Rosemary Hinde, VIC

Rosemary Hinde is an independent creative producer who for more than 20 years has specialised in projects that connect Australian and Asian arts and artists.

Rosemary was the inaugural Artistic Director of the Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series at Arts Centre Melbourne, (2008-2012) where she established a biennial performing arts program and an Asian artist in residence and development program.

She was founder and director of Hirano Productions (1994-2008), Australia’s first international agency to focus on touring and exchange with Asia. The company toured more than 100 productions throughout Asia as well as producing and co-producing inter-cultural co-productions that were presented at leading venues and festivals in Asia and Australia.  The company also managed several exchange programs with Asian countries. 

Prior to this Rosemary worked: in the performing arts sector in Tokyo, Japan (1991-1994) as Program Manager at Melbourne Festival (1986-1991) during this period she was an intern at Hong Kong Arts Festival (1988/1989) and toured extensively throughout Asia as the 1987 Mobil Fellow in Arts Administration. She was general manager of Danceworks (1983-1985).

Rosemary has been a peer adviser at the Australia Council on several occasions including for: the Dance Board, Going Global, Korea- Australia Connection and APAM 2010 & 2012 as well mentoring emerging producers. Rosemary was recently appointed as Executive Producer / CEO of Stalker Theatre.

Matthew Morse, VIC

Matthew is the Executive Director, Strategy and Programs of Creative Partnerships Australia. His previous roles include Cultural Development Manager of Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Ballet and General Manager of Melbourne based contemporary dance company BalletLab.

Matthew has also been a board member of BalletLab and Ausdance Victoria, and was Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Most recently Matthew completed the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Professional Development program in 2012.

Michelle Ryan, SA

Michelle Ryan is an arts practitioner with over twenty years experience in the areas of film, performance, choreography and administration.

Michelle worked for Queensland Arts Council before joining Meryl Tankard in Canberra and Adelaide (Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre). She was a performer with Tankard for 7 1Ž2 years followed by projects in Europe as Tankard’s assistant. On returning to Australia, Michelle was a founding member and Associate Artist for Splintergroup. From 2005 - 2010 Michelle worked at Dancenorth in various capacities including Artistic Manager, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer and Assistant Producer.

In 2009 Michelle created the dance film Nerve Ending and in 2010 created Four Short Films About Juanita before joining National Disability Services Queensland. Michelle performed in the Brisbane Festival season of Out of Context for Pina by Les Ballet C de la B in 2011.

In 2013 Michelle was appointed Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre in Adelaide.

Elizabeth Walsh, VIC

Elizabeth Walsh is a respected figure across the arts in Australia and internationally. Her work and knowledge span the performing and visual arts, from small to medium size companies to major centres for the creative arts and multi-artform festivals. She has been a key figure in the development of Australian programme content which is both culturally relevant to audiences and pushes the boundaries of contemporary arts practice.

Elizabeth Walsh has just completed her term as artistic Director of the 10 days on the Island festival (2007, 2009 and 2011) having been involved since its inception as Program Manager (2001) and Executive Producer (2002–2005).

Elizabeth is former Program Manager of the Sydney Festival (1994–1997) and Sydney Opera House Trust (1997–1999), Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre (1991–1994) and held various roles with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (1983–1989), including that of producer, Tour and Company manager.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama and has worked in a freelance capacity with companies and artists including Circus Oz, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Danceworks, Lyndal Jones and Anthony Steel and Associates.

She is currently an external artistic assessor for Creative New Zealand, a board member of Theatre Royal (Hobart), a member of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, a life member of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Chair of the Dance Strategy Panel.

Michael Whaites, WA

After graduating with a certificate in dance at the centre for performing arts in Adelaide in 1984, Michael went on to work with Dance North and the Australian Dance Theatre, receiving Male Dancer of the Year Award in 1988 and 1989. In 1991 he moved to New York where he worked with Twyla Tharp and Dancers until 1993. While in New York, Michael also worked with Irene Hultman Dance. He moved to Germany in 1995 where he worked with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal for five years.

Michael has choreographed works for a variety of companies in Australia including Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre; the Centre for the Performing Arts, Adelaide; NORPA; Restless Dance Company; One Extra Dance Company; Leigh Warren and Dancers; The Dance Project.

In 2003 Michael was awarded an Asialink Grant, which enabled him to teach technique and improvisation to the Beijing and Guangdong Modern Dance Companies in China for 3 months.

In 2005 Michael was Associate Director for Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image in Sydney. In 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director of LINK Dance Company and a lecturer in contemporary dance at WAAPA in Perth Western Australia.

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