Leisa Shelton is a performance artist /maker and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work and Sustainable Performance models.
Her current practice focuses on Curatorship and Development of new frames for the presentation of Performance. Major initiatives include a cultural and practice exchange, connecting 3 Australian and 3 Taiwanese artists with master-teachers, mentors and local artists across 2015, for Dance Exchange in partnership with Arts House / Dance Massive and Taipei Arts Festival. She was also Co‐Curator for the 2014 Venice International Performance Week, presenting a program of Australian Live Art practice.
Central to each of these projects are strategies for the development of new models for greater Sustainability within Arts Practice. Leisa is a signatory to Tipping Point Australia and was a presenting artist for the 2013 National Gathering in Canberra developing new models for Sustainable futures. She is currently a Fellow with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Leisa is the founder and lead artist of Fragment31, a transdisciplinary performance collective focusing on contemporary performance practice. Recent projects include MAPPING – tracing the history of Live Art and Performance within an Australian Context through a participatory performance frame, and performance translations of the writing of Anne Carson – Autobiography of Red (Malthouse Theatre) and Irony is not Enough; Essay On My Life As Catherine Deneuve (Arts House season 2009). She was the inaugural recipient of the Rex Cramphorn Memorial Prize for directors and her productions have been nominated for several Green Room awards.
Alongside these initiatives, she has been physical director/collaborator with Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Co. and Belvoir St Theatre Sydney. She was member of the Meryl Tankard Co, touring nationally and internationally after returning to Australia from 7yrs of training and performance work in Europe.
Leisa’s practice is also strongly committed to the training and development of future Australian artists and companies. Responsive Performance Practice gathers artists from across Australia, interested in ongoing investigative practice, with training held in Melbourne across the year and workshops hosted in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. She was a member of the Acting course led by Lindy Davies at the Victorian College of the Arts (1998-2003) and then led the Postgraduate Theatre Making Course (Animateuring) at the VCA (2006-2012), and was an associate teacher with NIDA in Sydney, (1993-97). She currently lectures within the Centre for Community Cultural Partnerships at the VCA, Melbourne.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2013 / Work in Residence / He Dreamed A Train, Contributing Artist
2013 / Provocateurs Program