Meet the team!
Finn O’Branagáin (she/her)
Artistic Director + CEO
Finn has previously worked with Perth Festival as the Young Creatives Coordinator, pvi collective as Company Coordinator, The Smith Family as the WA State Events Coordinator, Crack X Festival as Co-Artistic Director, and City of Darwin as Project Officer, Youth and Community Development Department. Finn is also a multi-award-winning writer, director, and dramaturg, and has worked internationally in this capacity. She is passionate about creatively collaborating with artists and communities. Finn has Irish and Dutch parents, and grew up on Larrakia land.
Jess Taruna Paraha (she/her)
Creative Producer + Leader Facilitator
Jessica is a multi-disciplinary artist who likes to look at her practice as a loving act of translation. She is a Ngati Hine Māori woman living on Cadigal land, and her translations come from her whakapapa, through recalling them she pays tribute to her tīpuna and the many lands she inhabits. She has been working with Outloud since 2018, originally training with Zainab Kadhim and Kavita Bedford on the ‘Stories of Strength’ project.
Craig Taunton (he/him)
Program Manager – RESPECT
Craig has been working in the community arts sector for the past 25 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 working with Outloud since 2013, and has been involved in a wide range of workshops, projects and live performances.
Nicole Issa (she/her)
Nicole is a singer, songwriter, and performing artist born and raised in South-West Sydney on Darug Land. Nicole has a degree in Music and Psychological Science from Macquarie University, and is passionate about using music and creativity to develop and facilitate workshops that brings light to important issues and life skills. Nicole is also a vocal coach and a recording artist, and has performed at Metro Theatre and Splendour in the Grass (2019). Coming from a Lebanese migrant family, she wants to encourage others from CaLD backgrounds to follow their dreams and pursue the arts as a career choice.
David Miller (he/him)
David has been working with Outloud since 2016 and brings a wealth of experience in music, songwriting and facilitation. David is Filipino and currently studying a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Innovation and Change at Western Sydney University. His passion for music dates back to his first performance in front of a live audience in the Philippines when he was five years old and has since been involved in programs, workshops and theatre projects to hone his skills and talents.
Van Nguyen (he/him)
Van has worked with Outloud from 2019. He brings about his skills and knowledge from his past studies which include a Diploma in Screen and Media, a Diploma in Sound Productions and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Psychology. Van is also skilled in video and music production and also brings his music and performance skills as a musician to the program.
Amanda Smith (she/her)
Amanda has been Outloud’s Finance Officer since 2016 and has over 14 years experience in the Arts sector, commencing her arts community journey in 2007 with Urban Theatre Projects. Prior to this, she managed her own small business and supported numerous other businesses. She has trained in Bookkeeping, Accounting and Small Business Management.
Madeline Thomas (she/her)
Marketing and Communications
Madeline grew up in the Northern Beaches and attended Macquarie University, majoring in Marketing and Social Justice. Maddy enjoys visits to pretty beaches, good podcasts and really good coffee. She has recently picked up snorkelling again after having not done it in years – she loves our beautiful waterways!
Caitlin Williams (she/her)
Administration and Research
Caitlin is passionate about social justice and approaches her work with compassion and an open-mind. She has experience working with Youth about safety with drugs and alcohol. Caitlin is also studying Social Work at the University of Wollongong. She has just started making resin earring with natural findings!
Mohammad Awad (He/they)
Queer Muslim Peer Worker
Mohammad Awad is a Queer/Arab/Muslim and Writer/Director/Poet/Playwright who’s running out of ways to express himself. While he spends most of his time as a spoken word artist, he also writes and directs short films and visual poems such as The Flower, The Messenger and Beauty Marks.
He has featured in the Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Sydney Living Museums – After Dark, The ICC, Sydney Festival, The West Ball 2020/2021, Word in Hand, Red Room Poetry, Giant Dwarf Theatre, Westside Slam, Enough Said Slam, Weave Youths’ Mad Pride Concert, White Ribbon events and Project Opinion. In addition to being featured on ABC and SBS television, ABC Radio, SBS Radio, Eastside Radio, 2SER and FBI Radio.
Mohammad is a NSW Health Peer Worker for over 4 years and has worked across 20+ teams in more than 5 hospitals, conducts lectures at the University of Sydney on the importance of lived-experience in recovery-oriented practice and developed poetry therapy programs for acute mental health facilities in the state. As someone who lives with Bi-Polar and PTSD, Mohammad’s work is focused on the child and adolescent mental health space, using lived experience with mental health to inform his peer support and advocacy. He also runs the Muslim Peers Project, a community based mental health service which provides Queer-Muslim focused mental health support, mentoring and groups.
Lucy Randall (she/her)
Lucy has been working in the digital space for the past ten years, beginning her career in not-for-profit organisations, eventually moving into agencies such as Frost Collective and J Walter Thompson. Between 2008 and 2016, Lucy was the director of Seen & Heard Film Festival, which showcased women-directed, produced and/or written films. She currently acts as Digital Producer for Outloud, overseeing the organisation’s digital presence and outputs presence. She works and lives on Gadigal land with her partner, daughter, cat and dog.