Jamie has been engaged in Perth’s performing arts scene for a decade, taking on various roles as an arts practitioner and arts worker. He has also completed Bachelors of Arts in Performance Studies at Curtin University and Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Currently working in venue management at His Majesty’s Theatre and the State Theatre Centre of WA, Jamie also spent over two years as Communications & Development Manager at STRUT Dance, where he had significant input in the changes and rebranding of that organisation as a national entity.
On a freelance basis, Jamie produced and promoted the RTRFM Music Award nominated Classical vs. Jazz – The Ultimate Harp Battle at Fringe World, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe. He directed the sold-out premiere season of Pluck! at The Blue Room Theatre, nominated for the Artrage Theatre Award during Fringe World 2013.
Mark has over 15 years experience as a performer, writer, director and educator both nationally and internationally. More recently, over the past ten years, he has been extending his skills through directing, writing and facilitating artistic processes in the education system, professional theatre industry and in his own artistic praxis.
Mark has worked and continues to work extensively with young people across art forms, teaching and helping to facilitate creative projects. Currently Mark teaches for Curtin University and Barking Gecko Theatre Company. He has worked with and for Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Perth Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Cecile has recently graduated with a degree in Arts (Arts Management) from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her time at WAAPA has helped her acquire a diverse portfolio of work experience in various arts companies in Perth including Perth Theatre Company, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth International Arts Festival and Co3 Contemporary Dance Company. Cecile has also previously worked with Propel as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016 KickstART Festival and is thrilled to be working with the team again.
She is very passionate about music as well as supporting the growth and engagement with the arts in Perth. She is excited to follow Perth’s development into a vibrant cultural hub and is eager to provide support and contribution towards this cause.
Monique is currently the Executive Director of Propel Youth Arts WA. Monique manages the performance, funding, sponsorship and strategy of Propel. Established in 2003, Propel is a membership-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of programs and services across all art forms.
Monique has a strong background in Arts Management and has worked at a management level at Deckchair Theatre and Youth Ballet WA as well as having worked at Australian Dance Theatre, Quantum Leap and the Awesome Festival.
Before completing her degree in Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Monique was a professional classical ballet dancer. She performed in Germany, Russia and across Australia for a variety of companies including the Bayerishes Staatsoper Ballett and the Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company.
Monique is passionate about the arts and especially in the development of young people and their skills as they embark on their careers.
Steven (SJ) Finch is a writer, artist, and producer. He wears many hats. After graduating from Curtin University studying Communications and Cultural Studies (with honours), he co-founded the creative journal dotdotdash, which received support from Propel’s Drug Aware YCulture Metro program in 2009.
In 2015 Steven co-curated Anthologia with Alina Tang, an exhibition of floriographic poetry at Paper Mountain; and launched an ongoing nomadic residency where he lived in a self-made traveling yurt called grr. In 2016 he co-produced Grr Nights, a mini-festival of performances for The Blue Room Theatre’s Summer Nights 2016 program, co-curated with Claire Bushby Words Beyond Grammar, a group exhibition at Spectrum Project Space, and founded an eco-theo-art art collective called the ‘cene, whose work appeared in PICA’s Radical Ecologies exhibition.
As a writer, he has had work published in Westerly and Voiceworks among others, and has been a featured artist at the National Young Writers Festival. He was made chair of Paper Mountain, a Northbridge artist-run studio and gallery space.
Both his art and arts worker practices are focused on creating temporary micro-communities and demonstrations of kindness, kin-ness, and care. He is deeply invested in Perth’s creative ecologies, and hopes to help them grow in any way that he can.