My name is Claire Harris and I have worked for many years with young people in the arts. My main driver is ensuring that young people in regional areas, particularly the Riverina which is where I grew up, have access to stimulating creative activities, that they can find a place they feel comfortable, free to dream and create and get their own creative thing happening. I have memories of growing up in Wagga and wanting to do more creative stuff than what was being offered in school. I dived into any drama camp, art class or creative pursuit that I could, but it always felt very limited.
I have spent years following my passion, freelancing for fringe theatre projects in Melbourne, working at Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney, was the Creative Producer at Outback Theatre for Young People in Deniliquin and General Manager for the wonderful contemporary arts company, The Cad Factory based in Narrandera. I also currently work for Eastern Riverina Arts as their Creative Business Officer. Creativity is part of everything that I do.
My work with Outback Theatre involved initiating large scale arts projects with young people across South West NSW. It has inspired me to take the skills I’ve learned and do something fun and inspiring with young people in my hometown.