Theatre productions can be powerful ways to engage people and to communicate a message that is important to a community. Below are two examples of productions where I worked closely with the participants to give them a voice and to speak authentically of their experiences and creative ideas.


Settling In was a community driven devised theatre piece that explored migrant women’s positive experiences of settling into Australia. Created through a series of theatre workshops and rehearsals, this powerful theatre piece was commissioned and performed for Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre’s 21st Anniversary celebration at Government House Ballroom.

My role as Director involved collaborating with 12 women from different migrant and refugee backgrounds, to enable them share their stories, experiences, cultural dances and language in a creative and cohesive way.

Cross Country / Cross Cultures was a contemporary performance piece that engaged Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse Artists in a peer mentored and devised theatre production using the arts to humanise the experience of isolation and explore how distance, displacement and being removed from your country and culture contributes towards stigma and disease.

This performance, by the Sharing Stories Youth Theatre, highlighted the ongoing practice and the cultural history of isolating people from community, creating stigma and shame.

Cross Country / Cross Cultures had it’s premier at the 20th International HIV/AID Conference in Melbourne in 2014 and was restaged at the FringeWorld festival in Perth Feb 2016.