Meet Harriet, our Artist Development Coordinator and resident dance coach.
Harriet also manages Midsumma Pathways, a nine-month mentorship and workshop program for LGBTQIA+ artists with disability.
Q: What were you doing before Midsumma?
A combination of performing as part of the Rawcus Ensemble, having two babies (two years apart), programming and producing Rawcus’ Public Program and working as a freelance Auslan Interpreter.
Q: What is the best part of your role at Midsumma?
The people! I love working with the Midsumma Pathways participants, facilitators and mentors, the Midsumma staff team and all of the fantastic artists we get to meet through the Festival. I’m also really passionate about access, inclusion and diversity. I’m excited for the opportunity to build on the excellent work being done by Midsumma in these areas.
Q: What area of your work are you most passionate about?
I am committed to addressing structural inequality in the arts industry and am passionate about intersectionality and how we can better understand people who seem different from ourselves.
I also think kindness, compassion and laughter are essentials… I’m working hard to get 3pm contemporary dance breaks to catch on in the office.
Q: What’s your life motto?
More is more.
Time is precious.
Dance is good for the soul.
Q: What is the future of queer arts and culture?
Nuanced, intersectional and inclusive.
Q: What keeps you awake at night?
My children. Whoever said they stop waking through the night after 12 months was lying.
Also, climate change and structural inequalities impacting marginalised communities.
Q: What is your favourite song and why?
“We Belong” by Pat Benatar. 80s classic. Never fails to get me onto the dance floor.
Find out more about Harriet at Rawcus.