This program provides a queer context in which participants can develop their practice, and includes access to professional mentoring, and workshops with likeminded (or radically different-minded) peers.
Now in its second year, Midsumma Futures provides the opportunity for today's generation of early-career artists to advance their career, deepen their practice, gain exposure and lead the future of queer culture.
For 30 years Midsumma has been fertile ground for queer culture-makers, forging careers for some of Australia’s most respected cultural and artistic voices. Check out the 12 successful applicants, and their mentors, for the inaugural Midsumma Futures in 2017-2018.
The following 11 participants have been selected for Midsumma Futures 2018-2019. Over the next months they will be matched with a professional artist mentor and attend three professional development workshops led by artists and industry representatives.
Mark Brown II, aka Nefertiti LaNegra, is a performance artist based in Melbourne but originally from a small hamlet called Haynesville, VA
(USA). He is a graduate of Brown University (Providence, RI USA) where he studied Theatre Arts and Ethnic Studies with focus in feminism. His artistic background and practice includes Afro-Cuban dance, Haitian dance, West African (primarily Malian) dance, modern dance, theatre, drag, and playwriting. In addition to being an artist he also likes to lift heavy objects via Crossfit - but he is not #teamMasc and is always trying to recruit new queers to join, so don’t get it twisted and he's a coder.
Nefertiti LaNegra is a muscle queen of color who loves nothing more than to explode, expand, and fail at drag and vocal music. She samples music that is representative of her background (including salsa, Santeria chants, African-American gospel, and queer pop icons) to highlight the innate expressions of her voice and to draw connection between herself and the history of her communities. When thinking about drag everyone expects a Judy Garland but no one expects a Serena Williams - and that’s where Nefertiti fills the gap.
Samuel Russo is an emerging performer, theatremaker, educator and director with a passion for physical dynamism, narrative and queer aesthetics. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Samuel has been creating playful and imaginative work for venues and festivals around the country including How To Kill The Queen of Pop
, Massive Bitch
, Lonely Planet
and High Achievers
. Samuel is currently developing a re-imagining of The Maids By Jean Genet with long time collaborator Adam Ibrahim which will premiere at Midsumma Festival 2019.
Samuel recently accepted an offer to study a Masters of Collaborative Theatre Making with Frantic Assembly & Coventry University in the UK, which he hopes to undertake in 2020.
Samuel’s Credits include; As Director or Assistant Director: Massive Bitch
(Sydney Fringe/ Melbourne International Comedy Festival), High Achievers
(Melbourne International Comedy Festival / Melbourne Fringe), The Chapel Perilous
(Red Stitch Actors Theatre), As Maker/Performer: How To Kill The Queen Of Pop
(Perth Fringe World/ Melbourne Fringe Festival), Rainbow Paradiso
(Melbourne Fringe), Lonely Planet
(Melbourne Fringe), 3 Boys 1 Box
(VCA/Fairfax Regional Arts Festival), Un/Clean
(VCA/Fr!sk Festival Regional Tour). As Performer; Werewolf
(Red Stitch - Play List), Cuckoo
(45 Downstairs), Notes from Zombieland
(Darebin True North Festival), The Woman in Black
(Brisbane Arts Theatre), Narnia
(Brisbane Arts Theatre), The Greeks
(VCA), Three Sisters
(VCA) and The Little Prince
Samuel is totally stoked to be taking part in the Midsumma Futures Program.samuelrusso.com
Tom (he/his/him) is a freelance composer, sound designer and producer. As a sound designer some of his credits include Anti-Hamlet
(New Working Group), The Mill on the Floss
(OpticNerve Performance Group), Astroman
(Melbourne Theatre Company), Can't Be Tamed
(Baker's Dozen Theatre Co) and my sister feather
(VIMH). In 2017 Tom was a recipient of the Besen Family Artist Placement at the Malthouse Theatre, working with Jethro Woodward on The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man
. As a producer Tom has worked closely with subversive comedy group The Very Good Looking Initiative. He was associate producer on the Green Room nominated, Let's Get Practical! Live
and the award winning social media comedy, CULL
. In 2018 Tom was awarded Best Emerging Producer at the Melbourne Fringe Festival for presenting Dazza
and Keif Go Viral
ADI GOODRICH — Mentoring Yvette Turnbull
Adi Goodrich is a Los Angeles based artist and designer best known for her colorful, iconic set designs. Her work encourages the viewer to look further into commercial imagery to see the craftsmanship and hand that is prevalent throughout. Attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and La Sorbonne in Paris, Goodrich's work is inspired by the history of art, architecture and design. Goodrich's portfolio is a range of multi-media work including large-scale set design for advertising and film, site specific murals, tour visuals for musical performances, photography, furniture design, sculptures and homewares. Alongside her commercial work, Goodrich finds importance in education and has exhibited and lectured in cities worldwide including, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Sydney.
ANAHITA GHAZVINIZADEH — Mentoring Parisa
Anahita Ghazvinizadeh got her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in studio arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "When the Kid was a Kid
" (2011, Iran), "Needle
" (2013, US) and "In the Trees
" (2015, US) forms her trilogy of short films with children as main characters; Childhood and parenthood, family theatre, and exploring notions of growth and gender identity are the main themes of these works. Her other short film "What Remains
" (2016, US) is part of a collective international project, Break the Silence, aiming to increase knowledge and action against abuse of women and youth. Anahita is the winner of the First Cinéfondation Award at Cannes Film Festival and the Silver Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival among other awards, and has showed her films in numerous festivals and shows. She was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent filmmaking in 2013 by the Filmmaker Magazine, and was in the list of 20 rising female filmmakers by IndieWire in 2017. She was a writing fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters' Lab in January 2013, artist-in-residence at Museum of Fine Art Houston's Core Program 2013-2015, and has been mentored by filmmakers such as Jane Campion and Abbas Kiarostami. Doha Film Institute Grant, Tribeca Film Institute's IWC Filmmakers' Award, Sarah Jacobson Annual Film Grant and Sundance Institute/ Doris Duke Foundation Grant are among her professional accomplishments. Anahita's feature debut THEY
premiered in the official selection of Cannes Film Festival 2017.
EMMA VALENTE — Mentoring Justin Nott
Emma is a freelance director, dramaturg and lighting designer. She is the Co Artistic director and Co CEO of feminist theatre company THE RABBLE.
Emma’s recent directing credits include: Joan
(TheatreWorks/ Wuzhen Festival), Cain and Abel
(The Substation), In The Bleak Midwinter
(Malthouse Theatre), Sappho: In 9 fragments
(Aspen Island Theatre Company), Deathly/ Death/ Dead
(Director/ Curator – Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Writers’ Festival), Cain and Abel
(Belvoir Theatre/ The Substation), Frankenstein
(Malthouse Theatre), Room of Regret
(Melbourne Festival, Theatre Works), Story of O
(Neon Festival, Melbourne Theatre Company, THE RABBLE), Orlando
(Melbourne Festival, Helium Program - Tower Theatre Malthouse – Brisbane Festival, DARK MOFO), Special
(Carlton Courthouse), The Bedroom Project
(Linden Gallery), Cageling
(CarriageWorks – 45 downstairs ), Salome: In Cogito Volume III
(CarriageWorks). For THE RABBLE she is currently working on Ulysses
and Candy House
Recently Emma has been the dramaturg for Squash!
(Meg Wilson), Moral Panic
(Rachel Perks), I sat and waited for too long
(PWA, Oliva Satchell), Schmaltz
(Daniel Schlusser/ Malthouse Theatre), Calamity!
(Zoey Dawson/ MTCNEON), Welcome to Nowhere
(Daniel Keene/ Angus Cerini/ Fleur Kilpatrick/ Morgan Rose/ Zoey Dawson - Monash University/ Tower Theatre), Podium Dances
(Arts House/ FOLA) and Bright World
(Arthur, Theatre Works).
Emma teaches Dramaturgy and Performance Making at Monash University, is artist in residence at MTC and teaches devising at the Victorian College of the Arts.
GLENDYN IVIN — Mentoring Kate Lefoe
Glendyn Ivin is one of Australia’s leading directors in television, film and commercials. He was recently listed in The Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australian televisions "Most Powerful and Influential".
Glendyn came to attention with the short film CRACKER BAG, winning the Palme d’Or in 2003 at the Cannes Film Festival. Glendyn’s first feature film, LAST RIDE, starred Hugo Weaving, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won Best New Director at The Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the Rome International Film Festival.
For television, Glendyn’s credits include the tele-movie BEACONSFIELD, PUBERTY BLUES Series 1 and 2 for which Glendyn was set up director, winning the 2012 AACTA award for Best TV Drama Series. In 2014 Glendyn directed the 7-part World War I drama GALLIPOLI and in 2015 THE BEAUTIFUL LIE, nominated for the 2016 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama and Nine AACTA Awards, including Best Mini Series.
In 2016 Glendyn directed THE SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY (Episodes 1 and 2) starring Alex Dimetriades and Hugo Weaving.
Glendyn is currently in post production on SAFE HARBOUR, a 4 x 1 hour mini series.
GORDON HALL — Mentoring Archie Barry
Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC, Art in General, Temple Contemporary, Night Club Chicago, Kent Fine Art, Foxy Production, Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, Wysing Arts Centre, Abrons Arts Center, and Chapter NY, among others. Hall's first institutional solo show will take place at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts in the spring of 2018, and Hall will be in residence at the Brodsky Center for Books and Editions at Rutgers University in the fall of 2017. As the organiser of the Center for Experimental Lectures
, Gordon Hall has launched lecture and performance programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, Interstate Projects, The Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall's writings and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including V Magazine
, Title Magazine
, Walker Art Center's Artist Op-Ed Series
, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture
(published by SculptureCenter, 2015), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer
(published by Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2016), and Theorizing Visual Studies
(Routledge, 2012). Hall was awarded a LMCC Process Space Residency, a Triangle Arts Foundation Residency, the LMCC Workspace Residency, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ACRE, and the Fire Island Artist Residency. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jack May — Mentoring Adolfo Aranjuez
Jack began dancing at the age of 13 where his interests in freestyling created a number of opportunities for him to represent the ACT at national dance competitions. He moved to Melbourne in 2010 to pursue a career in the performing arts and has since then started what he hopes to one day become and empire. 2015 saw Jack accomplish a life long dream – the opening of Momentum Arts Studios his very own dance school. His passion for teaching and love for dance have fused to create a place where others can learn and develop their skills alongside this highly sort after Melbourne based Choreographer.
Jack has had a immense performing career that has seen him work on a number of large scale events such as the Footy Show Grand Finale Players Review, Australian Hip Hop Champs, Grounded, Short and Sweet Dance Festival, amongst many more. His choreographic achievements have seen him co-choreograph a number of productions for contemporary company Collaboration the Project. He was hand picked to teach at Victorian Dance Festival in 2016/14, he was assistant to world-renowned choreographer Erica Sobol on her teaching tour in Guam, and has taught workshops around Australia and most recently at a number of Studios in Japan. Jack believes his capacity to connect with students is his greatest strength, he loves working with all ages and abilities and strives to create a classroom environment where everyone feels comfortable to step outside their box and discover what they are truly capable of.
Julie Kalceff — Mentoring Jack Fitzgerald
Julie Kalceff is an award-winning writer, director and producer. A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, Julie is the creator, writer, director and a producer of the international hit multi-platform drama Starting From Now
. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia's most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 53 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was sold to and screened on broadcast television in Australia.Starting From Now
has played on the global festival circuit, winning a number of awards including the Outstanding Diversity Award at Melbourne WebFest, 2017; the International Academy of Web Television Award of Recognition at Hollyweb Fest, 2017; and the Audience Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2016. Julie also won the award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series at LA WebFest, 2016 and was nominated for Best Writing (Drama) at the International Academy of Web Television Awards, 2017; and Best Director at the Asia Web Awards, 2017. Starting From Now
was a finalist at the Screen Producer Awards (Australia) in 2015 and 2017.
Julie recently received development funding through Screen Australia's Gender Matters initiative and is currently in development on her half-hour drama series Torn
. She was also commissioned by the ABC to write and direct First Day
, a stand-alone television episode about a 12 year-old transgender girl starting high school. First Day
screened on ABC ME in October, 2017.
JUSTIN SHOULDER — Mentoring Christopher Fieldus
Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. His main body of work the 'Fantastic Creatures' are invented alter-personas based on queered ancestral mythologies. These creatures are embodied through hand crafted costumes and prosthesis and animated by their own gestural languages. Shoulder uses his body and craft to forge connections between queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural experiences. He is a founding member of queer artist collective The Glitter Militia and Club Ate, a gang of Asia-pacific sissies. He has performed and exhibited internationally, recent highlights in 2017 include: the video body of work Ex Nilalang for AsiaTOPA by Club Ate, First Sight at Museum Macan, Jakarta and the premiere of his feature length theatre work Carrion for Liveworks, Performance Space Sydney.
KATE SULAN — Mentoring Mick Klepner Roe
Kate Sulan is the founding Artistic Director of Rawcus, an award winning theatre company of performers with and without disability. Her work draws on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines and has been described as "a moving assertion of humanity with a wicked sense of humour
". Kate is a long-term collaborator with Back to Back Theatre. She was a co-devisor for GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH, and has toured with the work as the show director to over 15 cities worldwide. She was the dramaturge for Back to Back's LADY EATS APPLE (Melbourne International Arts Festival 2017) and SUPER DISCOUNT (STC, Malthouse). Kate is one of the artists working on the five year REFUGE project for Artshouse. Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe, bringing together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners. Between 2010-2013 Kate directed and facilitated Malthouse Theatre's Suitcase Series working with writers Maryanne Lynch (HAPPINESS) and Declan Greene (TAME). She has worked as a director and dramaturge with companies such as Malthouse Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Stuck Pigs Squealing, The Women’s Circus and Theatre of Speed. In 2009, Kate created a work in Ahmedabad, India as part of an Asialink Performing Arts Residency. Kate was a board member of Next Wave Festival between 2006-2014 and was part of MTC's Women Directors Program 2014 and The Director's Lab – Melbourne International Arts Festival 2015.
MILLIE CATTLIN — Mentoring Alisha Abate
Millie Cattlin, Melbourne-based architect, is co-director of These Are The Projects We Do Together
, an organisation committed to developing experimental ideas in the fields of art, architecture and education through the design and operation of three key projects – Testing Grounds, Siteworks and The Quarry. Their team has a hands-on approach with a generous and caring attitude towards community, infrastructure and the public realm.
Stomping Ground Brewing Co is a neighbourhood brewery in Collingwood bringing people together over a great beer. In the summer of 2017, they released a special beer PRIDElweiss to raise funds for the Midsumma Futures program – and with the help of supporting venues and customers raised over $8000. PRIDElweiss will be released again to coincide with Midsumma Festival 2018. Please support those who support us!
Applications for Midsumma Futures 2018 - 2019 will open in early 2018.