We are a small team with big aspirations for creative young people in Western Australia. Here's a little bit of information about us!
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).
Having spent nine years in venue management and logistical roles at His Majesty’s Theatre, the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Perth International Arts Festival, Jamie also worked 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 world premiere season of Pluck! at The Blue Room Theatre in 2013.
Jamie enjoys working at Propel more than any other job he’s ever had, because he believes our cultural sector needs more support for the amazing young and emerging creative people he meets on a daily basis.
Jamie’s pronouns are he / him.
Cecile began as an intern at Propel as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2016 KickstART Festival and is still pinching herself to have been given the opportunity to develop a career with such a wonderful organisation. Upon graduating the Arts Management course at WAAPA in 2015, she has acquired a diverse portfolio of administration and event management experience in a variety of Performing Arts companies including Perth Theatre Company, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Festival and Co3 Dance Company.
Now 23, Cecile identifies as an arts and baking nerd but is also extremely passionate about providing access for young people to engage in the arts, as well as to provide support to young artists and arts workers to develop their careers. She is the gal to chat to about Propel programs and projects including the YCulture funding program as well as internships and volunteering opportunities but she’s always willing to offer support and advice over a strong cup of coffee, to anyone who asks
Cecile’s pronouns are she / her.
Creative Coordinator - Youth Week WA 2019
Maddie aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues. At 23, they have established themselves as an internationally acclaimed poet, performer and writer. Maddie’s first book ‘How To Be Held’ was recently released by Burning Eye Books (UK). They have performed at The Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury Festival, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Albert Hall and in plenty of local backyards.
Maddie has facilitated educational courses and workshops with various organisations including MSWA, The Anne Frank Trust (UK), Globe Town Project, Express Media, Perth College Boarding House, Katherine Susan Pritchard Writers’ Centre and WA Poets Inc. In April 2017 Maddie co-directed Propel Youth Arts’s 2017 Literary Youth Festival.
Currently Maddie is completing their Honours degree at Curtin University, where they previously completed a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, Majoring in Cultural Studies and Creative Writing. Maddie currently edits poetry for Voiceworks Magazine, a national literary magazine created by young people. Maddie is not a morning person
Maddie’s pronouns are they / them.
Caitlin has already worn many hats in her life. From dancer, musician and actress to communications officer, she has the unique ability to dive head-first into any opportunity life throws her way. With a passion for deep discussions and creativity, she loves helping young people find their voice.
She has been lucky enough to work with some pretty cool Perth media personalities and organisations. These include, Heidi Anderson from Perth’s Hit 929, Startup News and Impact Seed. Currently completing the Bachelor of Arts at The University of Western Australia (Communications and Media Studies), she has interests in communications and broadcast journalism.
Caitlin has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember. She competed in State dance competitions for over 10 years, performed her WACE comedic monologue in Performing Arts Perspectives at The Perth Concert Hall and loves to write original songs.
Caitlin eats cheese-less pizza. She has never been afraid of being different.
Caitlin’s pronouns are she / her.
Comedy Engagement Officer
Rosie is a Creative Producer who has been working in the local arts community since graduating from Arts Management in 2012 (and rocking up at gigs a little while before that). Throughout this time, she has dedicated herself to multiple disciplinary arts programming that is collaborative, fun and of a high-standard. Rosie spent six years programming Northbridge live music hub The Bird, and still operates music events under her freelance moniker Mummy’s Plastic (laced with some karaoke action from her character Consensual Connie). She is also passionate about creating safer and more inclusive spaces in the arts industry, and currently sits as a committee member for Safer Venues WA.
Comedy-wise, Rosie has been working with WA comedy company Gelo for a number of years producing venues and shows across various festivals such as FRINGE WORLD, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), Perth & Sydney Comedy Festival. However, over the past two years she has begun to focus more on working with and alongside teens through events such as Class Clowns (in partnership with MICF) and developmental programs - DIY Comedy Workshops.
During her work on these projects for young people, it came increasingly clear to her and Bonnie Davies (Director of Gelo) that the scope of work around ‘comedy’ and ‘young people’ could be so much more than a few workshops and annual competition. The benefits around confidence building, mental health and social connection that sharing humour can provide could be particularly beneficial to young people in WA.
This is where the partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA came in – both organisations have come together to partner on a pilot project running From Sept 2018 – April 2019 (working name ‘Comedy Engagement Program’) to see whether the idea of ‘transforming the lives of young people’ could develop into its own independent initiative and/or organisation
Rosie’s pronouns are she / her.
Karen is a University of Western Australia arts graduate who has been working as a bookkeeper in the arts industries since 2003. She believes that sustainability is the defining challenge of the Anthropocene, and hopes there is a place for chooks in her future
Karen’s pronouns are she / her.
2019 KickstART Festival Interns
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Sally Davies, Programming Intern
Sally is an emerging theatre maker and stage manager who can usually be found buying food even though she brought lunch from home. She is a Curtin graduate and is currently working on upcoming Summer Nights show “A Region Where Nobody Goes”. Interning at Propel has been the first time she’s worked in an office, and it’s nothing like the American sitcom of the same name.
Stephanie Vuduris, Project Development Intern
Stephanie is a first year Arts Management student at WAAPA with a classical music background. Learning Cello since she was 11, the arts were always a big part of her life. She is now interning with Propel and volunteering wherever she can. In her spare time, she likes to support the local music scene by going to contemporary music gigs and seeing as many theatre and music productions as possible. This is her first internship ever!
Carolyn Ting, Marketing Intern
Carol is an avowed dog fanatic, bookworm and connoisseur of cute stationery. Her YouTube recommendations algorithm - baking, art & crafts and Korean boy band videos - has locked onto the essence of her core being. A bad plant mum, Carol would love tips on how to keep succulents alive and is always open for a chat about everything and anything under the sun (bonus points for Neil Gaiman, best Mexican place in town, North Korean politics, art, Jojo) over a cup of chai latte. She can be found tweeting at @carolynting on Twitter delivering only the Good Content.