Theatre and performance making, scholarship and activism
Mobilising communities to explore the art of new perspective through storytelling
I carve out processes of making performance that privilege the storyteller in their unique social, epistemological and interactional context – to unearth new truths, new connections and new cultural literacies.
As a writer with communities, facilitator and dramaturg, I have bolstered the stories of intergenerational community groups (The Old Vic, London), female muslim migrants (Saathi House, Birmingham), Indigenous and multilingual young actors (Mellon Foundation, Johannesburg), elders (Visible Theatre, London) and refugees (Evelyn Oldfield Foundation, London).
I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from artists including Mike Alfreds, Sonja Linden, Micia de Wet and Matthew Lutton.
My research assists with interrogating the ethics of making performance with intercultural groups and autobiographical materials, creating the impetus to train African facilitators in multilingual devising (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) and intercultural diasporic and British migrants (Creative Multilingualism, University of Oxford).
I identify as queer, from a migrant Irish Australian heritage, with the privileges and trauma that come from my migration, and the generations before me. Multilingualism helps me express myself across my languages as well situate the hegemonies that I embody.
My work is anchored by a photograph of a tent that my father’s family pitched as their first home in Australia, reminding me to notice courage, revere resilience and distrust ceilings.
Awards and accolades
I have received several awards and fellowships including from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Arts Council England, Horizon Europe, Leverhulme Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of Warwick, University of Sydney and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, as well as numerous sponsorships and business partnerships. I earned a PhD from the University of Warwick, an MA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and a BA from Notre Dame University/ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, Australia.