Wendy McPhee


Wendy McPhee 1989

Born in England, Wendy studied dance at the Australian Ballet School graduating in 1981. Her training culminated with a year in the Dancer's Company and opportunities to perform with the Australian Ballet. In 1982 she made a radical change by joining Mantis, one of Britain's most avant-garde contemporary dance companies, working with choreographers Bill T. Jones, Arne Zane, Mathew Hawkins and Greg Nash. With Mantis, Wendy toured extensively throughout the U.K, Europe and South East Asia both performing and teaching.

Upon her return to Australia in 1985 Cheryl Stock invited Wendy to join Dance North in Northern Queensland. Following an injury Wendy studied nutrition and remedial massage in Sydney and then returned to Melbourne to teach. In 1988 she taught for the Art-Ed initiative at the Victorian Arts Centre, for Dance Works and at private ballet schools. She also worked with the 1988 Melbourne Spoleto season.

Wendy worked for Tasdance as a dancer from 1989 to 1993 under the artistic direction of Jenny Kinder. In 1994 she joined Tony's Imaginary Circus touring Queensland and in 1995 formed the highly successful Two Turns Dance Project - a collective of independent artists in Tasmania. Michael O'Donoghue joined the collective in 1997 and, with Wendy, performed as tramps, in food halls, on the street, in tutu's on scooters, for conferences and also in theatres.

Wendy received an Asialink scholarship in 1997 that allowed her to complete a three-month choreographic residency at the Institute for the Arts in Indonesia. She has also completed training in arts administration with Salamanca Arts Centre and worked as Rehearsal Director, choreographer and performer with Tasdance in 1997 and 1998. Wendy co-choreographed A-Peeling with Michael O'Donoghue and Jay Watson for Tasdance's Passion Fruit season in 1997.