About James Winter

Graduated from the Centre for the Performing Arts in 1993 as an Actor and has worked with Magpie Theatre Company (“Anaheim Magic”), Not So Straight Theatre Company (“Poor Superman”) and Brand X Theatre (“And the Ass Saw the Angel”).

James has also worked as a Dancer with Restless Dance Company (“Precious”), Fish Kiss (“Trees I’m Climbing”) and Fleshdollies (“Peggy’s After Sales Service”).

As a Director, James has worked for Brand X (“True West”, “Class of 98”, “Resolution”, “Partly its about love, Partly its about Massacre” and “Last of the Knucklemen”) the State Opera Company of South Australia (“Mavra”), Restless Dance Company (“The Days Allotted to Me”), Urban Myth Theatre of Youth (“Opera Kapow” and “In My Life I Died Once or Twice”), AIT Arts (“Man With Bags”), Budgie Lung Theatre Company (“The Boys”), Shopfront Theatre (“Exceptionable” and “Neo-Sun”) and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House (“Gender Offender”).

He has been Artistic Director for Brand X and D Faces of Youth Arts, along with Associate Director for Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Project Officer for Carclew Youth Arts Centre and Assistant Director for State Theatre of South Australia’s production of “Equus”.

James has also worked as an Artistic Director for festivals and events including American University in Cairo (“World Refugee Day”), the Centenary of Federation (“Whyalla 100”), Sydney 2002 Sports and Cultural Festival (“Grand Ball” and “Oceania”) and Feast Festival (“2001 Youth Hub”).

His Community Cultural Development experience includes working with a variety of marginalised communities on theatre projects including young people with physical and intellectual disabilities, street dependent young people, same-sex attracted young people, incarcerated youth, IV drug dependent young people, sex workers, remote indigenous communities, juvenile justice clients and dual diagnosis.

Recently James has worked in Cairo Egypt with Sudanese refugees on a 6 month Australia Council grant to establish community cultural development projects for artists in exile.

Currently James is a tutor for Australian Theatre for Youth People and Shopfront Theatre for Young People, and workshop facilitator/ theatre director for Company B’s Education Program with Key College (Youth off the Streets) and South Sydney Youth Service’s Dual Diagnosis Program.

Our Team

Samantha Chester

Founder, CEO

Has been involved in the Australian arts industry for the past 15 years where she has worked as a dancer, producer, director, choreographer, teacher and administrator.