Writer, Director, & Co-Producer
Glenn Shea (Wathaurong/Ngarrindjeri) is an acclaimed, award-winning playwright (including recipient of the State Library of Victoria R.E Ross Trust Development Award and Play Writing Australia Script Workshop Selection Award), director and performer and was the first Aboriginal person to graduate NIDA with a degree in Dramatic Art. Glenn is a retired frontline Koorie juvenile justice worker from Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, where he wrote the WEP, a full-time education and development program as well as a ten-day cultural gathering camp around the boundaries of Country for Aboriginal adolescent people who came into contact with the criminal justice system.
Glenn is the recipient of the 2020 NAIDOC Award for Elder and Respected Person Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative for outstanding cultural/program service to community. Glenn also works as an actor, and has just started a new role at La Mama Theatre as their First Nations Producer!
Glenn’s personal experience working with children within the criminal justice system and his lived experience as a Stolen Generation child have informed the powerful story, An Indigenous Trilogy. It has been in a cultural development for over two decades, receiving accolades at various stages. It will culminate years of research, sensitive community outreach, presentation to Elders and young people, careful planning, consideration for First Nations stories, song and dance and artistic development into an epic presentation.
Tessa grew up on Ngunnawal country with Yirrganydji family on her mother’s side and lives and works on the land of the people of the Kulin Nation.
Tessa has over 12 years of experience in the arts/theatre industry specialising in producing, developing and implementing cultural programs and events in order to welcome, champion and assist visiting and collaborating makers of theatre in realising their work to its greatest potential, whilst bringing empathy and agency to the artistic process.
Her fine-art back-ground informs her theatre-making, which she has avidly been pursuing since completing Fine Art at The National Art School. Some key theatrical highlights include Production Designer on Men, by Brendan Cowell, Tiny Remarkable Bramble by Jessica Tuckwell and The Return by Reg Cribb; as well as producing BEAMS Art Festival in Sydney.
Tessa is also General Manager at La Mama, curating Cinematica.
Leroy Parsons is a proud Yuin and Dunghutti man from New South Wales.
After leaving VCA in 1999, Leroy has over 20 years of professional acting experience performing and working in theatre and television within Australia as well as roles overseas.
In 2015 and 2017, Leroy participated in the Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival in the development of new Indigenous theatre works. His acting highlights include The Visitors (2020) by Jane Harrison as part of the Sydney Arts Festival, Save for Crying (2011) Written and directed by Angus Cerini (GREENROOM award for Best Production) and Proppa Solid by Steven Oliver for Jute Theatre.
Recently, Leroy moved back home to Yuin country to reconnect with kin and engage in traditional and cultural practices.