The foundations of Lot21 are built on a solid history of successful collaborations between its three founding members; Craig Ilott, Joe Accaria and Stuart Couzens. Individually, each partner is an industry leader in their field, together, they share an enthusiasm for producing exciting and unexpected forms of entertainment far greater than the sum of their parts.
The principles of Lot21 are simple:
Ask questions and make statements. Provoke, surprise and delight.
Craig Ilott is a multi award-winning Australian theatre director. He has worked worldwide with a diverse range of arts festivals, theatrical companies, corporate partners and brands across multiple forms and genres; for theatre, opera, circus, variety, stand-up comedy and concerts. He won a Green Room Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His production of Smoke & Mirrors played festivals around the world and was awarded three Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work. Craig was appointed Creative Director for Pacha Sydney @ The Ivy, the flagship Merivale Group venue, directing site specific performance and entertainment from 2012-14. Other credits include La Boheme for Opera Queensland, La Clique Royale for The Famous Spiegeltent, Love Song (MTC), Pig Iron People (STC), The Pillowman for Company B Belvoir, Dealer’s Choice for Critical Stages and Band of Magicians for Sydney Festival. Most recently he directed Velvet, which has just completed its eighth successful season, The Virgin Bride for Frontier, and B-Girl for SOH.
Stuart Couzens has produced events, installations and broadcast projects within the arts, entertainment and creative industries across the globe since the midninties. Stuart has often been affectionately referred to by peers as The Fixer; he takes pride in bringing bold creative ideas to life and remains equally focused on projects whether he is executing his own ideas or the ideas of his clients and collaborators. Stuart’s experience allows him to span many different worlds and he has an acute awareness and understanding of how to technically realise and deliver complex concepts into the real world. Credits include Executive Producer roles for iconic cultural events such as Mardi Gras Party & Harbour Party, Pacha Sydney and TEDxSydney at the Sydney Opera House. Stuart is the founder of multi award winning Sydney based creative production company Alfred and sits on the board of directors for Underbelly Arts.
Joe Accaria is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music holding an Honours degree in Music and Education, has since worked extensively worldwide as a musician, composer, music producer and music director. Artists include Andrea Bocelli, Smokey Robinson, Ronan Keating and Jimmy Barnes. Music Direction credits include Tap Dogs, David Campbell, iOTA and Human Nature. Joe also performed in the Helpmann Award winning Smoke & Mirrors with iOTA, directed by Craig Ilott and is the music director and sound track producer on Velvet featuring Marcia Hines. Joe is currently composing the all female percussion stage show DrummerQueens. Joe’s company Repercussions Productions’ clients include – the National Rugby League, Cricket Australia, the City of Sydney, the International Cricket Council and FIFA.