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24 Oct 2022: Sydney. TNA is partnering with Theatre Network NSW, Performance Space, and Carriageworks to host an in-person sector gathering during Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. We will be hearing from local artists, and there will be a chance for small group discussions around the theme of ‘How to be a Good Ancestor.’ There will also be quick updates from the partner organisations.

Monday 24 October 2022 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Elston Room at Carriageworks – the cafe will be open!
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015

Free, but registrations are essential:

Travel bursaries are available for regional NSW TNA members. Email Steph Speirs:


Join leading performance practitioners Dino Dimitriadis and Sēini “SistaNative” Taumoepeau for a deep dive into issues of ancestry, culture and legacy, and their relationship to contemporary performance-making.

These leading practitioners will share their personal experiences as makers and activists striving towards a more equitable future for Australian theatre and performance, as well as their visions for the artform and the sector more broadly.



Self-directed meetings (Carriageworks is open from 10am)

3:00pm: Welcome

  • Updates from TNA & TNN
  • Update from Create NSW – Bec Dean
  • Update from Australia Council – Annette Madden
  • Panel Discussion: Dino & Seini
  • Roundtable Group Discussions
  • Reflection & Sharing

5:00pm: Wrap-up, followed by drinks & snacks at The Royal



Cara Anderson Limelight Arts
Scott Andrew Erth
Nick Atkins Operated Coin
Pippa Bailey 
Charlotte Barrett Force Majeure
Chris Bendall Critical Stages
Nicole Beyer TNA
Margie Breen TNN
Erica Brennan
Kate Britton Performance Space
Claudia Chidiac
Lliane Clarke Voices of Women
Sophie Clausen Riverside Theatres
Valentina Corona Playwave
Cinzia Cremona
Emily David Belvoir
Fiona Davies
Laneikka Denne
Anthea Doropoulos Campbelltown Arts Centre
Katrina Douglas The House That Dan Built
Kevin Du Preez Monkey Baa
Leila Enright
Janie Gibson Whale Chorus
Tanya Goldberg Waverley Council
Jeremy Goldstein London Artists Projects
Brittany Green Campbelltown Arts Centre
Mish Grigor Aphids
Jewelz Hanssens
Tamara Harrison Sydney Opera House
Alice Hatton Sydney Theatre Company
Lily Hayman Shopfront Arts Co-op
Claire Hicks Critical Path
Zoe Hogan Sydney Theatre Company
Zoe Hollyoak Performance Space
Tom Isaacs
Robbi James Rogue Projects
Cat Jones Artist
Catherine Jones APAM
Karen Kerkhoven Art in Motion
Jeff Khan Performance Space
Mayella Koroi APAM



Frieda Lee
Vanessa Lloyd Performance Space
Stephen Lujan
Amelia Lush Australia Council for the Arts
Tom Lycos Zeal Theatre
Bel Macedone Aerialize
Annette Madden Australia Council for the Arts
Tommy Misa
Finn O’Branagáin Outloud
Scott Parker Matriark Theatre
Danielle O’Keefe The House That Dan Built
Lauren Oakes Shopfront Arts Co-op
Jessica Olivieri UTP
Jess Paraha Outloud
Suzanne Pereira Penrith Performing & Visual Arts
Marion Potts Performing Lines
Jennifer Rani
Anne-Louise Rentell
Tegan Richardson Australia Council for the Arts
Job Rietvekt Theatrefestival Boulevard
Megan Roberts Performing Lines
Alex Robson
Sarah Rodigari
Natalie Rose Shopfront Arts Co-op
Lauren Scott-Young Australian Plays Transform 
Justine Shih Pearson PACT
Amber Silk
Bethany Simons
Nardi Simpson
Ian Sinclair
Steph Speirs TNA
Empress Stah Power
Catherine Swallow Riverside Theatres
Zainab Syed Belvoir
Pru Tan Sydney Dance Company
Erin Taylor Australian Plays Transform
Kate Walder Steps and Holes Theatre
Malcolm Whittaker
Katie Winten Sydney Opera House
AñA Wojak
Patricia Wood
Vanessa Wright Performing Lines
Tian Zhang


Dino Dimitriadis (they/them) is an award winning theatre director, creative producer and curator. Their recent directing credits include OverflowCleansed, Lady TabouliDe Profundis with Paul Capsis, Omar and Dawn, multi-award-winning productions of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts I & II and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, All My Sleep and Waking, Doubt and The Girl / The Woman. They founded Apocalypse (2009-2021), an independent engine room for responsive theatre and live art projects.  

With an interest in original, queer and intersectional work, producing and curatorial credits include: Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art (Festival and Program Producer, Performance Space), Executive Producer The Old Fitz Theatre, Curator Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Creative Producer Queer Contemporary at National Art School, Curator Queer Sydney for Vivid X Powehouse Museum, Festival Producer The Sydney Fringe. Dino has worked extensively on the development of new Australian work, for both Playwriting Australia and Griffin Theatre Company. Dino has co-created a queer series for television, currently in devlopment with Arcadia Films.

Sēini ‘SistaNative’ Taumoepeau (She/Her) ARTIVIST: Orator & Songwoman with an Intersectional Oceanic-Pacific lens & First Nations focus.

An emerging Elder, Sēini’s career spans 30+ years as Performance Artist, Presenter/Broadcaster & Creative Industries professional. An Indigenous woman of the Mōana: a direct descendant of Ancient Polynesian Celestial Navigators & Chiefly lineage. With energy medicine in her presence, hands & voice; Faivā (performance of space) & Tauhi Vā (relational space) is her praxis; Talanoa: Talk-Story, Cosmology, Human Potential & Technology her central axis. With harmony & rhythm aesthetic, Sēini works first the invisible & intangible, before the visual & material: exploring ideas of connectivity, hōhoko (genealogy), ritual, ceremony, communication, relational inter-sectionality & displacement across Tā Vā (Time-Space).

Sēini is an Analogue to Digital Inter-disciplinary Artist & Coach/Mentor from Sydney’s early Hip Hop Generation.

Sēini is Indigenous to the Kingdom of Tonga & born in Cadigal Lands, Eora (Sydney, Australia) – she is known by the names: SistaNative (Performance Name), Napangardi (Skin-name) & Cantora (Capoeira Name).

Working across the fields of Arts, Media, Culture, Education & Personal Development sectors, Sēini remains dedicated to extending the stories & narratives of Indigenous Oceania, merging her devotion to the metaphysical sciences.

Sēini’s work explores discovery beyond the outskirts, the emergent, the fringe or the margins. An eternal scholar & emerging Elder, Sēini continues to grow her study & practices with the desire to bring Oceanic wisdom & indigenous science to the forefront, through sharing empathic intuitive intelligent Heart centered creative practice to continue to create harmony & community praxis, as an extension of the Indigenous cultures of her people of the Mōana.

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