Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
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Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
Recipients 2014
Adele Querol
Course/Project: Atlantic Acting School, New York
Adele grew up in rural Victoria  and left when she was 17 to complete her formal tradition at Western Australian Academy Performing Arts (WAAPA), Adele has toured all over Australia with Bell Shakespeare Company,  performed with Tim Minchin at  Sydney Theater Company and acted in Australian award winning short films.
Amber Boardman
Visual Artist
Course/Project: William Street Live/Work Residency, Sydney
Amber has worked with composers and performers on a series of "Visual Concerts" and immersive public art installations. Her work was included in Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Art Festival, Flux Projects public art festival and "The Wagner Experience" in Germany and the Netherlands.
Aristea Mellos
Course/Project: Eastman School of Music, The University of Rochester, New York
Aristea Mellos is an Australian composer and doctoral candidate at the Eastman
School of Music. Her compositions are regularly performed throughout Australia,
Canada, the United States, and Europe in venues such as Spectrum New Music
(Manhattan), The Orpheum (Vancouver), Kilbourn Hall (Rochester), and the Megaron Performing Arts Centre (Athens).

Chuck Hudson
Director (Opera, Theater & Musical)
Course/Project: Training program, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne
Based in New York City, Chuck has directed opera productions at major international companies and has directed award winning theater productions in New York and regionally, including The Pearl Theatre,, The Children’s Theatre Festival of Houston, New City Theatre, and Chicago’s Fox Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Kathryn Radcliffe
Opera Singer
Course/Project: Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Opera Summer School, Hawaii
Kathryn completed an Honors year of her Bachelor of Music Performance in 2009 at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music with first class Honors. She has since performed as a solo artist and chorus member for Opera Australia and in various productions as a freelance artist.
Kristin McIver
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Residency in New York City at Residency Unlimited, New York
Kristin is an Australian visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and  installation. Utilizing devices such as text and neon, her works explore the themes of desire and aspiration prevalent in our hyper-consumer culture.

Laura Sheedy
Performer & Director
Course/Project: Anne Bogart and SITI Company on their new project Steel Hammer, New York
Laura Sheedy is a performer and director. She has directed work for Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide
Fringe, The World Theatre Festival and La Trobe and Princeton Universities. Most recently, Laura directed Charles Mee Jr’s Big Love and created a new work,
By The Time You Get This, for The Princeton University Sound Kitchen with her company, Nothing To See Here.
Madison Bycroft
Visual Artist
Course/Project: International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
Madison completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with first class honours at the University of South Australia. She has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout Australia and recently in Canada, in public, commercial
and artist run galleries, as well experimenting with  non-traditional sites. She has a multi media practice, including video, sculpture and performance.
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Inaugural International Art Song Festival with master teachers Graham Johnson and Deborah Birnbaum
From 13-20 July 2014 the WAAPA hosted the first event of its kind in Australia, a dedicated art song festival that brings together world-class international performers and teachers with Australian/Asia-Pacific singers and pianists. Master teachers Deborah Birnbaum and Dr Graham Johnson led a week of master classes on the songs of Franz Schubert.

Sarah Jackson
Actor & Comedian
Course/Project: The Second City Training Centre, Chicago
Sarah is an actor and comedian from Melbourne. Stage credits include original Musical Comedy 'Suitcases, Baggage & other Synonyms' (2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival sell-out season) and 'Tell Me About Yourself' (2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival). Sarah is a finalist in Australia's largest open-mic competition, RAW Comedy.
Adam Markowitz
Furniture Designer
Course/Project: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine
Holding graduate degrees in both Architecture and Furniture Design, from schools of design and craft in Melbourne, Hobart, The Netherlands and Denmark, Adam brings a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to furniture design and craft. His work values the intimate connection between design and fabrication, and the intersection of modern digital processes and traditional methods of craftsmanship.
Alies Sluiter
Writer & Director
Course/Project: Columbia University, New York
Alies is a writer, director, composer and multi-instrumentalist for documentaries, television (CNN, BBC, ABC, SBS and Foxtel), music, theater and dance productions who has performed in over 50 countries. Her first documentary as writer, director and co-producer, The Monks', is currently in pre-production, supported by the Documentary Australia Foundation.

Bonnie Lane
Video Installation Artist
Course/Project: New York University, New York
Bonnie is a video installation artist born in Melbourne. Her works have been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Anna Pappas Gallery, Linden Centre for
Contemporary Arts, and BUS Projects in Melbourne and Art Currents Institute in New York City. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Norway, Portugal, South Korea and the USA.
Caitlin Cassidy
Opera Singer
Course/Project: Mannes College of Music, New York

Caitlin Cassidy is a mezzo-soprano in the Young Artist Program at the West Australian Opera (WAO) and an exciting newcomer to the operatic stage. Caitlin made her principal debut with WAO last year as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and was delighted to re-join the company for the 2014 production of the Magic Flute as the Third Lady. She is a graduate from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she completed a Bachelor of Music, a Graduate Diploma and a Master of Creative Arts.
Cassandra Tytler
Visual Installation Artist
Course/Project: New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York
Cassandra Tytler is an artist working within single-channel video, performance, and installation. She is particularly fascinated by the symbolism of popular clichés, and within her work pastiches isolated and fragmented cultural conventions, and shapes them into revealing stories or situations. Tytler has exhibited and screened work nationally and internationally, and has done live performance around Europe and in Melbourne.

Emma Lindsay
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Residency at Point B Worklodge, New York
Emma Lindsay is a Brisbane based emerging artist interested in the depiction of species endangerment and extinction. Lindsay's work to date has focused on the representation of
Australian ornithological specimens held exclusively in museum collections across the world. Her work is represented in national and international private and institutional collections. Lindsay graduated from the Queensland College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with First Class Honours.
Jesse Rasmussen
Course/Project: Yale School of Drama, Connecticut
Jesse is a founding member of 'junkyard opera' company 4Larks. Works include: Orpheus, (Getty Villa Theater Lab, LA, 2014), The Plague Dances (Company in Residence, Malthouse, 2012), Undine (2011 ), Peer Gynt (2010), and Alice (2009). Jesse devises theatre with tertiary and high school students (Artists in Schools grant, 2014).
Lara Baker Finch
Course/Project: San Francisco Academy Orchestra, San Francisco
Lara studied at the Queensland Conservatorium under Michele Walsh and Graeme Jennings. She received her Bachelor of Music with first class Honours in 2012 and Master of Music studies in 2014. Her passion is for orchestral music, and she has performed with the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Queensland Syrrphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Sarah Guilmartin
Course/Project: Opera Singer
The New School for Music, New York
Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Music Performance at West Australian Academy of
Performing Arts CNAAPA) under the tutelage of Patricia Price.  Her studies continued through the West Australian Opera Young Artist Program where she made her debut role as First Lady in The Magic Flute. She has performed a number of roles in Opera, Operetta and has appeared in concert throughout Australia and Ireland.
Zachary Bradford
Course/Project: New York University, New York
Zachary maintains a busy career as a vocal teacher and coach. As a professional vocalist, Zachary has a wealth of experience performing at festivals, clubs, corporate events and over 50 musical theater productions. He has performed on stage with finalists from Tv's ''The Voice", "Idol" & 'The
X Factor".
Gabriel Andrews
Acoustic guitarist
Course/Project: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Gabriel Andrews is an emerging Australian acoustic guitarist. In 2014 he won the Wilson Centre International Guitar Competition, opening for Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook in the evening showcase. He released his EP Pathways at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in 2013. After receiving a Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2013, he joined the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and currently works as a tutor in The Bachelor of Music program while completing his Masters.

Natasha Fearnside
Course/Project: Private Coaching with Mark Nuccio, New Jersey
Born in Sydney, Natasha Fearnside completed her Bachelor of Music in Brisbane and her Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice in Hobart. Natasha has worked as a freelance clarinetist in Melbourne and taught and tutored at various schools and programs. After arriving in New York in 2014, Natasha quickly found a place in a number of small groups, chamber and orchestral ensembles. In 2014 she was an artist participant in the California Hidden Valley Music Seminar of Mark Nuccio (Associate Principal New York Philharmonic).

Natalie Dietz
Jazz Vocalist
Course/Project: New England Conservatory, Boston
Since graduating from the elite jazz vocal program at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 at age 25, Natalie has toured Australia and New Zealand performing at renowned jazz venues. In 2013 she recorded a debut EP with highly esteemed New York musicians Aaron Parks, Mike Moreno, Joshua Crumbly and Justin Brown to international critical acclaim. In 2014 she was one of 3 vocalists selected internationally into New England Conservatory’s prestigious jazz vocal master's program.
Susan Gibb
Arts Curator
Course/Project: International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York
Susan is an arts curator and writer based in Sydney, Australia. She recently ran the independent curatorial initiative Society, and has held curatorial positions at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Carriageworks and Campbelltown Arts Centre. She writes regularly for art publications including ArtAsiaPacific.

Tarryn Gill
Multidisciplinary artist
Course/Project: International Studio and
Curatorial Program, New York
Tarryn Gill is a multidisciplinary Australian artist whose practice spans photography, film, performance, sculpture, drawing and theatre design. She has exhibited at museums such as Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; 17th Biennale of Sydney; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Art Basel Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Devon Ward
Visual Artist
Course/Project: The University of Western Australia
Devon is an interdisciplinary artist investigating how information and biotechnologies intervene on living materials and processes. His work takes the form of multimedia installations, sculptures and printed books. Devon earned a Master of Biological Art from the University of Western Australia.Devon has exhibited in Japan, the US and Australia, most recently in Perth for the opening of his master’s exhibition “Nerves in Patterns on a Screen.”
Zoe White
Ballet Dancer
Course/Project: The Joffrey Academy of Dance Chicago, Chicago

Zoe White is from Brisbane, Australia. She has been dancing since the age of three and at 16 was accepted into the ‘Professional Training Program’ with The Washington School of Ballet. Over the years Zoe has been accepted into and participated in numerous Ballet ‘Summer Schools’ including The School of American Ballet (NYC), American Ballet Theatre (NYC), and most recently The Joffrey Ballet Chicago (Chicago).


Alec Knight
Ballet dancer
Course/Project: School of American Ballet, New York

Alec, originally from Bundaberg, Queensland, started dancing at seven years of age, and went on to study Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theater. Following almost four years in residency at The Australian Ballet School’s Interstate/International Junior Program, Alec was accepted into The School of American Ballet in New York where is part of their full time program.

Elise Bonato
Multidisciplinary Artist
Course/Project: New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation, New York
A multidisciplinary emerging artist, Elise is a maiden of the visual‐aural arcane. Her
predominantly experimental and performance‐based practice aims to create an oeuvre of elegiac beauty through moving image, painting and drawing. Elise completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2012 with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia. Recent exhibitions include Arcane Beckoning and covet.
Jaden Hastings
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Artist‐in‐Residence at SymbioticA, University of Western Australia
An alumna of New York University, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford (New College) with advanced degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics, respectively, Jaden has recently completed her postgraduate studies in Fine Art (Art & Science) at Central Saint Martins in London. Her studio work combines scientific and artistic research into a single practice.

Jemila MacEwan
Visual Artist
Course/Project: Residency at Flux Factory, New York
Jemila MacEwan is a New York and Melbourne based interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture, performance, painting, photography, video and installation. She received her Masters Degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia in 2012. Her work has been  exhibited In Australia and the US, including the Governor's Island Art Fair in NYC and the  Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Paige Gardiner
Course/Project: Atlantic Acting School
Paige studied Classical Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium, Music Theatre at VCA, and Acting at NIDA. She has performed in productions for STC, QTC, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Pantsguys Theatre  Company. Paige has appeared in various television programs and is co-founder of sketch comedy collective I’m With Stupid.
Therese Milanovic
Course/Project: Series of performances, educational workshops, and training in the Taubman Approach to Strings and Piano, United States
Dr Therese Milanovic is in demand as both performer and pedagogue. She is Associate Faculty with the Golandsky Institute and has presented on the Taubman Approach for Queensland Conservatorium, MTAQ, Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference. She tours nationally with Topology and has performed in Singapore, Indonesia, Belgium, Netherlands and the USA.
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