Live Performance Australia (LPA) and Performing Lines are delighted to support the Asian Producers’ Platform Camp (APPCAMP), in which five producers from Australia join others from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore spend an intensive week together developing industry networks and exploring inter-cultural practice, producing as a creative practice and arts leadership.
Since 2014 the annual intensive APPCAMP has been held in Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan), and Tokyo (Japan). In 2017 the next APPCAMP will be held in Melbourne.
These five producers join around 25 others from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore to spend an intensive week together developing industry networks and exploring inter-cultural practice, producing as a creative practice and arts leadership.
Kate Ben-Tovim is a creative producer based in Melbourne. Alongside her work with numerous Australian festivals and venues, Kate has produced large-scale projects and festivals in China, India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the UK. Kate lived in Jogjakarta for a year on an Asialink Arts Management Residency and was based at the Australian High Commission New Delhi for 18 months as Co-Creative Director and Producer of Oz Fest 2012. In 2014 Kate is a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and Creative Associate for the Asian Performing Arts Program at the Arts Centre Melbourne alongside developing a number of new Australian/Asian collaborations.
Britt Guy is a producer, curator, community arts and youth worker who has worked across a range of arts organisations, festivals, councils and community consultancies. Within these roles she has established and built upon programs and festivals that invest in the work and development of emerging artists and their creative practices. Currently based in Cambodia, Britt runs her own company which independently facilitates and produces high quality programming with experimental artists, working with innovative community participation models. She also has established and runs two unique trans – cultural artist exchange programs in Slovenia, Croatia and Cambodia, and a contemporary dance initiative Dance Satellite that develops and presents contemporary dance with regional communities.
Annette Shun Wah is a writer, actor and producer. She is Executive Producer of Performance 4a, a non-profit organisation based in Sydney dedicated to exploring the contemporary Asian Australian experience through performance, to promoting professional opportunities for artists of Asian background in the performing arts and to creating global alliances to enable cultural collaboration.
Dave Sleswick is a performance maker, creative producer and entrepreneur, and is the founder and director of Brisbane-based producing house Motherboard Productions (2011). He has been the director, key producer, project manager and curator for many independent works and programs around the country, and manages several exchange programs and transcultural collaborative projects between Australian and South Korean artists.
JoThomas has produced extensively across arts organisations, festivals and genres often with a strong focus on independent, contemporary work. Jo was artist-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre in 2012 and also received a Churchill Fellowship that year to examine the creative processes of producing new contemporary work. She is currently Executive Producer at Metro Arts and is producing projects and initiatives in contemporary dance and theatre, audience development and intercultural collaborations and exchanges. Jo is Artistic Director of the inaugural "Death Fest" being launched in Brisbane in 2016.
A total of 29 applications were received for the APPCAMP, many of which made a high quality case for their inclusion in the program. The Selection Panel (Karilyn Brown (CEO, Performing Lines), Evelyn Richardson (CEO, Live Performance Australia) and Rosemary Hinde (CEO/Executive Producer, Stalker Theatre and Marrugeku) were impressed by the genuine interest demonstrated in working in Asia, from experienced and emerging producers.
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