I am a trained and experienced performer/theatre maker and arts facilitator as well as a prize- winning writer. Over the last twenty years I have been creating performances, publishing works, both fiction and non fiction, developing excellent communication skills as well as experience in community engagement and program design and delivery.




Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (RMIT, 2007)
   BSc First Class Hons, Cultural Geography (University of Tasmania, 1997)

FREEZER program, (two year physical theatre training program, IS Theatre LTD, Hobart) 1998- 2000

John Bolton Physical Theatre School (Melbourne 2016, May, June)

Clown training with various internationally reputed clown teachers. Movement Improvisation training with Al Wunder and Andrew Morrish (2003-2010)

Various performance training/workshops (1998 – 2015) in: physical theatre, clown, acting, acrobalance, circus, improvisation.




Performer/Collaborator with Born in a Taxi and Kinetic Theatre Company. The

Sleepkeepers, roving performance.

  • Enlighten Festival, Canberra, 2019

  • White Night, Melbourne, 2019

  • White Night, Geelong, 2019

    Castlemaine Circus (2018), Trainer

  • Preschooler Circus Classes (3-5 year olds)

  • Physical Theatre (5-8 year olds)

    Fairfax Youth Initiative (August-September 2017), Facilitator/Director

  • Designed and delivered in-community workshops to facilitate the creation of a performance piece with ten young people based around the theme ‘revolution.’

  • Directed and facilitated a final showcasing.

  • Planned and delivered workshops for other school groups involved in the event.

  • Collaborated and communicated with Kalianna School teachers, project artistic directors

from Asking for Trouble and the manager and staff at Swan Hill Town Hall PACC.

Arts Health Institute (2014-2017), Arts Facilitator/Creative Engagement Specialist

  • Developed and delivered ‘Wordpower’, an engagement program for elders in residential care that focuses on enjoyment and use of language, story and literacy.

  • Delivered ‘Play Up’, a program designed for residents living with dementia, to help reduce isolation, agitation and promote positive moods and social engagement.

  • Liaised with care staff, used facility software to record result and write reports,

    communicated via phone and email with AHI staff and peers.

  • Represented AHI at conferences as a public speaker and delivered conference workshops.

    Completed and published debut novel, Bridget Crack (2017), Allen and Unwin.

    • Undertook extensive historical research using primary archive material (newspapers, police reports, diaries, court records, convict records) and secondary material (2009- 2015).

    • Supplied edited 76,000 word manuscript to publisher and mentor to meet deadlines.

    • Communicated with agent, editors and publishers, in person, by phone and email.

    • Bridget Crack book launch, Readings, (August 2017). Communicated with bookshop

      staff and Allen & Unwin marketing staff, used social media, public speaking.

    • Communicated with artistic director of writers’ festivals. i.e St Albans Writers Festival

      (September 2017), Hobart Writers and Readers Festival (September 2017), did book

      readings and spoke on panels.

    • Completed mentorship with Australian Society of Authors to develop manuscript (2014).

      Regional Arts Touring (2013, 2105, 2016) Everything Must Go (directed by Damian Callinan) Producer/Performer/Writer

    • Wrote, devised and developed a one-woman theatre show.

    • As producer and performer, toured a solo show to over 100 regional Australian venues in

      conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria and Country Arts WA.

    • Solved logistic problems to enable the show to be performed in a variety of venues.

    • Created rehearsal schedules, organised hire of equipment and transport, sourced props.

    • Worked in collaboration with a director.

    • Organised and delivered community engagement activities in communities, including


    • Worked as a team with regional arts staff and with a touring technician and tour manager

      to produce successful events.

    • Used software to create budgets, write scripts and create and edit soundtracks.

    • Communicated with touring team, volunteers, arts centre staff and regional arts staff.

    • Used social media to advertise.

    • Produced marketing materials.

    • Wrote and submitted grant applications.

    • Sourced film production companies to document work

      Performer and Collaborator (2000-2020)

      • Self-employed, roving entertainment & street theatre (various characters and performances @ corporate and community events and festivals nationally).




Literary Awards

Bridget Crack, 2017, Allen & Unwin: Sydney
‘A Concrete Aborigine’, Tasmania, Forty South, 2015 (June ed), and Forty South Short Story Anthology, 2015
‘God’s Lost Sheep’, Southerly, The Political Imagination, Vol 73,
Number 1, 2013
‘Gone to the Dogs’, Forty Degrees South Short Story Anthology, 2010 ‘Molluscan Princess’, 2006 Allnighter, Cardigan Press: Melbourne
‘The Wilting Rose’, Visible Ink, 2005
‘Ordinary World’, hijacked 5, 2005

‘A Spadeful of Recherche Bay’, Island, Winter ed, July 2004
‘Youth Cultures of the Hobart Rivulet’ Australian Cultural Geographies ed Elaine Stratford, Oxford University Press: Melbourne, 1999
‘Re-writing the Hobart Rivulet’, Island, Winter ed, June 1998

The Premier’s Literary Awards, Tasmania Book Prize, Winner 2019 The Premier’s Literary Awards, Tasmania Book Prize, People’s Choice Awards Winner 2019
Mud Literary Award for Australian Debut Fiction, finalist (2018) Tasmanian Writers Prize, winner (2015)
The Age Short Story Competition, commended (2011)
Tasmanian Writers Prize, finalist (2010)
Boroondara Literary Awards, open short story category, 2nd prize (2007) Visible Ink short story competition, winner (2005)


  • Young Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018, Senior Section, Judge

  • Working with Children Check

  • Police Check

  • Duck for Cover, Public Liability Insurance

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