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Brian Obiri-Asare
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Dr Benjamin Schostakowski is an award-winning director who graduated from the NIDA directing course in 2013.

In his career, Benjamin has worked with Channel 7, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, La Boite Theatre Company, NIDA, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He worked as Artistic Director of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre from 2009-2012, and was appointed as Associate Artist of Queensland Theatre Company in 2011.

In 2017, Benjamin was named a Glorias Fellow and traveled to New York to learn from Tony-Award winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Benjamin attended rehearsals for the premiere of the musical Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed by Ivo van Hove (New York Theatre Workshop).

Benjamin is engaged as a project director and investigator for the ARC Research Project: ‘Reformulating set design aesthetics via a dialogical model of interactivity’ hosted through University of New South Wales (UNSW).

His qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy, QUT; Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Arts (Directing) NIDA; and Bachelor of Creative Industries (Hons) QUT.