COVID19: Artist Online Meet-ups

Artist-led Conversations in the wake of COVID19

Stay connected and informed through a series of artist-led Zoom conversations hosted by APAM. These sessions are for artists affected by COVID19 to meet online and talk about the impacts to  their current performance projects.

They are offered as virtual meet-up spaces for artists who have been directly impacted by COVID19 to meet each other, share stories, ideas and strategies.

Participation is free and you can participate via Zoom, by using your phone or computer on WiFi.

Each conversation is being led by artists living and working in locations across Australia. APAM is not providing professional advice and the sessions are not recorded.

Register for the session of your choice below. Please allow 75mins for the session and we encourage you to register for the session in the state which you reside.


+ Northern Territory
Tuesday 5 May, 16:00 ACST
Hosts: Erica McCalman & Frankie Snowdon

+ Western Australia
Friday 1 May, 12:00 AWST
Hosts: Sally Richardson & Kelli McCluskey

+ New South Wales / Victoria / Tasmania
Thursday 30 April, 11:00 AEST
Hosts: Kate Sulan & Bron Batten

+ South Australia
Wednesday 29 April 15:00 ACST
Hosts: Andy Packer & Jacqy Phillips

+ Queensland
Wednesday 29 April, 12:30 AEST
Hosts: Fez Fa’anana & Neridah Waters


+ Queensland
Friday 3 April, 14:00 AEST
Hosts: Liesel Zink & Lenine Bourke

+ South Australia
Friday 3 April, 10:00 ACDT
Hosts: Michelle Ryan & Roz Hervey

+ Western Australia
Thursday 2 April, 14:00 AWST
Hosts: Daisy Saunders & Alex Desebrock

+ Northern Territory
Thursday 2 April, 12:30 ACST
Hosts: Sarah Reuben & Johanna Bell

+ New South Wales / Victoria / Tasmania
Thursday 2 April, 09:00 AEDT
Hosts: Tristan Meecham & Bec Reid


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 ATMOSa 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.

Bec Reid (VIC/NSW/TAS)
Bec is an Australian based performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist. Bec encourages people to experience their worlds in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. For 20+ years, Bec has passionately worked in the space where professional artists and communities converge, collaborating across projects locally, nationally and internationally.  In partnership with Tristan Meecham, Bec leads All The Queens Men. A WAAPA graduate, Bec began her professional career as Artistic Director of Stompin, in regional Tasmania, together with Luke George.  Bec was a key collaborator with German theatre makers, Rimini Protokoll as the Associate Director of reality theatre juggernauts, 100% Melbourne (City of Melbourne), 100% Darwin (Darwin Festival) and 100% Brisbane (Museum of Brisbane). Bec has collaborated with Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey and together with Ian Pidd and Kate McDonald, Bec is also founder/Artistic Associate of Everybody NOW!

Sarah Reuben (NT)
Sarah is a Darwin based theatre maker, writer, performer and producer. Sarah graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, Ohio and while in the states was a member of The Berkshire Theatre Festival Apprentice Company and performed in Pippin, Wind in the Willows, Willey and the Hairy Man and The Book of Five Rings. In Australia Sarah performed in a national tour of The Hurting Game for Brainstorm Productions, The Musicians for ATYP, The Laramie Project for Black Swan State Theatre Company and How I Learned to Drive for Mockingbird Theatre Company. Sarah devised and performed in Duck, Duck, Goose!, Pollyanna, Public Space, Shania Choir and for her own production company Ruby Gaytime Productions, she wrote four theatre shows; Best, Short Change, Death Party and This Jew Sits. Sarah is current member of the improvised comedy troupe The Big Hoo Haa, Barefaced Storytellers and SPUN.

Sally Richardson (WA)
Sally is a Western Australian based director, writer, dramaturg, arts consultant and producer working across the performing arts. She is passionately committed to the creation of new Australian work and developing collaborations with other artists in the region with a focus on contemporary theatre, dance and performance. Sally has been commissioned, created and directed for companies and organisations including: Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Deckchair Theatre, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, The National Institute of Circus Arts, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, WAAPA ECU, NAISDA, Performing Lines, amongst others. Productions of her work have been presented nationally and internationally and been a winner/finalist for Helpmann Awards, Green Room and Blue Room Awards, Ausdance Awards and selected for Dance Australia Critics Choice. Sally is a past recipient of an Australia Council Dramaturgy Fellowship and a Creative Fellowship (WA Department of Culture and the Arts) She is a former Artistic Director of Playworks Australia and Stages WA, and is currently Director of MAXIMA Circus.

Michelle Ryan (SA)
Michelle has enjoyed a career that has spanned over 25 years in the arts. Michelle was part of Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre for 7 ½ years. She was also a founding member of Splintergroup and worked at Dancenorth for five years in various capacities. Michelle was a guest artist for Alain Platel Out of Context for Pina by Les Ballet C de la B followed by Take Up Thy Bed and Walk by Gaelle Mellis in 2012. She performed in London at the Unlimited Festival, at the Melbourne Malthouse Theatre and the Adelaide Festival Centre in Torque Show’s Intimacy. Michelle worked with Meryl Tankard and Hedone Productions on the multi award winning film, Michelle’s Story. Appointed Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre in 2013, Michelle has created three works for the company, In the BalanceTouched and Intimate Space. Michelle was inducted into the South Australian Woman’s Honour Roll in 2015.

Daisy Saunders (WA)
Daisy is a Perth-based independent artist, a graduate of WAAPA (2013 BA Dance, 2017 First Class Honours) and a proud member of Sensorium Theatre. Her arts practice includes an enduring, embodied exploration of rest and sustainability. Daisy is a dancer, choreographer, director, facilitator, writer, producer and arts advocate. Her artistic curiosity extends across diverse disciplines, from large scale immersive theatre productions through to experimental improvisation. She is a joyous, open-hearted artist dedicated to cultivating communities full of movement, care and rigorous dialogue.

Frankie Snowdon (NT)
Born and raised in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, Frankie’s practice as a dance artist spans performance, choreography, teaching, community based work and large scale dance projects. Frankie has danced for Chunky Move, and made work for Lucy Guerin Inc. and Next Wave Festival/Nat Cursio Co., as well as choreographing, performing and producing 3 Independent seasons from 2009 to 2014 with Melbourne based collective 2NDTOE. Frankie has a large involvement in teaching and dance development, most notably founding the Alice Can Dance performance education program in Alice Springs. Frankie is an alumnus of the 2017 Australia Council Future Leader’s Program and Chairperson of the Watch This Space ARI Board (Alice Springs). Since returning to Central Australia, Frankie and long time artistic partner Madeleine Krenek have created and presented two full-length works The Perception Experiment (2017) and The Lost Dance Project (2018), alongside teams of national collaborators. The Perception Experiment has gone on to tour throughout Australia and internationally throughout 2019/2020. In 2018, Madeleine and Frankie launched GUTS Dance // Central Australia, a new Mparntwe /Alice Springs based contemporary dance organisation.

Kate Sulan (VIC/NSW/TAS)
Kate is a performance maker, director, dramaturge and facilitator. Kate is the founding Artistic Director of Rawcus, an award-winning theatre company of performers with and without disability. Kate is also a long term collaborator with Back to Back Theatre and has been part of Arts House’s multiyear Refuge project since its inception. Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe, bringing together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners. Kate has a passion for working with non-trained artists and fostering conversations between sectors.  Her work embraces complexity and diversity and is underpinned by the desire to fuel dreams, accumulate questions, slow down time, invite reflection, challenge what is possible and celebrate humanity.

Neridah Waters (QLD)
Neridah is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She has toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas with Lala Parlour’s Tarnished, The Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists’ boy girl wall. She has worked as an actor and choreographer for La Boîte Theatre, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, The Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s choreographed large-scale community projects in Gladstone, Logan and the Isaac region for Queensland Music Festival, performed for The Commonwealth Games, built large scale dance parties for QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival and for 0-5 year olds at the Powerhouse with Imaginary Theatre. Through Common People Dance Project she runs a big community dance Eisteddfod all year round with a regular outcome at Brisbane Festival. Neridah studied acting at UWS Nepean and has trained in Japan with Tadashi Suzuki and Frank Theatre.

Liesel Zink (QLD)
Liesel is an award-winning choreographer interested in the socio-political body in public space. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance works in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and intergenerational exchange. Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her public space project ‘The Stance’ which has been presented extensively around Australia and continues to tour internationally. Her other independent projects have been presented around Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe often seeing her collaborate with local performers. She’s been commissioned to make works for Flowstate, Tasdance and Expressions Dance Company, and is a regular collaborator with Polytoxic Dance Theatre, Leah Shelton and Force Majeure. Liesel is also a dramaturge, producer (working independently and with Performing Lines) and is currently the Chair of Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival.