36 years in the making, human critter Sunny Drake is a complex piece of art. He lives his creative escapades, is usually in the middle of an art in life experiment, and airs his embarrassing and tender internal world on stage. Sunny is largely self taught and has created his own unique style of multi-genre theatre, which he has been evolving since he was a teenage girl. Sunny has performed in theatres, festivals, living-rooms, streets, work places, deserts, schools, universities, basements, backyards & conferences in Australia, the USA and Canada. He was an artist in residence at the Garage theatre in San Francisco in 2008 and has performed in the San Francisco International Arts Festival (2010), NACL Festival (2010), USA National Queer Arts Festival (2008, 2010, 2012), the San Francisco Fringe Festival (2008), New Mardi Gras (Sydney 2009 & 2010), Midsumma (Melbourne 2009&2010), Metro Arts Indepents 2012, the Brisbane Festivals UNDER THE RADAR (2009) and Feast (Adelaide 2009&2010). Sunny was born and grown on Indigenous Jaggera-Turrabul land (Brisbane) and comes from English and Irish ancestry.
Sunny has over 15 years professional experience in the arts and community sectors, as a consultant, educator, facilitator, strategic planner and project manager. As the inaugural General Manager of Propel Youth Arts, Sunny was instrumental in establishing this state-wide youth arts development and advocacy body in Western Australia. He has facilitated over 250 workshops. As a consultant, Sunny has worked with a wide variety of organisations including Plan C, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC), Open Doors, Contact Inc, Speak Out (now Human), Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA), Community Arts Network WA and various local governments.
Photos by Tania Anderson