Elected Chair of the BlakDance Board in 2014.
Monica is mBabarum, of Yidinji, Kuku Yalanji peoples. She has danced professionally with the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and is a founding member of the Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Experience: Monica is a senior Aboriginal knowledge keeper within the dance community. She has broad experience ranging from dance programs touring and events, to academic, performing arts and dance boards and is an active contributor and practitioner.
Tristan has grown up on Koombumerri country on the Gold Coast and has Kamilaroi heritage. He is currently Lecturer and Convenor of Visual Communication Design in the Design Futures Program at Griffith University. Tristan is an interdisciplinary designer, strategist and researcher with a Master of Design Futures (Hons) and Doctoral Candidate.
Experience: Tristan’s design background comes from extensive professional industry experience in product, visual communication and design strategy ranging from Design Manager for global action sports brands to founding his own design practice, RelativeCreative. From 2014-2016 Tristan has been appointed a panel member of the Australia Council for the Arts as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel Member.
Janis is proud of her Aboriginal ancestry, her Grandmother and Great Grandmother being Wiradjuri women from the Bathurst area of NSW. Janis is a research and evaluation consultant with extensive social research, project design, policy analysis and program evaluation skills. She was senior advisor to Australian Human Rights Commission, and has held senior positions with NSW and Victorian state government and community sector agencies.
Experience: Janice has lead significant research projects including: Indigenous Cultural Water Values Project, Australian Corporate Sector & Indigenous Engagement, Evaluation of Regional Jobs and Communities Program, Evaluation of Excel Programs, and Indigenous Employment in the Banking Sector.
Alison (Ali) Murphy-Oates is a Ngiyampaa Wailwan & Darkinjung woman and an arts administrator and producer living and working in Sydney. She is currently the Aboriginal Project Manager for Carriageworks and Company Manager of Moogahlin Performing Arts. Ali has also worked for British Council on the ACCELERATE programme, Performance Space as Associate Producer, and was co-producer of the 2015 National Indigenous Theatre Forum as part of the Brisbane Festival. Ali is a keen advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts across all art forms, and has a special interest in works that are interdisciplinary, site specific, community engaged, environmentally sustainable, and ethically focused.
Peter is a commercial development consultant for major infrastructure projects and international airports and works in an advisory role with major airports such Sydney Airport.
Over the years Peter has held various board positions with arts and community organisations such as The Australian Centre for Photography, the International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water and the Australia South African Training Trust.
Peter has extensive philanthropy and fund raising experience and know how, having assisted many community and arts organisations in their fund raising initiatives. Peter has also assisted these groups on a pro bono basis on the commercial challenges that are faced by arts organisations. Peter is a dance aficionado and brings to BlakDance a thirst, respect and appreciation of Dance in all its forms and languages from a learned audience perspective.
Nareen Young is a proud Indigenous woman working as a senior Indigenous consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nareen has expertise in women's and diversity employment sector issues as the former Director at the NSW Working Women's Centre and CEO of Diversity Council Australia.
Jane has recently completed the inaugural 2014 Brisbane edition of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) as Executive Producer. In early 2011, Jane joined the Ubud Writers & Readers Festivals in Indonesia as Executive Producer, and helped to deliver the 2 most successful festivals to date in the UWRF’s 10 year history. In 2010 Jane spent the year in central Java, Indonesia working with a local NGO as an Arts organisation developer, as well as a professional residency with the City Festival in Hong Kong as an Asialink Arts Management resident. Previously she was the Creative Producer for the Adelaide based theatre company: Vitalstatistix. Before that she spent 4 festivals with the Adelaide Fringe as the Creative Producer.
As an Independent Producer, Jane has worked on producing the Sydney based collective; Brown Council as well as The Format Collective in Adelaide with BIG!. Prior to this Jane lived and worked in Sydney, and worked with companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, The Performance Space, Sydney Dance Company, City of Sydney (new years eve and Chinese new year), Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney Festival. Jane has Bachelor of Visual arts (RMIT) and a Masters of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong. She speaks English and Bahasa and loves snorkeling, reading and admires vintage motorbikes, eastern arts and her dog.
Merindah Donnelly is a proud Koori woman and is the Executive Producer of BlakDance, Australia’s national peak body for contemporary Indigenous dance. Merindah’s expertise is in Indigenous market development for Indigenous performing arts. Through her work with the Australia Council of the Arts, she designed and developed strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and companies to develop new markets nationally and internationally.
Merindah has worked as a Creative Producer for international festivals and art’s markets including International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) and Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM). She has been recognised for her work as a 2011 recipient of the Pauline McLeod award, 2013 finalist in the NSW Australian of the Year awards, and was an Australian Financial Review top 100 Australian Women of Influence. In 2014 Merindah was listed in the 20 most influential emerging female artists and arts workers who will ‘shape Australian arts in 2020’.