NSW Producers Platform 2023: Meet the Participants
Now in full swing and running until November, our NSW Producers Platform 2023 cohort are working hard undertaking the rigorous skills development program. This platform looks to create a resilient, flexible, and strong cohort of independent producers working within NSW, providing an important professional development space.
This industry-led program incorporates practical, hands-on learning around processes and procedures for producing works to the highest professional standard and is informed by PL’s methodology of learn-by-practice through the sharing of case studies and templates.
The NSW Producers Platform is a coming together cross-industry to provide a well-rounded program. This year the program is facilitated by Performing Lines in partnership with:
– Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (Sydney)
– National Theatre of Parramatta (Western Sydney)
– Shopfront Arts Co-Op (Sydney)
– NORPA (Regional NSW)
– Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney)
– Campbelltown Arts Centre (Western Sydney)
– Merrigong Theatre Company (Regional NSW)
2023 NSW Producers
7 participants were selected from a pool of nearly 50 applicants, and it has been such a joy getting to know these great producers.
Tiffany Wong (she/her)
Tiffany Wong is a theatre-makerworking across Gadigaland Wurundjeri lands.
She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Slanted Theatre which aims to showcase and support emerging Asian Australian theatre-makers and presents shows with all Asian or predominantly Asian casts and crews. It is through Slanted Theatre that Tiffany has been producing many plays including Short Blanket, a world premiere by Matt Bostock, and the debut production for Slanted of ‘Ching Chong Chinaman’ by Lauren Yee. In three years, Slanted has worked with over 100 Asian-Australian artists and was featured as a Champion of the Asian Australian 2022 List. She is currently the Directorial Assistant to Richard Carroll on ‘Murder for Two’ at the Hayes Theatre and the Director for ‘Boom’ for Slanted Theatre x KXT on Broadway.
Juanita Kelly-Mundine (she/they)
Juanita Kelly-Mundine is a proud West Bundjalung and Yuin woman engaged in First Nations cultural heritage conservation. Her practice focuses on creating conservation and collection management strategies which prioritise community/ artist engagement, and the integration of Indigenous knowledges, systems of care and languages. Juanita’s practice is also concerned with engaging Indigenous principles of custodianship in the preservation of intangible forms of artistic and cultural expression including choreographic, dance and performative modalities. Juanita is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Nelson is a Sydney/Gadigal-based emerging theatre maker from Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is currently in his final year at The University of Sydney, double majoring in Theatre & Performance Studies and Marketing. Nelson has worked as an Assistant Producer for Slanted Theatre’s Chain Play at the 2022 Sydney Fringe Festival. Acting credits include several roles in Sydney University Dramatic Society’s (SUDS) productions: most notably playing Tom in The Glass Menagerie (SUDS). Nelson was also selected to be part of the Fresh Crop Actors Workshop in 2020/21, run by Proudly Asian Theatre and Pan-Asian Screen Collective. Outside of theatre, Nelson works as a Marketing Intern and an avid fencer in his spare time.
Janie Gibson (she/her)
Janie Gibson is a theatre-maker: performer, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. She uses the ritual of theatre as a forum for human connection; a site to hold radical ideas, witness multivalent perspectives and offer counter-narratives to the confinements of the dominant culture. Her theatre practice is born out of research and training in leading European ensemble theatre, contemporary performance and an ongoing exploration into the power of voice and language. This search has taken her work around the globe in collaborations with Anu Almagro (Finland), Odra Ensemble (Song of the Goat, Poland), Ultimavez (Belgium), Shakespeare & Company (USA), Kristin Linklater (Orkney, Scotland) and nationally with companies such as ERTH, Performance Space, NEXT WAVE, Tantrum Youth Arts, PACT, Roslyn Oades, BYDS and Urban Theatre Projects. Intertwined with her performance making practice is her ongoing work as a teaching artist. Specialising in voice, text and ensemble theatre, she works with a wide range of artists, from professional actors to children, to nurture their creative impulses and offer them the skills to share their stories. She recently returned to her home town of Newcastle to start Whale Chorus theatre company.
Bedelia Lowrenčev (they/them/she)
Bedelia is a groovy disabled actor, dancer, singer and theatre maker, with heritage from Russian-Siberian Eastern European and the Northwestern European Isles. Bedelia frequently collaborates with their deaf, twin brother Jeremy, with their current work ‘Collision’ exploring the intersection of queerness, disability and deafness. Most recently, Bedelia performed in her new work, COLLISION for Sydney WorldPride at PYT Fairfield, dance and parkour work- ANIMATE LOADING with AGNSW, choreographed their first solo dance work at Bold Festival, and was a lead soloist for the new show in development, REVERENCE by Rose Riebl and The House That Dan Built. Bedelia’s work has been supported by PYT Fairfield, Bundanon Trust, The House That Dan Built, Spark Youth Ensemble, PYT Fairfield, Dance Makers Collective, We Are Here Dance Company and DirtyFeet. She does advocacy in a wide range of contexts around increasing access for disabled people, and also studied a BA of Criminology and Social Sciences. Bedelia has most recently been ‘Createability’ intern at Performance Space as a Producer, and performed in the filmed version of Animate Loading at Casula Powerhouse. Bedelia lives and works on Wategoro and Wangal Land.
Ashleigh Ho (she/her)
Ashleigh Rose Mun Yee Ho has many years of experience working in a smorgasbord of roles in the arts. After graduating in stage management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2018, Ashleigh went on to work with companies such as Pinchgut Opera and Checkpoint Theatre in Singapore. Ashleigh is passionate about creating more opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to tell their stories. She was the assistant producer for The Red Dust, a Chinese-Australian play, and a digital multidisciplinary arts festival, #TAKEOVER, at Marian Street Theatre for Young People (MSTYP). She is also a board member of MSTYP. Ashleigh also enjoys taking the stage and can often be found in shows at Improv Theatre Sydney. She also writes sketch comedy and was part of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s YUNGSTR program. Ashleigh is currently the marketer for education and emerging artists programs at Musica Viva Australia. She is excited to grow her skills in producing and continue her work in amplifying youth voices in the arts.
Sarah Carroll (she/they)
Sarah Carroll is an award-winning Pasifika queer and neurodiverse writer, performer and producer working on Dharug Land. Sarah has two successful one woman shows under her belt, ‘Cherry’ (Sydney Fringe Award Winners and Hollywood Fringe Nominee) and ‘Unkissed’ (Developed with Shopfront – ArtsLab). They also run their own production company Sour Cherry Productions that has successfully produced works for stage and screen. They have participated in AFTRS Talent Camp, Midsumma Pathways, Brand X Ground Zero, Curious Works Testing Grounds, Antipodes Theatre Winter Lab and Q Theatre Lab. Sarah’s writing work has been published with ACON (Stories Out West) and The Writing Zone as part of the Western Sydney University Writing and Society Research Centre. Sarah strives to champion for underrepresented voices to be heard and create works that uplift and engage audiences in new and exciting ways – usually with lots of sparkle and sass.ian 2022 List. She is currently the Directorial Assistant to Richard Carroll on ‘Murder for Two’ at the Hayes Theatre and the Director for ‘Boom’ for Slanted Theatre x KXT on Broadway.