Mi-kaisha MasellaAAA-Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholar
Chenoa DeemalAAA Indigenous Arts Scholar
Nicholas SmithAAA-AFNGA AusArt Scholar
Jasmine PilcherAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Leticia RopertAAA Arts Fund Scholar
John QuirkAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Lucy O’Brien-EnglishAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Meg WhiteAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Julian DayAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Graham AkhurstAAA-Nomad Two Worlds Foundation Indigenous Arts Scholar
Darlene JohnsonAAA-AISF Scholar
Helena DongAAA-AUSFF Scholar
Amanda NicholsAAA-AUSFF Scholar
Lucy Ashley (Wanapuygnu)AAA Indigenous Arts Scholar
Thomas KellyAAA Indigenous Arts Scholar
William GardinerAAA Arts Fund ScholarWilliam Gardiner is an Australian composer currently studying at the Yale School of Music, where he is mentored by David Lang. In addition to formal studies, he has also worked in sound engineering and electronic production with Ben Frost at Bedroom Community/Greenhouse Studios Iceland, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.In 2017 he was commissioned by the composer John Adams and his partner Deborah O’Grady to write a cello concerto for the Berkeley Symphony and cellist Tessa Seymour, to celebrate Adams’ 70th birthday year. Also in 2017, the LA-based chamber ensemble wild Up premiered ALL IS FOR THE BEST—a video opera co-created with DRELLER, and still under development—as part of The Industry’s First Take 2017program.
Courtenay ClearyAAA Arts Fund ScholarCourtenay is currently on scholarship at The Juilliard School in New York where she is completing her Master of Music degree with violin professor Naoko Tanaka. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. In 2018 Courtenay again performed for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She has also performed as a soloist at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. She recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to give the Australian premiere of David Lang’s Mystery Sonatas. She is a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.
Benjamin HeimAAA Arts Fund ScholarBen Heim is an Australian composer and creative technologist currently based in New York City. His work spans contemporary classical music, film scoring, live immersive experiences, audiovisual performance, and virtual reality. He has composed music for banking apps in the UK, virtual reality games in Australia, documentaries in New York, audiovisual mapping works in Iceland, and for contemporary classical ensembles across the world. In his audiovisual installations Heim creates dynamic systems in which strong two-way connections are forged between auditory and visual components. This produces synesthetic experiences as crosstalk between the senses multiplies. Heim's works have been performed across Europe, Australia and the USA in events such as Tallinn Music week (Estonia) and Splice Festival (UK). He has collaborated with many organisations to create immersive events, including the London Contemporary Orchestra, and at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.
Angela LittleAAA Arts Fund ScholarAngela Little is a screen composer from Sydney, Australia. Her first major credit was Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia”, for which she composed Additional Music and co-wrote and sang the film’s love song, which was nominated for numerous national and international awards. Since then, Angela has lent her talents to a diverse range of projects, including collaborating with Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami as a vocal soloist on 2016 blockbuster “Gods of Egypt” and composing the score for AACTA-nominated feature documentary “Zach’s Ceremony”, which also won the audience award for Best Documentary at both Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals in 2016.
Belle BassinAAA Arts Fund Scholar
Belle Bassin has exhibited work at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne; and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, among others.
Zoe FreisburgAAA Arts Fund ScholarZoe commenced her violin studies at the age of four under the direction of her mother, Helena Munoz. After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michele Walsh, she studied at the Australian National Academy of Music under Dr. Robin Wilson.A passionate solo performer, Zoe has appeared as a soloist in Sibelius’s Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s A Major Concerto with Orchestra Victoria.In addition to her concerto performances, Zoe is a devoted recitalist touring to China in 2016 with renowned UK pianist Alexander Ullman.A recipient of numerous awards, Zoe has won the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition and the Australian Classical Music Competition. She was also selected as a finalist in the Freedman Fellowships and in Symphony Australia’s Young Performer’s Awards.In 2018, Zoe commenced a Performer Diploma at Indiana University. This course will allow Zoe to study with one of the world’s best violin pedagogues, Mauricio Fuks as well as experiencing IU’s ability of creating excellent and well-rounded artists.
Svetlana BaileyAAA Arts Fund ScholarTouched by occasions that are silently dissonant, that with a different context seem surreal, Svetlana Bailey builds installations and photographs what she terms in-camera collage. Born in St Petersburg in 1984, Svetlana is represented by Artereal Gallery Sydney and has been an artist in residence at the ISCP in New York, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Mountain School in Los Angeles. Her work is held in the Australian Government’s Artbank collection and the Library of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and for the last two years running was awarded the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward prize. Svetlana received her BFA from UNSW and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. The AAA grant will support Svetlana in a four week residency at the Vermont Studio Center where she will experiment with mediums in large scale drawings as part of a new body of work.
Celeste Cebra KotevichAAA Arts Fund ScholarCéleste Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia and the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award from the National Art School, Sydney. In 2016 she undertook a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2017 Cebra unveiled a series created during her residency for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis. She's a 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalist and a Fisher’s Ghost Award finalist. Cebra is a MFA candidate in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Daniel LeAAA Arts Fund ScholarAustralian pianist and American Australian Association 2018 Arts Fund Scholar, Daniel Tang Le, has enjoyed an international career spanning four continents. Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Daniel received a music scholarship to the Melbourne Grammar School at the age of eleven. By fourteen, he attended the Australian National Academy of Music Young Academy Program and gave his first live radio performances on the Australian Broadcasting Company and 3MBS. After Daniel’s debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015, he was immediately re-engaged for two consecutive seasons. Other performances have brought Daniel to venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Melbourne Recital Center, Queensland Performing Arts Theatre, and Lyric Theatre in Australia, Waseda University in Japan, and Engadin Summer Piano Academy in Switzerland. Currently based in New York City, Daniel is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music
Ashleigh McArthurAAA Arts Fund ScholarAshleigh McArthur is a filmmaker currently pursuing an M.F.A in Documentary Film at Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. Her first student film, Pat’s Studio, premiered at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art with the Antenna Documentary Festival and screened at festivals in Australia and the US. Prior to her filmmaking career Ashleigh spent eight years in the Australian foreign service, where she contributed to public policy on security, human rights and climate change and represented Australia in Solomon Islands, Mexico and the US.
Alice HeywardAAA Arts Fund ScholarAlice Heyward is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Her choreographic work has been presented at Dancehouse, Melbourne (Keir Choreographic Award), Murray White Room (Melbourne), Sophiensaele (Tanztage festival, Berlin), Kunsthaus KuLe (Performing Arts Festival, Berlin), adastudio at Uferstudios (Berlin), Next Wave festival (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), The Watermill Center (USA), RMIT Design Hub (Melbourne), MPavilion (Melbourne) and PSAS (Perth). This year, Alice is performing Xavier Le Roy’s Still Untitled and Temporary Title (2015) at the Centre National de la Danse - Pantin (Paris)and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and is collaborating with Jacqui Shelton for an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne). She will soon commence a new creation process with New York-based Cypriot choreographer Maria Hassabi. Alice is about to commence a Klein Technique ™ Teacher Certification program with Susan Klein in NYC with the support of the American Australian Association.
Alberta KhouryAAA Arts Fund ScholarCurrently residing in NYC, Khoury began her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School with 2-time Grammy award winner Sharon Isbin, awarded a full scholarship by the Augustine Foundation. Now completing her Master of Music degree in Juilliard’s Accelerated Program, she serves as a Student Ambassador for Juilliard. Khoury enjoys pursuing her project Music in Every Corner, playing music in the offices as well as various parts of the building to bring music to the staff and community. Other community engagement experiences include her collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta, performing music at a homeless shelter. Khoury was invited to present a talk on community engagement as well as share a performance at the Lincoln Center all-staff meeting, Kaplan Penthouse. She has been heard at an event honoring Placido Domingo graced by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at the Metropolitan Club. Khoury is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Caroline GarciaAAA-AFNGA AusArt Scholar
Alexandra RigbyAAA Arts Fund ScholarAtlantic Acting SchoolResearch Interest: Acting
Victor AvilaAAA Arts Fund ScholarCarnegie Mellon UniversityResearch Interest: Master of MusicVictor began his tertiary violin studies with Goetz Richter and Ole Bohn at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 and graduated with First Class Honours.In July 2015 Victor participated in a tour to Italy with the Sydney Conservatorium where he performed in a piano trio which gave recitals in Verona and Mantua.Victor was selected as part of an internship with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra of Australia to perform Puccini's La Boheme at the Hanoi Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam. Victor is now a casual violinist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Victor has given solo recitals at international venues including the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway. The American-Australian Arts Fund will assist Victor in his study towards a Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.
Philippa KaneAAA Arts Fund ScholarQUTResearch Interest: Drama
For BeFrank Theatre Company she produced a tour for the British Forces in Germany. This was the first ever theatrical tour of it’s kind. She has also worked with The Reversed Shakespeare Company, producing a sell-out run of a gender-reversed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Her other experience includes working with Half Moon Children’s Theatre, Icarus Theatre Collective and DumbWise Theatre Company.
Justin SterlingAAA Arts Fund ScholarParsons School of DesignResearch Interest: Visual Artist MFAI am a visual artist from Texas currently based in Brooklyn. I attended the Parsons School of Design in NYC for an MFA in Fine Arts and graduated in May 2017. I make art out of found objects from cities. I explore how everyday objects shape our social behavior through history and politics. My aim is to unravel the way we view power, authority, and control by revealing various truths about urban ecosystems and American poverty. Many of my artistic propositions include interventions in public as well as the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, and performance. Much of the work has an underlying tone of violence that I use to create tension inside of the status quo and challenge my audience to think critically. It has always come naturally to me to collect neglected objects and attempt to recycle them. I choose to recycle an object based on its metaphorical or institutional significance, attempting to give them new life and reclaim them from their socio-political censor. In my process, I embrace, provoke, and appropriate to explore the ways violence and risk have a stake in what it means to be a responsible citizen.
Cat CommanderAAA Arts Fund ScholarMount St. Mary's UniversityResearch Interest: Film and Television MFACat is a writer and film maker from Perth, Western Australia. She has a Master of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (2013) and is currently a student in the Film and Television MFA program at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Cat’s play, The Last Time I Saw Richard, premiered at The Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide in 2016. Previous work, You Took The Stars was performed in Perth and Melbourne (2014/2015), following Red Stitch Theatre featuring her short play, Melting, in Play List (2014). Cat holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Australia (2004). Cat is thrilled to have the opportunity to adapt her stage works for the big screen.
Paul HodgeDame Joan Sutherland FundNew YorkResearch Interest: Writer-composer Mentorship with Alain BoublilPaul Hodge is a writer-composer from Brisbane. His recent work, CLINTON THE MUSICAL, was performed Off-Broadway, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, in London and Edinburgh and will have its Australian Premiere in 2016 at Black Swan State Theatre Company. CLINTON received a New York Times Critics Pick and nominations for Best New Musical and Best Book of a Musical in New York and Edinburgh. His other large-scale work, TERRA AUSTRALIS, was shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Drama Award 2012-13. He is about to complete a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Queensland. Awards include the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship, Margaret Nickson Prize and 4MBS Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize.
Liesl PfefferDame Joan Sutherland FundVermont Studio Center, VermontResearch Interest: Visual ArtistLiesl Pfeffer is a visual artist from Brisbane, Australia, living in Brooklyn, NY. In her art practice she constructs imagined and real places and objects through photo-media collage. She holds a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art (2005). Pfeffer was resident at The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada (2015), The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (2014) and in August 2016 will be resident at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, supported by the Australian American Association’s Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. Recently she exhibited at Ortega y Gasset, Wassaic Project, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Trestle Projects and Chashama (all New York, USA). Pfeffer was a mentor in the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program in 2015.
Lani AsuncionDame Joan Sutherland FundBilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, New South WhalesResearch Interest: Visual ArtistLani Asuncion is an interdisciplinary artist working with transmedia storytelling to explore her identity as an Asian American woman. She is an artist-in-residence alumna of Caldera Arts Center, I-Park, CAC Woodside, Elsewhere Living Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives (BigCi). Asuncion’s work has been screened in Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM. As well as Nights of Festivals: Moving Image at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; and was included in Aspect EZ: Vol. 4, Déjà Vu a DVD printing by ASPECT: The Chronicle for New Media in Boston, MA. Her work was included in Another Athens Film Programme at SUPERMARKET Independent Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden hosted by Interviewroom11 (Edinburgh) & SNEHTA (Athens).
James StuartDame Joan Sutherland FundSchool of Visual Arts, New YorkResearch Interest: Documentary Film MakerJames Stuart is a multi-disciplinary documentary filmmaker coming from a strong background in graphic design and musical performance. Having grown up abroad, between Australia, the United States, Indonesia and Europe, James Possesses a unique perspective. More than anything, this immersion in different cultures informs his practice. James is currently developing his abilities as a nonfiction-storyteller at the School of Visual Arts MFA in Social Documentary in New York City. He is currently working to explore the possibilities at the intersection of different disciplines, where design and motion graphics can meet documentary filmmaking and enable new possibilities for non-fiction storytelling. James hold a bachelor of Visual Communications with first class honours from the University of Technology Sydney.
Kieran SwannDame Joan Sutherland FundWesleyan University, ConnecticutResearch Interest: CuratorKieran Swann is an artist, curator, producer, and facilitator; with a background in both performance and visual art. His work for gallery spaces manifests as spare, minimalist gestures or tasks; always site-responsive and often to reframe or bring into focus the history of sites or bodies, and create a space for meditation on these. In experimental theatre and contemporary performance, Kieran collaborates with The Good Room, creators of I Should Have Drunk More Champagne (Metro Arts 2013), I Want To Know What Love Is (Brisbane Festival/QTC 2014, Brisbane Powerhouse 2015), and the forthcoming The Forgiveness Project (working title) – a body of contemporary work acclaimed for accessibility, innovative process, striking imagery, and meaningful community engagement. He has created work with Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Powerhouse, Next Wave, La Boite Theatre, Conical Inc, Schoolhouse Studios.His body of work has received national acclaim; ABC Radio has described his work as “nothing short of brilliant”, and RealTime has noted him a “fabulous liar in a mundane world”. In 2016, Kieran has received a fellowship for postgraduate study at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, in Connecticut USA.
Clare and MattDame Joan Sutherland FundWatermill Center, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistsMatt Prest and Clare Britton have individual arts practices that traverse performance and visual art. They have a history of working together on a number of significant collaborative projects. These works include the award winning productions Whelping Box (with Branch Nebula), Hole in the Wall and The Tent. As a partnership, Clare and Matt aim to make work that puts the 'experience' on an equal footing with the 'object' of the artwork. Clare and Matt work within an interdisciplinary, experimental process, reinforced by strategies of design and collaboration. The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund will support their upcoming residency at The Watermill Centre.
Bridget MackeyDame Joan Sutherland FundUniversity of Southern California, CaliforniaResearch Interest: ScreenwritingBridget Mackey is a Melbourne playwright and dramaturg. Bridget’s play The Exact Dimensions of Hell was read at the Melbourne Theatre Company as part of Cybec Electric 2016. Other plays by Bridget include: Exit Everything (with Georgie McAuley, Little Sister Projects 2015), Kindness (Flight Festival 2015) and Hose (MKA 2012). Bridget is a founding member of Lonely Company and is Literary Manager for five.point.one. She has worked as a dramaturg on a number of projects including Blessed by Fleur Kilpatrick and The Lake by Ben Brooker. In 2014 Bridget undertook a dramaturgy internship with Playwriting Australia at the Melbourne Theatre Company. Bridget holds a Master of Writing for Performance from the VCA (2013) and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Acting) from Flinders University (2007).
Amelia WallinDame Joan Sutherland FundCenter for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New YorkResearch Interest: CuratorAmelia Wallin is an Australian curator and current MA candidate at The Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York. In 2015 she was the Curatorial Fellow at Performa working on the inaugural Australian ‘Pavilion Without Walls’ and was in-residence at Wassaic Projects (NY) researching alternative curatorial models and writing practices. Amelia has held positions at numerous Sydney organisations including Biennale of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Performance Space, Vivid Ideas, and Performing Lines. She was co-curator of Tiny Stadiums Live Art Festival (2012-14) and has been involved in the set up and directing of several artist-run-spaces; Firstdraft (2012-13), Sydney Guild (2012-14) and The Paper Mill (2009-11). She holds a Bachelor of Art & Art Theory from the University of New South Wales.
Liang LuscombeDame Joan Sutherland FundVirginia Commonwealth UniversityResearch Interest: Master of Fine Art Liang was the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP Mentorship in 2013 and was mentored by Angela Brennan. She has also held residencies at the Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013 and PICA Studio Residency in 2011. She is currently undertaking her Masters of Fine Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA.Recent solo exhibitions include: Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014; Non in Casa, 157 Blyth St, Melbourne, 2013; Bauhaus Fisher Price, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2012. Selected group exhibitions include: Footnotes, The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, 2015; No fond return of love, I.C.A.N., Sydney, 2014; Dear Masato, all at once, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; brimming dissolution, buoyant expenditure, RM, Auckland, 2014; Synonyms for Sincerity, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 2013; Please be quiet, The British School at Rome, Rome, 2013; Navel Gazing, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Fresh Paint, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2012; Ménage a Trois, XYZ Gallery Tokyo, 2012.
Samantha McCullochDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistSamantha McCulloch is currently undertaking a three-month residency at the NARS Foundation in New York City. She is trained as an artist and curator and has exhibited in Australia and abroad. She was selected as one of Next Wave Festival’s emerging curators and curated a multi-site exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. Recent exhibitions include: Ground(s), c3, 2016; Concerted Efforts, Westspace, 2015 and From where I was, The Substation Gallery, 2015. Practice traces interactions between matter and site. Her photographs and sculptures explore the world as a series of becomings, a mesh of human, animal and plant interactions.
Lucy TurnbullDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & SculptureResearch Interest: Master of Fine ArtsLucy has a background in drawing and painting, she studied at Adelaide Central School of Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art, Honours in 2010. She has exhibited in galleries and public spaces around Australia and locally, including Victoria Square, Adelaide Festival Centre, Praxis Artspace and Adelaide Central Gallery.Lucy is also passionate about teaching and has worked for a number of organisations, most recently as Artist Assistant at Carclew's Pom Pom Children's Contemporary Art Space in Davoren Park and a Drawing lecturer at Adelaide Central School of Art in Glenside.Lucy will be undertaking a Masters of Fine Art at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Christy GastDame Joan Sutherland FundPerformance Studies International Conference, VictoriaResearch Interest: Visual ArtistChristy Gast (New York) is an artist whose work across media reflects an interest in issues of economics and the environment, and the role of content in giving meaning to the experience and form of the work. She has exhibited at MoMA/P.S.1, Performa, Artists Space and Regina Rex in New York; PAMM, Bass Museum of Art, de la Cruz Collection, Locust Projects, and Gallery Diet in Miami; Mass MoCA; High Desert Test Sites; and the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris. She has received awards from the Art Matters Foundation and the South Florida Cultural Consortium, and is faculty at Hartford Art School’s new Nomad9 MFA program.
Nicholas VardanegaDame Joan Sutherland FundNYUResearch Interest: Masters in MusicNominated for "Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2015 Bell Awards, guitarist/composer Nic Vardanega is an emerging voice on the Australian jazz scene. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Nic has been a sought after musician, performing with Australian Jazz icon Mike Nock as well as being a regular member of rising star pianist Francesca Prihasti’s Quartet.Nic has recorded alongside first call New York City musicians including drummers Ulysses Owens Jr and Rodney Green as well as bassists Orlando le Fleming and Marco Panascia. His debut album ‘Invenro’ was released in late 2014 to critical acclaim. The album featured all original compositions by Vardanega and explored music influenced by his Italian heritage.
Persia Blue TollDame Joan Sutherland FundSITI Conservatory, NYCResearch Interest: ActressPersia Blue is an Australian actress of both screen and stage. She has studied with the Atlantic Acting School- New York, SITI company- Saratoga and Ensemble Studios- Australia. Theatre work includes: Charitable Intent- The Jack Manning Trilogy (Ensemble Theatre) Grace Land and Asleep on the Wind (Operating Theatre) Stairwell (Old Fitzroy Theatre), Telling Tales (HGR) Hayes Gordon Repertory Theatre Company’s Theatre in Education Shakespeare Program: Love, Death and a Little Madness NSW tour: 2009 and 2010. Australian television credits: Home and Away (Network Seven), Dance Academy (ABC), Housos Series 2 (SBS). Australian feature films: Housos Vs Authority and Fat Pizza Vs Housos.Persia’s short films including: Circe (Dungog Film Festival 2010), A Broadband God, Report (Pop Films Australia), 2012 (NAFA)
Emma CillekensDame Joan Sutherland FundStudio 20: Digital FirstResearch Interest: Masters in Arts (Journalism)When Emma Cillekens found out talking too much could become a career she was sold!Emma is a radio presenter from Queensland, Australia, who has had a rich career across many facets of the media including radio, television, print and online. Most recently she’s worked for national public radio broadcaster, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) as breakfast radio host. She’s presented breakfast, morning, drive and weekend programs to a local and state audience and has provided content to a national and international audience. She has freelanced for the BBC and several other media organisations.Emma has always had a nose for adventure, so when NYU (New York University) offered her a scholarship to be part of the prestigious Studio 20: Digital First master’s degree she jumped at it.
Chelsea GilesDame Joan Sutherland FundUniversity of California, Los AngelesResearch Interest: Masters in Fine ArtsBorn and raised in Sydney, Australia, Chelsea Giles is a self-professed storyteller and rising Australian talent. A string of roles on some of Australia's most loved programs in combination with a drive to continually improve her skills saw Chelsea win a lead role in her first feature film at 16. While still in High School, she achieved associate diplomas in both Performance, and Speech and Drama teaching from the Trinity College of London. After working with acting coaches Ivana Chubbuck, Howard Fine, and Elizabeth Kemp, Chelsea commenced a Masters of Fine Arts (Theatre) at UCLA’s School of Film, Theatre, and Television with the support of the DJSF in 2016.
Ashley CarterDame Joan Sutherland FundNorthwestern UniversityResearch Interest: Masters in MusicAshley Carter was born in Mt Isa in central Queensland, Australia, and began playing the Trombone at age 12. Learning from his Grandfather, after only playing for 3 years, Ashley was awarded his Associate Diploma in Music (A.mus.A) at the age of 15 from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).After graduating from Shalom Catholic College in Bundaberg he moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Music Performance and Graduate Diploma of Music Studies with Benjamin Marks (ELISION) and Jason Redman (Principal Trombone, Queensland Symphony Orchestra) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. In 2012 Ashley moved to Melbourne, Australia, to commence his first year at The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the instruction of Michael Bertoncello, Trombone player of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Ashley has been involved in a number of youth ensembles including the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Tasmania Discovery Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestras. Ashley has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the New South Wales Police Band.
Carly GraceDame Joan Sutherland FundSeattle, WAResearch Interest: Visual Thinking Strategies Advanced PracticumCarly Grace is an artist and visual arts educator based in Melbourne, Australia. She specialises in interpretation education and has an extensive experience in designing and delivering diverse education and public programs within museums, community arts and diverse educational settings. She is currently the Education Manager at Heide Museum of Modern Art where she specialises in training educators in Visual Thinking Strategies. Carly’s formal qualifications include a Master in Cultural Heritage Deakin University, Diploma of Education (Secondary, Visual Art) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Monash University. Her philosophy for visual arts’ education is connecting people with the opportunities that art making and engagement in art culture can have in enriching their lives.
Ann CarewDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York International Music FestivalResearch Interest: MusicianAnn Carew is a young musician from Brisbane, Australia. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science, at the University of Queensland. She is majoring in violin performance, and has recently travelled with them to New York to take part in the New York University Winter Strings Conference. On violin, she is a member of the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony and the UQ Symphony Orchestra as well as playing in many chamber ensembles around Brisbane. The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund will support her upcoming tour to America with the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra, to take part in the 2017 New York International Music Festival held at Carnegie Hall.
Michael GreblaDame Joan Sutherland FundNew England ConservatoryResearch Interest: Masters in Music CompositionMichael is a composer from Perth Western Australia and has recently commence a Masters of Music at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Michael was awarded the 2016 General Sir John Monash Scholarship and received a merit based entry scholarship to NEC, which in addition to the DJSF grant support his studies in Boston. He studied a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours at the University of Western Australia. During his time at UWA, Michael received the JM Wolff, Knight and WA Wagner Society’s Bayreuth music scholarships and was awarded the Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence by the University. Before leaving for Boston, Michael was the founder and director of “Music at St George’s College”, an extremely successful chamber music initiative based in Perth.
Jason WingDame Joan Sutherland FundResidency at International Studio & Curatorial Program, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistJason is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Calling into question our understanding of history and of our current socio-political reality, Wing repurposes everyday objects and imagery, creating works that are both visually confronting and deceptively simple. Jason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Graphic Design, Sydney Graphics College. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Isabelle FreemanDame Joan Sutherland FundMannes College, The New School for Music, New YorkResearch Interest: SopranoIsabelle is a soprano from Perth, currently studying at Mannes College in New York City. Isabelle completed a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During her first year at Mannes, Isabelle was accepted into the Young Artist opera program, performing scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff (Alice), and the roles of Ciesca and Alms Collector in a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi & Suor Angelica. In 2014 Isabelle was an Emerging Young Artist with the West Australian Opera, and was the recipient of the Bendat Scholarship.
Bridget BalodisDame Joan Sutherland FundElevator Repair Service Theater, New YorkResearch Interest: DirectorBridget trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. She is interested in new Australian writing and is co-director of experimental theatre company NO SHOW. In 2014 she was part of the MTC’s Women Directors Program. She has presented work with Next Wave Festival, La Mama and NORPA and been assistant director on work at the Malthouse, STC and with Bell Shakespeare.
Morgan BalfourDame Joan Sutherland FundElevator Repair Service Theater, New YorkResearch Interest: SingerMorgan graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance, Classical Voice. Roles performed include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Sandrina from selections of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. Her concert experience comprises of the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Soprano I in Bach’s Magnificat, and Britten’s War Requiem.
Elizabeth NowellDame Joan Sutherland FundBrooklyn Museum, New YorkResearch Interest: Curator & WriterLiz is an independent curator, writer and project manager. She has worked for a diverse range of arts organizations including Country Arts SA, College of Fine Arts and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. Currently she lectures in Contemporary Curatorial Practice at Sydney College of the Arts and manages a number of artist studios. Last year she co-presented SafARI, a major fringe exhibition of the Biennale of Sydney.
Shanie KlasDame Joan Sutherland FundNorthwestern University, IllinoisResearch Interest: PercussionistEven before walking, Shanie would use kitchen utensils as sticks, and her brother's head as a drum. Shanie was destined to be a percussionist. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Music on full scholarship from Monash University where she won the concerto competition in consecutive years. Other prizes include first place in the Australian Marimba Competition (2015), National semi-finalist in both the ABC Young Performer Award (2012) and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition (2015, 2012). She has performed as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony and the Monash Academy Orchestras. Shanie has toured Europe as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is currently studying a Masters of Music Performance at Northwestern University.
Petrina HicksDame Joan Sutherland FundArtist Residency at Kala Art Institute, CaliforniaResearch Interest: Visual ArtistPetrina Hicks utilises the seductive and glossy language of commercial photography to create artworks that probe at the false promise of perfection, exploring photography's ability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption. Petrina has exhibited widely though solo and groups shows in Australia, Europe, USA and Asia. Her work was recently selected to be shown at; Volta NY 2015, 17th International Videobrasil, Brazil, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China and Art Platform, Los Angeles. Petrina's works belong to various national and international collections including: National Gallery of Australia, AGNSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Tweed River City Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria.
Soda_JerkDame Joan Sutherland Fund Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual Artist
Formed in Sydney, Australia in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective comprised of Dan and Dominique Angeloro. Working exclusively with sampled material, they create rogue histories and counter-mythologies in the form of video installations, cut-up texts, and live video essays. Recent exhibitions and performances have been held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Pioneer Works, NYC, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin; The Substation, Melbourne; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. They have undertaken residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2010-11), Flux Factory, NYC (2012-13), International Studio and Curatorial Program, NYC (2013-14), the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool (2015) and are currently artists in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governors Island.
Sebastian DunnDame Joan Sutherland FundNorthwestern University, IllinoisResearch Interest: MusicianGrowing up within a musical family in rural New South Wales, Sebastian was encouraged to pursue and perform on many instruments from a young age, including percussion, piano, guitar and French Horn. After school, Sebastian moved to Sydney to commence a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance on French horn at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Andrew Bain, now the current principal horn of the LA Philharmonic, and Ben Jacks, the current principal horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 Sebastian received a full tuition scholarship to pursue a Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne, which after completion saw him return to Sydney to work as a freelance musician.Sebastian enjoyed success as a young freelance horn player, performing in a variety of different orchestral contexts including a three-month season of the musical South Pacific, pop concerts with Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, the Wiggles and the Cinematic Orchestra, as well as symphonic concerts with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and Opera Australia. Sebastian also performed in a season of the Ballet Manon at the Sydney Opera House and a successful national tour with the Australian Opera in The Magic Flute, before moving to Chicago in 2014 to pursue his Masters of Music Performance with Gail Williams at Northwestern University.Along with performing, teaching is one of Seb’s great passions and it is a long-term goal of his to move back home to share his international learning experience with the next generation of young Australian musicians.
Andrea LimDame Joan Sutherland FundSeattle University, WashingtonResearch Interest: MusicianAndrea is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Arts Leadership at Seattle University, Washington. In 2014, she founded “The Chamber Project,” an arts organization with the mission to change the way classical music is presented in today’s society, to support emerging musicians, as well as to include a wider audience. That same year, Andrea was appointed Co-Artistic Director of “Chronology Arts” - a not-for-profit contemporary classical new music company which commissions new Australian works by emerging composers. She is a recent graduate from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in the violin under the tutelage of the Head of Strings Prof Goetz Richter and later Dr Marina Robinson. Andrea is an active performer and has been involved in Opera and Ballet orchestras as well as contemporary music.Besides performing, Andrea is also passionate about music teaching, street and portrait photography as well as having discussions about privilege, oppression and race.
Elise RoutledgeDame Joan Sutherland FundISCP, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistElise Routledge is a curator and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Art Theory and Master of Art Administration and has worked in curatorial, research and management roles with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Experimenta Media Arts, and the British Council Australia. Elise has independently curated exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary and Firstdraft Gallery and contributed to Un Magazine, Runway, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She has received numerous awards and grants, including an Australia Council Skills and Arts Development grant, and support from the Ian Potter Cultural Fund, Gordon Darling Foundation and Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association to complete a curatorial residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York in 2016.
Mark HiltonDame Joan Sutherland FundISCP, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistMark Hilton has exhibited widely, including Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Canberra Contemporary Art Spaces, Canberra; Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Careof, Milano. He has undertaken several residencies, including at Viafarini Galerie, Milano, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and CoLab Projects, Texas. In 2014 the Michael Buxton Collection published Dontworry, examining Hilton’s practice with a key focus on his sculptural work with essays by Dr Chris McAuliffe, Maria Tumarkin and Jarrod Rawlins.
Paige GardinerDame Joan Sutherland FundAtlantic Acting SchoolResearch Interest: ActorPaige studied Classical Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, Music Theatre at VCA, and Acting at NIDA. She has performed in productions for STC, QTC, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Pantsguys Theatre Company. Paige has appeared in various television programs and is co-founder of sketch comedy collective I’m With Stupid.
Therese MilanovicDame Joan Sutherland FundTaubman Approach to Strings and Piano, United StatesResearch Interest: Pianist
Jemila MacEwanDame Joan Sutherland FundResidency at Flux Factory, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistJemila MacEwan is a New York and Melbourne based interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, performance, painting, photography, video and installation. She received her Masters Degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia in 2012. Her work has been exhibited In Australia and the US, including the Governor's Island Art Fair in NYC and the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Elise BonatoDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, New YorkResearch Interest: Multidisciplinary ArtistA multidisciplinary emerging artist, Elise is a maiden of the visual‐aural arcane. Her predominantly experimental and performance‐based practice aims to create an oeuvre of elegiac beauty through moving image, painting and drawing. Elise completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2012 with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia. Recent exhibitions include Arcane Beckoning and covet.
Jaden HastingsDame Joan Sutherland FundArtist‐in‐Residence at SymbioticA, University of Western AustraliaResearch Interest: Visual ArtistAn alumna of New York University, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford (New College) with advanced degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics, respectively, Jaden has recently completed her postgraduate studies in Fine Art (Art & Science) at Central Saint Martins in London. Her studio work combines scientific and artistic research into a single practice.
Zoe WhiteDame Joan Sutherland FundThe Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago, ChicagoResearch Interest: Ballet DancerZoe White is from Brisbane, Australia. She has been dancing since the age of three and at 16 was accepted into the ‘Professional Training Program’ with The Washington School of Ballet. Over the years Zoe has been accepted into and participated in numerous Ballet ‘Summer Schools’ including The School of American Ballet (NYC), American Ballet Theatre (NYC), and most recently The Joffrey Ballet Chicago (Chicago).
Alec KnightDame Joan Sutherland FundSchool of American Ballet, New YorkResearch Interest: Ballet dancerAlec, originally from Bundaberg, Queensland, started dancing at seven years of age, and went on to study Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theater. Following almost four years in residency at The Australian Ballet School’s Interstate/International Junior Program, Alec was accepted into The School of American Ballet in New York where is part of their full time program.
Devon WardDame Joan Sutherland FundThe University of Western AustraliaResearch Interest: Visual ArtistDevon is an interdisciplinary artist investigating how information and biotechnologies intervene on living materials and processes. His work takes the form of multimedia installations, sculptures and printed books. Devon earned a Master of Biological Art from the University of Western Australia.Devon has exhibited in Japan, the US and Australia, most recently in Perth for the opening of his master’s exhibition “Nerves in Patterns on a Screen.”
Tarryn GillDame Joan Sutherland FundInternational Studio and Curatorial Program, New YorkResearch Interest: Multidisciplinary artistTarryn Gill is a multidisciplinary Australian artist whose practice spans photography, film, performance, sculpture, drawing and theatre design. She has exhibited at museums such as Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; 17th Biennale of Sydney; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Art Basel Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Susan GibbDame Joan Sutherland FundInternational Studio & Curatorial Program, New YorkResearch Interest: Arts CuratorSusan is an arts curator and writer based in Sydney, Australia. She recently ran the independent curatorial initiative Society, and has held curatorial positions at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Carriageworks and Campbelltown Arts Centre. She writes regularly for art publications including ArtAsiaPacific.
Natalie DietzDame Joan Sutherland FundNew England Conservatory, BostonResearch Interest: Jazz VocalistSince graduating from the elite jazz vocal program at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 at age 25, Natalie has toured Australia and New Zealand performing at renowned jazz venues. In 2013 she recorded a debut EP with highly esteemed New York musicians Aaron Parks, Mike Moreno, Joshua Crumbly and Justin Brown to international critical acclaim. In 2014 she was one of 3 vocalists selected internationally into New England Conservatory’s prestigious jazz vocal master's program.
Natasha FearnsideDame Joan Sutherland FundPrivate Coaching with Mark Nuccio, New JerseyResearch Interest: ClarinetistBorn in Sydney, Natasha Fearnside completed her Bachelor of Music in Brisbane and her Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice in Hobart. Natasha has worked as a freelance clarinetist in Melbourne and taught and tutored at various schools and programs. After arriving in New York in 2014, Natasha quickly found a place in a number of small groups, chamber and orchestral ensembles. In 2014 she was an artist participant in the California Hidden Valley Music Seminar of Mark Nuccio (Associate Principal New York Philharmonic).
Gabriel AndrewsDame Joan Sutherland FundUniversity of Wisconsin, MilwaukeeResearch Interest: Acoustic guitaristGabriel Andrews is an emerging Australian acoustic guitarist. In 2014 he won the Wilson Centre International Guitar Competition, opening for Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook in the evening showcase. He released his EP Pathways at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in 2013. After receiving a Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2013, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and currently works as a tutor in The Bachelor of Music program while completing his Masters.
Zachary BradfordDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York University, New YorkResearch Interest: VocalistZachary maintains a busy career as a vocal teacher and coach. As a professional vocalist, Zachary has a wealth of experience performing at festivals, clubs, corporate events and over 50 musical theater productions. He has performed on stage with finalists from Tv's ''The Voice", "Idol" & 'The X Factor".
Sarah GuilmartinDame Joan Sutherland FundThe New School for Music, New YorkResearch Interest: Opera SingerSarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Music Performance at West Australian Academy of Performing Arts CNAAPA) under the tutelage of Patricia Price. Her studies continued through the West Australian Opera Young Artist Program where she made her debut role as First Lady in The Magic Flute. She has performed a number of roles in Opera, Operetta and has appeared in concert throughout Australia and Ireland.
Jesse RasmussenDame Joan Sutherland FundYale School of Drama, ConnecticutResearch Interest: DirectorJesse is a founding member of 'junkyard opera' company 4Larks. Works include: Orpheus, (Getty Villa Theater Lab, LA, 2014), The Plague Dances (Company in Residence, Malthouse, 2012), Undine (2011 ), Peer Gynt (2010), and Alice (2009). Jesse devises theatre with tertiary and high school students (Artists in Schools grant, 2014).
Lara Baker FinchDame Joan Sutherland FundSan Francisco Academy Orchestra, San FranciscoResearch Interest: ViolinistLara studied at the Queensland Conservatorium under Michele Walsh and Graeme Jennings. She received her Bachelor of Music with first class Honours in 2012 and Master of Music studies in 2014. Her passion is for orchestral music, and she has performed with the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Queensland Syrrphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Emma LindsayDame Joan Sutherland FundResidency at Point B Worklodge, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistEmma Lindsay is a Brisbane based emerging artist interested in the depiction of species endangerment and extinction. Lindsay's work to date has focused on the representation of Australian ornithological specimens held exclusively in museum collections across the world. Her work is represented in national and international private and institutional collections. Lindsay graduated from the Queensland College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with First Class Honours.
Cassandra TytlerDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual Installation ArtistCassandra Tytler is an artist working within single-channel video, performance, and installation. She is particularly fascinated by the symbolism of popular clichés, and within her work pastiches isolated and fragmented cultural conventions, and shapes them into revealing stories or situations. Tytler has exhibited and screened work nationally and internationally, and has done live performance around Europe and in Melbourne.
Caitlin CassidyDame Joan Sutherland FundMannes College of Music, New YorkResearch Interest: Opera SingerCaitlin Cassidy is a mezzo-soprano in the Young Artist Program at the West Australian Opera (WAO) and an exciting newcomer to the operatic stage. Caitlin made her principal debut with WAO last year as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and was delighted to re-join the company for the 2014 production of the Magic Flute as the Third Lady. She is a graduate from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she completed a Bachelor of Music, a Graduate Diploma and a Master of Creative Arts.
Bonnie LaneDame Joan Sutherland FundNew York University, New YorkResearch Interest: Video Installation ArtistBonnie is a video installation artist born in Melbourne. Her works have been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Anna Pappas Gallery, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, and BUS Projects in Melbourne and Art Currents Institute in New York City. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Norway, Portugal, South Korea and the USA.
Adam MarkowitzDame Joan Sutherland FundCenter for Furniture Craftsmanship, MaineResearch Interest: Furniture DesignerHolding graduate degrees in both Architecture and Furniture Design, from schools of design and craft in Melbourne, Hobart, The Netherlands and Denmark, Adam brings a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to furniture design and craft. His work values the intimate connection between design and fabrication, and the intersection of modern digital processes and traditional methods of craftsmanship.
Sarah JacksonDame Joan Sutherland FundThe Second City Training Centre, ChicagoResearch Interest: Actor & ComedianSarah is an actor and comedian from Melbourne. Stage credits include original Musical Comedy 'Suitcases, Baggage & other Synonyms' (2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival sell-out season) and 'Tell Me About Yourself' (2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival). Sarah is a finalist in Australia's largest open-mic competition, RAW Comedy.
Western Australian Academy of Performing ArtsDame Joan Sutherland FundInaugural International Art Song Festival with master teachers Graham Johnson and Deborah BirnbaumResearch Interest: Visual ArtistFrom 13-20 July 2014 the WAAPA hosted the first event of its kind in Australia, a dedicated art song festival that brings together world-class international performers and teachers with Australian/Asia-Pacific singers and pianists. Master teachers Deborah Birnbaum and Dr Graham Johnson led a week of master classes on the songs of Franz Schubert.
Madison BycroftDame Joan Sutherland FundInternational Studio and Curatorial Program, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistMadison completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first class honours at the University of South Australia. She has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout Australia and recently in Canada, in public, commercial and artist run galleries, as well experimenting with non-traditional sites. She has a multi media practice, including video, sculpture and performance.
Laura SheedyDame Joan Sutherland FundAnne Bogart and SITI Company on their new project Steel Hammer, New YorkResearch Interest: Performer & DirectorLaura Sheedy is a performer and director. She has directed work for Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, The World Theatre Festival and La Trobe and Princeton Universities. Most recently, Laura directed Charles Mee Jr’s Big Love and created a new work, By The Time You Get This, for The Princeton University Sound Kitchen with her company, Nothing To See Here.
Kristin McIverDame Joan Sutherland FundResidency in New York City at Residency Unlimited, New YorkResearch Interest: Visual ArtistKristin is an Australian visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and installation. Utilizing devices such as text and neon, her works explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our hyper-consumer culture.
Kathryn RadcliffeDame Joan Sutherland FundHawaii Performing Arts Festival Opera Summer School, HawaiiResearch Interest: Opera SingerKathryn completed an Honors year of her Bachelor of Music Performance in 2009 at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music with first class Honors. She has since performed as a solo artist and chorus member for Opera Australia and in various productions as a freelance artist.
Chuck HudsonDame Joan Sutherland FundMelbourne Conservatorium of Music, MelbourneResearch Interest: Director (Opera, Theater & Musical)Based in New York City, Chuck has directed opera productions at major international companies and has directed award winning theater productions in New York and regionally, including The Pearl Theatre,, The Children’s Theatre Festival of Houston, New City Theatre, and Chicago’s Fox Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Aristea MellosDame Joan Sutherland FundEastman School of Music, The University of Rochester, New YorkResearch Interest: ComposerAristea Mellos is an Australian composer and doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music. Her compositions are regularly performed throughout Australia, Canada, the United States, and Europe in venues such as Spectrum New Music (Manhattan), The Orpheum (Vancouver), Kilbourn Hall (Rochester), and the Megaron Performing Arts Centre (Athens).
Amber BoardmanDame Joan Sutherland FundWilliam Street Live/Work Residency, SydneyResearch Interest: Visual ArtistAmber has worked with composers and performers on a series of "Visual Concerts" and immersive public art installations. Her work was included in Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Art Festival, Flux Projects public art festival and "The Wagner Experience" in Germany and the Netherlands.
Adele QuerolDame Joan Sutherland FundAtlantic Acting School, New YorkResearch Interest: ActorAdele grew up in rural Victoria and left when she was 17 to complete her formal tradition at Western Australian Academy Performing Arts (WAAPA), Adele has toured all over Australia with Bell Shakespeare Company, performed with Tim Minchin at Sydney Theater Company and acted in Australian award winning short films.
Recipients 2013 - 2011
Heidi YardleyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Jamil YamaniDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Melita WhiteDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Carolyn WatsonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Tida TippapartDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Amelia RoperDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Paul PeersDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kiernan O’DeaDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Steven NewcombDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Sam NesterDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Stephen MoravskiDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Caitlin MalingDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Theresa LeungDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Blaide LallemandDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Shanie KlasDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Thomas JovanovicDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Natasha Johns-MessengerDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Astra HowardDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Sarah GuilmartinDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Catherine GregoryDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Lachlan GlenDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Paul FitzsimonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Talya ChalefDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Marcus CallumDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kylie BoltinDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ben WinkelmanDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Tiffany BishopDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Zoe VandermeerDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Sandra ThongDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Damien SimDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kate ShawDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Timothy MooreDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Clare McFaddenDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kari LyonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Alexander LewisDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Theresa LeungDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Louisa Hunter-BradleyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Rajiv JayaweeraDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Brooke GoldfinchDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Jillian GuertsDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Simone EasthopeDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Wendy DentDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ian CollessDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Rebecca BaumannDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Shannon BarnettDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Lily BalatinczDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Natasha TrenearDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Catherine TerraciniDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Tim SilverDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Zach SengstockDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Santina AmatoDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ryan & Rochelle RankinDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Orvana QuartetDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Catarina Poljski & Louise BlytonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kristen PlatiDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Nell PierceDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Krystalla PearceDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ngaio ParrDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Clara PagoneDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Harry NewellDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kate MitchellDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Therese MilanovicDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Arstea MellosDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Gabriella & Silvana ManganoDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Nicholas MarksDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Shelly LaumanDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Aaron KennyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Alexandra Kennedy-ScottDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Paull-Anthony KneightlyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Mischa IppDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Chuck HudsonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Brenda GoldsteinDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Katya GrokhovskyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Michaela GleaveDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Natasha FrischDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Cat DibleyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Leah FilleyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Benita de WitDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Corinne DavisDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ella CondonDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Ben CharnleyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Mark ChuDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Grant CartwrightDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Gavan BlauDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Kim BrockettDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Nathan BettDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Christopher BennettDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Laura BaileyDame Joan Sutherland Fund
Brett ShannonAAA-Aurora Indigenous Education Scholar
AUS to USATBCResearch Interest: Medicine
Josephine NewmanAAA-Lisa Fox Foundation Indigenous Scholarship
AUS to USATBCResearch Interest: Literary and Cultural Studies
Tui NolanAAA-Aurora Indigenous Education Scholar
AUS to USA Cornell UniversityResearch Interest: Mathematics
Rebecca DelconteAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAThe Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterResearch Interest: Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
Leon Di StefanoAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAJohns Hopkins UniversityResearch Interest: Technology/Mathematics
Aaron PereiraAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USACaltech/Jet Propulsion LaboratoryResearch Interest: Engineering/Technology
Michelle AchlatisAAA Education Fund Scholar
AUS to USACalifornia Academy of SciencesResearch Interest: Marine Ecology
William MitchellAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAHarvard UniversityResearch Interest: Public Health
Daniel BennettAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAPrinceton UniversityResearch Interest: Neuroscience
Aimee LeabonAAA-David Nason Journalism Scholar
AUS to USAColumbia UniversityResearch Interest: Journalism
Gopesh TilvawalaAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of California San DiegoResearch Interest: Engineering
Shanna GrafeldAmerican Australian Association Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of Hawaii/James Cook UniversityResearch Interest: Environmental Sustainability
Morgan GilmourAmerican Australian Association Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of California, Santa Cruz/University of TasmaniaResearch Interest: Ocean Sciences
Maureen HoAmerican Australian Association Scholar
USA to AUSCalifornia State University, Northridge/Griffith UniversityResearch Interest: Marine Ecology
Jennifer CocciardiAmerican Australian Association Scholar
USA to AUSNew York University/James Cook UniversityResearch Interest: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Carolyn WheelerAmerican Australian Association Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of Massachusetts Boston/James Cook UniversityResearch Interest: Marine Ecology
Walter TorresAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSDuke University/University of Western AustraliaResearch Interest: Physics
Michael LacagninaAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSDuke University/University of New South Wales & University of AdelaideResearch Interest: Neuroscience
Julianna PrimAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of North Carolina/Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research CenterResearch Interest: Biomedical Research
Catherine SampsonAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSTexas A&M University/University of Western AustraliaResearch Interest: Chemical Engineering
Tamara MarcusAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of New Hampshire/University of TasmaniaResearch Interest: Sustainability
Meredith ReddUniversity of Queensland Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of Washington/University of QueenslandResearch Interest: Medicine
Maureen WalczakAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSOregon State University/Australian National UniversityResearch Interest: Sustainability
John JenkinsCentre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics Scholar
USA to AUSVanderbilt University/University of AdelaideResearch Interest: Physics
Jeff GrohAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
USA to AUSUniversity of British Columbia/University of QueenslandResearch Interest: Biological Science
Timothy O’SheaAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAQueensland University of Technology/University of CaliforniaResearch Interest: Neurology and Biomedical Science
Isabella FarrDavid Nason Journalism Scholar
AUS to USANew York University, Shanghai/Columbia UniversityResearch Interest: Journalism
Cara NolanUniversity of Queensland Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Queensland/University of California, BerkeleyResearch Interest: Sustainability
Nicole LakeQantas Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Melbourne/Yale UniversityResearch Interest: Genetics
Kathryn PottsAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Melbourne/Albert Einstein College of MedicineResearch Interest: Leukemia
Kathrine CumminsAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Melbourne/University of PennsylvaniaResearch Interest: Leukemia
Gavin KnottAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Western Australia/University of California BerkeleyResearch Interest: Biomedical Science
Daniel PederickAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Adelaide/Stanford UniversityResearch Interest: Genetics
Arnab GhoshAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Melbourne/Weill Cornell Research CenterResearch Interest: Medicine
Adam LeeAAA-Sir Keith Murdoch Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Sydney/University of CaliforniaResearch Interest: Medicine
Suleiman AlhadidiChevron Scholar
AUS to USAUniversity of Melbourne/Harvard UniversityResearch Interest: Sustainability
Alexandra Manos Turvey
Ling San Lau
Jeremy PierceAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Bachelor's of Economics and Advanced Studies
Derek EndterAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Micah KillionAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Music Psychology
Vitalis WekheyeAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Security and Strategic Studies
Samantha AntolickAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Robert MrazAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Carlos HernandezAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Public Health (Nutrition + Psychology)
James KnuppenburgAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Business Administration
James McCullenAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Environmental Engineering
Leslie VanBelkumAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Masters in Cyber Security with a concentration in Cyber Criminology
John GrayAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Law & Public Policy
Natasha FoxAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Personal Training & Rehabilitation
John BathgateAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Public Administration
Tess McGrathAAA - Greg Norman Veteran Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Educational Leadership
Andrew CullenAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Education
Thomas HrdlickaAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Masters of Environment Private Hrdlicka is a 4-year Veteran of the United States Army. He is interested in studying environmental sustainability and intends to undertake a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne, commencing in 2020. Upon earning his degree in Australia, Private Hrdlicka would like to work with IGOs/NGOs to affect positive change in environmental policies and technologies, improving and sustaining the overall quality of the urban, rural, and natural environments on the continent. Private Hrdlicka is a member of the Cherokee Seminole tribe.
Kevin LenahanAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationCaptain Lenahan is an 8-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.He attends the University of Sydney as a member of the university’s first full-time Master of Business Administration (Leadership and Enterprise) cohort. By learning from his peers and professors’ methods, tactics and techniques, Captain Lenahan hopes to further his philanthropic and entrepreneurial endeavors. While enrolled, he co-founded an NGO out of South Sudan. Upon graduation, his №1 priority is to continue to put others first—taught by his parents, Tom and Theresa Lenahan—a value which was annealed through his honorable service in the U.S. Marines. Whilst in the Marines, Captain Lenahan shot, flied, and supplied: serving as a prior-enlisted officer on active and reserve duty. He earned his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University. During his free time, Captain Lenahan can be spotted enjoying beautiful Australian beaches and wildlife.
John O’HaraAAA-IPL Veterans' Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: International BusinessPetty Officer O’Hara is a 6-year Veteran of the United States Navy. He is currently studying a Bachelor of International Business, minoring in banking and professional accounting at Murdoch University. Petty Officer O’Hara has one year of study left in Australia and upon graduating, he hopes to secure an internship in the US and build a career in politics, specifically foreign affairs.
Jeramiah WegnerAAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: International DevelopmentJeramiah Wegner served in the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment for 7 years and had six combat deployments. He is currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. After completing his degree in Fall 2018, Jeramiah intends to pursue a Master's Degree in International Development in Australia.
Shawn SkinnerAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Marine Biology & Ecology Shawn Skinner served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years. He now intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainability at James Cook University in Queensland with a focus on identifying approaches to improve health and resiliency on coral reefs.
Sam GreenwoodAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Business Analytics Sam Greenwood served in the United States Marine Corps for 3 years. He now intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Analytics at the University of New South Wales.
Marcos Rocha Jr.AAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Criminal JusticeMarcos Rocha Jr. served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 5 ½ years. He now intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of New South Wales to identify approaches to reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system.
Emily LeonardAAA - GSJMF Commemorative Defense Scholar
USA to AUSResearch Interest: Public Policy – Healthcare Emily Leonard served for 6 years in the U.S. Navy. She now intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management at the University of Melbourne. Her graduate study will focus on studying the Australian healthcare system as a possible model for improving quality and efficiency of US healthcare.
Samuel EastwoodAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationCorporal Eastwood plans to study a Master of Business Administration at an American university in order to continue his professional and personal development following his transition from soldier to civilian. His goal is to utilize the knowledge and benefits provided by an MBA to develop a strong foundation in international business, from which he can pursue an international business career that will allow him to build on the strengths he has gained from his eight years of service as a soldier, coupled with four years as an Embassy staff member.
Callum NewtonAAA - Greg Norman Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationLt. Newton’s long-term goal is to bridge his 13-year military career experience with business acumen to help grow the Australian defense industry so that Australia may continue to flourish. He sees a symbiotic relationship between the strength and vibrancy of a nation’s economy, and its ability to flourish as a peaceful society, which is the reason he was drawn to study a Master of Business Administration. As part of the MBA program, Lt. Newton will undertake study exchange at either Stern Business School, NYC, or Booth School of Business, Chicago. A key attribute of the American psyche which he is interested in learning more about is the entrepreneurial spirit, as this facilitates the innovation which implementation of the Australian defense industry capability plan calls for.
Nerita LewisAAA Veterans' Fund Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Business AdministrationFlt Lt. Lewis plans to undertake a Master of Business Administration, at one of the top ten ranked business schools in the US, to support her successful transition from the military. Her goal upon graduation is to return to Australia and work in the Non-Governmental sector, providing support to the Asia-Pacific region. She plans to tailor her degree to the NGO field via elective options, for example: growing social enterprises, strategic innovation, ICT, data mining for business intelligence, competitive strategy and project management. In 2012 Flt Lt. Lewis was the youngest and most junior ranked military member selected to undertake the UN Military Observer Course, training with military personnel from 27 countries.
James ColtheartAAA - Lendlease Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Master of Public Policy Major Coltheart is currently studying a Master of Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. As someone who served for 13 years in the military, including at war, Major Coltheart intends to use his study to build his conceptual understanding of conflict and increase his knowledge of functional and regional security issues. His goal is to pursue a career in international security policy where he will use the skills gained to influence international security policy and ensure that the nation’s ‘blood and treasure' are used wisely, for example as a Policy Advisor within the United Nations Peacekeeping Group or Department of Political Affairs, before returning to Australia. His current research interests include the rules-based global order, the utility of force as an instrument of policy and contemporary conflict.
Nathan JohnsonAAA - GSJMF Commemorative Defense Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Electronic and Cyber WarfareNathan Johnson is a 17-year veteran of the Australian Army. Nathan is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the nexus between Electronic and Cyber warfare in at Arizona State University.
Christopher WilsonAAA - Sentinels of Freedom Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Medicine – PTSDChristopher Wilson served for 4 years in the Royal Australian Air Force. He now intends to study medicine focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and understand US approaches to managing and improving health for veterans in both countries.
Ben LutherAAA - Lendlease Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Complex safety systemsMr. Ben Luther served for 22 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and now intends to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Executive Management of Innovation and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to enhance safety for high-risk situations.
Courtney AmesAAA - Greg Norman Scholar
AUS to USAResearch Interest: Nuclear EngineeringMs. Courtney Ames served for 12 years in the Australian Army as an officer in the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, which included postings in Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin, and two operational tours in Afghanistan. During her Army career, she also completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics and Politics. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nuclear Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, with a focus on nuclear security and radiation detection systems.