About Us

 

Cumulus Productions was formed in 2003 by Liz Burton, Elaine Hudson and Kevin Jackson. 

 Liz Burton 

Liz Burton was the General Manager of the Actors Centre Australia from 1991-1999. In 1998 Liz co-produced the short film Burnout directed by Gav Barbey for the NSW FTO Young Filmmakers Fund with Whykickamoocow Productions which had many screenings at national and international film festivals including Sundance 2000. She was also a founding member of the Burning House Theatre Company (That Eye The Sky). Liz has also acted as an administrative consultant for Theatre Hyrda, Tamarama Rock Surfers and East Coast Theatre Company. Liz Burton was Personal Assistant to Serhat Caradee on his first feature Cedar Boys.

 

Elaine Hudson

Elaine is an actor/director/producer/teacher. She trained at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) and has worked in theatre, film and television.

Directing credits include Endgame (Lookout Theatre); The Lady from Dubuque (Downstairs Belvoir); Poles Apart (Stables Theatre); The Death of Peter Pan; After the Fall (Associate Director), Relative Comfort, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Gross Indecency/The Importance of Being Earnest and Seven Little Australians (new theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Genesian Theatre), A Touch of Paradise (Downstairs Belvoir) and  Young Dramatists – Page to Stage (Co-Artistic Director 1999 – 2013 ), Heir Raising for Mardi Gras 2009 and Associate Director on Trapped in Mykonos, Downstairs Seymour 2013.

Acting credits include roles for Sydney Theatre Company ; new theatre; Company B; Griffin Theatre ; Queensize Productions (Dacia Maraini's Mary Stuart –Excellence Award from International New York Fringe Festival); Cumulus Productions (Mother Teresa is Dead, The Women of Lockerbie, Box and Quotations from Mao Tse-Tung)). In 2009 Elaine performed in Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann, for the Sydney Theatre Company, touring to Washington and New York.

 In 2010, at Teatro Cortile in Bolzano, Italy, Elaine premiered a group devised solo performance inspired by life and work of Emily Dickinson. A residency at Bundanon was followed by a second performance of this work at the Adelaide Fringe in 2012.

 In 2012, Elaine took part in a performance of poems of Miyazama Kenji at Theatre X (Cai) in Ryogoku, Tokyo, directed by Roger Pulvers.

 Film and Television work as an actor includes Cross-Life (Sydney Film Festival), Dying Breed (Tribeca), The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, Joh’s Jury (AFI  Best Actress Nomination), All Saints, White Collar Blue, Grassroots, Heartbreak High, Chandon Pictures and Rake.

 

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson graduated from NIDA in the acting course in 1971. He was a member of the Old Tote Theatre Company from 1973-1974. He has made numerous appearances on ABC Radio and Television, Sydney Theatre Company, Marian Street Theatre and Nimrod Theatre Productions. He was a founding member of the Q Theatre in Penrith from 1975 -1982.

In 1983 Kevin received a scholarship from NSW Government to study at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where he directed many plays. Kevin has taught at NIDA (variously in part and full time capacity), The American Conservatory 1984 -2002, NIDA Open Program, Genesian Theatre, Q Theatre, New Theatre, University of New England Summer School, UNSW, Shanghai Dramatic Academy, China, and The Actors Centre, Sydney.