We are a broader group of artists and community development workers who share a love of storytelling and using the arts for social change. For each project we bring together a range of different people and organisations to facilitate workshops including:
Mantra (Rob Tremlett) – Songwriter/MC
Mantra is one of Australia’s most respected and recognisable voices in Australian Hip-Hop. His band (Illzilla) won the Triple J Unearthed Competition and a John Butler “SEED” grant and he was voted best freestyler by OzHipHop.com in 2008. Renowned for his picture- perfect songwriting, dextrous flows and remarkable live performances, his solo albums “Power of the Spoken”, “Speaking Volumes” and “Telling Scenes” have received wide acclaim from critics and fans alike. He has established himself as a conscious and active voice in the local music scene, and is also involved as a mentor and facilitator on many youth and community arts projects.
MonkeyMarc – Music Producer
Straight from the vaults of his underground Solar Powered shipping container comes Melbourne’s bass master Monkeymarc. From his early beginnings with his party political Sound System “Labrats” to his recent work with Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune/Big Dada) on his latest album “4everevolution”, Monkey has been busy making waves across the globe. Sonically rugged he mashes up hip hop and dub in a down under style like no other. His most recent work with Soom T (Renegade Masters) is already creating big waves. Monkey splits his time making music in Australia and overseas, and also spends a lot of time running workshops with Aboriginal people in remote communities across Australia. Check out this awesome review on THUMP (http://thump.vice.com/en_au/words/boom-bap-in-the-barkly–check-australias-freshest-desert-beats) about Monkey and his work in Australian desert.
Reko Rennie – Artist
Reko is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man, born in Melbourne. Through his art, Reko explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society. He received no formal artistic training but as a teenager discovered graffiti, which would become an all-consuming passion, and he quickly began producing original art on the streets of Melbourne. His art and installations continually explore issues of identity, race, law and justice, land rights, stolen generations and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in contemporary society. Reko has also facilitated many workshops in urban and remote communities across Australia.
Newborn Productions – Video Producers
Harry Charnock and Becka Mezzatesta are together Newborn Productions, a Melbourne based team. They enjoy crafting engaging and thought provoking video content and specialise in documentary making, having produced many videos for social change. They help facilitate Storyscape workshops, and provide an expert hand in cinematography and post-production.
Melbourne Playback Theatre Company
Melbourne Playback Theatre Company is a leading interactive theatre company working throughout Victoria creating performances and workshops that respond directly to individual community’s stories and challenges. They aim to empower, entertain and affect change. Since its inception thirty years ago, Melbourne Playback has been using performance (actor based) improvisation with live music to engage with various community groups. The performances create, build and foster community, develop respect between individuals, address social inclusion, equal access and diversity while supporting a forum for cooperation, sharing and honesty. In a Playback performance, the facilitator invites audience’s members to share experiences. From the audience’s narratives, the performers create a piece of theatre instantaneously. It is the interaction of the sharing and ‘playing back’ of these stories from which the performance is created. Storyscape has worked collaboratively with Melbourne Playback, using the playback approach to assist in defining themes of photography and film projects, and to combine theatre with other multimedia elements in screenings/performances.
Lauren Siegmann – String Theory Consulting
Lauren is the Director of String Theory, a consultancy that helps programs build awesome monitoring and program development systems that set them up for useful evaluations. She has particular expertise in assisting people who have been previously seen running in fear from surveys, to collect and use excellent data that make their programs better. She is adept at working with new programs where the outcomes are not clearly defined, and using ‘evaluative thinking’ to clarify their program models and build their data systems. Lauren has significant knowledge and expertise of the social service sector in Australia. She is skilled in workshop facilitation, program design (program logic, theory of change, logical frameworks), qualitative inquiry, survey design and quantitative inquiry, building monitoring frameworks, and building program development frameworks. She has also been known to give hugs to harried program managers.
String Theory Consulting
Martyn Brookes – Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Martyn is an experienced monitoring and evaluation specialist, with an interest in improving program and organisational effectiveness. He has worked for, or consulted to, government and non-government organisations across the fields of community development, social justice and public health. He has undertaken evaluations across a number of domestic and international settings, working with national and local government in Australia and the UK. Martyn has skills and experience in monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology and public health research methods, engaging with socially excluded or hard to reach groups, and workshop facilitation and training delivery.