Liz Thompson – founder and director 

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Liz Thompson has been a producer of media for over two decades, creating stories for radio, television and the print media, often in collaboration with Indigenous and marginalised communities. SharingStories Digital Online Project grew out of a desire to facilitate a self representational process, in which the tools are handed over and young people are able to tell their own stories.  Other work includes: Sharing Our Stories , a series of books resulting from a collaboration between Liz and fourteen Indigenous communities in Australia, Winner of the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource.  Liz’s films have won numerous awards, Breaking Bows and Arrows which explored reconciliation in Bougavinlle after the civil war won the United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television, The AIBD World Award for the Promotion of Conflict Resolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film ( FIFO). She has produced various feature length programs and online content for ABC Radio National and  written for Australian and international print media. Liz has published over thirty books and has a  Phd from La Trobe University.

Krista Scott – curriculum consultant 

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Krista Scott has worked extensively in education. Leading change and innovative programs in senior education roles including International Vice Principal positions, United Kingdom, Foundation Educator in the United Arab Emirates and as a consultant across Australia. Her experience includes working across six diverse curriculum frameworks, demanding a transparent approach to determine best practice pedagogy. In SharingStories she supports teachers to increase student engagement through culturally relevant, student centered learning, working with  a creative digital storytellng practice.

Tom Murray- film and animation facilitator

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Tom Murray has a PhD in media and history, and lectures at Macquarie University in these subject areas. Tom’s media career has been split between film and television production, writing, and teaching. His debut documentary film Dhakiyarr vs the King  won the Dendy Award for Best Film at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival, the NSW Premier’s Award for History, and was selected for many international film festivals including the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.Tom’s 2008 film In My Father’s Country, was selected for IDFA Amsterdam and won the 2008 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature and has screened at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. This film, and the written exigesis accompanying it, were awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence by Macquarie University. Tom’s most recent film Love in Our Own Time is due for release in 2012.

Tom has given guest lectures at Harvard University’s Film Study Centre and at Yale University as well as numerous other institutions in Australia and overseas. Tom has also enjoyed the opportunity of teaching filmmaking and facilitating media production in remote indigenous communites, including for The Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre in NE Arnhem Land, and for theSharing Stories project across Australlia.

Jessie Jungalwalla – photography and music facilitator

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Jessie Jungalwalla has been involved with many creative projects both commercial and educational. With a background in music, graphic design and related entrepreneurial pursuits, Jessie is now using her acquired skills in the education field. Using combined mediums of photography and street art, Jessie has run workshops in remote communities in Australia (TiTree NT, Laramba NT, Wilcannia NSW, Jabiru NT, Palm Island QLD) where the students convert their school or the main street into a walk through gallery of their own work. Jessie is passionate about helping young people  discover their creative potential.

Zulu – Hip Hop/Rap facilitator

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With a penchant for multi-syllabic rhymes, Zulu is an extremely versatile lyricist he transitions seamlessly from a laid back, nonchalant style into tongue-twisting, shotgun, single-verse streamlining. Wit, catchy hooks and choruses with a punch energise a wide range of beats, from classic boom bap old school hip hop, to bass-heavy, funky, head-bopping beats to psychedelic-electro Dubstep, back again to gypsy-dancehall riddims.

Zulu is the founder of the Global Hip Hop Collective (GHC) – an artist’s collective which he has created in order to help create a united front for artists and lovers of the art form worldwide – the GHC motto  “Connecting Creative People” and personal motto “Inspiration via Passion”.  A strong supporter and advocate of local up and coming young talent, Zulu runs a Weekly Sunday Cypher Session in Melbourne’s CBD – as well as a Weekly Topical League through the GHC facebook group. He has run Hip Hop and Creative Writing workshops with children in Community Schools throughout Victoria  and will join the SharingStories team for workshops in 2012.

Julie Ryan Project Manager

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Julie brings to SharingStories a wealth of project-management experience in community organisations and the Arts. For many years she has produced major music and community festivals in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Sydney. More recently over the past seven years she has programmed and delivered major events for the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.

Julie has a commitment to the welfare of the planet and throughout her career has lent her support to many worthy individuals and environmental organisations, contributing her time and energy to manage their events and to raise awareness and funds. She has a passion for encouraging artists and bringing people together to share their skills. Her mission with SharingStories is to support the team and enable the participants, teachers and communities to achieve their storytelling ambitions.