ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + CEO | Finn O’Branagáin
Finn creates and contributes to award-winning works and programs that are rooted in creating social change. She’s passionate about creatively collaborating with artists and communities in telling stories that might otherwise go unheard. She has also supported and championed young, emerging and established artists through her previous roles of Company + Program Coordinator for pvi collective, Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival and Young Creatives Coordinator at Perth Festival. Finn is also a nationally and internationally produced writer, performer, director, and dramaturg.
Creative Producer and Lead Facilitator | Jessica Paraha
Jessica Paraha is a Ngati Hine Maori woman living on Cadigal land. Jessica’s practice is ethically community minded, aimed at engaging and empowering her community to celebrate their voices. She has worked with Outloud as a facilitator for the Stories of Strength program, a storytelling project committed to encouraging young people in the Western Sydney Region to tell their own stories and engage with the lived experiences of their community. Currently she has taken on the role of Administrator for Outloud and is stoked to be helping the organisation and our people serve the community.
RESPECT PROGRAM MANAGER | Craig Taunton
Craig has been working in the community arts sector for the past 20 years, working primarily in South West and Western Sydney. With a background in music, performing arts and youth work, Craig has a large focus on young refugees and migrants. Craig has been with Outloud since 2013, running the Respect project – a songwriting and performance program for young men, through the lens of domestic violence awareness and prevention.
RESPECT PROGRAM FACILITATOR | David Miller
David delivers the RESPECT program in schools on a weekly basis and develops materials and resources for the workshops. David has been working with the Respect Program since 2016 and brings a wealth of experience in music, song writing and facilitation. He is also currently studying at Western Sydney University in his fourth year of an Arts Degree.
RESPECT PROGRAM FACILITATOR | Van Nguyen
Van has been with the RESPECT program since 2019. He incorporates skills learned in his previous studies which include a Diploma in Screen and Media, a Diploma in Sound Productions and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Psychology. Van has a huge passion for music and performance, and imparts his musicianship skills to the RESPECT students.