Anne Sorenson – Artistic Director
Anne Sorenson has a long history in Youth Arts in WA. Anne is passionate about the ability of arts to affect change on personal, social and political level and she has been empowering young people through the performing arts in Western Australia for ovrer 20 years. With a strong physical theatre and group devised methodology, Anne has used theatre to bring the voice of children and young people to high levels of Government such as the Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Clinical Senate on Youth Health and the Australian Youth Affairs Council.
Anne has Post Graduate qualifications in Education and Drama Therapy (ECU) and has lectured in Theatre of The Oppressed at Curtin University for over 10 years. She has a reputable history in project management and using arts for social change. In the last two decades she has managed youth arts projects creating and producing performances with disengaged youth, former refugees and migrant youth, with Indigenous youth and with young emerging artists. The high quality of her work has attracted a number of awards and award nominations across a variety of sectors and she has published journal articles and reports about using theatre as a tool for research and education.
As a performance artist Anne has written, directed, produced and performed in many shows ranging from giant puppetry extravaganzas, to site specific dance performances and Fringe World theatre shows. She dances Contact Improvisation and enjoys creating multi disciplinary performance works. She has travelled extensively and taught and studied with leaders in contemporary performance around the globe.
Anne believes strongly in the social and emotional outcomes of engaging in high quality arts experiences. She sees being a performing artist as a viable career choice for young people and supports this by mentoring young people and creating employment pathways that lead from performance to professional engagement in the arts sector.
Sandy O’Doherty – Puppetry Artist
Sandy has had a diverse arts career based around painting, sculpture and education. Since training at Curtin University 1991-1994, Sandy has built up her arts career through being involved with exhibitions, (group and solo) conducting workshops in a wide range of areas (Puppetry, sculpture, painting, mosaic, drawing) with a wide catchment of students has given Sandy a strong basis to communicate to students of various abilities.
Zak Launay – Street Acro & Circus Artist
Zak, a teaching artist for more than 8 years, has brought a range of new skills to the members of SEA; his talents in Capoeira (Afro-brazilian dance/acrobatic martial art) and parkour (French street gymnastics, running, climbing and jumping, known as “free running”) have been introduced into the new Street Acro program.
Zak trained for 10 years with the WA Capoeira federation under the teaching of Master Draga and Master Goioere, in many different countries including Brazil. He has also participated in a number of circus training activities including at the Lunar Circus school.
Zak has taught numerous groups of people including refuges, “at risk” youth, and children remote aboriginal communities.
His performance career highlights include Southern Art and Soul Festival, Brazil Espectacular Kulcha, Busselton beach festival, Fairbridge festival, Denmark markets, Albany Agricultural show and most recently the Snake Run Show opening Albany events of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.
Dave Rastrick – Circus Band
Since David’s early days playing trumpet and guitar in school bands, and an unofficial apprenticeship with the Will Upson Big Band, David has performed with literally hundreds of bands, in many styles around Australia and the southwest. David has studied jazz trumpet at WAAPA, and completed a Diploma in Music (songwriting) at Southern Regional TAFE, and a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) with University of Southern Queensland (currently enrolled in an Honours project). David’s jazz band ‘Jazztrix’ has been running for ten years, and has opened for acts such as Carole King, James Morrison, Diana Krall, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Roxy Music, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. David’s reggae band ‘Rastatrix’ has opened for acts such as Dragon, Kooii & Sticky Fingers. David has been musical director for the Lunar Circus band and Denmark Arts’ ‘Wild Conversations’ dance project, as well as for many of his own bands.
Anne Sorenson – Artistic Director
See Anne’s profile above.
Shannan Gillespie – General Manager
Shannan has recently moved from Esperance with her family to continue working in arts administration.
Cassy Turner – Workshop Coordinator
See Cassy’s profile above.
Tess Air – Bookkeeper
Jacqui Turner – Circus
Jasmine Reeves – Dance
Jodie Sexton– Circus
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