luke o’connor


Luke O’Connor is a Performer, Director and Improviser who has studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Dance and Drama (Deakin University) and completed a Diploma in Circus and Performance Arts (CircoArts, NZ) majoring in Acrobalance, German Wheel and Clown. From 1999 to 2002 Luke ran Babaganouj Cooking Club, an ensemble of young performers exploring physicality in performance. Luke has performed with Quiddity Theatre Ensemble under the direction of John Britton, DownSide Up (Acrobatics and Dance), Two’s Company (Acrobatics and Slapstick), Footlost (Clown Hip Hop Dance), SCALD Physical Theatre under the direction of Teresa Blake, and with Westside Circus touring Spilt Milk through regional Victoria. Luke regularly performs at a variety of Improvised Performance Events around Melbourne including Explode and Theatre of the Ordinary. Since starting Asking for Trouble in late 2008 Luke has worked managing and developing the company and has performed Bubblewrap & Boxes and KAPOW! throughout Australia, New Zealand and Edinburgh with both shows  winning the Best ‘Family Show’ Award at Melbourne Fringe 2009/2010. Luke has directed 5 full-length Community Circus Theatre shows, as well as a number of smaller works, managed budgets and overseen artistic teams. He has completed a Certificate 3 in Micro Business Management and holds an Intermediate Rigging ticket. In 2011 Luke received a professional development grant from the Ian Potter Foundation and completed a study tour, continuing his Ensemble Physical Theatre and Improvisation practice with John Britton as well as studying Clown under Philippe Gaulier, and attending a number of Acrobatic Conventions. He is a performer in Porcelain Punch Traveling Medicine Show and with Duende Physical Theatre Ensemble (UK). Luke has recently completed a Diploma of Creative Industries: Solo Residency at Victoria University.