2010 Mark Butler Award, Contribution to Port Adelaide Community Cultural Development
2013 Cittaslow Award – individual award for community engagement presented by the Goolwa Business Association
2014 Ruby Award – Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award – SA Arts industry award for life time contribution to Community Cultural Development
2015 Current – Freelance Arts worker
Project Manager / Producer – Our Corka Bubs
Country Arts SA
Produced a dance/play piece (performance work and closely linked participatory activities) with a focus for Aboriginal babies 4 – 24 months and their parent/carers. The new work will use the format and structure of the internationally successful This (Baby) Life created by Sally Chance. The piece will be adapted for Aboriginal families in consultation with the Aboriginal community, health workers, Aboriginal dancers and babies in the Riverland and Port Adelaide, SA. Project manage a 2 week creative development and showing of the work for possible touring through regional and remote S.A. communities.
2013 – August 2015 – Creative Producer, Change and Adaptation Program
Country Arts SA
Manage the 3 Year Community Partnership connecting Arts, Health and Environment partnership program throughout the Southern Fleurieu Peninsular, KI and the Murray Mallee for Country Arts SA as part of the Australia Council’s Creative Communities Partnership Initiative. Change and Adaptation aimed to utilise the arts to focus on diverse community and personal resilience invoking the opportunity to ‘change and adapt’ environmental and farming practices or personal health attitudes. Change and Adaptation was explored and celebrated through a wide range of arts projects.
* Ongoing liaison to maintain good working relationships with partners and their agencies
* Employ and contract professional artists to work alongside health service staff, clients and community participants
* Work closely with the Creative Consultant, Research/Evaluator and Project Coordinator to achieve these outcomes
* Regular financial management and reporting to funding partners and Country Arts SA board
* Successfully managed this complex program in a changing environment both politically and economically over a 3 year period.
* Maintained excellent working relationships with the 5 Partners as well as 30 Artists employed on 25 projects within the program.
* Achieved high level artistic outcomes for each project.
* Completed an extensive Artistic Report and developed a Model of Practice for Community Partnerships, Australia Council.
Part-time Coordinator St Bede’s Community Garden, Semaphore
* Coordinate gardening and arts related projects with clients from Mental Health services and general community
2013 – 14 Arts and Cultural Development Manager
(temporary Maternity Leave backfill position)
Country Arts SA
* Manager, overseeing the operation of the Indigenous Program
* Manage and support Country Arts SA’s Indigenous Arts and Cultural Engagement officer
* Support the Indigenous Reference Group
* Develop Indigenous policy and procedures for CASA’s programming in theatres and venues statewide
* Develop and grow the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan
* Industry liaison
2012 – 13 Project Coordinator – Regional Centre of Culture – Just Add Water, Goolwa, SA
Country Arts SA & Alexandrina Council
Assist the community in the achievement of their arts and community cultural development aspirations for the 2012 Regional Centre of Culture and the 2012 Regional Arts Australia National Conference – Kumuwuki.
* Contributed to the program and co-ordination of 443 arts events for the 2012 program of activities that formed part of Regional Centre of Culture Program (RCC)
* Community consultation – facilitated a number of ‘Conversation Cafés’ to enable initial community input into the RCC program and feedback at the end of the program
* Community Liaison – met with and established networks between local groups and service organisations, Executive Producer, Country Arts SA and Alexandrina Council to build community capacity through arts activity
* Formed strong relationships with community groups – e.g. supported local groups and organisations to initiate and become involved in arts projects throughout the RCC
* Winner of Cittaslow 2013 Community Award – individual award for community engagement presented by the Goolwa Business Association
* Training and mentoring – provided support for a number of event / project management, funding, and technical skills development and training opportunities for locals to support the program in both paid and volunteer capacities
* Monitor the RCC program evaluation process and work closely with the Research and Evaluation Consultant including distribution and collection of research, collation of data and co-ordination of focus groups
2008 – 2011 Freelance Contract Work: Program Coordinator / Manager
Over this 3 year period I was involved in some diverse projects coordinating, planning, facilitating and evaluation. These projects included:
1. Adelaide Fringe ’09, ’10
Planning, managing, coordinating community participation in the ‘Opening Night Parade’ for audiences of between 20,000 and 80,000. Liaison with approx. 300 participants from community groups, artists, sponsors, production crew, volunteers and Fringe departments.
2. Mentoring, project evaluation and report writing:
* Kurruru Indigenous Youth Arts
Successfully developed, monitored and evaluated an arts program aimed at Aboriginal boys and young men with the aim of exploring social issues that surround their interaction with the justice system.
* strong>Brink Productions
Evaluation of 10 week schools drama program with refugee and newly arrived students
* Relationships Australia, SA
Evaluation and written report of their Arts in Health program
* Easy Walking Project
Funded by the Department of Health and Aging in association with the Australian Feldenkrais Guild (SA)
Application writing; project management; liaise with community groups and health centres to involve people in a program to improve health and wellbeing through movement; coordinate workshops; produce and market CD package.
3. Coordinator St Bede’s Community Garden, Semaphore
Manage an arts and health project with people living with Mental Health challenges. Coordinate regular gardening activity and a variety of art workshops including; clay – pots and plates, tiles; straw bale seating; basket weaving from pruned branches and fibres; painting banners and umbrellas etc.
4. Project Manager – Tallstoreez – Hero Project
Digital video making and storytelling workshops with young people.
2003 – 2007 Training and Development Officer
Community Arts Network (SA)
This role required planning training programs as well as to deliver the training modules and assess students taking part in the courses.
I travelled to remote and regional Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia to deliver key elements of registered training courses to both Creative Volunteering and Smart in Business for Regional Arts Australia.
* Successfully delivered training which was part of a pilot program of business skills development for Indigenous arts organisations.
* Jointly developed and delivered a Short Course Building Communities for Indigenous Artsworkers.
* Ongoing learning culturally appropriate behaviours through relationships with key Aboriginal elders from urban, regional and remote communities giving me far greater opportunity to communicate effectively.
* Effectively managed and delivered the 3 year arts component of ReachOut. This was a pre-release rehabilitation programme for offenders at Cadell Training Centre in collaboration with OARS (Offender Aid Rehabilitation Services).
2006 – 2007 Project Coordinator – Regional and Remote
Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts Inc
The role involved selecting artists, planning trips to regional and remote Indigenous communities in South Australia as well as contract workshop artists and crew to be part of the project deliverables. Tour manager as well as evaluation of the project program and writing of reports to present to stakeholders was a key component of the role.
2001 – 2003 Fellowship
Australia Council for the Arts – Theatre
This two year research project in movement education for physical theatre performers, circus artists and actors involved:
* Visit local and interstate circus training establishments, acrobats and circus and physical theatre performing companies.
* Set up research methodology and protocols and negotiate a new training program within already established curriculum and projects.
* Teach sessions in appropriate movement techniques to encourage safe working, teaching and training practices for students, artists and tutors.
* Monitor, analyse, evaluate research material and publish results.
* Present findings at national and international conferences and forums.
Effectively created a dialogue amongst the circus and physical theatre community about safe and sustainable work practice.
1996 – 2001 Artistic Director
Port Youth Theatre Workshop
This was a diverse and creative role that allowed me to not only manage the arts program for the theatre workshops but I was also responsible for planning, devising and directing the content of a yearly program.
* I lead workshops as well as contracted and managed a range of tutors and artists. We had several staff and trainees under my responsibility.
* Financial management as well as grant writing and acquittals. Professional representation to funding bodies was an ongoing requirement of the role.
* I was responsible for the initiation and completion of many creative arts projects that gave local young people confidence and pride of place including Hyper, A hypothetical about juvenile justice for Aboriginal young people held in a court room; Yitpi, fun with feelings kit – dealing with children’s experience of domestic violence and Weaving the Threads, a play that told how the stories of 3 generations of Aboriginal families shaped their lives.
Over four years I worked effectively with an Aboriginal Advisory Group, Carclew and Arts SA to evolve the company into an Indigenous arts organisation (Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Inc). I was the last non-Aboriginal Artistic Director of the company.
1993 – 1995 Freelance Theatre Director and Movement Coach
Community theatre groups in S.A. and Queensland
I was responsible for the direction of a number of community theatre performances, working as part of an artistic team. The role required liaison with organisations and community members on a regular basis.
I completed successful community cultural development work with communities to devise and perform their creative ambitions. Works included Scrambled, Gestures Theatre of the Deaf, Adelaide; Firetalk, Inala Women’s Theatre, Brisbane; A Day in the Life, Murray Bridge Women’s Community Theatre. Regular Movement for Actors workshops at Adelaide Centre for Performing Arts and Drama Centre, Flinders Uni.
1992 – 1993 Project Manager and Cultural Liaison
The Flying Fruit Fly Circus – Moscow 1 Project
This role gave me the opportunity to liaise with many interesting and creative people from Russia. I negotiated the complex relationships between international master trainers, local tutors and performers and the local community. I was responsible for the coordination of artists, students and crew and achieved a cohesive team of outside artists and local performers training in intensive circumstances.
1984 – 1992 Artistic Director, Founding Member
Vitalstatistix National Theatre for Women
One of three founding members of the first fully funded women’s theatre company in Australia, providing opportunities for women artists and theatre workers to take risks and create work on their own terms.
The company now celebrates its 30th anniversary and has performed countless successful productions whilst developing the careers of many female performers, writers, administrators and production crews in Australia.
As a founding member for this company, I was responsible for all aspects of the theatre company which included:
* Plan artistic programs
* Devise theatre and all aspects of this art form
* Perform in the theatre productions
* Facilitate discussion about relevant issues after the shows
* Tour management
* Develop workshop projects
* Marketing and promotion
* Grant Writing and Acquittals
* Manage a high quality performing team of artists and support staff
1983 – Nanjing Project
Participant in the original visit by the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe to Australia. This 3 month training programme hosted by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Circus Oz was the first international exchange that significantly influenced the style of circus arts in Australia to follow.
1982 – 1983
Harpies Bizarre, Sydney – founding member and physical theatre street performer
Lollies Warehouse – founding member – rehearsal & performance space, Sydney
1982 – Circus Oz – performer, truck driver and crew in the first on the road tour with tent and caravans to regional and coastal Victoria, Perth Festival, Adelaide Festival
1979 – 1982 Wimmin’s Circus, Melbourne – founding member and performer of the first women’s circus in the world.
1977 – 1979 Desperate Measures, Perth – founding member, performer, administrator – political street theatre company (evolved to become Deckchair)
2009 – Train Others – A Course in Business Skills for Creative People
2004 – Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
1999 – Certified Practitioner in the Feldenkrais Method
Community Cultural Development Practitioner
Current Senior First Aid Certificate
Current Driver’s License: Class MR
Volunteer Coordinator – Semaphore Community Garden
Mentor – emerging arts practitioners
Board Member, Port Adelaide Artist’s Forum and Sailing Club Management Committee
Secretary, Australian Feldenkrais Guild, SA Division