My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
The essence of my creative practice is storytelling. Although it crosses various mediums, viewpoints and forms, this is the underlying focus. I have worked professionally for almost twenty years in a number of roles as a stage and screen actor, videographer, filmmaker, playwright, journalist and drama facilitator. Website link available on request.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
As a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland Bachelor of Theatre – Acting programme I have worked professionally as a theatre and film actor across Australia. I have produced and directed films and theatre. I have worked professionally as an acting teacher and coach. Please see attached letter (available on request).
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
My most recent experience was in Hong Kong as a full-time drama teacher. I taught at a local primary Cantonese school. I taught English through drama, speaking skills, and conducted workshops for teachers. In Australia, I worked for the [redacted] open programme teaching teenagers screen acting. I worked extensively as an actor for the Queensland Arts Council, an organisation providing Australians access to arts regardless of their geographical location. Here I toured Queensland for over two years performing and stage managing theatre shows in schools. Providing creative strong sparks and hooks from a strong platform that enable an individual's curiosity as motivation for their own journey. Once an individual has embarked, the facilitator should do their best to provide and encourage the opening of as many creative doors as possible along the way.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
Creativity is fundamental to learning. Creativity makes culture and society richer. Specifically, I am interested in roleplay as a creative conduit to learning. Roleplay is one of humanity's most powerful learning tools.