Artists

Linda is a respected Wamba Wamba Elder and artist liv­ing north of Swan Hill. As a pho­tog­ra­pher she has stud­ied at TAFE for three years in both ana­logue and dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. Her pho­tog­ra­phy has been exhib­ited in the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery and her por­trai­ture work is in a per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tion at the Swan Hill Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice. In addi­tion she has also taken pho­tographs for the Halls Gap Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity. She also has expe­ri­ence work­ing with film and video and has worked on Com­mu­nity Cul­tural Devel­op­ment projects such as doc­u­ment­ing an elders gath­er­ing at the Pio­neer Set­tle­ment and on the film Lore vs Law as a cam­era assis­tant and an actor. Linda is excited to have the oppor­tu­nity to work on the Mar­ruk Project to build her skills as a pho­tog­ra­pher and sup­port the cre­ative and per­sonal devel­op­ment of the young peo­ple involved.

Jere­miah is a Wadi Wadi /​Tati Tati dancer and singer cur­rently based in Swan Hill, Vic­to­ria. He grew up in Mil­dura and moved to Swan Hill 6 years ago. Since arriv­ing in Swan Hill Jere­miah has become a strong cul­tural leader in the com­mu­nity. As a singer he has per­formed solo in two shows titled Strong and Deadly Com­mu­nity Con­cert, per­form­ing along­side artists such as Kevin Kropiny­eri, Nikki Ashby and Shi­ralee Hood. He has writ­ten a song with Uncle Kutcha Edwards called The Mighty Mur­ray River and per­formed with him as part of a com­mu­nity choir in Malt­house Theatre’s Blak Cabaret. As a dancer Jere­miah has worked with IDJA artist Jacob Boehme in the cre­ation and per­for­mance of a cul­tural dance piece as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s Illu­mi­nated by Fire. As part of The Marruk-​Marruk Project Jere­miah taught chil­dren, young peo­ple and Elders Beyonce’s Sin­gle Ladies, per­form­ing to audi­ences of over 400 peo­ple. In 2013, he chore­o­graphed a dance to Beyonce’s End of Time and taught it to over 80 peo­ple from Abo­rig­i­nal, Anglo-​European, Indian, African and Fil­ipino back­grounds. Jere­miah has facil­i­tated dance lessons with chil­dren as young as 3 and Elders in the 80’s. More recently, he pre­formed as the lead dancer and chore­o­g­ra­pher on a Music Video pro­duc­tion for the com­mu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in.

Richie is a Lebanese man and grad­u­ate of Swin­burne University’s Diploma of The­atre Arts. He has had over 10 years expe­ri­ence work­ing in Com­mu­nity Cul­tural Devel­op­ment as a project man­ager, writer, direc­tor, actor and film­maker. Richie’s work has led him to have a par­tic­u­lar focus on col­lab­o­rat­ing with peo­ple from diverse back­grounds. Richie worked with com­mu­ni­ties in the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Melbourne’s CBD, Melbourne’s West­ern sub­urbs, Bendigo and St. Kilda. Dur­ing this time, he deliv­ered projects work­ing along­side the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties, the home­less, migrant com­mu­ni­ties includ­ing Lebanese, Greek, Ital­ian, Fil­ipino, Viet­namese, Pacific Islanders, Iran­ian, Iraqi, Afghani, and South Sudanese to name a few. Richie has taught com­mu­nity devel­op­ment tech­niques at a ter­tiary level the sub­ject ‘Work­ing with Peo­ple from a Cul­tur­ally Diverse Back­grounds’ which included the study of the Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act. In 2009, Richie wrote, directed and man­aged a CCD Project in Sey­mour called “The Home­com­ing”. This was the first play made in response to Black Sat­ur­day. Richie is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Artis­tic Direc­torate of Out­back The­atre for Young Peo­ple on Gifts of Trans­la­tion, work­ing with the African com­mu­nity in Swan Hill.

Mandy lives in Castle­maine in Cen­tral Vic­to­ria and is a cross art form per­for­mance maker, direc­tor and cre­ative pro­ducer. Mandy has focused on cre­at­ing com­mu­nity based out­comes, that reflect local iden­tity and place, and has worked with young peo­ple and regional com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia. Draw­ing on a syn­the­sis of phys­i­cal the­atre, visual the­atre and video to cre­ate engag­ing expe­ri­ences for par­tic­i­pants and audiences.

Mandy com­pleted a Grad­u­ate Diploma in Ani­ma­teur­ing (Cross Art Form Per­for­mance Mak­ing) at the VCA in 2005, under the men­tor­ing of Helen Her­bert­son, and has trained exten­sively in Butoh and Dance The­atre with Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka (Japan), Deigo Pinon (Mex­ico); in Phys­i­cal The­atre and Cir­cus with the Angry Mime, Spaghetti Cir­cus, Zen Zen Zo, The­atre of the Ordi­nary, NICA (Social Cir­cus), and in pup­petry and visual the­atre with Poly­glot The­atre and Philipe Genty. From 20072010, Mandy was Pro­gram Man­ager with Poly­glot The­atre, man­ag­ing cre­ative devel­op­ments, fes­ti­vals tours and sea­sons at the MIAF and Sin­ga­pore Arts Fes­ti­val. For over a decade, she has directed and pro­duced award win­ning projects organ­i­sa­tions such as Out­back The­atre for Young Peo­ple and events such as The Vil­lage Festival,The Big West Fes­ti­val, Yalikut Wilam Ngargee Indige­nous Arts Fes­ti­val, The Friend­ship Djer­rip Fes­ti­val, The Wood­ford Folk Fes­ti­val, The Falls Fes­ti­val, This Is Not Art Fes­ti­val in New­cas­tle, The Regional Arts Con­fer­ence in Launce­s­ton, and The Castle­maine State Fes­ti­val. In 20142015 Mandy directed ‘The Grandma Tree’ and col­lab­o­ra­tion with Koori Fam­i­lies from Deniliquin, Pro­duced ‘The Book of Shad­ows’ Indonesian/​Australian Col­lab­o­ra­tion, and was the co-​founder of Castle­maine Cir­cus Inc.

Mandy is cur­rently direct­ing a new work physical/​visual the­atre work with The Castle­maine Cir­cus, titled ‘Atopia’, and is pro­duc­ing new works with the multi award win­ning ‘The Mar­ruk Project’ (Swan Hill), and ‘Enfold’ with the acclaimed Opal Vapour Artists.

Bebe Back­house began his cre­ative career as a per­form­ing pianist and music teacher. He deliv­ered his pro­gram to both Indige­nous & non-​Indigenous youth in the Kim­ber­ley region of West­ern Aus­tralia to encour­age engag­ment in a cre­ative envi­ron­ment that was lack­ing in the com­mu­nity. He fur­thered his musi­cal career by join­ing Short Black Opera as a repeti­teur and pianist, work­ing on Australia’s first Indige­nous opera. It was this work for Indige­nous youth that saw him win the ‘West Aus­tralian Young Per­son of the Year in the Arts’ award in 2011. With vast expe­ri­ence in the Indige­nous media and arts indus­try, Bebe has man­aged and coor­di­nated var­i­ous main­stream and com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals and events. He also assisted in the imple­men­ta­tion and deliv­ery of the state-​wide Indige­nous Con­tem­po­rary Music Strat­egy with the West­ern Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Cul­ture and the Arts, allow­ing Indige­nous musi­cians to access resources and sup­port to fur­ther develop their careers. Recently, Bebe was awarded the 2015 City of Mel­bourne Indige­nous Arts Men­tor­ship Pro­gram and, as a result, is now Assis­tant Pro­ducer at Fed­er­a­tion Square.

At the The Mar­ruk Project, Bebe’s role is focused on deliv­er­ing cre­ative and artis­tic projects to inter­cul­tural youth in regional Vic­to­ria. Bebe deliv­ers cre­ative and enter­tain­ing con­cepts, projects and ser­vices to the wider com­mu­nity through the var­i­ous medi­ums of the enter­tain­ment and arts industry.

Angela is a multi-​award win­ning the­atre maker. Her career spans over 10 years as a com­mu­nity cul­tural devel­op­ment prac­ti­tioner. She has worked with over 40 com­mu­ni­ties through­out Vic­to­ria, New South Wales, Tas­ma­nia and remote areas of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory as a pro­ducer, project man­ager, direc­tor, writer and actor. She has worked across all age groups, cul­tures and demo­graph­ics and cre­ated over 30 new the­atre works. Angela’s prac­tice has a focus on the­atre per­for­mance and cul­tural cer­e­mony to bring peo­ple together in an open, col­lab­o­ra­tive and empow­er­ing environment.

She is a recip­i­ent of the Aus­tralian Coun­cil for the Arts Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships ‘Kirk Rob­son Award’ 2009 for excel­lence in lead­er­ship in arts and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, and the Regional Arts Vic­to­ria ‘Youth Engage­ment Award’ 2011. Career high­lights include work­ing along­side Zeal Theatre’s Stefo Nanstou with region­ally based young peo­ple to cre­ate and per­form in The For­wards; work­ing with remote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory to build com­mu­nity arts and cul­tural fes­ti­vals in Yarralin, Bin­jari and Wugu­larr; work­ing as part of The Torch Project — bring­ing together 14 com­mu­ni­ties from across Vic­to­ria for a Com­mu­nity Cul­tural Devel­op­ment capac­ity build­ing and the­atre mak­ing fes­ti­val RICig­ni­tion. Most recently as the Artis­tic Direc­tor of Out­back The­atre For Young People’s Illu­mi­nate Project Angela col­lab­o­rated with four com­mu­ni­ties in the Wakool Shire in South West New South Wales for over 12 months to cre­ate the new play A Town Called Mills Acre.

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