SUE BENNER SPEECHES

CURATED BY SUE BENNER

Disruption. Friend or Foe? 

 
Join Metro Arts former CEO Sue Benner in the Sue Benner Theatre for a morning of performances and inspiring speeches as we question disruption; managing it, having fun with it and falling over it. Guest speakers include Cathy Hunt, Fraser Corfield and more!
 
Performances include: 
Goories in the House by Lafe Charlton & Roxanne McDonald
Roxanne & Lafe will present a performance of poetry and extracts from plays by Indigenous writers. Through performance they will present perspectives on Australian society and First Nations’ people. Roxanne and Lafe have collaborated to present this short contribution to show their respect for the role Metro Arts has played for over 40 years in the Brisbane Artistic landscape. 
 
Future Ancestors by Naavikaran  (Voices of Colour), Ethan Enoch-Barlow (Digi Youth Arts), and Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi (Conscious Mic)
Future Ancestors follows the journey of three spoken word artists (Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, Naavikaran) traversing the intricacies and various intersectional issues within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities- forging a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people.

KEY CREATIVES

Sue Benner – Curator
Guest speakers include Cathy Hunt, Fraser Corfield and Dr Emma Lindsay!

DATES

11am – 12:30pm, 9 February 2020

WHERE

Sue Benner Theatre
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $10 + booking fee

THE CURATOR

Sue Benner

Sue Benner has been involved in professional and community theatre since 1958. Although she has veered onto other tracks such as dentistry, nursing, fast food and teaching, the magic, and the struggle, of the arts always lured her back.

Her 60-year journey has included:

  • developing Community and Youth Theatre on the Sunshine Coast,
  • a Masters Degree at QUT
  • administration of the National Association for Drama Education,
  • professionalisation of Playlab Inc. and Playlab Press
  • finally docking in the warm embrace of that much beloved vessel, Metro Arts

On retiring from Metro Ars and moving to Tasmania Sue has focused on writing and directing, including:

  • a portfolio of site-specific interpretive scripts for the Port Arthur Historical Authority
  • a tryptic of short plays for mature-aged performers
  • Chairing the Tasmanian Theatre Company and directing two seasons of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in a heritage site

2020 sees her back in Queensland and looking forward to a new decade – hopefully as creative and exciting as the last six have been.

 

THE SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS

Fraser Corfield

Fraser is a director, dramaturge and the Artistic Director of Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), the national youth
theatre company. He has over twenty years experience in the development and presentation of theatre with and for young
people and has worked in collaboration with leading companies, festivals and venues across Australia and internationally.
Fraser has been the Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts (Qld), Riverland Youth Theatre (SA) and the Associate Director
of La Boite Theatre (Qld).

He has spent much of his career involved in commissioning and developing new work. Scripts and productions he has
initiated have won most of Australia’s performing arts awards including Helpmann, AWGIE, Sydney Theatre and Sidney Myer
Awards amongst others. Fraser has directed over 50 productions that have performed across Australia as well as the UK,
Japan, Canada, South Africa and the USA.

Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay’s paintings explore personal encounters with Earth’s disappearing species and environments, researched through direct fieldwork and archive data sourced in the fields of art, science, and history.

Lindsay’s twenty-nine Extinction Flock PhD paintings were exhibited at the 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane, acquired by the University of Queensland Art Collection. Winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Lindsay’s recent Brisbane solo show Life On Earth (Metro Arts) was supported by The Dean Collection St(Art)Up Grant. Lindsay’s paintings are held in public and private collections nationally and overseas.

Cathy Hunt

Cathy is a cultural strategist, and as co-founder and director of consultancy company Positive Solutions has worked across Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and in the UK. She is also the Executive Director of cultural enterprise Of One Mind, producers of the WOW (Women of the World) Festivals in Australia in partnership with the global WOW Foundation. Cathy is also an advisory board member of the Foundation. WOW allows women and girls, boys and men to imagine a gender equal world through a cultural program of both celebration and interrogation of contemporary life. Following the success of WOW as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cathy will lead a team to develop and deliver WOW Australia in Brisbane from 2020-2022.

Cathy is a Board member of Screen Queensland; on the Advisory Board of the Yunus Centre for Social Business at Griffith University and also Executive in Residence in the University Business School.

Ethan Enoch-Barlow

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

Naavikaran

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.