Bron Batten (VIC/NSW/TAS)
Bron is a multi award-winning performer, theatre-maker and producer who creates contemporary performance in collaboration with non-artists and audience members. Her work has toured throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA, France, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania and has been presented at The Soho Theatre London, Komedia Brighton UK, The Prague Quadrennial, Performing Arts Festival Berlin, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Dark MOFO and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Past works include Waterloo (2019); Onstage Dating (2016); The Hole (2015- 2019) Use Your Illusion (2014); The Dad Show (2014- 2016); Sweet Child of Mine (2011) and The Last Tuesday Society (2008- 2015). She has received Australia Council support and fellowships from the Ian Potter Foundation to undertake professional development in Zurich, New York, Chicago, Avignon, Glasgow and Hong Kong, and in 2015 Bron was an artist in residence at the prestigious Cite des Arts Internationale in Paris.
Johanna Bell (NT)
Johanna is an award-winning author, Churchill Fellow and the Director of StoryProjects, a creative production house that specialises in elevating unheard voices and community building through storytelling. Her recent projects include the BIRDS EYE VIEW podcast made with women in the Darwin Correctional Centre; SPUN, a live storytelling and audio project and ATMOS, a program of immersive listening experiences in non-venue locations. Johanna is passionate about addressing voice poverty and geographic privilege and her work seeks to surprise and challenge stereotypes about regional Australia.
Lenine Bourke (QLD)
Lenine is a freelance artist and consultant. She is developing new work responding to climate justice and collaborating with All the Queens Men on TOY – a new work for children unpacking gender diversity. She was with the Australia Council for the Arts as Director of Community Partnerships from 2014-2016. She was the Artistic Director of Contact Inc and Executive Director of Young People and the Arts Australia. She has a broad range of professional experiences in the arts and cultural sectors, which have taken her work throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Korea, Denmark, Thailand, Finland, Canada and the USA. She has led various arts organisations and projects, and worked for peak bodies, local and state government, statutory authorities, educational institutions, galleries, festivals and artists groups. She has focused the majority of her work in engaging children and young people, as well as diverse communities.
Alex Desebrock (WA)
Alex is an independent artist based in Perth, Australia. Her work spans interactive theatre, live art, installations, online and public interventions. Her practice focuses around empathy, connecting strangers, big questions and the child’s voice. She is the lady behind Maybe ( ) Together which has presented works across Australia including Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Dream Big Festival, Awesome Festival, The Arts Centre Melbourne and ArtPlay. Maybe ( ) Together’s touring works are produced by Performing Lines WA and represented in the US by Boat Rocker Entertainment. Alex began the Facebook group ‘Australian Arts amidst Covid-19’ and has been on a steep learning curve of how to admin a large group of people in a stressed environment. She’s also one of the founders of FLOCK and committed to finding space for artists to connect, share and self-care.
Fez Fa’anana (QLD)
Fez is an innovator of physical theatrical performance with a robust and diverse cultural make-up. His work is a unique and dysfunctional shotgun marriage of his Samoan bloodlines, his contemporary sensibility and irreverent Australian upbringing; combining the artistry of dance, the animation of theatre, the anarchy of cabaret, the grit of circus, the subversion of comedy, and the danger of burlesque. Since 2000 Fez has been developing work as a freelance solo artist, a co-founder/performer of Polytoxic Dance Theatre and with the Briefs Factory creative production house, of which he is Creative Director.
Roz Hervey (SA)
Roz has performed for numerous performance companies including; One Extra Company, Sydney Front, Dance North, Theatre of Image, Sue Healey, Meryl Tankard Co, DV8 and Force Majeure. She has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, UK and South East Asia. She has choreographed for companies including Brink Theatre Co, Slingsby and Patch Theatre Co. From 2001-2012 Roz was an Associate Artist with Sydney’s Force Majeure. Roz has also worked as an Event Coordinator/Event Director for festivals including Adelaide Festival, Comeout Children’s Festival and Bundaleer Festival. From 2013-2016 she was the Producer/Director of the Adelaide Fringe Parade. Roz is currently working as Creative Producer for Restless Dance Theatre and continues to work as a lecturer for Flinders Drama Centre and as a Movement Consultant and Dramaturg with South Australian Independent Theatre Companies.
Erica McCalman (NT)
Erica is a Ballardong Noongar woman with Irish Convict, Scottish and Cornish ancestry. A Creative Producer and curator, she has worked in contemporary performing art and festivals for over 15 years including Next Wave, Darwin Festival, Performance Space, Sydney Festival and others. Through her consultancy project Art Oracle Erica experiments with producing practice, seeking to develop healthy collaborations between artist and institution, find new methods to empower creatives and nurture the next generation of producers.
Kelli McCluskey (WA)
Kelli is an artist and co-founder of tactical media art group, PVI Collective, which formed in 1998, creating playfully subversive and participatory artworks that creatively disrupt everyday life in public spaces. Kelli is a passionate advocate for live art and experimental practice and its continued growth, regularly speaking on panels, symposia, forums and facilitates playfully participatory discussions on the critical role of arts in society. She served on the board of NAVA, is an Australia Council peer, and a steering committee member of women leaders in the arts. Kelli has mentored a host of emerging practitioners, co-founded an incubator space for experimental practice (CIA Studios), and Australia’s first one-on-one performance festival, Proximity Festival, acting as co-curator (2012-2017). Kelli received the prestigious ‘Outstanding Achievement in Emerging and Experimental Arts’ award from the Australia Council (2016). She conducted a TEDX talk on audience participation (2017) and spoke at the World Arts Summit in Malta.
Tristan Meecham (VIC/NSW/TAS)
Tristan is an Artist, Performer and Director of All The Queens Men. Founded by award-winning performance artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men collaborate with communities of all shapes, sizes, and identities to produce transformative creative experiences that champion equality, social health, and human connection. All The Queens Men has become a leading creative voice within the LGBTI+ community nationally and internationally, most specifically for championing the rights of LGBTI+ elders. Committed to supporting health and wellbeing through creative participation and social connection, ATQM consistently partners with peak health bodies, extending reach into communities beyond the arts.
Andy Packer (SA)
Since completing a BA in Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/ Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In thirteen years Slingsby has toured its original productions to more than 100 venues in 80 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, India and China winning 16 industry awards along the way. Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers and Australian String Quartet. In 2019 Andy was show director of the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington, New Zealand’s largest theatrical event attracting an audience in excess of 60,000.
Jacqy Phillips (SA)
Jacqy trained at Flinders Drama Centre during 1972-1976. She has worked as a professional actor since 1977 with Magpie Theatre in Education, State Theatre Company of SA and Lighthouse from 1982-1984. She was Artistic Director of Patch Theatre in 1984. From 1986-1999, Jacqy lived in Sydney working with regional theatre companies including Hunter Valley, Theatre South and Riverina. Her film work includes Two Hands and she has varied TV experience, including playing the original Irene in Home and Away. She also undertook two year-long international busking tours. Jacqy returned to Adelaide in 2000 and has since worked with State Theatre Company of SA, Brink Productions, Patch Theatre, Slingsby, Inkpot Arts and Tutti Ensemble, and on independent productions including plays with Stephen House and most recently with Tiny Bricks.