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.
Gemma is a creative producer with 20 years’ experience working across a diverse spectrum of creative projects including theatre, festivals and new media. Gemma has a long history producing theatre and events in Australia, working for companies including Marrugeku, Stalker, Erth, Sydney Dance Company, the Enlighten Festival (Canberra), Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Gemma has been Producer for Side Pony Productions since 2009 and produced their 2019 Australian tour of The Irresistible, which enjoyed sold-out seasons at Dark Mofo, Sydney Opera House and Geelong Arts Centre. In recent years Gemma has led the development of Audioplay, an immersive audio experience for children. Audioplay was the national winner of the Creative Business Cup 2019, made the top 5 companies in the global competition in Copenhagen, winner of the INVIO Experience Technology Solution Award 2019 and winner of Best Sound category in the Australian Game Design Awards 2020.
NORMAN ARMOUR (Panel Host)
Norman is an arts specialist with over 30 years of experience. Based out of Vancouver, he works with the Australia Council for the Arts as the International Development Consultant for North America. His career has included work as a festival director, curator, theatre producer, stage director, and interdisciplinary artist. In 2005, he co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, serving as its Artistic and Executive Director for 14 years. Prior to that, he established Rumble Productions as a mainstay of Vancouver’s thriving independent theatre scene. Since graduating from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in 1986, Norman has collaborated on over 120 works for the stage and other media. His career has been recognized with several awards and covers a wide range of creative interests: new writing and devised works; contemporary and classical interpretations; site-specific endeavours and live-remote radio broadcasts, along with contemporary large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations and events.