Nominee Category – Performing Arts
Actor and tutor
Georgia Adamson is a professional actor who has performed for many Australian theatre companies and in television shows. In 2004, she began her work as a leader in the performing arts community by running workshops for high school students for Bell Shakespeare Company and Sydney Theatre Company, in a partnership program run with Sydney University that uses drama strategies to increase literacy outcomes in primary school students. Since 2011 she has delivered programs in Juvenile Justice Centres and has run drama classes in the Blue Mountains, founding Blue Mountains Drama.
Actor and tutor
Claire Jones is a professional actor and has been involved in over 50 productions including many world premieres of new Australian work. As a leader in the performing arts sector, she has an impressive record as an enabler of theatre and theatrical practitioners in the mountains. In 2003 she founded Green Room to support and promote the work of local scriptwriters. As the Weatherboard Theatre President, Claire leads activities, which support both artists and audiences through competitions, recordings, workshops and performances. She is inspired to find meaning and connection by enabling Blue Mountains voices – playwrights and actors – to be heard.
Dancer, choreographer and actor
Georgina Khoo has been the Principal of Shine Wentworth Falls Dance School since 2013. Her greatest community engagement activity has been as the event organiser and choreographer for The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever Blue Mountains, a worldwide event that pays homage to the famous song by Kate Bush. She has taken on this project for several years. Georgina currently hosts the newest program on Radio Blue Mountains with Love Our Locals, a show that celebrates and recognises the unique and wonderful individuals who make a difference in our community.
Actor, director and educator
Joanne Samuel is a long-time creative arts leader and advocate for children’s arts education and through her teaching and youth theatre work she has forged amazing bonds with young people. She has provided training in all aspects of theatre from stage management to costume and lighting design as well as in performance. Joanne has initiated scholarships with 3 Sisters Youth Theatre so talented young people can benefit from the opportunity to further develop their skills. Performing arts has always been Joanne’s passion and she believes children should have every opportunity to follow their hearts and be the best people they can, in this way they can contribute to our community positively.