The Team

Annette Carmichael

Annette Carmichael

An award-winning dance artist and creative producer, Annette specialises in large scale community arts productions that unite a diverse mix of people through their shared experience of dance, sound, movement and performance. She has worked with a diverse array of arts organisations, including West Australian Ballet, STRUT Dance Inc., Perth Festival, Ausdance WA and Denmark Arts in her hometown on Western Australia’s south coast.

James Gentle

James Gentle

Sound Designer James Gentle has collaborated with Annette on projects including The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red, Chorus, The Snake Run Project, My War?, Air and Artefact and The Index. His musical scores are epic in scope and feature original sound that explores mathematics, polyrhythmic structures and the sound world around us.

Nic Duncan

Nic Duncan

Award winning photographer Nic Duncan’s ongoing artistic collaboration with Annette culminated in a joint exhibition of The Index, their multi-media art installation, at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Nic was stills photographer for the movie Breath and is a multi-award winning portrait photographer. She works with performers to create exquisite photographic records of our projects, and shared her talents with a select group of young people for A Light Shade of Red.

Sandi Woo

Sandi Woo

Brisbane-based independent producer, dance artist, community development facilitator and educator Sandi Woo has worked with Annette on projects including The Creation of Now and The Beauty Index. She was awarded the WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional and/or Community Dance for her project YouTubeMeDance in 2013. Her parent-child dance project Because of You…, first produced in Broome in 2013. In 2020 Sandi recreated Because of You... as an online performance live-streamed from the homes of families in Denmark.

Kevin Draper

Kevin Draper

Sculptor Kevin Draper works primarily with forged steel, using minimal materials to create a sense of volume and space. His work is heavily influenced by the natural environment and has been exhibited in Australia and internationally, including Australian Perspecta and Basel, Switzerland, A regular exhibitor at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, Kevin's distinctive black and white creations are a recurring motif in Annette’s productions. He was a visual designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.

Robert Castiglione

Robert Castiglione

Filmmaker Robert Castiglione has had a long career working across different genres in capacities including writing/directing, cinematography, sound and editing. His documentary Three Dragon Tenors and short film My Nan and the Yandi were both broadcast by the ABC. His commercial work includes music videos for successful indie bands Mama Kin and San Cisco. Robert has created documentaries of Annette’s work and mentored young artists for A Light Shade of Red’s media installation.

Symantha Parr

Symantha Parr

Symantha Parr has had a lifelong love affair with dance: performing, teaching and creating. She performed in The Creation of Now and has choreographed her own projects for Brave New Works, Denmark, and the Albany Fringe Festival. Symantha was Stage Manager for My War? and costume designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.

Indra Geidans

Indra Geidans

Award winning painter Indra Geidans has had her work exhibited around Australia and internationally, from China to Switzerland. Her work is held in collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Federal Law Courts of Australia and numerous universities and local governments. She was a visual designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.

Dr. Carl Heslop

Dr. Carl Heslop

Tour Manager, Carl Heslop is a walking/dancing example of community engagement in the arts. From accidentally joining The Beauty Index in a carpark to becoming a soloist and now a tour manager – Carl’s journey has twisted, hinged and landed him here. A published researcher and Health Promotion practitioner Carl, has a strong focus on detail, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Abbie Pedersen

Abbie Pedersen

Producer Abbie Pedersen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Applied Art and Design and has spent the better part of 14 years in the creative sector, increasing awareness of art and design through public engagement, professional development and educational programs. Abbie specialises in working with local communities providing engaging content and experiences, designing and delivering capacity building programs and events. Abbie is also a wedding celebrant, has opened a venue for nuptials in Fremantle and continues to marry people on the weekends in the Great Southern. Work History; Dark Mofo, Design Tasmania, Mona, FORM, Monsoon Gallery and Plimsol Gallery.

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh

Relationships Manager Courtney Walsh is an arts-lover with a heart from the bush. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from UWA and is passionate about all things art, especially when it reaches into rural and regional communities. That passion has led her to work in both the arts and rural communities of WA including with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Farm Weekly, travelling the State and reaching out with words to a wide audience.

David Rastrick

David Rastrick

David Rastrick is a trumpeter, vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. The skills of a jazz musician with classical and contemporary grounding have allowed David to play most any style with literally hundreds of bands in WA and around Australia - live or on recordings - primarily on trumpet. David is currently working a PhD in music with the University of Southern Queensland - exploring the creative possibilities of fusing jazz with the traditional and regional music of Oceania. David composed and produced music for our family project, Because of You… by Sandi Woo.

Rachael Bott

Rachael Bott

Dance artist Rachael Bott has been performing, choreographing and teaching dance for more than 20 years since completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Rachael has performed nationally and internationally, created work across a range of contexts and taught technique and creative process to all ages and experiences. Since 2015, Rachael has been co-director of Creative Moves WA, a company delivering creative dance programs in schools and community organisations with a particular focus on teaching children to create their own movement. Rachael also has a keen interest in using dance as a tool for engaging students and synthesising learning across the whole curriculum.

Alex Desebrock

Alex Desebrock

Alex Desebrock is an independent artist whose work spans interactive theatre, live art, installations, online and public interventions. Her practice focuses around empathy, connecting strangers, big questions and the child's voice. She is the lady behind Maybe ( ) Together which has presented works across Australia including Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Come Out Festival, Awesome Festival, The Arts Centre Melbourne and ArtPlay. Alex is passionate about creating high quality, insightful arts experiences for children and adults.