Curriculum Vitae: Steve Mayer-Miller
Artistic Director / CEO of Crossroad Arts Mackay. He has spent 35 years in community arts and cultural development, collaborating with a wide cross section of marginalised communities throughout Australia, India, Japan and the Asia Pacific Region.
THE MULTI CULTURAL COMMUNITY 1982 - 1990
1982: Established Smiling Teeth Community Theatre at Cabramatta Migrant Centre in Sydney,
working with newly arrived Indo Chinese, Italian and Chilean communities in creating original theatre productions including: Snapshots ,The Education and Survival of Sam Smith and the puppet production Room for One More touring schools in 1986. Funded by NSW Educ Dept.
1988: As Artist in Residence at Busby High, he shared the national Sharing our Future multicultural art award with several young refugees from his class, in the creation of a wood and stone sculpture Harmonia. The work later toured Australia.
2011-12: Asia Link Artist Residency collaborating with dancer/director Mallika Sarabhai and members of the Ahmedabad Indian community in the writing and directing of the play ‘With Love’ focusing on the life of Rabindranath Tagore. It toured India in March 2012.
THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY - 1992 - 2017
1992: Established The Deaf Theatre of Mackay; productions included Ordible Whispers and
Tidal Secrets. Awarded the Shatter Silence Award in 1995.
2008: Established the Autism performance and film group RAIL; Awarded the inaugural
International Natural Autistic Arts Award (ANCA) in Vancouver Canada.
2002: Creation of new theatre work ‘Letters from River Street with Mackay’s disability community 2011: Established The Small Miracles Performance Ensemble employing actors with a disability in
the creation of original theatre works including: Stranded; Taku; Whiff.
Tours to Rockhampton and Moranbah and Proserpine.
2015: Created puppet show Cry of the Curlew employing 8 performers with a disability to tour
Japan and perform at the Nara Happy Spot Festival.
2016: 2nd tour to Sendai, Nara and Osaka Japan with Troika Red Blue White 17 Dance films
created by members of Small Miracles in collaboration with people in aged care and 10
Japanese dancers with disabilities and musicians .
2016: 3rd tour to Nagoya with 4 members of ensemble through commission from Popai Inc.
collaborating with Japanese artists with a disability in dance film project Confusion Inclusion
ABORIGINAL,TORRES STRAIT IS AND AUST SOUTH SEA IS COMMUNITIES 2002-2008 2001: You come fla la see; a 3 month photographic and film project
2002: Stories from the Coalface; a theatre collaboration with Indigenous artist Roxanne McDonald
in creating the play Out of the Blue based on stories from the mining town of Moranbah 2005-6: Melek mo Hani : The research writing and production of a new play in collaboration with
Solomon Islander Andrew Satini and Ambae Islander Maseng Enoch based on the history of Blackbirding in Qld. Tours to Vanuantu and Won Smol Bag Theatre; Northern Australia including Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Minyerri and Alice Springs.
2006: Stori blong yu mi: a film documentary in partnership with the Mackay and District Aust South Sea Islander Association telling the story of 3 families and their descendants who were blackbird from The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
2006: No 2 Stones a collaboration with dancer Jeanette Fabilia to create a dance work
with the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities, for the opening of the Regional National Arts Conference. Published in ‘Big Story Country’ Great Art Stories from Regional Australia.
2007: Caravans a 10 part radio drama series in collaboration with local Indigenous radio station 4 Murri Radio and members of the ATSI and ASSI communities
2009: Gloves Off ; a 90 minute film that explored the subject of ‘The Fighter’ in ATSI and ASSI communities through stories of boxing families throughout Central Qld.