You’ve met the Editors, now meet the team of viewers for Adelaide ArtBeat! They come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a passion for the arts as an aspiring performer and/or a grateful spectator. If you would like to join them, please contact Rubina Carlson or leave a comment below.
Our motto is the more, the merrier!
Public servant by day, karaoke singer by night, Diane Lee has more right than practically anyone on the planet to be an arts reviewer for Adelaide ArtBeat! As an avid #TweetsForSeats enthusiast during 2011 Adelaide Fringe, it was discovered early on that Diane will go to any show that starts before 6pm and has easy, off-street parking. Seriously though, a love of language and literature, and an appreciation of art and performance will ensure that any review she writes will be witty, entertaining and informative. Diane is also an excellent speller and a grammar nazi.
Katie Hannan‘s experience as an arts, popular culture and literature communicator dates back to university days when she was a contributor with Entropy, the UniSA student newspaper and a radio presenter on 5UV UniSA’s student radio. Since then, she’s written book reviews for inCite, Australian Academic & Research Libraries and Go the Distance and reviewed dance and world music events for inthemix. Katie loves street parades, alternative music festivals and community events.
Pete McMahon has never written for anything. He’s essentially winging it and hoping that Rubina & Noriko fix his mistakes along the way. He writes his own blog and enjoys doing things and stuff.
Pete’s Not-So-Secret-Secret: He can nail the first 4 versus of Ice Ice Ice baby on SingStar; including the “white boy” hip hop hand gestures.
Jane Durbridge‘s involvement in the arts began as Joseph in a school play, but perhaps it was when she secured the role of a tree that her interest really took growth. On moving to Sydney, she conveniently lived in the theatre district and front row opportunities blossomed to see everything from State Opera to NIDA student productions. This year she has been able to plant her roots in reviewing by tweeting for Adelaide Fringe, and looks forward to branching into more social media through blogging.
Alison Kershaw is Creative Director of Acorn Productions and directed their premier producti in ‘The Vagina Monologues’. Alison has been involved in theatre since she was 4 years old, as actor, technician, stage manager and most recently as director. Over the years Alison has washed costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, performed in the Edinburgh Fringe, been a stage manager for beauty pageants in Arizona and rigged lighting for rave parties in England. Locally Alison has stage managed, designed and operated lights for Mixed Salad Productions, St Judes Players, Musasic, Teatro del Mondo and Velada Flamenco.
Ashlee Jenkins grew up with grand dreams of Hollywood superstardom.She soon realised those dreams often end up with tapered pants and the words ‘would you like to upsize your meal for a dollar?’. Nevertheless, her love of the arts remains. Ashlee digs theatre, dance, film, and all kinds of quirk.
After being put off of art for a couple of years by an uninspiring teacher in high school, Andrea Taylor finally took the plunge and became a full time visual art student in 2007. She went in with dreams of drawing and painting and left with a new found love for photography. Then put her skills to use by taking far too many photos of herself for her blog. Deciding that she rather liked writing about art, she went back to uni to do a grad dip in art history. She hopes to put her writing skills to good use for ArtBeat. Andrea loves musical theatre, anything with an old-timey feel, glittery shiny things, ukulele and cinema to name but a few interests.