NAME: Megan Kozak // ROLE: Performer // SHOW: Once We Lived Here
Where do you see theatre and performance 10 years from now?
I’d love to see more Australian works populating the big theatres around Australia. I’ve been incredibly lucky to work on some Australian pieces of Musical Theatre (Clinton: The Musical, Sincerely Yours and now Once We Lived Here), but it’s something that doesn’t happen very often. In our industry, overseas shows dominate, and there isn’t much support for new Australian writers. I’d love for this to change so that Australians don’t have to leave the country to achieve success!
Who has been your biggest influence in theatre?
One of my biggest influences in theatre is my great-aunt Coralie Condon. She was one of the first female presenters on television in WA, went on to write and direct her own shows (working with theatre greats like Jill Perryman and Max Kay), and run a theatre restaurant called Dirty Dick’s (which hired many WAAPA students over the years!). She was also heavily involved behind and in front of the camera at Channel 7 in WA for many years. I always knew she did amazing things, but it’s not until I’ve gotten older, graduated, and have been trying to break into the industry that I’ve really understood how hard she worked. I now write and produce my own cabarets, and it’s only now I can really appreciate the amazing things she achieved. She really embodied the one thing I’ve realised in this industry – if you want something to happen, make it happen!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into theatre?
If there’s something else you want to do, do that instead. But if you’re prepared to stick it out, you’ll have some really tough times, but also some of the highest highs you’ll ever experience.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start ballet now. Why aren’t you in ballet? And stick at the piano! And did I already mention ballet?
What excites you about Perth?
I just love an excuse to come home! I’ve recently moved to Melbourne to try and make a living in the arts, but I’ll take any opportunity to pop back to Perth. Melbourne may think it’s super cool and artsy, but I’ll take the blue skies and sunshine any day.
If you had to be an animal for one day, what would you be? Why?
Obviously a cat. Lying around all day in the sun? Yes please!