Week 45 | Artist 45: Created to Create 2016 | Tom Molyneux, Actor/Deviser/Director
Tom holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University. He is an accomplished actor and director, with many credits in the Melbourne independent theatre, film and TV industries. Some highlights include playing a lead in 'Nefarious: The Tinder Games' - winner of the Best Comedy and Best TV/Web Series awards at the GO Independent Film Festival in Washington DC; the ‘5pounds of Repertory Theatre’ project in Melbourne which saw five actors and five directors tackle five plays from different genres in five weeks; and theatre show 'The Well' by Robert Reid, which had two successful runs at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
He has directed box office successes 'The 39 Steps' for MUST, live radio cabaret show 'STARDUST: The Col Brain Story' (a collaboration between ABC Radio National, The Space Company and Geelong After Dark) and assistant directed 'The Ministry', which won the Best Live Art award at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Where were you born?
Where do you live/work?
What fuels your desire to act/create?
I love to interrogate, illuminate, question, evaluate, propose alternatives and deeply examine issues. Art is at its best when we walk away feeling we have learned/understood something or changed an opinion.
The best thing about being an artist is...
The variety. There’s always a new challenge, a new opportunity, a new issue to tackle and lots of self-improvement to be had.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is?
Staying motivated when the going gets tough. I tend to have so much I want to do at any one time, that as soon as something gets a little bit boring in the process, I look to focus my attention on something else more interesting. Focus and self-discipline are essential skills, but hard to practice.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Always listen to people with more experience than you. You don’t know it all, and you can always learn something new. It’s fine to be energetic and passionate, but don’t let that get in the way of staying open to trying new things.
Are there any strategies/rituals you created to help self in times when working feels difficult, when you feel stuck?
I seek advice from collaborators that I trust. Generally when I’m stuck, it’s because I’m spending too much time in my own head. Hearing other people’s opinions will often help me to find a solution or at least a way around the current hurdle.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
I try to keep an open mind with most art forms, but there’s definitely something in watching modern dance work and learning about new and exciting ways the body can be used as a tool for expression. Whilst I’ll never be a dancer, there are definitely elements that can be incorporated into physical theatre practice.
Describe a productive day at work?
Overcoming that really hard obstacle you’ve been agonizing over in the rehearsal room. There’s no greater feeling than making those discoveries and leaps of progress.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
A quiet glass of red, and a sneaky piece of chocolate.
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project. What CREATED TO CREATE INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016. When Beginning, January, 1st, 2016 Who ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order. Goal Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.