A tantalisingly playful voice.
The Scottish Herald
Tobias Manderson-Galvin is unstoppable
Playful, thoughtful, scattered, indulgent, and gloriously obnoxious… Absolutely irresistible.
Tobias Manderson-Galvin is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores performance, power and culture. His practice includes creating projects and performances resulting in; live art, theatre, installation, site-specific works, durational performance, agit-prop, and critical writing. His core practice includes writing and directing, as well as ongoing research and experimental projects. He is best known for his continuing work of climate activist works for Doppelgangster and as artistic director of Melbourne’s MKA Theatre of New Writing. He is about to launch a new podcast with his sister Kerith: The Storyteller Tellers.
Tobias executes cultural events in order to initiate experimental artists, radical work, avant garde forms and dangerous ideas. Since 2004 Tobias has been the subject of investigations from the Australian Federal Police, due to his poetry, prose, and performance work. He first came to un/popular de/fame playing a combination of Adolf Hitler and David Hasselhoff, in cultural solution Hitlerhoff. He again found himself in both heat and light for subversive political thriller The Economist. His practice routinely troubles the capitalist myths of scarcity, stability, and freedom, the responsibility of authority and the conclusions of performance.
Tobias co-founded and is Artistic Director and CEO of Melbourne-based MKA: Theatre of New Writing; is one of two Directors General of UK/Australian performance company Doppelgangster; and festival director of the recently launched Hot!Hot!Hot! Climate Arts Festival. Tobias executes cultural events in order to initiate experimental artists, radical work, avant garde forms and dangerous ideas…
Since 2004 Tobias has been the subject of investigations from the Australian Federal Police, due to his poetry, prose, and performance work. He first came to un/popular de/fame playing a combination of Adolf Hitler and David Hasselhoff, in cultural solution Hitlerhoff. He again found himself in both heat and light for subversive political thriller The Economist. His practice routinely troubles the capitalist myths of scarcity, stability, and freedom, the responsibility of authority and the conclusions of performance.
Tobias currently spends his days sleeping and his nights writing spec scripts which you may read should you ask. Since founding MKA | Theatre of New Writing in 2010 – as Artistic Director – Tobias has served as executive on over 32 new stage productions, 6 live art works, and developed climate arts festival Hot!Hot!Hot!, an artist development program which included an artist-in-residence program, recorded artist focused conversation series, a professional artistic attachment program, as well as recurring development seasons ‘subtxt’ and ‘open season’. The company, to date, has presented the work of more than 100 writers.
As a performer, Tobias’ work has included: 22 Short Plays, Soma, Baby, and Thank You Thank You Love for MKA | Theatre of New Writing; Doppelgangster’s TITANIC, Doppelgangster’s Atlantis, Doppelgangster’s Cold War as half of Doppelgangster and for Doppelgangster’s ArtCOP21 season 2015 in France, England, Australia, and Wales he appeared in Doppelgangster (DEAD), Doppelgangster’s TITANIC, Oxygen Support, Baby, and the Eleventh Hour.
Tobias’ writing has been awarded with the 2012 RE Ross Trust Playwrights’ Prize, and the 2009 St Martins National Young Playwriting Award.
Tobias has collaborated with companies including Black Lung Theatre & Whaling Firm, JazzParty, Ben Ely (Regurgitator), BalletLab, and Melbourne Theatre Company. As a freelance performer, guest artist, mentor, workshop leader, and arts consultant, Tobias’ clients have included PlaceToB (Paris), SwarmDynamics, Union House Theatre, Playback Melbourne, Canberra Youth Theatre, World Theatre Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, National Young Writers Festival, Crack Theatre Festival, You Are Here Festival, Shian Law, and many other independent artists.
Tobias was the director of the Swinburne University Radio Station in 2009, and produced and presented his show ‘Menage a Trois’ on JOY94.9 from 2007-2009.
His work as a producer and arts manager has been awarded together with his MKA colleague Glyn Roberts, with a 2012 Green Room Award for Special Contribution to Independent Theatre, noted as one of the ’21 Hot Young Theatre Makers’ of 2013 by Crikey’s Daily Review, a winner of an inaugural national ArtsHub Award for ‘MKA: Theatre of New Writing – Season One 2011’, and in 2014-15, Tobias was awarded an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council of the Arts to travel to the UK, Europe and Korea.
Manderson-Galvin has been featured in publications including; The Age, The Australian, Daily Review, The Music, Audrey Journal, Beat Magazine, Witness Performance, RealTime Magazine.
His work has been presented publicly by institutions and festivals including; the Melbourne Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre Scotland, Brisbane Powerhouse, Experimentica, RCC, and Provocare Festival of the Arts.