We are a small team with big aspirations for creative young people in Western Australia. Here's a little bit of information about us!
Acting Executive Director
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.
Project Development Officer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director (currently on leave)
Monique is currently the Executive Director of Propel Youth Arts WA. Monique manages the performance, funding, sponsorship and strategy of Propel. 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 Awesome Arts.
Before completing her degree in Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Monique was a professional classical ballet dancer. She performed in Germany, Russia and across Australia for a variety of companies including the Bayerishes Staatsoper Ballet 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.