Victor Kline Hedda Gabler

Arts Career

Victor Kline started his working life as Sydney’s youngest barrister. He is now Editor of the authorised Federal Court Reports, and the Federal Law Reports and an award winning actor, playwright and theatre director. In theatre he has worked extensively in Sydney and off Broadway in New York. He also teaches acting and is a performing arts reviewer. He has lived in Alice Springs, New Guinea, London, Paris, New York and the South of France, and currently lives in Sydney with his wife and one cat.

About Victor
Training

Hole in the Wall Theatre, Perth 1996-1997

NIDA Showreel, Sydney, 2001

Gail Edward’s Directors’ Masterclass, Sydney, 2001

Sydney Stage Combat School, 2004

Griffin Acting Course with David Berthold & Kate Gaul, 2004

George Whaley – Actorphobia, Sydney

International Film School, 2007

Personal Details

Height: 180cm

Weight: 72 kg

Eye Colour: Blue/Green

Racial Descent: Anglo/Russian

Languages & Accents

Languages: English (fluent), French (functional)

Accents: US (Manhattan and Southern), UK (Various), French, Jewish, German, Russian and Italian

Teaching Reviewing & Singing

Teaching Acting to dementia patients at Southern Cross Nursing Homes, North Ryde, 2010

Teaching Confident Speaking, Mosman CC, 2012 to 2013

Teaching Acting and Theatre, North Sydney CC, 2005-6

Teaching Acting and Theatre, Mosman CC, 2006 to 2013

Reviewing for Arts Hub 2008 to date

Singing

Shalomites, Perth, 1996-7

Fremantle Choir, Fremantle, 1996-7

Mixed Notes, Kiama, 1998-2000

Jonah and the Whalers, Sydney, 2005

Acting for Film and Television

Victor (Documentary directed by Adam Rosenberg based on The House at Anzac Parade), Lead, 2014.

Home and Away (Channel 7), Guest, Councillor Leary, 2010

Packed to the Rafters (Channel 7), Guest, The Barman, 2008

4 Corners (ABC TV) Dramatisation of Wheat Board scandal, John Stott, 2006

All Saints (Channel 7), Guest, Sergeant Lewis, (6 episodes) 2002/3

TVC, Washington Bank (USA), The Hooker, 100%, 2002

TVC, Flybuys (Aus), The Host, 100%, 2004

TVC, Mountain Franklin (Aus), Featured Extra, 2004

TVC, Sambucca (Aus), Dr Evil, Lead, 2007

TVC, TelstraThe Caller, 100%, 2008

TVC, CannonThe Barber, 100%, 2009

ABC TV, Three Things (Short Film), Director: Clare Williamson, 2001

CTV1, Around The World With Joy (Motivational Talks – Various), 2000-2001

Sitcom Pilot, Rock ‘n’ Roll Pawn Shop (Sergeant Allamby), Director Danny Vandine, 2001

The Gas Club (Short film), Pod Films,  The Irish Judge, Director: Ollie Langridge, 2001 [Selected Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival 2002]

The Carpet Factory (Short film), Director Aarne Neeme, 2004

Enough Rope (Short film), Director Catherine Anselmi, 2004

Acting for Theatre
Lead roles

Shakespeare: Othello (Ludovico), Sydney Shakespeare Company 2011

Kline: Love.Com (Jorge), Rehearsed Reading, Manly Festival, Sydney, 2006

Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well (The King), Factory Space Theatre, Sydney, 2005

Kline: The Salsa Lesson (He), Is Theatre, Flip Top Heart Festival, Hobart 2005

Gottsche: The Balmain Jesus (Martin), Stables Theatre, Sydney, 2004

Ackerman: Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (Gene), Factory Space Theatre At The Cat @ Fiddle, Sydney 2004

Lewis: Statues of David (David), Factory Space Theatre, Sydney 2003

Cordero: Crumbs on the Radio:The Phil Harris Show (Phil Harris), Breadcrumbstheatre, Sydney 2003

Brightwolf: Saturday Night in the Shakespeare Ward (The Doctor), Sydney Actors Studio, Sydney 2002

Marlowe: Doctor Faustus Sings (Doctor Faustus), Valhalla, Sydney, 2002

Williamson: The Club (Ted Parker), New Theatre, Sydney, 2001

Morgan: And Valentino Takes Hollywood (George Ullman), NATC, New York, 2001

Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Orsino), 13th Street Repertory, New York, 2000

Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra (Mark Antony), Bigeye Productions, Sydney, 2000

R & H: South Pacific (Emile De Becque), Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, 2000

Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Eilert Lovborg), NATC,New York, 1999

Shakespeare: The Tempest (Prospero), 13th Street Repertory, New York, 1999

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar (Mark Antony), Workshop Theatre, Wollongong, 1999

Taylor: Whistle Down The Wind (The Policeman), IPAC, 1999

Showreel

Writing
Books:

42 Avenue of the Americas
The Story of the Good American (novel), published by Frances Allen, 2015. Available from all good bookstores, online shops and in Paperback and E-Book from Amazon.

The House at Anzac Parade
The House at Anzac Parade (Memoir), published by Frances Allen , 2013. Available from all good bookstores, online shops and in Paperback and E-Book from Amazon.

Rough Justice
Rough Justice (novel), published by Allen & Unwin, 1994. New edition published by Frances Allen, 2012. Available from all good bookstores, online shops and in Paperback and E-Book from Amazon.

Other Writing

The Fruit Bats of Charters Towers, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2009

Love.Com (play). Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney, 2007. Also rehearsed reading, Manly Festival, Sydney 2006.

The Salsa Lesson (Short play) La Boite Theatre, Brisbane 2006. Also overall runner up and winner of award for passionate performance, Flip TopHeart Festival, Hobart 2005. Also Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2007.

The Rehabilitation of God (a play). Factory Space Theatre @ The Star of The Sea, Sydney, 2005

Sex, Death & Chocolate (Short play), Produced Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2005. Also at Actors Anonymous Christmas Sushi, Newtown Theatre Sydney, 2008.

Rough Justice (Novel) Sydney 1994; Kindle Direct Publishing electronic edition, also available in hard copy via Amazon, Frances Allen, 2012.

Der Beste Anwalt von Allen (German translation of above) Econ,Dusseldorf, 1995

Doctor Faustus Sings (Musical Adaptation of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus) Performed Sydney Valhalla 2002

Hedda Gabler (Translation of Ibsen’s play) Performed New York, International Fringe Festival 1999

Short Stories (Various)

Golden Dagger Mysteries (Contributor) Hutchinson, Sydney 1993

Federal Court Reports (Editor and contributor) Vols 20 – to date

Federal Law Reports (Editor and contributor) Vols 125 – to date

South Australian State Reports (Editor and Contributor), Volume 43 (1985-6) – Volume 49 (1987-88)

Directing

Dremann: The Narcoleptic Pillow Fight, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2012

Kline: The Fruit Bats of Charters Towers, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2009

Ekert et al: Personal Business, Actors Anonymous Christmas Sushi, Newtown Theatre, Sydney, 2008

Broun: Hold ‘Em, Short & Sweet One Act Festival, Sydney 2008. (Winner Best Director-Runner Up.Winner Best Production–Runner Up

Carnell: Morning Tea at the Carousel Club, Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, 2008

Lopes: Just Another Tuesday Night, Journey Into Sin Productions (Newtown Theatre), Sydney 2007

Kline: Love.Com, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney 2007

McAteer: Transactions, (Short & Sweet Festival), Sydney, 2007

Lewis: The Baggage Handler, Manly Festival, Sydney, 2006

O’Keefe: Uncomfortable Silences (Short & Sweet Festival), Sydney, 2006 (Winner Best Overall Production & Winner People’s Choice Award – Largest popular vote in the history of the Festival)

Kline: The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart 2005. Also Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney 2007 (Also as choreographer).

Nielson: The Night Before Christmas (Tapp Gallery), Sydney 2004

Marlowe: Doctor Faustus Sings (Valhalla), Sydney 2002

Morgan: And Valentino Takes Hollywood (Harry De Jour Theatre), New York, 2001

R & H: Oklahoma (Illawarra Performing Arts Centre), Wollongong, 2000

Ibsen: Hedda Gabler (Harry De Jour Theatre), New York, 1999

Reviewing

At Last – The Etta James Story: Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre

Life Begins at 40 – Creativity and Loss: The Sydney Chamber Choir.

Hamlet: Sydney Shakespeare Company at Fort Denison

So Frenchy, So Chic: At Sydney Festival

Dance Clan 3: Bangarra Dance Theatre

The Merchant of Venice: Sydney Shakespeare Company

Archie Roach Concert at the State Theatre

Babel – at Sydney Festival

West Side Story – Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Festival

Anatomy Titus Fall Of Rome – at the Bell Shakespeare

Comedy Review – Hosted by Julia Morris

Gay Conversion School Dropout

Tender, SBW Stables Theatre, Sydney

Rabbit by Nina Raine at the Sydney Theatre Company

The Woman with Dog’s Eyes by Louis Nowra

Peach Season: Zenith Theatre by Debra Oswald

The Little Dog That Laughed:The Ensemble Theatre by Douglas Carter Beane

Bach and the Barber: City Recital Hall

Manon – Opera Australia

La Traviata – Opera Australia

Interviews

Interview at In Their Own Write. Read the interview.

Interview with Ita Buttrose, Jessica Rowe and Jo Lamble on Channel Ten’s Studio 10. Watch the interview.

Interview with Natasha Mitchell on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters. Listen to the interview.

Interview with Glenn Ridge on Radio MyMp Melbourne. Listen to the interview.

Interview with Steve Price on Radio 2GB Sydney. Listen to the interview.

Interview with Helen Shield on Statewide Evenings (ABC Local Radio). Play the interview.

Interview with Chris Vandercook on Hawaii Public Radio. Listen to the interview.

Reviews and Articles

Review of the Story of the Good American by Irina Markovsky of the NSW Writers’ Centre

Review of the House at Anzac Parade by Guiltless Reading

Review of The House at Anzac Parade Marjorie Lewis-Jones at A Big Bright World

Review of The House at Anzac Parade by Monique Mulligan at Write Note Reviews

Review of Rough Justice by Peter Fagan in Law Society Journal

Review of Rough Justice by Graeme Blundell in Sydney Morning Herald

Review of Rough Justice by Greg Thom in The Australian

Review of VK’s acting in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Illawarra Mercury

Acceptance letter for selection to New York International Festival for adaptation of play Hedda Gabler written and directed by VK

Review of VK’s acting in musical Valentino in New York International Festival Journal

Article on musical Dr Faustus Sings, written and directed by and starring VK

Review of play The Rehabilitation of God written by VK in North Shore Times

Notice on winning of Short & Sweet Festival by play Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK

Festival journal report on winning of Short & Sweet Festival by play Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK

Award Notification for Flip Top Heart Festival for play The Salsa Lesson, written and directed by and starring VK

Notification of People’s Choice Award for Uncomfortable Silences directed by VK

Publicist’s letter for La Boite production of the play The Salsa Lesson written by VK

Law Society Journal Article on Love.com Factory Space Theatre as part of the Sydney Mardi Gras Festival written and directed by VK

Guest Posts

Meet the Author In Their Own Write

Inspiration for a Book In Their Own Write

Genesis of a Book in Guiltless Reading

Backstory to a Book in Guiltless Reading

Awards and Prizes

The Walter Reid Memorial Prize, for Academic Merit, University of Sydney, 2011

The George Arnold Wood Memorial Prize, for First in History, University of Sydney, 2011

The AE (Tony) Cahill History Prize, for Best Student in Late Modern History, University of Sydney, 2011.

The Walter Reid Memorial Prize, for Academic Merit, University of Sydney, 2010

Best Director Runner Up, for Hold ‘Em (S & S One Act Festival), Sydney 2008

Best Production Runner Up, for Hold ‘Em (S & S One Act Festival, Sydney 2008

Best Production, for Uncomfortable Silences, (S & S Festival), Sydney 2006

People’s Choice Award, for Uncomfortable Silences, (S & S Festival) Sydney 2006

Best Production Runner Up, for The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart, 2005

Award for Excellence in Passionate Performance for The Salsa Lesson (Flip Top Heart Festival), Hobart 2005

Short Listed, for The Dwarf and The Double Base Player (Golden Dagger Mystery Short Story Award), Published in Golden Dagger

Mysteries, Heinemann 1988

Winner Best Short Story, for Jabaltjari’s Friend (Eaglehawk Arts Festival), 1987

Frances Allen Publications

Frances Allen Publishers was incorporated in the late 1980s with a charter to publish and promote new Australian fiction. During that period and up till the early 1990s it published such works as Richard Eldershaw’s award winning The Mean Australian, Gail Morgan’s controversial The Day My Publisher Turned into A Dog and Robyn Ferrell’s uniquely lyrical The Weather and Other Gods.

The company also had the privilege of publishing Burning Spear. This was the last work of iconic Australian author Kit Denton, whose novel The Breaker is one of the most popular and widely read in Australian literary history.

The company re-established itself in 2013 to republish Victor Kline’s comic novel (originally published by Allen and Unwin Australia), Rough Justice. This was followed in 2014 by Victor’s best-selling memoir The House at Anzac Parade, and in 2016 by 42 Avenue of the Americas.

For further information contact publisher Jom Arncliffe at frances.allen.publishers@gmail.com or on +61 2 99290478.