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The SPARK mentoring program will give 11 young artists a step up in their careers.

SPARK is the Australia Council for the Arts’ national mentoring program for young artists, supported by dance, theatre and community partnerships.

In 2008-09, eleven mentoring partnerships will be supported – six in theatre, three in dance, and two in community arts. The 2008-09 program will commence with an induction from 24-26 July during the Brisbane Festival, with participants experiencing professional development workshops, artist talks, festival shows, and mentoring training.

The 2008-09 participants are:

  • Natalie Abbott to be mentored in contemporary dance by Ros Warby VIC
  • James Brown to be mentored in theatre and multi-media performance by Gail Priest NSW
  • Sophie Chapman to be mentored by in community arts by Judith McLean QLD
  • Tanya Dupagne to be mentored in community dance by Jenny Simpson WA
  • Janie Gibson to be mentored in theatre-making by Alicia Talbot NSW
  • Mish Grigor to be mentored in theatre and live performance by Bruce Gladwin VIC
  • Luke Hickmott  to be mentorede in contemporary dance by Carlee Mellow VIC
  • Ben Hjorth to be mentored in solo performance by Brian Lipson VIC
  • Laura Levitus to be mentored in contemporary dance by Bec Reid NSW
  • Ahilan Ratnamohan to be mentored in physical theatre by Lee Wilson NSW
  • Georgie Read to be mentored in theatre-making by Leisa Shelton NSW



Brianna Roberts


(02) 9215 9030


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