What I’ll be up to in 2019

It’s mid-February and I’ve got a full year of exciting projects which I’m really pleased to share with you.

I’ve co-written a play with Jacob Honeychurch called The Belly Dancer. Tripwire Theatre Inc. are presenting the world premiere season in Bendigo from 15-18 March. I’m producing the season so I’m really busy getting everything organised before opening night. I’m also super excited to see what the cast and director Alise Amarant have made of the writing. You can book tickets here.

Mid-year, I have my auto-biographical play The Let-Down Reflex premiering in Ballarat. I had two days of development in January with my actor Kate Suter and stage-manager Katrina Hill and we showcased some of our work in progress. We got great feedback from the audience about how we can improve the show and also a lot of love for Kate and the stories in the script. So we’ll be heading into rehearsals for that in the next few months with a view to a season in June. Stay tuned to my website and facebook for announcements about LDR.

I have a series of workshops lined up for 2019. The first two I have secured are thanks to Art In Dereel. I’ll be heading down to Dereel to run a Spoken Word workshop in May and my Short Play In A Day workshop in July. If you’re interested in joining me or if you’d like to book me for another one of my workshops, you can send me a message on my workshops page.

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be directing for Hobo Playhouse, based in Maldon. I’ll be directing Jeffrey Bryant-Jones in a one man show called The Carer, by Alan Hopgood. The Carer will tour to three locations in Central Victoria in November.

It’s going to be a busy year, which is just the way I like it.

 

All The Things I Did In 2018

2018 was a year of investment, transition and learning.

I worked at Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Community Health.
I directed The Sum of Us for Creswick Theatre Company.
I helped Madame Yum and Christine Tammer Music develop Random Number Generator for White Night Ballarat.
I performed poetry at Words Out Loud.
I attended Showcase Victoria, Victorian Touring Forum and Regional Centre for Culture 2018 PD Workshops.
I lead script development with Jake Honeychurch on our play The Belly Dancer for Tripwire Theatre Incorporated.
I read a part for Mud and Blood – Play script reading.
I did the Milke 8 week Producer’s Bootcamp and Nail Your Marketing Plan Workshop.
I had an article I wrote, and an article about me, published on the Central Highlands Arts Atlas.
I was a writer for the Weathering The Future exhibition at Backspace/Backyard Gallery.
I raised $8000 in grant funding for Tripwire Theatre Incorporated.
I attended the Regional Arts Australia Artlands Conference in Bendigo.
I painted faces for The Salvation Army Delacombe and SalvoConnect Family Connections.

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2019 will be a year of consolidation and fruition.

The Let Down Reflex is being developed in January (with a full season planned for July). LDR: In Development Work-In Progress showing will be on Thursday 24th January, and you can Book Your Seat!

Another article will be published on Arts Atlas in February.

I’ll be back to perform at Words Out Loud throughout the year.

The Belly Dancer will have its world premiere season in March in Bendigo.

I’ve got a directing gig up my sleeve and I’m planning on running some workshops too…

My work this year will be underpinned by my values – Balance, Drive, Audacity and Roots – and enabled by my biggest supporters – my family and friends.

2019, here I come!

The Rejection That Fueled Me.

Around two years ago, I pitched an ambitious project to a local community theatre company. It bombed. But Tripwire Theatre Inc was born from that rejection. Isn’t it funny how things that seem to have failed miserably, end up leading you to a far better place? Continue reading

The Long Game

I keep looking at job ads. I’m tempted for many reasons. I could do with the money. I want to advance my career. I get itchy feet if I’m doing the same thing for too long. But the truth is, I’m tempted because there’s a part of me that feels like the things I do for a living – parenting and theatre-making – are not legitimate pursuits. But then I remind myself that that’s bullshit and I already have a job. In fact, I have three.

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Breathing In The Possibilities

Don’t ask me what my next step on my leadership journey is.

In the last month, as our final program days for the Leadership Ballarat Western Region Leaders Forum slid by, I was asked what my leadership plans were for next year, and I didn’t know how to answer. I still find pinpointing that goal elusive. At our graduation from the program, I felt none of the elation that my colleagues felt. I was not proud, I was exhausted. I was not excited, I was terrified.  And here’s why.

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In The Uncomfortable Spotlight – Reflections on Leaders Forum 2017

With only a few weeks until graduation, I have been reflecting on my year in the 2017 Leaders Forum. It’s been intense, inspiring, depressing, and confronting. My place in the program has been thanks to the Hugh Williamson Foundation, with costs covered for a participant from the Arts & Culture sector.  After 8 months of learning, I have more questions about myself and the ways I can be a leader than ever before. The very ground from under me is shaking and I do not like it one little bit.

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