Established by Christopher Brown and Rhian Hinkley in 2009, Encyclopaedia of Animals (EOA) is the formalisation of a long-standing creative collaboration. EOA's inaugural work Urchin premiered in May, 2010 at the Fairfax studio at the Victorian Arts Centre as part of Full Tilt.
CHRISTOPHER BROWN is an actor and performance-maker based in Melbourne. Since graduating from the Victoria College of the Arts in Drama in 1997 Brown has worked with MTC, Eleventh Hour, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Arena, Back To Back and The Storeroom. In 2006 Brown traveled to New York with Stuck Pigs Squealing to develop a work for presentation at PS122 in 2007. In 2006 Brown was awarded an Australia Council and Arts Victoria grant to develop his work Shambles. In 2002 he worked with writer Thomas Howie to create a solo performance piece Mr Phase that was supported by Next Wave and presented by Playbox in 2003. Recent theatre productions include: Rock n Roll (MTC/STC), The Birthday Party (Fad Gallery), Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano (Stuck Pigs Squealing), King John, The Crucible (Eleventh Hour) and Black Swan of Trespass (B Sharp/ Malthouse). Brown was nominated for a Green Room Award Male Actor in 2004 for his work with Eleventh Hour Theatre.
RHIAN HINKLEY is a filmmaker and performance-maker based in Melbourne. He has produced a diverse body of solo and collaborative work that includes public arts installations, web based artificial intelligence, theatre, computer software and short film. Hinkley has a longstanding relationship with Back to Back Theatre and has collaborated on a number of their productions including Video design and animation for Food Court for which he was nominated for a Helpmann award in 2009. Food court premiered at the Melbourne international Arts Festival 2008, touring to Geelong 2009, Brussels 2009, and Sydney 2009. He also produced the projected component of Soft 2002 which won "The Age" critics award for the most innovative and engaging theatrical production of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2002. Other theatre credits include Origami 2006 with Ballet Lab and Out of Light 2009 with Sandra Parker Dance. Rhian's film credits include Buckstop 1997, winner of the directors citation for technique at the New York Animation Festival and Face of The West 2000, finalist in Tropfest of that year. His Musci video Boz'n'Hok vs Theatre of Speed 2005 has screened at numerous international festivals including the 2006 8th Festival Internacional de Videodanza de Buenos, Buenos Aires Argentina and 2006 Kinodance, St Petersburg International Dance Film Festival (17th Nov St Petersburg; 20th Oct Moscow; 19th Oct Ekaterinburg).