NORPA has announced an innovative new appointment with the engagement of Jeanti St Clair, a media academic at Southern Cross University, as a Research Artist for the NORPA’s Makers Hub initiative. NORPA Makers Hub is a theatre making program running throughout June in the pop-up creative space at Lismore Showgrounds in response to the loss of NORPA’s home and venue in the 2022 floods. Throughout June more than 130 local artists will participate in 21 different, free theatre-making and dance workshops hosted by NORPA.
Jeanti St Clair will be working closely with NORPA, artists and the community throughout the Makers Hub in the areas of story research, best practices for community and trauma informed research and raising the profile NORPA’s research informed and devised theatre making process.
"I'm incredibly excited to be stepping into this unique role at NORPA. It's a perfect coming together of my experience and interest in crafting place-based stories which help communities see themselves and which reflect back to them their histories and imagined futures," said Jeanti St Clair.
“Jeanti is an artist, producer and academic. She’s been actively engaged with the impacts of the floods, and creating projects that help animate the human story. We’re delighted Jeanti will be contributing to our future projects through story gathering and helping us understand intimately community experiences around the floods and recovery,” said Julian Louis, NORPA’s Artistic Director.