For the past 18 years in Australia Jude has devised and produced new performance and Live Art works that bring artists together to create participatory adventures for audiences outside the walls of mainstream performing arts institutions. Prior to Australia, Jude worked for 12 years internationally co-creating and directing with renowned contemporary performance companies in Chile, U.S.A, Italy, and France. While directing and teaching at the Centre Dramatique Nationale de Bourgogne and Dijon University, she was co-director with experimental performance group - Compagnie Le Nyctalope, and was associated co-director with Groupe Merci. Both companies toured nationally and internationally. She returned to Australia in 2001 where she now lives and works in Central Victoria. Since 2001 Jude has devised, co-directed and produced over 50 contemporary performance and Live Art productions both within Australia and internationally. Many have set new parameters for programming and presentation. Her practice focuses on researching and testing conventions of live performance and audience engagement. Several of her productions have been commissioned and presented by renowned European festivals for experimental performance and the official program of Avignon Festival and she has directed and curated works expressing new forms of audience engagement representing Australia within the European Capital of Culture. She founded Punctum in 2004 working with over 400 artists to support their practice and new works.In 2018 Jude was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for Experimental and Emerging Art Form and in 2019 was the Green Room Awards recipient of the Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to experimental and contemporary performance. Jude has been a Board member of Regional Arts Victoria and contributes to many local, state and national advisory committees, organisations and grant panels.
Preferring to mine the areas where multiple art forms, communities and audiences meet, has been involved in the development, producing, managing and dramaturgy of new performances / installations with many artists / festivals and organisations over the past 20+ years. Beginning as a freelance theatre director in the 1990s and quickly leading and managing companies, such as Riverland Youth Theatre, Brink Productions and more recently a brief stint at Act Now Theatre. He has been Creative Producer for Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and Adelaide Fringe. He guest curated the Hong Kong Fringe Club’s Australia On Stage program following his Asialink residency in 2008 and between 2014-2019 he, with Vitalstatistix’s Emma Webb co-founded PADA (Performance & Art Development Agency) to specifically present and commission new live art works and explore new organisational and producing models in Adelaide, South Australia. Steve’s extensive work in regional Australia includes his influential role as Creative Producer at Country Arts SA between 2007-17 commissioning many new works for regional audiences, touring possiblities and festivals across the country and as Artistic Director of ‘Kumuwuki (Big Wave)’ 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival in Goolwa. He was the Co-curator with Alexis West of the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum “About Time” for Theatre Network Australia and more recently was the Creative Broker for Queenland's centre of contemporary touring knowledge, arTour. You can often find Steve doing his MFA in Cultural Leadership, cooking and making music playlists.
Jacques is a Bendigo-based sound & video artist who produces computer-based electroacoustic music, with a particular interest in deconstructing natural sounds (field recordings) to create new sounds & textures, which are assembled into abstract narrative soundscapes (musique concrète , usually composed, but sometimes improvised). Jacques produces sound & video for theatre, dance, live performance and installation and is also passionate about promoting experimental art (bendigo film group, 1976-1988), undue noise concert series (commenced in 2002), possible musics radio program (1983-2013), sound art label cajid media (commenced in 2004) as well as live arts group Punctum. He was a microbiologist in a former life. Website: http://jacquessoddell.com
Brad Spolding is the Director of The SUBSTATION, a multi-art space which presents a curated program of contemporary, experimental art in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Over the past four years, under Brad’s programming, The SUBSTATION has established itself as a leading presenter of contemporary experimental arts practice, facilitating the creation and presentation of new work by some of the best local, national and international artists. Over the last 15 years, Brad has worked as a producer for independent artists and companies including ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, Rising Tide Productions, Back to Back Theatre and Snuff Puppets. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and a Masters of Arts and Community Practice from the University of Melbourne (VCA). He is a board member of Theatre Network Australia and the Macfarlane Fund and an alumni of the Cranlana and Australia Council Leadership programs. In 2017 The SUBSTATION was awarded the Green Room Award for Best Curatorial Contribution for Contemporary & Experimental Performance following the first program under Brad’s direction.
Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet/actor and monologist. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor (Cordite) Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004 he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio – since reworked and performed for theatre as ‘Orphan’s Own Project’. He was awarded an Asialink residency in Singapore where he worked collaboratively with poet Cyril Wong. The resulting work, Excess Baggage & Claim (transitlounge publishing), was launched in 2007. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. His work has been anthologized, most recently in Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Bengali and interpreted through classical Indian dance. He has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York.
Brodie Ellis is an Australian multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator living and working on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Brodie graduated from the VCA, University of Melbourne in 2006 and has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in commercial galleries and institutions, international biennales and artist run spaces. Highlights include The 17th Biennale of Sydney “The Beauty of Distance- Songs of Survival In a Precarious Age” Cockatoo Island, ‘New 09’ ACCA, ‘Videoteca’ and ‘Too Near Too Far’ Care of Gallery, Milan. Her art is held in public and private art collections including MONA, Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart and she has a major public art commission underway in Chengdu, China due to be completed in late 2021 through City of Melbourne and McClellend Gallery & Sculpture Park. Brodie has worked as Assistant Manager at Castlemaine Art Museum, Retail and Wholesale Manager at Chapman & Bailey, Studio Manager for Cameron Robbins and Studio Assistant for John Wolseley. She has also worked as a freelance producer on TV charity campaigns with clients including DTV, The National Heart Foundation, The Smith Family, and the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute.
Helen Symon QC is a leading advocate with wide experience in taxation law as well as commercial and administrative law. She appears regularly in the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
In recognition of her extensive litigation practice Helen was named in Best Lawyers 2015 and 2016 – Litigation. Her style in written and oral advocacy has been, variously, described as elegant, sophisticated, subtle and accomplished.
Helen has had a long interest in the not-for-profit sector, in the difference good governance – getting the basics right – can make to an organisation in fulfilling its objectives. Her primary interest, however, is in fund-raising and philanthropy. She is passionate about the difference people can make with their money. And about the role not-for-profits can play in people experiencing that difference – to the satisfaction and benefit of both. From December 2013 – February 2016, Helen chaired the Victorian Bar’s Ethics Committee.
Pia Johnson is a photographer and visual artist, whose practice seeks to investigate issues about cultural difference, diaspora and identity. She also has a strong practice in portrait and performance photography, working with major and independent arts organisations in Australia. Pia has exhibited throughout Australia, the USA, Japan and Mexico. She has been a finalist in many photography awards, and is regularly invited as a guest speaker and artistic advisor for a range of organisations. Her work is collected in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria. Recent highlights include a solo exhibition She that came before me (2018) at Manningham Art Gallery, group exhibition All That We Can’t See (2018), her curatorial exhibitions The Family Mantle (2018) and Chinese Whispers and Other Stories (2017), and an artistic residency at National University of Singapore (2018). Pia holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual arts) and Diploma of Modern Languages (Mandarin) from the University of Melbourne, and is currently a PhD (Art) candidate at RMIT University. www.piajohnson.com
Linto is a social work professional with sixteen years of community development experience in regional and rural migration, refugee settlement and humanitarian services. His experience includes senior leadership and management roles as well as program design and development, stake holder and community engagement, supervision, and direct social work practice.
He is passionate about grass roots community development and the inherent strengths within local communities to make positive and sustainable change within the communities that we live in. Linto is Co-founder of Regional Victorians of Colour Inc. - a collective of people of colour living in regional Victoria whose aim is that people of colour belong, are valued, and contribute to regional communities.