Festival Well: Contributors


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Who developed Festival Well?
Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation
Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Wellbeing Collective

Chris Cheers is a psychologist, facilitator and lecturer
based in Melbourne. Before training as a psychologist,
Chris worked for arts organisations across Australia,
developing a rich understanding of the industry. Chris
Cheers Psychology specialises in providing mental
health support and workshops to clients in the arts,
performance and creative industries.

Chris is an endorsed Educational and Developmental
Psychologist and also has expertise in supporting
LGBTIQ+ clients across all ages. Chris has been a
university Lecturer in Psychology since 2011 and is a PhD
candidate at the Centre for Alcohol and Policy Research
at La Trobe University.

Glenda Chi is the Director and Purpose Coach at WHY
Discovery, working with creative individuals, businesses
and organisations in the arts and design sector.
Glenda’s work is focused on helping people discover
their purpose and creating purpose-led strategies to
shape lives and workplace cultures.

Romi Kupfer is a contemporary theatre maker, director
and producer. Romi’s practice has evolved since
2013 through practical experience collaborating with
companies, artists and communities as well as theatre
training. Romi holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts
(Honours) from Monash University and a Masters of
Directing for Performance from the Victorian College of
the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley is a NIDA graduate in
Directing, and currently works as a clinical psychologist
who consults to companies such as Bell Shakespeare,
Arts on Tour and CDP Theatre Producers. Jane is also
the research stream lead for the InsideOut Institute for
Eating Disorders, University of Sydney.

Jane has experience as a large event specialist
choreographer with extensive touring experience, and
has worked on Pan American, Commonwealth and
Olympic Games Ceremonies.

Dr Melissa Ree has a Masters and PhD in Clinical
Psychology. Melissa specialises in the psychosocial
management of adults with insomnia and sleep
difficulties through evidence-based treatments such as
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance
and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Melissa works in both clinical and research roles and
is active in treatment, training, and research into
the psychological aspects of insomnia, anxiety and
depression and has published a number of papers and
treatment protocols on the topic.

Annie Strauch is the Director of Performance Medicine
and is a passionate performance physiotherapist
with extensive experience working with professional
performers and athletes and is one of Australia’s leading
Vocal Physiotherapists. Annie holds both a Masters in
Sports Physiotherapy and Masters in Musculoskeletal
Physiotherapy and believes that every Performing Artist
deserves bespoke attention and elite physiotherapy

Annie’s passion for the Performing Arts developed
on London’s West End where she learnt much about
the Performing Arts industry and the importance of
Vocal Physiotherapy. She now manages the physical
healthcare of many Australian touring shows, is the
resident physiotherapist for the Melbourne Theatre
Company and is passionate about bringing the Art and
the Science together.

Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open access festival
championing cultural democracy – art for anyone.
Fringe celebrates freedom of artistic expression, taking
voices from the margins and amplifying them across the
city. Fringe embraces risk through an uncurated festival
which supports anyone to participate.

Melbourne Fringe is a festival unlike any other. It takes
place in theatres and galleries, but also in living rooms,
in alleyways, in bookshops and libraries, in restaurants
and cafes, in the backseat of cars – anywhere you
can imagine. By pushing boundaries and illuminating
new thoughts and ideas, Melbourne Fringe Festival
transforms not only Melbourne’s places but its people
too. Not many come out the same way they go in.

Bringing together the Melbourne International Arts
Festival and White Night into a brand new cultural
happening, RISING is a new festival: a surge of art,
music, performance and ceremony in the heart of
Melbourne. Celebrating the rise of the full moon and
the falling of night, the city is energised with large-scale
installations, performance, and communal ritual; an
open call to take part in the making of a new tradition
for Melbourne.