Kath’s life long passion for the arts has its roots amongst the blue haired students of Newtown High School of Performing Arts and the circus performers of the nineties, throwing flaming whips and breathing fire.
Post life as a performer and choreographer she has been kept busy as a Producer, Production Manager, Company Manager and Festival Creative Producer; including roles with Performing Lines, Platform Youth Theatre, Melbourne Fringe, Arts OutWest and local governments in both Melbourne and Sydney.
She has produced and developed works in a diverse range of contexts; the Coogee Baths, Dullwich Hill Skatepark, Aboriginal communities and school ovals, as well as the more weatherproof arenas of theatres and galleries.
Recently Kath spent three years with the Australia Council directing and reimagining a series of multi art form programs, inspiring creative entrepreneurialism and innovation among artists in the early stages of their careers. As Program Director of ArtStart she was privileged to have assisted the careers of hundreds of artists, some of whom have ended up working with Legs!
She is proud to have been entrusted to lead projects, companies & processes throughout her career that have broken new ground, exceeded expectations & defied gravity.
Skadi began working in arts administration when she joined the talented crew at Mekanarky Studios in 2001. She spent seven years with Mekanarky, doing everything: general administration duties to building studios, hiring spaces out for a variety of arts practice, location shoots for ads and films and running exhibitions that verged on being mini festivals, engaging the audience to experience art in a new way.
Since then, Skadi has set up Salmagundi Studios with her partner, Dillon MacEwan, where she co-directs the space in order to provide affordable studio space for artists of all shapes and sizes. Her passion for facilitating access and connecting people to the right resources – whether it is a book, a space, a person or a performance – has led Skadi to pursue a degree in Librarianship and she is currently perfecting the art of the “SH!”.
Erica McCalman is an Early Career Producer of Balardong, Irish, Cornish and Scottish heritage. Erica returns to Sydney after an amazing 18 months in Melbourne where she was an Associate Producer at Next Wave. Previously in Sydney she has had roles with Performance Space, Blackfella Films, Sydney Festival and the Sydney Opera House.
Her hometown credits include roles with Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Big Day Out and shows in Melbourne Fringe.
Her passion lies with festivals, ambitious, innovative works and live art. Erica is inspired by work which challenges accepted social and cultural constructs, imagines new futures and is particularly drawn to the humorous, the hopeful and the inclusive.
This residency has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.