Liz Thompson - founder and director
Liz Thompson has been a producer of media for over two decades, creating stories for radio, television and the print media, often in collaboration with Indigenous and marginalised communities. SharingStories Digital Online Project grew out of a desire to facilitate a self representational process, in which the tools are handed over and young people are able to tell their own stories. Other work includes: Sharing Our Stories , a series of books resulting from a collaboration between Liz and fourteen Indigenous communities in Australia, Winner of the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource. Liz’s films have won numerous awards, Breaking Bows and Arrows which explored reconciliation in Bougavinlle after the civil war won the United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the Promotion of Conflict Resolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film ( FIFO). She has produced various feature length programs and online content for ABC Radio National and written for Australian and international print media. Liz has published over thirty books and has a Phd from La Trobe University.
Krista Scott - curriculum consultant
Krista Scott has worked extensively in education. Leading change and innovative programs in senior education roles including International Vice Principal positions, United Kingdom, Foundation Educator in the United Arab Emirates and as a consultant across Australia. Her experience includes working across six diverse curriculum frameworks, demanding a transparent approach to determine best practice pedagogy. In SharingStories she supports teachers to increase student engagement through culturally relevant, student centered learning, working with a creative digital storytellng practice.
Tom Murray - film and animation facilitator
Tom Murray has a PhD in media and history, and lectures at Macquarie University in these subject areas. Tom’s media career has been split between film and television production, writing, and teaching. His debut documentary film Dhakiyarr vs the King won the Dendy Award for Best Film at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival, the NSW Premier’s Award for History, and was selected for many international film festivals including the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.Tom’s 2008 film In My Father’s Country, was selected for IDFA Amsterdam and won the 2008 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature and has screened at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. This film, and the written exigesis accompanying it, were awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence by Macquarie University. Tom’s most recent film Love in Our Own Time is due for release in 2012.
Tom has given guest lectures at Harvard University’s Film Study Centre and at Yale University as well as numerous other institutions in Australia and overseas. Tom has also enjoyed the opportunity of teaching filmmaking and facilitating media production in remote indigenous communites, including for The Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre in NE Arnhem Land, and for theSharing Stories project across Australlia.
Jessie Jungalwalla - photography and music facilitator
Jessie Jungalwalla has been involved with many creative projects both commercial and educational. With a background in music, graphic design and related entrepreneurial pursuits, Jessie is now using her acquired skills in the education field. Using combined mediums of photography and street art, Jessie has run workshops in remote communities in Australia (TiTree NT, Laramba NT, Wilcannia NSW, Jabiru NT, Palm Island QLD) where the students convert their school or the main street into a walk through gallery of their own work. Jessie is passionate about helping young people discover their creative potential.
Zulu - Hip Hop/Rap facilitator
With a penchant for multi-syllabic rhymes, Zulu is an extremely versatile lyricist he transitions seamlessly from a laid back, nonchalant style into tongue-twisting, shotgun, single-verse streamlining. Wit, catchy hooks and choruses with a punch energise a wide range of beats, from classic boom bap old school hip hop, to bass-heavy, funky, head-bopping beats to psychedelic-electro Dubstep, back again to gypsy-dancehall riddims.
Zulu is the founder of the Global Hip Hop Collective (GHC) – an artist’s collective which he has created in order to help create a united front for artists and lovers of the art form worldwide - the GHC motto “Connecting Creative People” and personal motto “Inspiration via Passion”. A strong supporter and advocate of local up and coming young talent, Zulu runs a Weekly Sunday Cypher Session in Melbourne’s CBD – as well as a Weekly Topical League through the GHC facebook group. He has run Hip Hop and Creative Writing workshops with children in Community Schools throughout Victoria and will join the SharingStories team for workshops in 2012.
My name is Sean Ryan. I belong to the Kuku Nyunkal bubu bamanga. (The people of the Black Cockatoo mother country). We are known as the Sunset ceremonial group.
Goorialla, the Rainbow Serpent is the ancestral creator being who created my bubu. He taught the songs, handed down the laws and watches over us to this day. His eye can be seen in the night sky, it’s what other people call the Morning Star.
Born in Mossman, North Queensland. It is the land of my kin for at least 1000 generations. I am one of the few professional, Aboriginal didgeridoo players currently based in Sydney, Australia.
I currently run the Murrngal education program in Centennial Park in Sydney. It’s a program that teaches bush skills, Aboriginal history and culture.
Fleur Elise Noble
Fleur Elise Noble is a Director/Creator of visual-based theatre experiences, a maker of all things visual, and an artist with a passion for creating work with young people. She works with the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, film, puppetry, projection and performance. She studied on full scholarships at art schools in Adelaide (ACSA) and New York (NYSS), and has worked with many arts, theatre and multimedia professionals around the world. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her work. Fleur’s most renowned work to date is her visual performance ’2-Dimensional Life of Her’, which has been invited to perform at over 40 venues and festivals around the world, Including in New York, LA, London, Brazil, Iran, and across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 2D Life of Her was also selected to represent Australia at the 2011 World Congress of Theatre for Young People in Denmark.
Within workshop environments Fleur works with a combination of traditional and multi-media art forms. She designs the workshops to fit with the equipment/ facilities that the students have available to them, allowing them to continue to develop their skills post-workshop. You can view some examples of Fleur’s work here: www.fleurelisenoble.com
John Feely is an Australian photographer who works artistically and commercially throughout Asia and Australia. He was trained as a photographer and graphic designer at the Queensland College of Arts (Griffith University), has assisted many of Australia’s best photographers and has been invited to be an artist in residence in Vrindarvan, India in 2014.
John is passionate about collaborating with young people and his practice is informed by an eight year career as a behavioural advisor, special education specialist, classroom teacher and youth detention officer in Australia and Europe. John collaborates using photography, video portraiture, film, stop-motion and typography as well as other mediums young artists bring to the table.
Whether through his own work or through collaborating with young people John recognises art practice as a transitory moment with profound personal meaning. And that from this place powerful shared experiences are created.
Conor works as a children’s entertainer, puppeteer, and performer combing storytelling, puppetry, character-work, music, magic and improvisation. He has completed the Advanced Diploma in Rudolph Steiner Education, providing a firm grounding in a range of visual and performing arts, and studied ethnomusicology at Canterbury University in New Zealand.
Conor’s primary interest lies in facilitation which gives voice to stories that may otherwise remain silent. He creates setting, screens and scaffolds upon which children weave their stories.