Colleen Burke is a Melbourne-based artist and creator. Burke originally trained in Theatre and Theatre Design at Rusden, followed by studies in Fine Art and also Textile Design at RMIT. Burke has been commissioned to produce events and designs and to curate exhibitions for Melbourne Fringe, The L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne Museum, State of Design Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Burke was invited to create haute-couture garments from paper by the Victorian State of Design festival for Premiere, a Fashion Trade Show at the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne in 2011.
In 2010 she won a competition run by Arts Access and the City of Melbourne to develop a project working with an emerging artist with a disability. “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” was performed at Signal Arts Space directed by Burke.
In 2009 she received a grant through the Federal Australia Thailand Institute to devise a production in Thailand The production explored the impact of the Mail-Order Bride industry.
completed numerous public art projects and received an Arts Victoria Grant in 2008 a giant steel fish sculpture in the grounds of a school based on children’s artwork.
She produced “Spontaneous Construction” for the 2004 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a 3-day event that involved a team of designers creating furniture on the Melbourne Museum plaza from recycled materials. Subsequently Burke coordinated Melbourne Museum’s ‘Designed to Inspire’ program; organising forums with local and international designers.
She has toured regional Victoria as an actor in Theatre in Education and toured Australia and Holland as a puppeteer. She is a member of Sanctum Theatre and has performed and collaborated on various productions.
News: Day of the Dead Mariarchi Band
Skeleton Crew has been launched, I am working with a group of Melbourne's most talented musicians. Dave Evans on accordion, Dan Witton on Tuba, Nara Demasson on banjo and Adam Pierzchalski on trumpet. Derek Ives is our new maestro. of Long Pigs and Candy Butchers fame. I will be playing puppets. We are playing festivals, cabaret and making a Music/Theatre/Puppet show together. We will be filming a video clip in May!!!!