Performance and Theatre


Jane is an artist who works across performance and theatre. Her practice involves leading groups of diverse artists working collaboratively to investigate the politics of place and personhood.

She is lead artist of The Deconverters.

Jane has trained in Australia and Europe, specialising collaborative and contemporary performance practice. She has a Bachelor of Performance UWS (2004) and is interested in posthuman art, biomimicry design principals and sound.

She is an actor/performer.

She is a teaching artist.

  • The Creative Leadership in Learning program – Sydney Opera House
  • Bodylines Access performance workshop – Shopfront Contemporary Arts
  • Studio Q – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts
  • School Holiday Creative Projects with young artists – Shopfront and The Joan
  • Guildford West Public School – The Song Room

She is a musician.


I COULD BE YOU (2015) Director

A play by Hoa Pham included in Asylum An Apocalypse Theatre Company Project

THE CRACK THEATRE FESTIVAL (2011 – 2012) Co Artistic Director

Crack Theatre Festival is an annual festival for emerging and experimental artists working in theatre and performance.

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS (2012) Creative Producer/Director

Four Temperaments is a rare art event, tucked away in an office in The Rocks. An exciting collection of short works performed in a space transformed into a make-shift theatre. The audience moves from room to room, enjoying four new works, each of a different temperament. It offers up the thoughtful, the flamboyant, the experimental and the hilarious.  Curated by Jane Grimley and presented by Word Travels and The Rocks Pop Up, it highlights the work of Sydney’s creative contemporary performance and writing communities.

THE BONFIRE (2011) Newtown Theatre 2011, Director

The Bonfire, is a play by Sime Knezevic. Dealing with departures, growing up and personal ignition The Bonfire is set in a caravan park on the NSW south coast. It follows three teens as they navigate the last new year of thier youth and contemplate new futures. Produced and directed by Jane Grimley. An composite of projected film sequences by Kate Vinen, Simon Kolodin and Kevin Ng with sound design by Vanessa Black and production and lighting Design by Victor Areces. Performed by Max Rapley, Charles Purcell and Sheena Reyes.

THE HIDEOUS DEMISE OF DETECTIVE SLATE (2010) Sydney Fringe Festival stage show, and FBi RADIO 5 episode broadcast, Director
A satirical live-action radio play in the style of film noir. A surreal parody of the detective genre, it’s a comedy about corruption, human fragility and falling in love with your own brother – who also happens to be the most evil and powerful man in this dark and treacherous city. Working closely with playwright Alli Sebastian Wolf I directed a team of 8 voice actors, two foley artists and a 5-piece band to create all-original music. Winner of the 2010 award for excellence in new theatre at Sydney Fringe Festival.

WITNESS IN THE WALL (2009) Crack Theatre Festival/TINA Newcastle, Newtown Theatre Newtown    Director
A performance blending physical theatre, and projected digital video. This work explores how we have embraced surveillance culture and voyeurism. It asks: what are the social responsibilities of witnessing events within our community in this new era? A PACT residency, this work used collaborative processes and real-time improvisation among five performers, a live sound designer and video artist.

A NIGHT IN SARGASSO (2009) PACT theatre Erskineville, Peats Ridge Music Festival 09/10    Director
An experiment in creating an improvised language between five dancers and five musicians. A hot swampy concerto of movement, music and words inspired by the life and writing of Jean Rhys. Distilling images and motifs from Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, it navigates the rugged terrain of madness, femininity and colonialism. Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea is the extraordinary story of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

BIRD (2008) PACT Theatre Erskineville
Performance – part of the Vacant Room Residency    Director
BIRD plays with the conventions of horror films. This work delves into the filmic and theatrical depictions of fear. Through a one-hour installation/performance a cast of five performers activate a series of complex moments using video, sound, movement and text. The audience is unseated and roams freely to experience the work guided by the images that were created around them.