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MELBOURNE – Margaret Dobson

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MELBOURNE – Margaret Dobson

margdobsonMy working creative life has been focused on developing new performance projects presented through theatre, cabaret and street theatre, with music, satire and political content. 

In the early years of the Melbourne Fringe, I performed in the collaboratively produced Women’s Seasons on group and solo shows.

As my experiences and skills increased, I moved into schools with Vox Bandicoot and Environmental Education, musical street theatre with The Teabags Marching Band, and later cabaret and satire with The Romanoffs. Developing my writing skills at RMIT with the Professional Writing and Editing course, gave me an opportunity to look at other ways to create performance and expanding my opportunities. Working with grants administration in State and Local Government, I was able to use my experience in the performing arts to advocate for the arts and artists.

In between administration contracts I continued to hostess and perform with Finucane & Smith on The Burlesque Hour and The Carnival of Mysteries and the development of Peta Murray’s play Thing That Fall Over. My recent position as Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre I worked on the School Holiday Program, Emerging Cultural Leaders Program and The Pacific Arts Festival. My ability in helping to develop other people’s projects, giving my knowledge and skill to deliver results in a community setting, was a hugely satisfying and productive time. I am currently working on using historical source material by Clare Wright for a performance project for the 160th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, the Women of the Goldfields.

 
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