Born in Zimbabwe, raised in Frankston and based in Narrm (Melbourne) Tariro is a multidisciplinary storyteller, theatre director and curator. Tariro also consults and facilitates in cultural diversity and performing arts with experience across education, government, mental health, law enforcement and social justice. As an actor, Tariro has performed with Red Stitch, Black Swan Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, The Street Theatre Canberra, MTC, STC and Belvoir; and in films such as Sisters (One Love Film Productions), Other People’s Problems (ABC), Anthony and Cleopatra (The Shakespeare Republic Season Two), Mukami Obanda (Winners and Losers, Channel Seven), and more. Tariro is an awarding winning spoken word artist and is the founder of Africa’s Got Talent Australia and a Co-Founder of Centre of Poetics and Justice. Tariro trained with legendary post-modern dancer and teacher Anna Halprin at her famous Mountain Home Studio in California. Tariro also completed a summer course in Decoloniality at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. Emma has written and performed three full length solo works: We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark, and World Problems (2019), self directed. World Problems presented a development season in Amsterdam before its Melbourne premiere in March 2019. WMHTC toured around Australia, NZ and to Lima Peru, and represented Australia at the 2018 triennial Women's International Playwriting Festival in Santiago, Chile in October 2018. Ode to Man toured Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and has recently been published by Playlab. Emma is interested in cognitive dissonance, and how the individual imagination connects to, and is the product of, broader social histories.
Gareth Hart is an independent Artist, Producer and Advocate, working across organisational leadership for the art and cultural sector. They hold a Masters of Choreography (by research) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Hart has spent over 15 years as a practising artist, creating a suite of innovative dance and installation work, received critical acclaim internationally, and even winning an award here and there. Hart was awarded a 2017 Australia Day Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the Yarra Ranges community’, and in 2018 participated in the highly competitive Future Leaders program by the Australia Council. Professionally, Hart’s work in organizational and community leadership is underpinned by deeply held values of humanity and humanness. They are currently Director at Arts Mildura, and a board member for the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.
Jamie Lewis, Curator/Moderator
Jamie is an artist, facilitator and dramaturg. She creates and curate site-responsive participatory experiences, facilitating meditations on culture, place, and time, often through autobiographical stories, conversation and food. Jamie also collaborates as facilitator, dramaturg, and co-creator. Committed to diversifying practice, Jamie seeks alternative models of working, and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures. She has experience in Audience Development, and consults on branding, marketing, and communications across arts organisations and small businesses. She is currently Communications Manager at Theatre Network Australia, on the Board of Multicultural Arts Victoria, and was in the 2018 cohort of Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders program.
Bethany Simons, Program Director
Bethany is an award-winning, independent theatre maker, writer and performer based in Melbourne. Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, her original works have appeared on the 2012 and 2015 VCE Drama Playlist and toured to more than 50 regional and metropolitan venues across Australia. Alongside her creative practice, Bethany is a teaching artist, arts manager, producer and industry facilitator. She has worked in various roles with Theatre Network Australia since 2014 and is currently the Program Director.