Actor, Storyteller, Director, Playwright, Artistic Director
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Jo-anne Sarre’s professional career has spanned over 25 years, taking her throughout Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and China. Now based in the Adelaide Hills, Ink Pot Arts’ Artistic Director is committed to creating innovative theatre with good tales to tell. Specialising in Creative Speech and the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Jo-anne has performed as a storyteller and actor. She has also worked as a free-lance director, ran Speech and Drama courses at Emerson College, UK, and was an assistant Voice Coach at Flinders University (2016).
Jo-anne completed her BA Honours research project that investigates the presence of the poetic in Theatre for Young People in 2008- 2009. As Artistic Director of Ink Pot Arts, she and her colleagues have received a Merit Award for 2015 Community Event of the Year with the Mount Barker District Council (for new work From Footprint to Footplate) and a Finalist, Brand SA Regional Awards – Arts and Creative Industries 2015.
The latter is “for outstanding achievements and significant contributions demonstrating excellence in South Australia’s regional communities.” The former was a new theatre work, which placed the history of the Adelaide Hills in the context of the custodianship of the traditional owners of the land, the Peramangk people.
As co-founder of Ink Pot Theatre and founding Artistic Director of Ink Pot Arts Inc, she has been actively engaged in bringing high quality theatre as a catalyst for personal transformation, cross-cultural learning and Community Cultural Development.
Michael Fazackerley was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania. He obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts majoring in Theatre from the University of Tasmania – Academy for the Performing Arts in 2009. He is an actor, playwright and theatre maker who has performed with a number of theatre companies in both Tasmania and South Australia; performances include, Pillow Man by Centre Stage (2010) 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Centre Stage (2011), The Wordsmith’s Cats by Inkpot Arts (2017/18) and A Series of Awkward Encounters by Play.Every.Day Actors Studio (2018). As a playwright, Michael has written for the 24 Project, first with the farcical comedy, Huskey Hits the Road Amid Electric Dreams (2017) and Catagory is: Cotton Mouth (2018)
Most recently Michael has been developing his writing for both the stage and screen. His writing is comedic and satirical, he explores weird and wacky elements of society and integrates social and political events and incidents that have affected his life or those around him.
Simon has been treasurer of Ink Pot Arts for a many years now. He came into this position after a number of years as a bookkeeper in a small/medium Adelaide business. His involvement in community theatre goes back to 1988. He has been part of local productions as well as a 6 month season touring in a big London based show. He was able to closely watch the producer manage the finances of a show with a cast of 30 touring Europe and North America. He then worked in admin for a smaller UK dance company. Simon can always found behind the scenes or at the front-of-house but never onstage in the spotlight unless he is hiding behind a ukulele! In his day job he is a horticulturist on an organic farm.
Phi fell in love with the performing arts at a very young age. At 13 she was a founding drama student at Ink Pot Arts in the Adelaide Hills and has performed with and has performed in/ produced and hosted countless projects with them since 2004
As an Arts Worker at Life Without Barriers and coordinator of community arts & engagement events Phi understands the transformative power of the creative. As an artist, she understands the power of stories and shares these with music to open conversations and challenge social stigma.
When she’s not producing community projects or events or sharing her cabaret shows you can find Phi playing various variety shows around Adelaide with her ukulele-storytelling or MCing quirky events such as the Art Battle Spectacular Live Art Event.
Since graduating from a Bachelor in Creative Arts/Theatre Performance at the University of Wollongong in 2002 Jessica has worked as an actor, creative, facilitator, director, theatre maker and visual artist. A focus has been in exploring contemporary forms and performance making with young people through her role of Artistic Director of Rising Damp Youth Performing Arts. Jessica has developed a number of new works, including site specific hybrid works ‘Virus Detected’, and ‘Focalize’, dance theatre work ‘Iris’, and a viewpoints exploration which resulted in the physical theatre work ‘I Am Here… Waiting’. Jessica is a key creative, actor and story consultant for the complex and exciting hybrid work ‘If There Was A Color Darker Then Black I’d Wear It’, winner of the Ruby Award for Innovation in 2013. She has undertaken professional development with My Darling Patricia, a Jump mentorship in design for hybrid contemporary performance, and an Australia Council Community Partnerships program with Darwin Community Arts. Jessica has developed animation and projected image installations for the CHAN Contemporary Arts Space, design for theatre, and live projection/new media collaborations with the Mimi Artists. And PUNCTUM. In 2011 her digital work was featured at the Australian Business Arts Foundation State Awards in SA.
In 2013/2014 Jessica was contracted by Country Arts SA to work on the Cultural Places program in the Alexandrina, working with youth arts organisations in the area in program development and project management and mentoring young artists and facilitators. Most recently she has been engaged in the SPINBACK arts and health project for Country arts SA.
Pat joined the Board in 2019 after moving to Nairne from Victoria. She brings with her a passion for having systems and partnerships in place that ensure vulnerable and disadvantaged children have access to programs that build their confidence, skills and emotional well being. Pat worked from a strong community development background in child and family health, child protection, both on the front line service delivery and in service management, Pat’s career has taken her to UK, Africa and into Aboriginal communities in both rural and central Australian desert country and has extensive experience in building service and community partnerships .
Throughout her career Pat has worked from a belief that communities and individuals must have a say in developing programs they believe would work for them and their communities. In joining the Board of Ink pot Pat will contribute her community development skills to help build future partnerships that have the capacity to further increase Ink pots capacity to include more disadvantaged children into our programs.