Janet originally trained in contemporary dance (New Dance and Bodyworks) before adapting her work for theatrical contexts. She worked as a physical theatre performer and puppeteer in Western Australia for over 10 years. Janet has a BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Western Australia and an MPhil in Performance from Victoria University, Melbourne.
She has performed in Conditions for Writing Home, The AnAliceist, Transistor: Waving at Marconi, Optical Wreckage, Dead Skin and the award winning, Cadence for Strange Arrangements Theatre company. As an Associate Artist with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre she co-directed and performed in Small Giants. For other companies she has performed as a stilt walker in Vaporise and character actor/puppeteer for Eat The Moon (Spare-Parts Puppet Theatre), The Yellow Wallpaper (Storydoor Theatre), Two Loud Slopey Chicks (Shirley Van Sanden) as well as her own solo show Sentimental Acts. She co-directed A Certainty Quotient and Drifters and the award winning, The Gold Bug for Strange Arrangements. In 1999 she was selected to be a representative on the West Australian Arts Council board.
Janet has been co-Artistic Director of Strange Arrangements Theatre Company
since its Australian inception in 1996. Since relocating the company to the UK in 2003 she oversees all aspects of choreography and dramaturgy. Currently she is the dramaturg for Strange Arrangements latest work in development, Dust: it’s the little things that matter.
Janet has taught workshops for universities and professionals in movement, contact improvisation and puppetry in Australia and the UK. Currently she works as a lecturer in Performing Arts for the University of Winchester.