From time to time Tasmania Performs identifies and develops relationships with performing artists at critical points in their careers that could benefit from long term mentoring.
Previous artists assisted by Tasmania Performs have included Clare Dawson, Glen Murray, Mature Artist Dance Experience and Nathan Maynard
Currently we are working with Kartanya Maynard, Jordy Gregg and Denni Proctor who are all indigenous emerging artists undertaking mentorships with Tasmania Performs assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Denni Proctor is a 25yr old Palawa woman living in Launceston Tasmania.
She is a musician, singer-songwriter, dancer, visual artist, actor. Over the last 5 years performing at Falls festival, Woodford folk festival, and supported artist’s such as Uncle Archie Roach, and danced with Xavier Rudd and Baker Boy.
Denni studied at the The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music in Adelaide.
Denni is currently performing in Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s ‘A Not So Traditional Story’ touring to schools across Tasmania.
Kartanya Maynard is a trawlwoolway, Kaurna and Ngadjuri woman of Hobart, Tasmania. She is an established musician who graduated from the UTas Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music. She is passionate about her connection to culture and giving back to her community through her music. She has notably contributed music to the Bob Brown Foundation’s work in saving takayna/the Tarkine and numerous protests/gatherings for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.
This passion for the Arts doesn’t stop with Music. Throughout her time at school, notably in college, she studied Drama and earned leading roles in numerous productions, including All Shook Up, Lysistrata and and Louis Nowras’s Radiance. Kartanya is interested in using theatre to portray and convey stories within Aboriginal culture and history.
Jordy Gregg, is a 20 year old murrie man, who has strong cultural ties to the palawa community.
He graduated with a Certificate 4 in Aboriginal Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2016 and was mentored by film maker by Dave Pyefynch to make short film Chemical Ocean as part of the Kickstart Arts happiness program
In 2017 Jordy worked as a performer for Terrapin Puppet Theatre on the creative development of Not so a Traditional Story by Nathan Maynard, was supported by Tasmania Performs to attend and be mentored at Yirramboi Festival in Melbourne and attended the Tasmania Performs Artist Residency.
Jory’s is working on his first play Park Days, which was read as part of the Breaking Ground Māori Playwritng Festival in Wellington New Zealand in June 2018.
Jordy is represented by Real People for film and television work. https://www.realpeople.com.au/profile/24487