Mandy is a youth arts director, creative producer and multi-platform artist. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Performance Making in 2005, Mandy has focused on a creating community and cultural arts based outcomes, and producing events and initiatives that reflect local identity and place. Her work encourages cultural leadership and excellent outcomes for communities with broad participation from a variety of stakeholders. She has worked as creative producer, event manager, and artistic director on projects based in Melbourne, Regional Victoria, Outback NSW, and Darwin.
Producing large scale works for Polyglot Theatre (Vic) at The Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, and Singapore Arts Festival, Outback Theatre for Young People’s award winning projects Secret Places: The Connections Project and The Alive and Kicking Project (regional NSW), the Junction Arts Festival (Tas), The Village (Vic), The Big West Festival (Vic), The Darwin Festival (NT) and The Castlemaine State Festival 2011, 2013 and 2015(Vic).
Mandy also has experience in an organisational and business management setting, where she has been engaged in the not for profit sector, as Company Manager/ Creative Producer (OTYP), Program Manager (Polyglot Theatre). Mandy is currently working as a Producer on The Marruk Project (Swan Hill, Vic), The Book of Shadows (Darwin/Indonesia), has recently directed the new work for young children, ‘The Grandma Tree’ in collaboration with Koori families in Deniliquin, and is the co-founder and Creative and Community Producer of Castlemaine Circus Inc, which recently saw its premier outcome at the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival.
In 2019, Mandy has commenced as co-coordinator at cohealth Arts Generator, working with a team delivering projects to vulnerablecommunitities in Melbourne's West and North. She also continues to deliver the early childhood program with families at Castlemaine Circus, and maintains her consultancy on project codesign and creative engagement strategy.
'I met Mandy Field at the VCA in 2006. Since that time, I have worked with Mandy in her roles at Polyglot and at The Village Festival,run into her at many industry events. What I love about Mandy is her vision and her optimism. Mandy is a woman who is passionate, driven and very clear in her communication. She has a capacity to listen broadly and deeply, and allows the full reach of needs and influences to inform her decisions. By this I do not mean she is swayed by opinion - rather, she has a unique ability to hold everything in her hand, observe it, and to see it from all angles - and this gives her such a great capacity as a leader.
She is unarguably intensely creative, an incredible team player, and has both a wicked sense of humour and an acute and
switched on sensitivity to people - so she reads what's really going on. I wish I could work with mandy more, and always seek
opportunities to do so.'
Barking Spider Visual Theatre, November 2014
'You were an absolute delight to work with and create this project. You manage to bring to the set a sense of creativity but at the same time structure. You nurtured the ideas of everyone and at the same time disagreed in a caring way. You went above and beyond for all of us, not only caring about the Project but for everyone individually. I loved every minute of working with you, your direction enabled us all to see your vision and create it into something we could all work on and put our own ideas into. You are so talented and I hope you work with you again soon.'
Jaime Blake, Participant The Grandma Tree, 2014
'Mandy has worked with Outback Theatre for Young People as both Artistic Director for various projects and for as Creative Producer. Mandy's has the ability to build a project from the ground up, and she is able empathise with the community in which she is working which in turn gives them confidence to trust her to help them tell their story. Mandy is particularly in her element working with children and can comfortably work with children from diverse cultural backgrounds'
Outback Theatre for Young People, December 2014