Staff Profile: Jenn Havelberg
Jenn began her career in Whyalla, South Australia as a classical ballet student. Prior to graduating from Adelaide University with a BA:Performing Arts(Dance) she worked mainly overseas in Cabaret/Jazz and spent a year teaching Jazz dance at Reading University in the U.K. A diverse path of professional work after graduating included Artist-in-Residence with Carclew Youth Arts and Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal College (Yulara, N.T.), Dance teacher/choreographer for Country Arts S.A., Dance Critic for the 1989 Hong Kong Festival of Arts, Rehearsal Assistant to Professor Lucy Venable (in Labanotation) and dance teacher for TafeSA.
In 1988 Jenn joined the staff of Adelaide College of the Arts, then known as The Centre for Performing Arts, as Lecturer in Acting:Movement. Since then she has been principal choreographer/movement consultant on almost all Acting productions. During the ‘90’s Jenn also taught at the University of Adelaide (Lecturer: Repertory/Composition, Practical Dance History, Labanotation Repertory, Modern/Jazz dance), and at the Adelaide Conservatorium (Movement for Singers)
Her professional development includes studies in Viewpoints/Suzuki (Barney O’Hanlon from SITI Co. N.Y., John Nobbs & Jacqui Carroll)), Feldenkrais (Monica Pagneaux, France), Meyerhold Biomechanics (Gennadi Bogdanov, Russia), Brecht theatre (Dr. Christel Hoffman, Germany), Stage-fighting (via Shakespeare & Co., N.Y.) Butoh (Akaji Maro, Japan), Kabuki (Matazo Nakamura, Japan), Dance on Film (A.F.T.R.S., Vic.) – all of which is incorporated into the Movement component of the Acting course at ACArts.
For many years Jenn ‘unofficially’ designed shows for the Acting department and in 2008 converted those skills by completing an Advanced Diploma of Design at ACArts. Jenn has and continues to work closely and extensively with the arts profession and community in South Australia. She has choreographed for State Theatre Company; Magpie Youth Theatre; Patch Theatre Co. (also movement consultant/rehearsal director during project phases); choreographed for Vitalstatistix; the touring ‘Blake’ Art Prize (with the ABC); Come Out Youth Arts Festival; Open Space at the The Space; Adelaide Theatre Guild; Adelaide Corinthian Singers; the Multicultural Arts Society and adjudicated the One-Act Play Festival of country N.S.W. Most recently she worked with actor Essie Davis on movement components of the film ‘The Babadook’.
Amongst all this Jenn has expanded her body of work into Directing, particularly physical theatre, with Chopt. Logic, Forge Co., Splinter Dance Collective, Praxis Theatre Co., The Festival of One, and One Vision Dance Co., and has won prizes for her innovative physical theatre work with actors.