Mental Health Matinée: In conversation with Lived Experience Advisory Group

October 3, 2022 @ 11:00

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As part of Alter State, the Arts Wellbeing Collective invite you to a panel discussion with members of the AWC Lived Experience Advisory Group exploring the perspectives of performing arts workers with lived experience of mental distress and disability.

Proudly supported by the Besen Family Foundation.

Meet the Panel

Andi Snelling

Andi Snelling is a multi-award-winning performer, writer, mentor and an Australia Council for the Arts Future Leader 2022. She makes boundary-pushing theatre with raw honesty and playful physicality.

After studying in Melbourne, Berlin and London, Andi’s career highlights include roles in Picnic at Hanging Rock (BBC), Neighbours and her critically-acclaimed solo theatre shows, with Happy-Go-Wrong being named a “highlight of the year” (The Age). 

After having her world turned upside down by chronic illness, Andi has become a champion of thriving in impossibility. Her voice as a disability arts community activist is further strengthened by her 10+ years’ experience in the medical sector facilitating Empathy in Medicine training. Andi also runs her own creative mentoring business Kick Up The Arts, where she helps artists create and sustain their own practice.

Dan Graham

Dan Graham is a Theatre Director and a Disability Arts Advocate who uses his stellar Director resume to advocate for other neuro-diverse performing artists.

Engaging with companies such as Bell Shakespeare, MTC, Sydney Festival and Sydney Fringe, his work also features collaborations with Roundabout Theatre Company and Atlantic Theatre Company (US); and the National and the Globe Theatre in the UK.

Dan is a fellow of the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program, an Ian Potter Foundation Scholarship, and Create NSW Fellowship recipient.

Rhen Soggee

Rhen Soggee is a white migrant currently living and working on unceded Kaurna Yerta & Kulin Nations, studying on Bidjigal and Gadigal Country. 

Rhen has worked across independent, Small-to-Medium orgs, Statutory Authorities and Majors, as well in event contemporary/ commercial events and a wide range of arts and cultural festivals, alongside their advocacy work particularly for Queer communities. They are currently finalising an MFA of Cultural Leadership at NIDA.

Rhen has a keen interest in contemporary and experimental arts, digital, hybrid and inter/multidisciplinary arts, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. They are currently the senior Creative Producer at Next Wave and Co-Cahir of the Post Office Projects Gallery and Studios Board and recently completed a term on South Australia’s Rainbow Advocacy Alliance’s Community Advisory Group.

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