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Meet ISPA's 2015 Global Fellowship Program participant Merindah Donnelly! 

Merindah Donnelly

Merindah Donnelly: Producer

Merindah Donnelly is a member of the Wiradjuri tribe and trained as a dancer in her earlier years. Currently Merindah works across theatre and dance sector development and is the Creative Producer for BlakDance, Australia’s national peak body for contemporary Indigenous dance.

Merindah’s expertise and passion is in Indigenous market development for Indigenous performing arts. Through her work with the Australia Council of the Arts, she designed and developed strategies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and companies to develop new markets nationally and internationally.

Merindah has worked as a creative producer for international festivals and art’s markets including International Symposium of Electronic Art SEA) and Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM ).

Merindah has been recognised for her work as a 2013 finalist in the NSW Australian of the Year awards, and was an Australian Financial Review top 100 Australian Women of Influence. In 2014 Merindah was listed in the 20 most influential emerging female artists and arts workers who will ‘shape Australian arts in 2020’.

Merindah, What are the three adjectives that describe you? 
Outrageous, idealistic, and innovative!


What’s your favorite city in the world?
Merindah: Tingha, NSW Australia.

Can you tell me the name of the life-changing performance that you either watched or participated in?
Merindah: Dalisa Pigram's Gudirr Gudirr. Take a peak for yourself: watch the trailer.

Is there anything that you’d like future fellowship candidates to know?
Merindah: ISPA is an extraordinary opportunity to meet peers and collaborators internationally. The fellowship groups are vibrant and diverse. I especially want to encourage other Indigenous people to apply, because there needs to be more global Indigenous representation! 


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