" Willow J Conway’s presence is cheeky, jaunty, delightfully wistful and deeply imbued with sincerity." (Stage Whispers)
I am a Melbourne based actor/dancer/ physical theatre performer and burlesque artist working in a variety of mediums including film, TV and theatre. Since graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Acting in 2001, I have worked with many different companies and directors exploring a range of techniques including Method based acting, Meisner, Michael Chekhov Technique, Mike Leigh method and Laban. As a theatre practitioner I develop larger than life characters through exploring the techniques of Butoh, Buffon, Burlesque and Cabaret. As a solo artist of self-devised pieces I have performed nationally and internationally including Japan, USA, Paris and London.
From the virginal nun Isabella in Measure for Measure to the drug addicted sex worker in Dirty Pictures, I embrace the challenge to take on a range of roles bringing integrity and depth to the lives of the characters. Other credits include White Day Dream (Weave Movement Theatre), Voodoo Trash Dolls, Empire, All of Which Are American Dreams (Theatre in Decay), Elmo, Burlesque Hall of Fame (2013 & 2018) and director/creator of The Living Museum of Erotic Women. I have been the recipient of various awards including Best Actor for the short film Kylie Divine' (SA ZOOM! Short Film Festival), Green Room Award for Theatre production Das SHOKU! Shake by Yumi Umiumare(ensemble member) and in 2016 was crowned Miss Burlesque Australia!
I also offer classes, courses and workshops in Yoga, movement and Urban Day Retreats through Ok-Topia Creative Arts Studio. Check out more!
With a passion in social justice I am currently studying a BA in Criminal Justice with my main area of interest in gender politics and human rights. I envision combining my skills to develop alternative rehabilitation and recovery programs within the criminal justice system and for victim/survivors.
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land, the land in which I live and work from. I pay respect to their Elders past, present and future. This land is, always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.