Victorian Festival Professional Directory
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After Dark Theatre
After Dark Theatre have been creating and designing circus experiences since inception in 2007.
With humble beginnings as a producer, an MC and with a handful of circus artists operating out of Melbourne, Australia, After Dark has grown to over 100 highly skilled circus, sideshow and variety artists, along with a team of designers, producers and technical staff.
The company’s international network expands to major companies including Cirque Du Soleil, Circus Oz and many prestigious European circuses.
– Program Coordinator (artist and venues) / Melbourne Fringe 2021
– Co-curator/Producer of Let’s Take Over Festival 2021, presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy
– Creative Producer at Let’s Take Over 2020, Darebin Arts Speakeasy
– Festival Producer of the Guild Fringe Hub, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019
– Intern at Melbourne Fringe 2018
– Co-Creative Director of TASTINGS Mini-Festival 2018
– Creative Producer – Performing Arts at Mudfest 2017
– Performer at Fringe World Festival 2015
– Performer at Fremantle Festival 2014
– Academic/Researcher (Masters in Arts and Cultural Management, University of Melbourne, 2019)
– Artist (Fuse Festival 2021, Let’s Take Over Festival 2020-21)
– Artist Liaison/Artist Management (Program coordinator [artist and Venues] at Melbourne Fringe 2021)
– Programming (Let’s Take Over Festival 2020-2021, Guild Fringe Hub 2019, Tastings 2018, Mudfest 2017)
– Logistics (Program Coordinator at Melbourne Fringe 2021)
– Public/Education Programs (Let’s Take Over 2020-2021)
10+ years experience in creative production, performance art, media, writing, organising, administration, arts management ++. Recent projects include:
– Directing and producing world’s first Fringe Festival in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
– Producing multiple shows for LGBTQIA disabled artist collective Quippings
– Producing Secret Society themed Alternate Reality Game (ARG) for The Village Festival
– Producing, performing, writing stage magic + storytelling + social justice show Queer Lady Magician
– Volunteer management for Freeplay Independent Games Festival
– and more!
Skills: Advocacy, diversity & inclusion & equity (gender, race, sexuality, cultural diversity, immigration status, disability), digital media, producing, stage management, production management, media writing, community engagement, research, artistic direction, administration, bookkeeping
Programming for live music venues and music festival staffing and operations services.
Event Producer with over a decade of experience working in festivals, events and advertising.
Major roles/produced projects with: Dark Mofo, London 2012 Olympics (for Coca-Cola), Melbourne Writer’s Festival, BBC, Renault, AGP, PUMA, Adidas, The Times London Film Festival, Lake of Stars Festival and various roles across a wide variety of brand events, corporate conferences/dinners and festivals.
I also run a performer booking agency for on and off stage spectacle with clients including The Pleasure Garden, Dark Mofo, Lost Lands festival, various councils, Chi Wow Wah Town amongst others.
eM for Manage
Em Ireland aka eM for Manage helps people make their ideas realities. She coordinates festivals, tours, projects and programs.
Bluestfest – Production and Event Coordinator
Chillout – Programming Director and Event Coordinator
The push – Regional Touring and Mentor Program Coordinator
Frolic Dark Rainbow – Artistic Director, Programmer and Event Coordinator
Be HereNow – Programming and Event Coordinator
I Heard Django
A music and events agency on Gunditjmara country, Victoria, Australia.
i hear django provides a range of services, including artist management and mentoring, tour bookings, visa consultancy, release strategies and project/event management.
With over 20 years experience in the music industry, Amy has a wealth of knowledge to offer clients and works with both national and international artists.
Indigenous Outreach Projects
Indigenous Outreach has been running for over two decades in cities, regional and remote areas as a service provider.
They continue to work with schools, health organisations, youth services, councils, shires, festivals and more.
They are a collective sharing a common goal showcasing a passion to connect with youth, engaging them through music and dance.
They are most heavily booked nationally for one week long projects and celebrations of NAIDOC, Reconciliation and Harmony Week to name a few.
IOP use the arts for change through the power of dance and music. They focus on delivering health outcomes and positive messages to youth and community.
Their crew brings exciting, interactive and fun element to events, week-long project or extended tours.
They focus on delivering their motto “no shame, be proud, respect” by encouraging a strong mind, body, spirit and culture.
Their projects have been tried and tested and they have successfully engaged communities across the country and world.
Selected past festivals and events include:
– Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Festival
– Mornington Peninsula Australia Day Festival
– NAIDOC Week Celebrations
– Women of The Year Award Events
– Reconciliation Events
– Harmony Week Events
– Survival Day Events
– The Long Walk
– Sydney Road Street Party
– Performances for various councils, corporate events and festivals etc.
– School and kinder workshops and performances across the state and country and remote Indigenous communities
– Dust Up Festival
Experienced festival professional.
Selected past experience:
– Falls Festival / National – Artist Commercial and Logistics Manager
Download Festival / Artist Liaison
– Live Nation / VIP and Production Coordinator
– Arts Centre Melbourne / Programmer (Contemporary Music)
For the past 20 years, Liquid Architecture has been Australia’s leading organisation for artists working with sound and listening.
LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound and listening.
Liquid Architecture program encounters and create spaces for sonic experiences and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect.
To do this, they host experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.
Elizabeth Dawson-smith is a director, choreographer, performer, song/script writer and event producer, specialising in unique audience experiences that are both immersive and memorable. With a First Class Honours accreditation in nineteenth century burlesque traditions (2014), Elizabeth has made her mark on the vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque circuit, with two Green Room Award nominations (2012/15), ‘Best Dance’/‘Best Cabaret’ weekly awards (Adelaide Fringe 2020/21), a Fields Award nomination for her ‘Contribution to Australian Vaudeville’ (2015) and act direction for the winning entries of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 (Zelia Rose) and Mr Boylesque Australia 2015 (Egson Ham).
Currently Elizabeth works with artists as a director, choreographer and dramaturg for live works across a range of genres, and produces seasoned works, films and boutique entertainment for the avante-showgirl company, Miss Friby (www.missfriby.com.au).
Miss Friby’s shows and acts have been highly regarded amongst numerous festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (2014), Splendour in the Grass (2014/15) and Falls Festival (2013-16) as well as high end theatre venues such as the National Gallery of Victoria (2012) and the World Famous Spiegeltent (2009). the company has received high acclaim amongst the dance community (featured in the ‘Immersed Dance Industry Gala’ 2013/14), invited to present alongside top international clowns at ‘So You Think You Can Clown’ (Comedy Festival Hub 2012), awarded a ‘Best Cabaret’ weekly award at Adelaide Fringe (2021) and was even featured as a finalist on Channel Nine’s ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ (2013).
Elizabeth is a creative producer that can seamlessly integrate her multifarious creative skills with her impeccable track record as a project manager and producer. For more information visit www.elizabethdawsonsmith.com.au.
Modus Operandi Australia
Modus Operandi Australia is a full service agency specialising in the arts, entertainment and hospitality industries.
We are scalable and dynamic in our approach and can offer services ranging from the oversight of a single functional area through to the complete planning, management and execution of your event from start to finish.
We can do anything or everything and have the capability to manage multiple festival departments concurrently, without compromise to the quality of our output.
We’re flexible in our approach and will work with you to strategise and execute a winning plan which ensures your goals are met and your patrons walk away with memorable experiences they’ll be talking about for eons.
Patron enjoyment is our priority over all else, the smiles are what made us join the circus.
we’re black and white // without the bull$#it.
Modus Operandi Australia – Part of the Modus Australia Group.
Experienced Artist Liaison, Stage Manager, Tour Manager, Driver/Runner, and Event Operations, DJ (DJ Relaxative), Programmer/Curator and talent agent (Rancho Relaxo).
Red Hill Entertainment
Red Hill Entertainment is the story of good people collaborating for the love of music. Founded by the widely respected McLaren Brothers from the Hills Are Alive Group and Jaddan Comerford of UNIFIED Music Group, Red Hill Entertainment are primarily Independent promoters who own and operate a number of Victorian Music Festivals in the South Gippsland & Goulburn Valley Region.
Red Hill Entertainment offers management services in the following areas:
Programming & Curation
Owned and Operated Festivals Include:
Unify Gathering Festival
Land of Plenty Festival
Gippsland Country Music Festival
Goulburn Valley Country Music Festival
Inverloch Sounds of Summer Festival
Event Management Clients Include:
Live Nation Australia
UNIFIED Music Group
Experienced Artistic Director and producer.
Selected past experience:
– Taranta Festival – Artistic Director
– Ventana Festa – Artistic Development and Producer
– Brunswick Music Festival – Event Producer
Artist Manager and Promotions
Mark Geary – IRL [Australian Territory]
30+ years Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
TV Producer | Researcher | Factual Development | Content Management | Copyright specialist | Interstitial Producer | Archive Manager | Programs: Rage, Recovery, History of Australian Music, + many more
Experienced Artist liaison, Event Coordinator and Festival Programmer.
The Boite is Victoria’s iconic multicultural music organisation.
Founded in 1979, it supports excellent artists from diverse cultural communities, promotes cultural understanding through the dynamic presentation of unique cultural experiences, and nurtures creativity, collaboration, access to and active participation in the arts.
Through their prolific program of festivals, events, radio programs, music releases and publications they have presented and promoted hundreds of excellent musicians born in over 100 different countries at over 5,000 events before audiences exceeding 800,000 and just as diverse.
The Social Crew
The Social Crew is a boutique studio who specialise in conceptual development, curation, design, production and marketing within the creative industries.
Established in 2014 by Creative Director, Belinda Collins, The Social Crew draw from experience in more than 20 countries and guarantee a high class approach to live event design for individuals, creatives, micro-organisations and clients in a broad range of industries.
They collaborate with like-minded creatives predominately in art and music, bringing ideas to life.
In other words, they do fun stuff very well.
Unqualified develop and present art projects without bounds.
Selected previous festivals:
– Dookie Earthed, VIC 2014
– Castlemaine State Festival, VIC 2012, 2009, 2007
– Junction Arts, TAS 2012
– Desart Fest, NT 2012
– RAA Conference, TAS 2009
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