The Team

Annette Carmichael

Annette Carmichael

Director

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.

Carl Heslop

Carl Heslop

Consultant and Local Producer, Distributed 15 - Porongurup

Carl Heslop reluctantly walked into the Denmark taster workshops for The Beauty Index in 2016. Carl was swept up in the excitement of seeing his wife perform in The Creation of Now and had to overcome some significant fear to join his first ever dance project. He walked into The Beauty Index a footballer and a father wanting to role model to his boys that they can do anything. He left a dancer, performer, and advocate for community arts projects. Since then, he has danced with SHOON arts, volunteered on Chorus, performed with the pvi collective, completed his PhD in public health and worked with Annette as a tour manager and soloist on the recent successful regional tour of The Beauty Index in 2021.

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.

Diana Moss

Diana Moss

Local Producer, Distributed 15 - Northcliffe

Diana Moss is a passionate advocate for the arts and has worked in the education sector for 42 years in both metropolitan and country schools in WA. Her passion for the arts and the environment is demonstrated by her involvement with various community groups over the past 23 years since becoming a resident of Northcliffe, which is located on Pibelmun country within the Noongar Nation. Diana is currently the Chairperson of Southern Forest Arts and the Northcliffe based producer for the Distributed 15 project. She believes that the arts are a powerful medium for transformation and connection.

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright

Local Producer, Distributed 15 - Margaret River

Michelle Wright has been involved in the Arts in her hometown of Margaret River for over a decade. She has a strong ambition to support emerging creative talents and foster the love of words and with experience in teaching at university and TAFE, Michelle has a passion and commitment for excellence in the arts, believing all arts are essential to build active, healthy communities. Michelle has Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology, a Post Graduate degree in Oenology and MBA completing core units in Event Management, Financial Management, Quality Management and Strategic Marketing/Sales Management. She is the owner and event coordinator of Somersault Events and has been the event manager for Cinefest OZ and Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. Michelle is currently the general manager at Arts Margaret River.

Megan Lemon

Megan Lemon

Local Producer, Distributed 15 - Fitzgerald

Megan Lemon lives, works and experiments with a wide range of human hobbies. Located in the Shire of Ravensthorpe, Megan works as a Project Manager at the Community Resource Centre where she is studying her Cert IV in Leadership and Management. She is an administrator for local arts group Rave About Arts and is also learning light and sound tech. She has worked in the Shire of Ravensthorpe and on a five town tour circuit on a variety of projects from comedy to theatre.

Owen Hinton

Owen Hinton

Local Producer, Distributed 15 - Kalgoorlie

Owen Hinton has more than 10 years of experience working and volunteering in community events and arts in regional WA. He has frequently performed or worked behind the scenes with recent roles in the musical Hello Dolly and in Annette Carmichael’s The Beauty Index. Owen has worked in youth event and project co-ordination for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Country Arts. He often performs at the Goldfields Repertory Club where he has also co-produced original works and is currently directing a youth musical.     

Meet our team of Guest Artists