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CO ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
ROB MCCREDIE and GABRIELLE ROSE
Rob is Co Artistic Director of FLING Physical Theatre with Gabrielle Rose, and has been with fLiNG since 2014. Highlights include Speech, created for Rule of Three in 2015, collaborating with Ensemble Offspring for the Four Winds Festival, the creation and regional tour of We Will Come to the Rescue, presented at Artlands National Regional Arts Conference 2016, and the presentation of Body and Environment in 2018.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Dance from VCA and has performed with Legs on the Wall/ Form Dance Projects, Natalie Cursio Co, and Finucane and Smith, and numerous independent artists. He has created his own work for Next Wave Festival, Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces and DirtyFeet. He has also created set installations for Fiona Bryant and Jo Lloyd, and created work integrating dance and design with collaborators Holly Durant and Tim Newth.
Gabrielle is the current Co Artistic Director of FLING Physical Theatre with Rob McCredie and has been with FLING since 2013. She is inspired by experiences that excite the imagination, ignite joy and ultimately catalyse connection between people. These values have inspired her work with FLING, and as a result she has created and facilitated a broad range of work that has engaged, activated and inspired her regional community.
Gabrielle holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Dance and Theatre Studies) from the University of New South Wales and was a participant in the Solo Performance Residency at Victoria University. In both Australia and the UK Gabrielle has presented her own choreographic work, facilitated learning and making processes, worked as a performer and produced events that served as a platform for other dance artists. Gabrielle was also recipient of the Wilma Firth Award for outstanding achievement in Dance Education.
DANCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Gabriela Green Olea
Gabriela graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 and is based in Regional NSW. She is the Dance Development Officer of FLING Physical Theatre and has both performed and assisted in the choreography of full length works alongside Co Artistic Directors Gabrielle Rose and Rob McCredie. As a dancer Gabriela has worked with Ngioka Bunda-Heath, Rebecca Hilton, Hydra Poesis Dance Company and has performed overseas with the Ensemble BewegGrund Dance Company, an Inclusive Dance Company located in Trier, Germany. In 2017, Gabriela was awarded Create NSW’s Young Regional Artist Scholarship and began research rich in social practice, which has informed her work with the community in Bega, including with First Nation Artists, dancers with and without disabilities and local regional artists. She presented her first choreographic work in 2018 at the This is Not Art festival in Newcastle.
After discovering backstage theatre in her teens Anne went on to train in Stage Management, Lighting and Sound at the then Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide. On graduating she travelled to Scotland where she spent 10 years working in lighting at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, touring with Scottish Opera and finally as Deputy Electrician/ Technical Training Tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Relocating to the Bega Valley in 2005 with a young family Anne held a variety of jobs before joining the FLING team as bookkeeper in 2013. As Production Coordinator Anne now combines all her skills and experience to manage the smooth running of the office and support productions in anyway possible, from managing Front of House to Lighting Design and anywhere in between.
The FLING Company at Four Winds Festival, Image Ben Marden
FLING BOARD MEMBERS
Emma Hibbert - (BA Theatre, Grad Dip Ed. MA Ed.) - Chair
Emma is an experienced manager, producer and educator, and has worked for Sydney Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir. Now teaching Drama at a secondary college, she brings to the board professional industry experience and a creative and pragmatic approach to production and theatre.
Kassowari Fenton - Deputy Chair
Kass Fenton is an Artist, Performer, Arts Administrator and has worked extensively in the Community Sector. She is an independent consultant for the art sector. Kass Fenton holds a Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences from the University of Canberra, ACT. She has performed locally in the Bega Valley with Theatre Onset and fLiNG Physical Theatre. Her work in Arts Administration extends to Crossroad Community Art(QLD), Bega Valley Council and the Bega Valley Performing Arts Network. Within the Community Sector Kass has worked as a Case Manager with Brighter Futures, Bega Valley Council, with Tulgeen Disability Services and South East Women and Children’s Services.
Faith Maclennan - Chartered Accountant - Treasurer
Faith has worked in the Bega Valley as an accountant for nearly ten years. Faith has always had a love for dance with her childhood aspirations to be a dancer. Instead she followed her other interest in accountancy and completed the Chartered Accountants program in 2013. Over the time she has worked in audit and taxation.
Belinda Rosenbaum - Secretary
Belinda is an artist with a background in design and arts administration. In 2016 she initiated the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, a team of local artists and arts workers that facilitate art workshops and creative projects such as the Ephemeral Festival with Panboola Wetlands. Prior to this, she worked with The Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Port Macquarie) in the development and delivery of children’s activities and public programs. She was commissioned by the Bega Valley Shire Council to create the mural Dream Swim for the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in 2014, and the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club in 2016 for the mural The Mob & Moonbeams.
Jen Hughes, a long time resident of Merimbula, has years of intertwining her spare time with the arts through her involvement in theatre, teaching yoga, and competing in speech and debate. In her professional work, she is an experienced business leader and recruitment specialist with a passion for marketing and sales. In the arts: Prior to her debut in locally produced Prix D’Amour in 2010 with Spectrum Theatre Group of Merimbula, she spent her youth competing in drama, prose, and impromptu and in 2004, was one of 12 coaches on a high school speech & debate team. Jen has since had an opportunity to direct a one-act play, be a board member with Spectrum Theatre Group, and teach adult Yoga in the area. She loves to draw from all of her work & volunteer experiences to drive growth, create high value for her colleagues, and motivate people to unite. She loves the art of creating and producing high quality performances for both youth and adults alike.
As a music educator, composer and performer with more than twenty years experience, Kristy is a dedicated supporter of all the Arts and strongly believes in the importance of artistic expression and creativity in our lives. Ever since her (impromptu) childhood debut on harmonica during the wedding vows of a distant relative, Kristy has worked tirelessly to bring music into the worlds of those around her. In her spare time she is an award-winning songwriter, a successful film score and music theatre composer, involved in community theatre, as well as being a lounge-room dance enthusiast.
Marianna is a business person, educator and advocate of kids' freedom of self-expression. She grew up in the Bega Valley in a time when performance opportunities and the arts culture were lacking, so was delighted, when she returned with young family, to discover a strong and established arts organisation in FLING. Marianna lives simply on life’s basics, happy to combine her indulgences of literature, music and theatre with her commitment to the fling board.
The FLING Company in Body and Environment, Image Andrew Norman