Alaine has been involved in both amateur and professional theatre since 1980. She has been running her production company ‘Essence Productions’ since 2001 which involves a team of professional actors plus backstage crew. Her mantra is to find fascinating stories that engage, excite and challenge an audience.
Alaine has a theatrical residency at Werribee Park. Alaine with her team of actors and crew all perform at different times, each weekend in her two shows at Werribee Park (What Was That and Down to Earth). They also join her in other theatrical projects and original scripts (The Scrunch Test, Shepherd Kings and Was That a Bunyip).
Werribee Secondary Drama Club
Since 2014 Alaine has run the after hours Drama Club directing their full productions, creating fun and confidence building exercises, writing and creating self devised plays.
Wyndham Theatre Company
Since 2009, Alaine has been Creative Director for the Wyndham Theatre Company.
As a professional vocalist Alaine performed with the acoustic trio ‘Lighthouse’ for twelve years. Alaine and her husband (and chef) created ‘gourmet concert under Essence Food Studio which was their ‘bread and butter’ for ten years. All presented from their own home, Bart served stunning themed menus and taught the audience how to cook each course. Alaine provided the theatre/music entertainment between courses. Alaine and Bart created a loyal following with attendees coming from all over Victoria and interstate, many more than 20 times.
Alaine won the Jamison Cassidy award in 1980 for the highest performance in her business degree at RMIT. But, as most of her energy was going into creating theatre, she decided to get some formal training and undertook VCE drama as an adult student aged 30. The original plan was to go on and undertake a performing arts degree, but this never happened. Instead she worked with some highly skilled, experienced actors, writers directors and basically sponged as much as she could from them. Continually learning, she undertakes workshops and training to improve and upskill (in acting, writing, directing, improvisation). Her business degree helps her to have a common sense approach to turning creative ideas into a reality. She believes she has managed to produce so much by surrounding herself with brilliant wonderful people who thankfully are happy to climb on board with creative projects.
AWARDS FOR ESSENCE FOOD STUDIO
- 2012 Tourism Small (Wyndham Business Awards)
- 2009 Business of the Year (Wyndham Business Awards)
- 2007 Merit Award for Restaurants and Catering Services (Victorian Tourism Awards)
- 2007 Food and Hospitality (Australian Home Based Business Awards)
- 2004 Best Service A (Greater Western Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Awards)
- 2004 Arts and Entertainment (Wyndham Business Awards)
AWARDS FOR ESSENCE PRODUCTIONS - PERFORMING ARTS
- 2017 Peoples Choice Best Written Script, People’s Choice Best Performed play at the National One Act Playwright Competition for ‘The Scrunch Test’, written by Alaine Beek.
- 2014 Judges Choice for Best Written play, People’s Choice for Best Written Play and People’s Choice for Best Performed Play, at National One Act Playwright Competition for ‘Point of No Return’ written (and Directed) by Alaine Beek.
- 2014 2 Gold, 4 finalist (including Best Production Drama) and one special adjudicator’s award for ‘Masterful Set Changes’ at Victoria Drama League Awards for ‘The Lion in Winter’ directed by Alaine Beek.
- 2010 6 finalist nominations (including Best Comedy Production) at Victorian Drama League awards for ‘Allo Allo’ directed by Alaine
- 2009 Top 10 finalist in Australia’s Musicoz awards for original music by Lighthouse