Women's Equality Day - Women in the Arts
An open discussion with women in the Arts
by Rebel Stepz
Join Rebel Stepz and a panel of special guests to celebrate Women's Equality Day.
This online event will be a chance to hear from Melbourne's most talented and artistic women, leading the way in the Arts industry.
This will be an opportunity for everyone to learn about the challenges our panelists encounter and how being women within the Arts sector has affected their careers.
Panelists will discuss topics including:
- Male Structures in the workplace
- Female Structures. Do women really support women?
- The perfect image of a woman. Rejection vs Perfection
Our guests will be invited to ask our panelists questions and take part in live polls and brainstorming exercises. This is about sharing information and inspiring each other.
There will be some live performances too!
Everyone is welcome.
MEET THE PANEL:
Sheena Chundee - Artistic Director, Rebel Stepz
Sheena is a former Ballerina and Choreographer who trained and danced with The Royal Ballet and dance companies such as English National Ballet and The Australian Ballet.
Sheena went onto work as a Sound Engineer and whilst completing a BA in Journalism and Creative Writing.
Sheena founded Rebel Stepz, a creative arts organisation that designs workshops, events and programs for schools, youth groups and community organisations, as well as offering production services to corporate groups. Rebel Stepz consists of dancers, actors, designers, stage technicians, artists and musicians.
Jo Walker - Content Strategist
Jo Walker is a Melbourne-based content strategist who's worked with brands such as Spotlight, Medibank and Doc Martens to tell stories and nab audiences in print, digital, podcast and social media.
She was Editor of Frankie Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Frankie Press for over a decade, collecting two Australian Magazine of the Year awards and three Women's Fashion Awards at the Australian Magazine Awards. She also features in the book Queens of Print: Interviews with Australia's Iconic Women's Magazine Editors.
Lisette Drew - Stage Manager and Author
Lisette Drew is a writer and stage manager graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Production, receiving the Friends of VCA Limelighters Award and the Ron Rosanove Travelling Scholarship for her theatre work.
Lisette is currently a stage manager bringing stories to life on stage for Melbourne Theatre Company. She has worked on twenty shows with the company, many being new Australian plays. For the last three years, Lisette has toured theatre productions to young people in Victorian and Tasmanian regional communities.
In 2020, Lisette's passion for writing has come centre stage with her play, Breakwater, being shortlisted for Edythe Brook Cooper Playwriting Competition and her short story chosen for Melbourne City of Literature Wildlife Postcards Project. Lisette is a member of Writer’s Victoria.
Deepa Mani - Artistic Director, Chandralaya Dance.
Deepa is the Artistic Director of Chandralaya School of Dance, an Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance School in Melbourne aimed at nurturing and developing the inherent artistic interests of each student.
Deepa's background has included IT Management and for the last 17 years, Deepa has been focussing on Business Transformation and Architecture for medium to large sized organisations.
Deepa made the move 2.5 yrs ago and switched careers from IT to the Arts and she has been loving the challenge of startups and nurturing small business'. Deepa believes that her knowledge of IT has given her all the tools needed to become an entrepreneur.
Samantha Sharpe - Singer/Songwriter
After stints as a Personal Trainer, Baker, and Children's Entertainer, Samantha finally found her calling as a Singer/Songwriter. Sam believed that following her passion and being brave enough to "jump in" was the best way forward.
Sam has always entertained the idea of being a CEO, and believes she is, "just on a smaller scale".
Sam has had much success with live performances and releasing her first EP in 2019 which included five original songs which were independently released and recorded.
Sam has have a diploma in pop music and performance, a certificate in music management, alongside assorted qualifications from industries she no longer works in but have assisted her in her growth nonetheless.
Nat Rowe - Director, Revolutionary Drones Records
Nat is a Melbourne-based creative focused on management and marketing.
Nat founded Revolutionary Drones Records in 2016.
Revolutionary Drones Offers artist management and business advice, marketing plans, and also digital solutions including web hosting and design.
Nat has helped grow many small business by producing engaging, original and SEO friendly copy for websites.
Nat is able to create an online presence for business', creating single page designs through to multi level sites. She is able to assist with ensuring site strategies including SEO requirements . Nat is also a skilled strength trainer, running her own boot camps and teaching classes for women's only fitness groups. Nat is a keen craft maker, designing underwear and accessories.
Beray Uzunbay - Artist
Beray is a Melbourne based painter. She creates landscapes using soft pastels, teaches, curates and exhibits her work. In 2020 she curated and co-curated AFTER DAWN exhibition at Albert St Gallery and the Ramadan exhibition at Islamic Museum of Australia, respectively.
Beary's art is all about exploring human emotions, and making commentary on important socio-political issues. She draws inspiration from the post-impressionist movement and from artists like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
Beray was also a Creative of the Year 2019 Finalist for Australian Muslim Achievement Awards, alongside Nazeem Hussain and Maryam Popal Zahid.
This is an 18+ event so feel free to grab your friends, open a bottle of wine or some beers and let's chat!
- Guests will have an opportunity to hear from 6 women, all involved in the Arts sector. These women will be imparting knowledge on their individual fields. Guests will learn be exposed stories that may raise questions about women's equality within the workplace, in the case the focus will be in the arts sector.
- The opportunity to connect with 6 artistic women from various sectors within the arts. There will be the chance to share your own stories and ask questions which this very special panel will be happy to answer.
- Feel free to grab a drink, some snacks and a notepad/pen of you would like to take notes. Each guest will be emailed a small pack, introducing you to the panel in more detail along with some inspirational content and info relating to the event.
Wear anything you feel comfortable in.
Anyone who identifies as a woman.
Vendor since 2019
Rebel Stepz is an Arts based organization developing creative & artistic workshops & events for everyone.
Our programs are always fun & educational but also an experience.
Rebel Stepz provides its guests with unique insights into the Arts.
We present our guests with opportunities to develop new skills, learning from leading industry professionals such as Dancers, Artists, Musicians, Actors, Theatre Technicians & Designers.
We believe in making the Arts accessible whilst providing our guests with a safe and relaxed environment in which they can learn and create.
Our workshops are designed to improve wellbeing and community connection.
Everyone is welcome. There is no experience necessary for any of our classes.
We look forward to seeing you in our workshops and enjoying the beautiful world of The Arts.
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