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 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.
Fred remains with BlakDance as Protocol Producer | Gurin Gira (Long Fire).
Fred’s role is integral within BlakDance as he works directly with Elders and communities to develop programs focused on cultural maintenance and cultural protocols.
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 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.