Siteworks supports creative organisations onsite through contra agreements. In lieu of rent these groups activate space via providing to artists in form of artists residencies, programming, development of work and events.
Free Theatre is the partnership of Australian and Thai-Australian theatre workers, Richard Barber and Pongjit Saphakhun. Free Theatre brings its applied theatre practice to Australia from its base at Siteworks in Melbourne.
And Also Presents develops and supports creative and social equity projects led by female and gender diverse/non-binary makers and doers, while cultivating an ever-increasing ecosystem of brilliant feminists.
Centre for Dramaturgy and Curation is a space for independent research and experimentation in the fields of dramaturgy and curation. It is a space where you can focus and make time for your research.
Sibyl Kempson [website]
Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, and Norway and in 2015 she launched the theatre and performance company 7 Daughters of Eve in NYC. Her project, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a 3-year cycle of rituals for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District of NYC, began on the Vernal Equinox in March 2016, recurring on every Solstice and Equinox through December 2018. Other recent projects include true pearl, a new opera with David Lang for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Sasquatch Rituals at The Kitchen in NYC, both in 2018.
Dan Giovannoni and Amelia Chandos Evans [website]
Dan and Amelia are two award-winning playwrights living and working in Narrm/Melbourne. They co-wrote the award-winning play for young people CUT SNAKE (Arthur, Theatreworks/TRS/Brisbane Festival/Critical Stages), and are now working on Mad as a Cute Snake, the sequel to CUT SNAKE for 5 to 9 year olds, premiering at TheatreWorks in September 2019. Through their residency at CDC, they’ll be researching the age old question: how many characters can four actors play before it becomes nonsense? Support their quest!
Liv Satchell [website]
Liv Satchell is a theatre-maker, writer and dramaturg trained at the VCA (Directing) and the University of Sydney. Her practice focuses on community development for emerging artists, new writing development, and producing original work through her company the voice in my hands (VIMH). She is the co-founder of Melbourne monthly performance program Small and Loud, which is in residence at The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne. She is interested in how loss is embodied, in feminine dramaturgies that seek value outside of traditional narrative paradigms, and the possibilities of liveness in the relationship between music and performance.
Jamaica Zuanetti [website]
Jamaica Zuanetti is a Melbourne based writer. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from The University of Melbourne. She is an acting graduate of the National Theatre Drama School. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship.
Fatima Mawas [website]
A fresh and daring young Australian filmmaker born and raised in Sydney’s Western suburb of Lakemba. Fatima’s films take on the themes of identity, racism, war, sexuality, religion and spirituality. Having graduated from both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, she has written and directed a number of short films and music videos which have screened locally and internationally. Fatima was selected for Screen Australia’s Developing the Developers 2017 program. She wants to tell challenging, entertaining and thought-provoking stories reflective of true Australian culture featuring Muslim protagonists.
Georgia Banks is a Melbourne based artist working primarily with live performance. She has completed a Masters of Fine Arts from Victoria College of the Arts, for which she was awarded the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award. Her work is predominantly concerned with extrapolating a new conceptual and evaluative framework for which to better understand the potential for reenactment to be used as a radically feminist act of transformation and reclamation.
Rani Pramesti [website]
Rani Pramesti is a proud Chinese-Javanese-Indonesian woman living on Kulin Country. Before jumping heart-first into the performing arts, Rani practiced as a social worker in homeless shelters and refugee support organisations in Sydney. Now, as a performance maker, an intercultural producer and an advocate for the arts, Rani revels in the interface between social justice and the arts. She builds bridges across cultures, generations and disciplines
Betty completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) in print imaging, graduating with Honours First Class from RMIT in 2013. Since then she has had multiple solo shows, contributed to international print conferences, exhibited as part of art festival programs, and been shortlisted for a number of national art awards including the Fremantle Print Award and the Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize.
Domini Marshall [website]
Domini is a writer, filmmaker and content creator.
A passionate advocate for gender equality, she is the founder and director of her words – an intimate, inspiring online video interview series and social enterprise sharing the stories of women in Australia. With an inclusive outlook and focus on deep exploration of issues, each episode is based around a theme - anything from feminism to refugee stories to self-love.
Sista Zai Zanda
Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and curator of the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe – an Afro-Literary matinée of beats, performance and poetry. Since 2015, Zai has spoiled audiences in Melbourne and Sydney with over 100 performances by African and First Nations storytellers including feature performances by renowned international artists Mahogany L Browne (NYC, Nuyorican Poets Cafe), Inua Ellams (Nigeria/UK), Kat François (Trinidad/UK) and Jive Poetic (NYC).
Merrilee Mc Coy [website]
Merrilee is a 'multipotentialite' with over fifteen years experience in the creative industries, both on and off stage. She has performed and taught improv in Australia, NZ, and the USA. Merrilee’s also written and directed Sketch comedy shows, and been on the inside of several large festivals. She currently works with NYC storytelling powerhouse The Moth to coordinate their Melbourne StorySLAMs. And Merrilee also channels her colourful experience through her own creative consultancy helping people get better at sharing their stories, to communicate more powerfully and authentically.
Candy Bowers is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, actor and social activist. The artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of contemporary performance that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming; and earned her the 2018 Geoffrey Milne- Green Room Association Award for outstanding contribution to Independent Theatre. Her original work for stage includes Hot Brown Honey, Who's That Chik?, Australian Booty, The MC Platypus & Queen Koala Show and One The Bear- A Fairytale for the Hip Hop Generation. She has written poetry, short stories, essays and commentary for The Lifted Brow, SBS Life, Junkee and PerilMag. She is published in Yours Truly- Women of Letters (Penguin), She's Having A Laugh (Affirm) and Queerstories (Hachette). Candy is a break-out comic performer with TV appearances on Get Krack!n, Newtons Law, The Ex PM, Tonightly (ABC/Netflix) and The Cry (BBC.)
Jessica Knight is a Melbourne based feminist, writer, poet and artist. She won a Creative Partnerships grant in 2014. She is the author of three zines: Tongue Between Teeth, WHITE AND RED CELLS and All The Pretty People And A Fussy Little Sick. Her writing has been published in The Victorian Writer magazine, Meanjin and SCUM Mag. Last Year she was a recipient of The Besen Family Play Writing Fellowship. Jessica’s key interests are how the personal and political intersect.
Kate ten Buuren
Kate ten Buuren is a Taungurung artist & curator and the founder of this mob, a First Nations art collective that centres and celebrates blakness. Kate's practise bounces between film, installation, writing, painting and performance.
Mia is a film programmer, talks curator, event producer, and social entrepreneur who currently lives and works on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation in Naarm (Melbourne). Immersed in the Australian film scene for over a decade, she staged the inaugural Seen & Heard Melbourne at ACMI in 2014, a film festival dedicated to screening the works of women behind the camera. Mia has since lent her programming and production experience to other film organisations across the east coast, such as Sydney Film Festival, the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival, the Czech & Slovak Film Festival, Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, and, most recently, as the Short Film Programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival.