The curator

Interview with Mikala Tai

“We definitely have to be on the hustle, some people feel that’s being too ambitious and ambition is a dirty word but I think unless you’re out there and you are pushing it won’t happen.” Mikala Tai.   Mikala Tai is … Continue reading

The Opera Australia producer

Interview with Sandra Willis

‘It’s a story I wanted to see told because this version of colonisation is a history I’ve only known as an adult. It felt like the right time for our national opera company to be addressing reconciliation and presenting some … Continue reading

The director, her ascent

Interview with Marion Potts

Just heard one of our Engaging Women, Malthouse Theatre Artistic Director Marion Potts is leaving Malthouse this March for a prestigious role of Director of Theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts. Under her guidance the theatre has performed … Continue reading

The Academy Awards ® Governors Ball Producer

Interview with Cheryl Cecchetto — Event Director .

“Listen to be a film star is magnificent, but then to have a background of giving back like the three names I just mentioned just layers who they are.” Cheryl Cecchetto.   Cheryl Cecchetto has produced, designed and directed the Academy … Continue reading

The Australian Ballet's Cinderella

Interview with Leanne Stojmenov — The principal artist.

“For me, the most beautiful thing watching a show is being able to see a person’s soul. I don’t think you can hide that when you’re out on stage.” Leanne Stojmenov.   Leanne Stojmenov is a mesmerising Cinderella before and … Continue reading

Mary Lou, the street artist

Interview with Mary Lou Pavlovic — Urban Street Artist.

A few days ago I posted a picture of artist Mary Lou Pavlovic’s street art on social media and it caused a rainbow coloured sensation. Her decision to paint the old Telstra exchange on St Kilda’s Inkerman St brick-by-brick seems to makes many … Continue reading

Nicolette - the chief conductor

Interview with Nicolette Fraillon — The Australian Ballet.

Nicolette Fraillon was just 12 when she set her sights on becoming a conductor. The only problem was all of her role models in the world’s orchestra pits were men. Fraillon’s dream profession was steeped in tradition and women were persona … Continue reading


Interview with Tanya Hamersfeld — Bensimon Boutique.

Tanya Hamersfeld, designer. Until now the girls behind this glam jewellery boutique have been quite secretive about their High St space. Unless you’re a customer. Owner; designer, philanthropist and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute board member Tanya Hamersfeld agreed to open her doors to Engaging Women this week, … Continue reading

The theatre director

Interview with Marion Potts — Malthouse Theatre Creative Director and CEO.

“The one bit advice I give myself, in moments where you feel that encroaching sense of self-doubt is just to remember that the project is larger than yourself. The big cultural projects we all undertake in Australia are bigger than us. If … Continue reading

Quintessential Quentin

O This image was taken almost two years ago as Australia’s former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce gave my baby boy Keaton one of his first cuddles at a charity lunch. I was anxious to take such a young bub … Continue reading