Carolyn is the Counsellor (Public Affairs) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Her role is to strengthen understanding of Australia within China. Carolyn is a career diplomat. She was Counsellor (Political-Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Singapore from 2016 until June 2019. From 2013 until 2015, Carolyn was seconded as an adviser to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She was First Secretary (Economic) at Australia’s Embassy in the Philippines from 2008 until 2011. Prior to this Carolyn worked in a variety of roles, including in consular crisis management, economic and public diplomacy, and trade. Carolyn joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2006, prior to which she worked at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
Jacob was following in the footsteps of his father and two brothers in pursuing a career in engineering when he raised eyebrows by putting his studies on hold to embark on international touring as a full-time acrobat. A founding member of what has become one of Australia’s largest and most successful contemporary circus companies, Jake attended Adelaide youth circus school, Cirkidz, from age 9. What started out as a hobby, soon became a career, when he and five others from his Cirkidz class formed Gravity & Other Myths and toured with their first show Freefall. The creation and premiere of A Simple Space in early 2013 cemented the transition from hobby to career. The group took the show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received so much interest that Jake deferred his degree to take part in the international tour. Jake has been performing, creating and touring full time with GOM ever since. In his off-stage time while touring, Jacob completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, and contributes to the company’s management as Financial Controller. In addition to ensuring the GOM team is functioning at its peak, Jacob is involved with implementing the company’s business strategy and loves the challenge of problem solving on the fly. Jacob has always loved performing and can’t believe his luck in winning the “job lottery” which allows him to train, perform and travel with a group of his best friends. Whilst the onstage moments give him the adrenaline hit he loves night after night, it’s the offstage moments that will stay with him for life. Traveling the world with GOM has enabled Jacob countless great memories with friends at festivals all over the world. Some highlight moments include snowboarding in Canada, sailing in Croatia, salsa dancing in Sao Paulo and safariing in Zimbabwe.
Dom is Producer at Sydney Dance Company. He has over two decades of experience in national and international touring in regions including mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2017, he undertook a three-month professional placement at the Shanghai International Dance Center. He has been a consistent representative for the Company in its long-standing relationship with Shanghai International Arts Festival, as well as expanding existing touring pathways alongside exploring new opportunities in the region. Most recently Dom has been undertaking intensive market development activities focussing on reigniting presenter engagement post-pandemic, including in the context of the evolving geopolitical situation in the region.
Andrew Threlfall – panel facilitator
Andrew is a producer, marketer and performer with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. He has produced more than 30 productions for CDP Theatre Producers across a wide range of genres, including new works from both book-based and musical sources, and premiered shows at all major performing arts centres in Australia and New Zealand and a range of international venues, including in Singapore, the USA, the UAE, China, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. One of Australia’s most experienced touring producers, particularly of work for young audiences, Andrew also has extensive background in audience research and development and venue management. After joining CDP in 2009, Andrew became a Director in 2011, and since 2016 has led the company along with fellow Director Yolande White.