Merindah Donnelly (Executive Producer)

Merindah Donnelly (Executive Producer)

Merindah 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’.

Jane Fuller (General Manager)

Jane Fuller (General Manager)

Jane worked on 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.

Hannah Scanlon (Trainee Producer)

Hannah Scanlon (Trainee Producer)

Hannah, a Wiradjuri women will work to continue the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary dance.

With a broad range of experience from touring internationally with Insite Arts on SandSong, to working on Soul Music 2010, QPAC Out of the Box, Spirit Festival, Expressions Dance Company, and Meryl Tankard. Hannah also has a Bachelor of Creative Industries (QUT) and an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts).

Leesa Watego (Media Officer)

Leesa Watego (Media Officer)

Leesa is the Managing Director of Iscariot Media, a Brisbane-based creative agency.

Leesa has an Associate Diploma of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Public Policy. After completing her undergraduate degree in 1994, Leesa started her first business Nyumba Goori Studies Consultancy which provided Goori Studies in the Tweed (northern New South Wales). Coming back to Brisbane Leesa took on an Associate Lecturer position at Griffith University in the School of Public Policy. Leesa’s second business, Blacklines Publications created Indigenous education resources. During this time Leesa began teaching at Queensland College of Art and became a full-time Lecturer in the Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program, including professional practice courses. Leesa founded a number of digital projects including Critical Classroom, Dark and Disturbing, and Deadly Bloggers. As client work - graphic design and website development - began to increase, Iscariot Media Pty Ltd was formed.

Carla McGrath

Carla McGrath

CHAIR: Carla McGrath is a proud Indigenous Australian woman whose family comes from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Raised on the Australian mainland, Carla retains strong family and community ties to the Torres Strait.

Carla is a consultant specialising in community engagement and consultation, facilitation, for-purpose organisational sustainability, and program design, development and facilitation.

Carla was previously Head of Sustainability at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern, Sydney. Prior to that she worked as Relationship Manager at AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).

In addition, Carla is a Board Director of GetUp!, Board Director of Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and a Delegate to the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

Carla's previous board and governance roles include Co-Chair of the Management Committee of the NSW Reconciliation Council, Vice Chair of AYAC (Australian Youth Affairs Coalition), Board Director of Flashpoint Labs and the George Hicks Foundation, Member of the AIME Corporation and Member of The Smith Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel.

Jasmine Gulash

Jasmine was born in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. She is the Artistic Co-ordinator at NAISDA.

Her Aboriginal heritage comes from her mothers line –  Kabi Kabi SE Queensland (Sunshine Coast). Her father came to Australia from Slovakia via Germany during WWII.

Her association with NAISDA started in the early 80s when she was introduced to performing arts as a career choice. Jasmine graduated from the College in 1988 and has had a continuing successful career in dance ever since.

In 2009 she returned to the college to take up the position of Artistic Co-ordinator.

Angela Flynn

Angela Flynn

Angela Flynn is a Tiwi, Larrakia and Chinese woman based in Adelaide where she works as a producer and arts manager.  Angela is currently the Performing Arts Manager for Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the Creative Producer for the Spirit Festival, South Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Event (presented by Tandanya).

 Across her career Angela has developed a depth of experience as a freelance producer that cuts across both the visual and performing arts.  Angela worked on the inaugural TARNANTHI - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia), where she held the position of Public Program Manager.

 Experience: Angela’s work within the arts has led her to be appointed to several boards and committees within the arts including the SBS Cultural Advisory Committee, the Kurruru Youth Performing Arts Board and the Kura Yerlo Inc. Board.  Angela participated in the 2015 British Council Accelerate program.

Ali Murphy-Oates

Ali Murphy-Oates

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 Tuckey

Peter Tuckey

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.