Teaching Artist

2016 - 2018 Workshop Facilitator / Artistic Associate, Castlemaine Youth Theatre. Facilitating devising and performance workshops to youth ensembles 11-14years & 15-18years with Artistic Director Kirstie Babbage.

2013 – Current Trainer, Castlemaine Circus

Inhouse classes and outreach programs for ages 18months to older adult.

2014 Artistic Director, The Little Movers and Makers Project, Outback Theatre for Young People (OTYP)

This unique project is being created with the Jindamelk Koorie Families playgroup in Deniliquin, NSW. To create an interactive work of visual theatre performed by a youth cast for a very young audience, resulting in The Grandma Tree, My responsibilities were artistic direction, workshop facilitation, program codesign and delivery, stakeholder engagement.

2010 – 2014 Workshop Facilitator, OTYP, Hay, Deniliquin, Barham, Griffith, Ivanhoe, Balnarald, NSW.

Workshops with young people within school, afterschool, school holiday and one day events across Theatre making, Design, Drama, Movement, Puppetry. 


2007 – 2010 Workshop Facilitator – Polyglot Theatre, Vic

Designed and led workshops with young people across visual theatre, puppetry and interactive theatre, and creative development processes.


2006 – 2007 Workshop Facilitator / Program Development, Typo Station, Vic Worked with staff and young people from different communities in developing new creative arts based programs that explored goal setting, leadership, self esteem, group dynamic.


Artistic Leadership

Arts and Business Management 

Jan 2019 - November 2020: Coordinator, cohealth Arts Generator, Vic (Job Share)
Supporting Community and Cultural Development Officers and contracted project teams to manage projects at varying scales and stages of delivery, with multiple stakeholders and accountabilities. Mentoring occurs at every level at cohealth Arts Generator, through direct supervision and also responsive professional development.  The capacity and growth of individuals and the program as a whole is a priority of the coordinator role.
Responsibilities include: partnership brokerage, strategic communications, grant writing and acquittals, presentations, editing submissions to university research collaborations and academic journals, financial management, marketing coordination, mentoring.

2014 - 2017 Associate Producer, The Marruk Project

In its 5th year of project activities, the award winning Marruk Project is an Aboriginal led arts project engaging young people and elders from Swan Hill from local Aboriginal, European/Anglo and Culturally Diverse Communities. My responsibilities included grant writing, artistic leadership, evaluation. Stakeholder engagement.

2011 - 2013 Creative Producer, Outback Theatre for Young People, South West NSW.

This role required the design and delivery of 3 major projects per year in consultation with young people (4 – 26years) and families, community stakeholders and partners; management of day to day company operations, administration, financial management, securing funding, marketing and governance.


2007 – 2010 Program Manager, Polyglot Theatre, Vic

Produced the outreach and communities program in partnership with schools, local governments and service providers, targeting young people in communities with socio-economic disadvantage.

2017 Creative Producer, ‘Move On’ for Art Is.. Festival, Horsham Vic
Director Jens Alteimer, led a 6week development with community members, including primary aged and adolescent young people, CALD
community groups, and adults with a disability. As Creative Producer I directed content development for the outcome which involved 8 community performers, 12 volunteers, and the creative team with an 80m long chain reaction constructed by and with participants.

2015 Artistic Director, Atopia, Castlemaine Circus and Punctum Inc

Young people from the Mount Alexander Shire developed a new work of physical and visual theatre, with local artists Sam Thomas, Michelle
Heaven and Lisa Mills.

2013 Lead artist, Castlemaine State Festival Concrete Poetry Installation

Lead artist working with 1300 local school children to create a large scale installation exploring the visual poetry of the 'elements.'

2013 Movement Director, ‘Trace’ Castlemaine State Festival 

Created a site-specific movement and interactive video work with young people from Castlemaine that was featured in the Castlemaine State Festival Program. Attracted audiences of over 800 people over the 2 night season.


2011 Coordinator, Castlemaine State Festival Children’s Day Parade and Picnic, Vic

Coordinated large scale outdoor event and the associated community program, liaising with visual artists, performers, musicians, festival staff, schools, sponsors, production team.


2010 – 2011 Artistic Director, Outback Theatre for Young People, Hay NSW

Based in Hay, NSW, for 2 years, this role was responsible for liaising with project partners and community to deliver a multi arts project that had outcomes including: a new public light box gallery in the main street, a youth festival, a gallery of young people’s photography, the creation and presentation of films made in the local landscape and a finale event presenting plays developed by young people.


2008 – 2013 Fiesta Director, The Village Festival, Vic

New Years Fiesta at the Falls Festival involving over 500 participants.

Co-director of the People’s Show, which saw 300 community based actors and children involved.


Cultural Initiatives


2014 Producer, The Book of Shadows 

Cross Cultural Collaboration between Darwin based and Indonesian puppeteers and theatre artists, with outcomes at the Darwin Festival and at the Browns Mart Arts Ltd Shimmer Season.  My responsibilities include fundraising, grant writing, project design and delivery, liasing with stakeholders, sponsorship and marketing.


2010 Producer ‘Weavings’, Regional Arts Conference Opening Ceremony, Launceston Tas

Creative Producer -  opening event of the 2010 Regional Arts Conference in Launceston.  Worked in collaboration with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders Working Group, school children, local choirs, and cultural organisations from Launceston.


2008 Coordinator, Djerrip Festival, Vic

Coordinated the involvement of Indigenous and Non Indigenous artists. Liaised with media, production scheduling, and venue coordination.


2005 Director ‘The Silent Landscape’, Opening Ceremony, Big West Festival

Community Arts Initiative. Involving community leaders from cultural organisations from across the western suburbs of Melbourne.



2015-2016 Director, Committee of Management, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group

2013 - 2015 Chairperson, Castlemaine Circus

Founding Chairperson, in the creation of a new incorporated not for profit organisation offering ongoing youth circus training and employment to local trainers, in response to ongoing demand from the community. Secured successful start up funding, design and marketing of program, liaising with stakeholders, governance.

2011-2013 Company Secretary, Outback Theatre for Young People, NSW

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