WHO I AM
I work with creative arts & media, technology, games, community cultural development, and education to explore ideas around community, identity, liminality, belonging, and social justice. I come from a long line of migrants, never neatly fit any one demographic and subculture, and being Othered or Foreign is now near-first-nature to me - it drives my life's work.
I'm highly skilled and passionate at building bridges and connections across cultures and demographics, adapting to quickly-changing circumstances, taking initiative, working with new media and technology, researching resources and networks, and producing in multiple creative and media forms. I'm a life-long writer, a strident activist for rights to self-determination and personal choice, and have built a reputation for creating challenging, catalyzing creative & community work that deals with race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. Currently I'm very interested in exploring the ways that arts, media, performance, games, and other mediums can be used to convey and support experiences of transience and flux while also building empathy and understanding for experiences and stories outside one's own.
I have worked and am working with a wide range of organisations and causes in the US, Australia, Malaysia, and worldwide, including Freeplay, Lesbians Incorporated, Autostraddle, DiGRA, Global Fund for Women, SF LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, SOMArts, Slutwalk, Center for Sex and Culture, 4zzzfm, Vulcana Women's Circus, and many more. I hold an MFA in Creative Inquiry from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where I also was part of the Center for Writing and Scholarship Fellowship (for pedagogy and practical experience in college-level academic tutoring), as well as a Bachelors in Creative Industries (Creative Industries Management, Creative & Professional Writing) from Queensland University of Technology, where I was a recipient of a Student Leadership Award in 2007. I also earned a High Distinction in Harvard Business School's HBX CORe program and was part of the pilot class for HBX Live Managing Your Career. I am currently a member of Double Union and the fembot collective.
I'm not terribly fond of the question "Where are you from?", as I find any possible answer to be deeply insufficient. Since so many people dispute my answer anyway I have been tempted to take on the approach of groundbreaking Victorian-era performance artist and writer Adah Isaacs Menken by changing my story every time. (Add in other identity axes such as gender, sexuality, or politics and there’s enough material for multiple novels.) That said, I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia and am open to opportunities here or elsewhere.
Consider the unicorn: made up of parts that don’t usually go together, mythical, yet so beloved that people will go to all lengths to make it exist.
Now consider the platypus: made up of parts that don’t usually go together, real, yet so confounding that for many years even scientists could not believe they existed.
I am the platypus – and my life’s work has been to create spaces so that other platypus and anyone else that traverses flux, the liminal, the in-between can find themselves reflected, represented, counted. My work explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other identity axes claimed by or imposed on each other.
I turned to writing as a child to try and make sense of being the Other, ostracized because I didn’t neatly belong in any category. The writing carried me through my life of transience and reinventions – including my current foray into interdisciplinary art, based on burlesque and performance while playing with other forms, satirizing and challenging stereotypes made about my body, my background, my being. In between I have worked with media, alternative education, and social justice – and I envision myself constantly changing and shifting.
Currently I am very interested in producing work that, through live immersive experience, allows participants to build empathy and understanding for stories & experiences outside their own. In 2018 I'm especially looking at stage magic as a means for this kind of experience; I'm also interested in the ways that performance art, theater, VR, games, LARPing, and related forms can coexist to create engaging storytelling experiences for both artist and audience alike.
My various incarnations and shifts have allowed me to build diverse networks of vibrant resources and people – connections that I love sharing with each other. My fairy-godmother skills have made people famous, sparked careers, and made the improbable happen. I enjoy delving deep into research while also being as practically involved as possible.
For me it’s all about building experiences: whether through a performance, a community project, a blog, or just by existing in the world and making my existence known – and through this I have been a beacon for others looking for that same acceptance and recognition.
Sparking collaborations and career paths by connecting people to the right networks and opportunities, making unique creative connections between disparate groups, cross-cultural communication, interviewing, research (especially finding obscure resources online), adapting to different cultures and circumstances, understanding and learning new technology quickly, working efficiently and effectively at high speed, constant flow of ideas
Liminality, intersectionality, identity, feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQ rights, immigration, human rights, cultural exchange, community cultural development, arts & technology, performance, interdisciplinary arts, creative and media writing, travel, reading, alternative education, arts & media as tools for empowerment and social change, supporting artsy geeky girls, fandom and fan culture, creative social enterprise, music, immersive experiences, interactive art, games, ARGs, transmedia, new & digital media, creativity, sexuality, gender, race, culture, travel, social justice, magic (stage and spiritual), volunteering, ideas, creative philanthropy, social media, cross-cultural communication, sex-positivity, activism, anti-slut-shaming, circus, burlesque, improv, stage work, singing, reading, glitter, television, radio, Aqua, Savage Garden, Darren Hayes, Harry Potter, Homestuck, Steven Universe, The Wicked + The Divine, mashups and unusual covers.
PRESS && MEDIA
PRESS && MEDIA