragged Festival, Cheyney’s first work as a playwright, was selected for inclusion in the 2008 Monash University Artistic Development Festival and her second play Songs (2011) was chosen by the Kingston Arts Centre for inclusion in their New Blood programme. Her most recent work as a playwright was Weir Be Dragons!, a Deaf-accessible children’s play produced with the assistance of Yarra Ranges Council and Montrose Town Centre.
Tiffanni Walton: Composer, Creator and Artistic Director
Tiffanni has studied music in Australia and internationally, and has an Honours of Music Performance (Monash University) specialising in jazz piano. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada.
Tiffanni has been involved in many productions and performances of which demonstrate her ability to work in a vast array of musical styles and forms. Her credits as Composer and Musical Director include A Clockwork Orange (2008), In his Own Write (2008), The Laramie Project (2008), Widows (2009), Songs (2011), Girls Do Gertrude! (2012), Weir Be Dragons! (2012) and Look at the Funny Lady! (2014).
In recognition of her creative contribution to the Black Apple Theatre, Tiffanni was made Artistic Director in 2013. Her most recent commissioned composition project was a vocal score for Ballarat Arts Academy’s production of the adapted radio play, The Company of Wolves.
In addition to her work in live theatre Tiffanni has also achieved a reputation as a performer, arranger and accompanist. Over the past five years she has been in partnership with countertenor cabaret artiste Mama Alto embracing the language of the jazz and blues tradition to create politically rebellious cabarets. Under the stage name Miss Chief she has performed at notable venues and festivals throughout Australia and internationally including Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Recital Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Butterfly Club, Hares & Hyenas, The World Famous Spiegeltent, The Melba Spiegeltent, Chapel Off Chapel, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, The Copa Room (Havana, Cuba), Festival of Voices (Hobart), Darwin Arts Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In addition to her work with Mama Alto, Tiffanni has also collaborated and performed with Australian royalty vocalists such as Paul Capsis, Ali McGregor, Kate Cebrano, and Katie Noonan.
Black Apple Theatre is based in Castlemaine, Victoria on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and acknowledge that sovereignty over this land was never ceded.