Meet ISPA's 2015 Regional (Australian) Fellowship Program participant Simeon Moran!
Executive Producer ILBIJERRI Theatre Company
The latest position that Simeon assumed in May, 2015 is Executive Producer of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Australia’s leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company. ILBIJERRI makes inspiring and bold Australian theatre that gives voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, telling our stories of what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today.
Simeon is an experienced creative producer and arts manager, who comes to ILBIJERRI after 5 years as Executive Producer of Snuff Puppets, where he oversaw the expansion of this globally renowned company and its highly successful international program. Having previously worked as a producer for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Simeon co-founded the Digital Fringe Festival, as well as the Melbourne based arts space and digital arts production house Horse Bazaar.
Simeon has an undergraduate honours degree in anthropology and an unfinished PhD in social theory.
Simeon, What are the three adjectives that describe you?
Open-minded, generous, and cheerful.
What’s your favorite city in the world?
I don’t tend to do favorites when it comes to cities so much - I do love the crazy diversity in human cultural responses to the universe - however some of my favorite places are remote bush and wilderness - often in the mountains. One particularly special place for me is a mountain ridge called the cross-cut saw in the Victorian High country.
Can you tell me the name of the life-changing performance that you either watched or participated in?
An incredible live performance by Alva Noto (Germany/laptop & live processing) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan/piano) of their stunningly beautiful minimal work Insen at the 2006 Melbourne Festival took me to a place that i didn’t want to leave - to sustain it I ended up wandering in a nearby park for several hours in silence. It was a very rare moment of transcendent experience through art. I can’t articulate what exactly it changed in me but something was different after that performance.
Anything else you would like to share with us at this moment?
I want to acknowledge the incredible support of the Australia Council for the Arts, both for their support of my participation in the Regional Fellowship Program with ISPA - but also more broadly for their ongoing support and investment in a vibrant and innovative arts ecology in Australia. We are very lucky to have them!
And of course I want to thank ISPA, both the organisation and its wonderful members for the incredible generosity of all its members in being such a welcoming, open and supportive network..