Prima Donna Podcast
9 - Sue Ingleton

9 - Sue Ingleton

February 28, 2019

Writer, actor, comedian, architect, and celebrant Suzanne Ingleton comes from a tradition of theatre, sacred ritual and spiritual shamanism. She has created solo and collaborative performance works in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years and is particularly vocal about the constant erasure of women's stories and the work they are required to do consistently to overcome adversity.

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8 - Liz Jones

8 - Liz Jones

February 28, 2019

Actor and teacher Dr Elizabeth Jones has been the Artistic Director of La Mama Theatre since 1976. For 20 year prior she was a teacher of English, History, Drama, and Politics in Australia and Indonesia. She has worked over many years as an advocate for refugees and First Nation's peoples, and is invested in La Mama being a place of support for minority and independent artists. 

7 - Duré Dara

7 - Duré Dara

February 28, 2019

Percussionist, social worker, and Board Member of the Victorian Women's Trust, Duré Dara OAM is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth, and Australian by choice. A proponent of spontaneous and improvised music for more than 40 years, she is well known for her work as a percussionist with the late David Tolley and in the Brian Brown Quintet. She worked alongside Stephanie Alexander in the 1990s and as a social worker before that. She's passionate about women and girls having access to education and opportunities in the arts.  

 

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6 - Elizabeth Drake

6 - Elizabeth Drake

July 21, 2018

Classical pianist and composer Elizabeth Drake creates original music for theatre, film, dance, and radio. She was the first woman to win an AFI award for screen composotion, for her score from the 2003 film 'Japanese Story'. 

5 - Shirley McKechnie

5 - Shirley McKechnie

July 21, 2018

Shirley McKechnie is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She founded the first tertiary dance course in Australia at Rusden College (Deakin University) in 1975 and has written extensively on dance and dance education. She was a co-founder of the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE), now Ausdance, has been a professorial fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 1987 was awarded an Order of Australia. 

4 - Jo Jo Smith

4 - Jo Jo Smith

July 21, 2018

Born in New Zealand, Jo Jo Smith is a soul songer, songwriter, guitarist, and drummer. She was the first woman to perform at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival in the 1980s. In 2017 she performed 50 show with fellow songwriter Lucy Thorne, celebrating 50 years as a professional performing artist.

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3 - Sandra Shotlander

3 - Sandra Shotlander

March 6, 2018

Feminist playwright, actor, and teacher Sandra Shotlander is a regular feature at Melbourne's La Mama Theatre, and at Women Playwrights International conferences around the world. She has founded several theatre companies including Mime and Mumbles deaf theatre group, and believes strongly in the importance of women creating their own narrative and telling their own stories. 

2 - Robin Laurie

2 - Robin Laurie

March 6, 2018

Performance artist Robin Laurie was heavily involved in the infamous Melbourne Pram Factory in the 1960s and 70s, was a founding member of the first Women's Circus in Victoria, as well as Circus Oz. She's a trombone playing, Feldenkrais practicing legend who believes comedy is vital for survival.

1 - Joyce McGrath

1 - Joyce McGrath

March 6, 2018

Joyce McGrath is a 92 year old portrait painter. She was the first arts librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and received a Churchilll Fellowship to travel to arts libraries around the world and investigate their collections. Joyce spent years in hospital as a child with tuberculosis - she emerged with a lfelong love of colour, an incredible sense of humour, and enormous passion and drive for the arts.