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Redfern St, Redfern 2016 

Sydney NSW Australia

I am a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in performance (dance, film, cabaret, and contemporary music), writing (both critical and creative), and fine arts—as a sculptor, painter, designer, teacher, and life model. I am also a writer, theorist, director and entrepreneur with an extensive history in arts journalism. I have danced with the Australian Ballet, written for The Australian, sung torch songs in a Berlin bar, sold my sculpture to an American rockstar, and, as Kalyn Farnmir, stood right beside Obi-Wan Kenobi at a bar on the planet Coruscant.

This unusual breadth of practice keeps me flexible, knowledgeable and passionate about the intersection of art forms and praxes—not to mention fiercely engaged with the temper and turmoil of the times. I enjoy working in a variety of environments and relish adapting to new challenges. Self-motivated and instinctively collaborative, I thrive on work that stretches me, my knowledge, my networks and my understanding. 


Creativity married with technical accomplishment in a range of fields

Literary excellence; elite literacy

Complex understanding of expressive movement, performance, visual language, and the dance industry 

Established research practice in the areas of embodiment, gender, power, politics, and the spirit 

Intelligence, discipline, eye for detail, self-motivation, versatility, co-operation 


Certificate in Cabaret (Writing and Performance) National Institute for Dramatic Arts 2009 

Certificate III in Music for Performance Ultimo College/Sydney TAFE 2005 

Bachelor of Arts (majors in English and philosophy, GPA 6.87) University of Queensland 1998 

Graduate Diploma in Dance and related subjects The Australian Ballet School 1979 

I have additional formal and informal training in singing, improvisational theatre (Playback), fine arts (sculpture, drawing), journalism, body training (Pilates, yoga, Bodyweather, Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms, etc), and in small business management for artists. 



Reviews, Features and Interviews 

My extensive work as a dance writer appeared in Dance Australia, 1996-2011, The Australian, 1997-98 (Brisbane), 2006 (Sydney), The Courier Mail, 1999 (Sydney), and Tanz Europe, 2011 (in German translation)

Essays and Commentary 

Blog –
‘The need for a ‘better death’’ – South Sydney Herald, August 2013
‘Workaday muse’ – Look magazine, Art Gallery of NSW, October 2008
Assorted articles on range of subjects, from the perversity of the business suit to the death of Princess Diana – The Review (Brisbane street press), 1998


Excerpt of my novel-in-progress Last Train for the Coast Hecate, vol. 38 (1&2), 2012
Short story ‘The Rape of the Lock’ – Semper Floreat magazine, University of Queensland, 1996


Vocalist – with inner-Sydney bands Fain and Cydneycide, then with guitarist Eugene Jiang as songwriting duo Siren (CD available on request) 2002-09

Cabaret artist – self-created and collaborative productions 1998-2010, including Sofarama (cabaret lounge set, SilverFuture bar, Berlin 2009), The Goddess Project (collaborative cabaret, Bar Me, Sydney 2005), Young, Gifted and Blue (Nina Simone tribute solo cabaret, La Bar, Sydney 2003), and VideoCombustion (hybrid multimedia collaboration, Performance Space, Sydney 2002). 

Featured artist – the Queensland Ballet. Toured nationally and internationally; roles included Medea in Natalie Weir’s Medea and both Giselle and Myrthe in Garth Welch’s classic Giselle 1988-92

Dancer – the Australian Ballet. Toured nationally and internationally; roles included Swan Lake Act 1 Pas de Six Solo and Suite en Blanc Miseres 1982-84 

Dancer – the Dancers Company, final school year/s and junior touring company of the Australian Ballet. Toured nationally 1980-81

Film/TV Credits – actor and extra 2000-01, including Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (as Kalyn Farnmir), Moulin Rouge!, and assorted TV work including Home and Away, CNNNN (The Chaser) and various commercials. 


Coached regional private student to acceptance into full-time elite training institute 2014-15
Choreographed Lest We Forget, a dance theatre Anzac commemoration for Henry Lawson High School, Grenfell NSW 2015
Choreographed classical and demi-character eisteddfod solos 2015
Taught stretch and conditioning to dance students at Cowra High School 2015
Taught community class in stretch and conditioning, Redfern 2004-8
Choreographed and directed The Nutcracker for Darling Downs Ballet 1995
Directed classic version of Sleeping Beauty Act III for Darling Downs Ballet 1994
Directed and featured in classic version of Swan Lake Act IV for DDB 1993
Devised and taught ESL program, Information Technology Training Institute, Sydney 2000-01
Devised and taught ESL program, Bilsit Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association, Istanbul 1999
Private tutor in ESL 2000-03 


Finalist, Cowley Literary Award 2015 

UQ – Brisbane School of Arts Prize 1998

UQ – Jessie Mary Vasey Memorial Prize 1998

UQ – Winner, Semper Floreat magazine annual short story competition 1996 

UQ – Special commendation in the triennial Thomas Morrow Prize 1996 

UQ – Lizzie Heal-Warry Prize 1995 


On request