Jacob is a Melbourne-born and -raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. Alumnus of the Victorian College of the Arts, (MA in Arts – Playwriting, MA in Arts – Puppetry), Jacob has led the artistic direction of Tanderrum (Melbourne Festival), Boon Wurrung Ngargee (Yalukit Willam Festival), Thuwathu (Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair), Geelong After Dark and is the founding Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts. As a choreographer, Jacob has created work for the opening ceremonies of FINA World Swimming Championships, Dreaming Festival, Dreamtime at the G and the Cricket World Cup. Jacob is the writer and performer of the critically acclaimed solo work Blood on the Dance Floor, recipient of the 2017 Green Room Award Best Independent Production. Jacob is an Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellow and currently the Artistic Director of The Wild Dog Project, connecting dingo songlines between South Australia, Northern Territory and Far North Queensland. www.jacobboehme.com.au
Larissa (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award winning writer and co-founder of Indigenous Direction. The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons/Geffen Playhouse), is one of the top ten produced plays in America. She is the first Native American playwright to achieve that. Additional produced plays: What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project), and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). Larissa created a trilogy of Indigenous community engaged plays with Cornerstone Theater Company, Urban Rez in Los Angeles and Native Nation with over 400 Native artists in association with ASU Gammage. The third project, The L/D/Nakota Project, is set in South Dakota. Her radical inclusion process with Indigenous tribes was honored with prestigious funding from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, NEFA, First People’s Fund, the NEA Our Town Grant, Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and others.
Sue Giles AM (Panel Host)
Artistic Director/co-CEO Polyglot Theatre
Sue has been the Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre since 2000, introducing participatory, immersive works and the interrogation of play in the company’s theatrical offerings for children. Sue has created and co-created over 40 works for the company during this time and her distinct child-centred creative processes have been the subject of forums and discussions nationally and internationally. Her award-winning works have been performed in 18 countries on five continents. She is an advocate for Theatre for Young Audiences in Australia and internationally as Vice President of ASSITEJ International, the global association of theatre for young audiences. In 2018, Sue received the Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award and authored a Platform Paper titled Young People And The Arts: An agenda for change. In 2019, she was appointed Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the performing arts as an artistic director, and to theatre for children.