Co-Director and Co-Creator of Yellow Cat Collective. Abi is an artist and educator based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara. She is a mover and a maker. she
enjoys butter, pretty dresses, travel and gardening. She also wants to be good at making bread, but she is only mediocre at bread making.
Co-founder of the Yellow Cat Collective, Liz Butler is a multi-disciplinary artist. She grew
up in the rolling hills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, surrounded by theatre, dance,
and music. From a young age, Liz trained as an opera singer, before falling in love with devised
theater and improvisation. Now she is a dedicated teacher, director and improviser, performing
as much as possible in Wellington. The magic of collaboration drives her work and career. Her
strict conservatory education separated music and theater, which led to her passion for merging
Jake Fairweather is a multidisciplinary artist. His primary focus is figurative art. He is the artistic liason, set builder and designer for Yellow Cat Co. He has designed and built the sets for both Ray Cat and The Yellow Wallpaper. He is also making animations for Yellow Cat Co. Future projects include making claymation films featuring skeletons moved by living plants, erotic candles, and minimalist wooden furniture.
He works at The Wellington School of Drawing and encourages you, the reader of this sentence, to try life drawing.
Ben Jardine is a performer, writer, and musician from Wellington. Born in New Zealand and raised in both Dunedin and Los Angeles, Ben is happy to have found home in the capital. He has a background in creative writing and music, and has been performing as an improviser since 2018. He has been involved in productions in several New Zealand festivals: Ray Cat (Wellington Fringe 2020), Hall Monitors: Time Out (New Zealand Improv Festival 2020), and Hardcore Truth (Wellington Fringe 2019). Back in California, he served as the Director of a non-profit arts and music festival called Kohoutek, created a music based podcast and has been writing short stories and poetry for most of his life. Ben is excited to bring his passion for narrative, adaptation, and collaboration to The Yellow Wallpaper.
Aaron Dupuis is an actor, musician, and sound engineer from Kansas City, Missouri. By chance, he met Yellow Cat Collective Limited co-founder Liz Butler while attending the University of Denver in pursuit of his BA in English (Creative Writing) and Minor in Theatre. While at University, he also kindled a love for sound design and composition. Since discovering his talent behind the scenes, Aaron has designed numerous projects: DU's Pericles (2017); St. Mary's Academy's productions of Little Women (2019), Peter and the Star Catcher (2019), and Mary Poppins (2020); The People's Theatre of Aurora's radio version of Macbeth (2019); and Yellow Cat's own Ray Cat, which debuted at the Wellington Fringe in 2020. When he isn't working on theatre productions, Aaron can be found acting with troupes like The Wit's Shakesbeer in Denver, playing Dungeons and Dragons, podcasting with friends for Stick'n'Poke Productions, or working on bedroom pop project Die Ann.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Ellen has lived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara since 2017. She works as a writer and librarian and practices contemporary dance in her spare time. Trained at the Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN, she now practices with Human Dance.