Alex Desebrock wins the 2019 TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents

Performing Lines WA would like to extend our congratulations to Maybe (   ) Together’s lead artist and FLOCK  member Alex Desebrock for taking out the 2019 TNA SMASH Bursary for Independents.

Funded by Theatre Network Australia staff and board, this bursary is awarded every year to an indie they think is smashing it!

“I am honoured to receive it as there as SO MANY indie artists out there doing excellent things” said Alex Desebrock.

This award acknowledges the many unpaid hours she spends, not only in her own artistic work, but in the pursuit of a fairer sector for independent artists, the most vulnerable part of the sector.

“I try to foster other artists along the way and share information where I can. I’m often having tough conversations around “best practice” as well.” said Alex.

“It’s just nice to be recognised. As all indie artists know, it can feel pretty lonely and hard sometimes – and I’m one of the lucky ones that has support.”

“National recognition of Alex’s work demonstrates the impact of her advocacy for the support of artists in our sector. This is also why we love working with her, because we too believe independent artists are the life-blood of our creative industry.”

said Senior Producer, Rachael Whitworth

As well as her part-time Education Coordinator role at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Alex is also working on a few projects of her own for 2020 and beyond, starting with the premiere of Everyday Superhero, in collaboration with Tanya Lee, at the Fremantle Arts Centre in January.

She is also developing a new participatory work that takes her core-practice question “What does the world need to hear?” to a more personal and local place. “What Does my Street Need to Hear?” is 10 banners for homes in Fremantle, made by the people who live in them.

Performing Lines WA is currently firming up seed funding for touring her participatory children work, Small Voices Louder, to the US in 2021 after two very successful Western Australian tours.

Watch this space for more updates!

We hope it might inspire her to keep up her work and continue to mentor the next generation of independent leaders such as herself.”

shared TNA in a statement.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.