A bit about me.
I am a participatory artist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices.
I work with diverse and marginalised community groups to create a platform for capacity building, skills development and creative expression - with a strong artistic merit and ethical approach to working with community.
I create artistic works that draw from direct experience, oral histories and storytelling with a focus on creating professional artistic outcomes. My aim is to create works that are true to the stories and experiences collected, but married with contemporary performance practices that allow these powerful and often unheard stories to be held in an artistic space.
I have developed numerous workshop programs in community theatre for a diverse range of organisations and participants. I have worked with Communify to deliver a creative arts recovery group and women’s theatre group for people who experience mental illness; a creative arts program as a part of Sunnybank State High School’s Cultural Leaders program; a theatre ensemble with Access Arts working with people who experience disabilities; and secured funding to create professional artistic works with a community group who identify as Forgotten Australians with Micah Projects over a long term program.
My most recent works include: Daughters of the Floating Brothel, a prison theatre project delivered with Brisbane Womens Correction Centre and Griffith University; The Untold, stories from Forgotten Australians highlighted in a sound installation at State Library of Queensland; People Of Interest, an audio based storytelling installation, working with people who identify as survivors (presented at Brisbane Powerhouse, Undercover Artists Festival and Festival of Live Art); bold words from a nobody, an interactive installation at C U R R E N T , R I S I N G ; Metro Arts; and A Time to Discover, live performance developed with Forgotten Australians and showcased at Metro Arts.
Over the years, I have sought out training and completed two artistic internships with Australian theatre company one step at a time like this as they presented their site specific work, en route at the Auckland Arts Festival; and Ping Chong + Company in New York. I received funding from Arts Queensland (Career Development) and the Australia Council for the Arts (ArtStart) to undertake these exciting opportunities and further develop my practice in community arts and engagement.
In 2014 I was a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts JUMP mentorship program. During this mentorship, I developed a theatre work with her mentor Kate Sulan, Artistic Director from Rawcus. Using verbatim and documentary theatre styles, an audio based storytelling piece devised with a group of non artists, who identify as survivors of trauma - People of Interest.
I am also a proud Director and Co Founder of social enterprise Suitcase Rummage, which takes place in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and regional areas across the country.