The Team



Artistic Director / CEO

Steve Mayer-Miller 



Steve M-M




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.



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.


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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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
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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  1. 1999:  Partnership with Mky Youths at Risk in the creation of the theatre production Cop’n the Head

  2. 2000:  Collaboration with the Central Qld Debutante community and High Schools and the Anglican

    in the creation of the multi arts and theatre film project Shades of White.

  1. 2002:  Partnership with Opera North and young people with a disability in the creation of the theatre

    work ‘Hole in my Shoe’

  2. 2003:  Body Image; a multi Arts project with participants from Mackay Youth Mental Health.

  3. 2004:  Collaboration with the youth refuge, Jack’s House in Rockhampton. working with young

    people in the criminal justice system in the creation of the film ‘Head Above Water’. Partnership with Sarina Youth Club in the Our Space film ‘7 Ply’
    Creation of the Belong Youth Theatre in Mackay and the touring of new work Giant over the Mountain to Rockhampton

  4. 2005:  Partnership with Qld Theatre Company and Playlab in developing playwriting skills of young people. 5 short plays devised.

  5. 2006:  Midkeymae an 8 week film-in education project with 25 students from St Anne’s school

2009: Strut your Stuff Youth Mentoring Program in partnership with Youth Arts Qld and Free Fall series of exhibitions films and performances by young mentors




2011 2013:

2014: 2015: 2016:


Mackay Floods- The making of the documentary Resilience based on the stories of survivors of the 2009 Mackay Floods
Rockhampton Floods:
Koriyama Japan - (outside of Fukushima) Creating a Documentary Film with residents of NGO Salon Shinsei telling the story of people with disabilities who had lost their homes and families following the great earthquake and tsunami of March 2011

Sendai and Yamamoto cho Japan and Longreach Australia
Sendai and Yamamoto Cho Japan - Dance and Film- the re-opening of newly restored

Japan Rail Station following its destruction in 2011 Tsunami - Aust Japan Foundation Research trip to Oshima Island Japan and planned arts project with ostracised community members with Hansen’s Disease.


2013 Setting up Creative Ageing Programs in Gladstone, Biloela, Mackay Longreach and Winton.

  1. 2013:  The Extra Mile project at Homefield Dementia Unit

  2. 2014:  Finding Ithaka ,a theatre adaptation of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, involving residents from three

    aged care homes in Gladstone and Mackay.

  3. 2015:  Troika Red Blue White: An intergenerational dance film project with members of a seniors

    and aged care community and young people.

  4. 2016:  Trailblaze: An Intergenerational Project with Seniors and Young People in the towns of

    Longreach Winton and Mackay. Culminating in a film Plenty on her Plate and a play Letters on Gordon St documenting letters written by older Australians to their loved ones. 











Anke MacLean






Anke is a facilitator, artist and developer of Community Cultural Development projects, with a long history in both performing arts and the education sector.


Since working for Crossroad Arts in 2008, Anke facilitated workshops and projects for diverse community groups including Skylight (for children of Deaf Adults), Rail (for young adults experiencing ASD / Aspergers).  Specific projects included: the 2010 Moranbah Lullabies, a multi-media event that involved projected images, live performance and storytelling as a result of facilitated workshops in the community, with a focus on young people.  Anke composed music and edited sound for this project: the 2011 Capella Project, which involved projection and performance, in a work built by students at Capella State High School. In 2013 Anke was an Arts worker in the Beyond Boundaries Moranbah project.


Anke holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education, has studied at the University of Adelaide and QUT Kelvin Grove and is currently completing a Masters in Community Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).



Wanda Bennett


Wanda Bennett




Wanda has been working in the Arts industry in Australia and the UK since 1990 and completed her Masters of Contemporary Art degree at the University of Tasmania in 2009.


Her work practice is varied and includes Textiles, Sculpture, Set Design and Puppetry.  Connecting with the community is an important aspect of her art practice, and she has worked on and coordinated an array of Community Based Art Projects combining visual art, drama, music and film.  She works mainly with natural, recycled and found materials and uses a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques.


Wanda has extensive experience facilitating arts workshops to people of all ages and abilities and has participated in many school based art residencies.  She has worked as an Arts Development Officer for the Machay Regional Council and been employed and commissioned by numerous professional arts organisations and Galleries including; Queensland Flying Arts, Opera Queensland, Artspace Mackay, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, The Butter Factory Arts Centre and The Song Room.



Pam Hutley



pam hutley








Pam holds a Master of Contemporary Arts (Visual Arts) from University of Tasmania.


Pam is a textile artist, having knitted, embroidered and sewed from a very young age.  In more recent years she has learned to spin any yarns she needs for a project, dye them with natural dyes and knit, needlepoint and weave with them.


Pam is a weaver of tapestries, saddle blankets and rugs, and she likes to tell stories in her work.





Brenden Borellini



 Brenden Borellini








Brenden has worked with Crossroad Arts over the past 5 years. He has worked in many roles including as an actor, workshop facilitator and a researcher. He has also served on Crossroad Art’s board. His first acting in the company was in the touring production of ‘Stranded’ in which he played the writer Homer. His second production was in the play ‘Whiff’ which opened at The Mackay Entertainment Centre in June 2012. The play explored the power of smell in the lives of a group of outsiders who arrive one day in a town. Brenden played the lead role of Max, a person who was able to mix perfumes and create unusual results In Moranbah he has facilitated workshops in the teaching of sign language to both primary and high schools. In the production of Taku he plays the role of the grandfather and a puppeteer.
Brenden was Young Australian of the Year in 1989