Welcome to the Incite Arts Family! Incite successfully exists because of the passion, dedication, support, direction, skills and forward thinking of many individuals and groups.
None of our projects would take place without a dedicated volunteer Board, committed staff and mentoring artists, project partners, funders and supporters. Scroll down to find out who we are.
Our Dedicated Volunteer Board
Incite is governed by a volunteer Board of elected and selected members, based on skills, expertise and areas of representation.
John Adams, Chairperson & Acting Treasurer
With qualifications in Social Science and Adult Education John has over 20 years’ experience in the Social Service Sector in roles as diverse as Remote Indigenous Community Development, Child Protection and Disability Services. He has been in the Northern Territory for most of the last twenty years with a decade of that living on remote Aboriginal communities. For the past 3 years John has worked as the Northern Territory General Manager of Jesuit Social Services.
Margaret McHugh, Deputy Chairperson
Marg has been a teacher in Alice Springs for 32 years, dedicating 11 years to students attending Alice Springs High School (ASHS) and continued her work with Centralian Middle School, the amalgamation of ASHS and ANZAC Hill High Schools. She is committed to the positive growth and development of our youth community and now teaches at Centralian Senior College. Marg is interested in youth activities and in providing teenagers with positive experience through the Arts.
Rebecca Humphries, Secretary
Rebecca arrived in Central Australia in mid-2014 and was immediately impressed by the vibrant and diverse arts community in Alice Springs. Seeking out a way to participate, Rebecca became a member of the Incite Board in April 2015. Rebecca has a history of working and volunteering in both the disability and arts sectors in various roles and has a passion for dancing.
John Cooper (Life Member)
John has been an educator for the past 52 years. He spent eight years in PNG after which he became Principal at Darwin Primary School, then opened Jabiru Area School followed by a year at Bradshaw Primary before becoming the first Principal of Anzac Hill High School. John has a deep commitment to the creative arts and has fostered the performing arts as part of the NT school curriculum. He has supported Incite Arts since its inception and is a Life Member.
Emma began her career in the storerooms and workshops of a regional art gallery. It was here that she saw firsthand the many ways that art, artists and the community can connect and converge for mutual enrichment. These days she works as a marketing and communications manager in a not-for-profit primary health organisation. Emma enjoys soaking up the wonderful community and surroundings of Alice Springs and is thrilled to be part of the Incite Arts board.
Non Voting (Honorary) Members
Michele Castagna (Life Member/Immediate Past Chairperson)
As an OAM and long term resident who holds representation on and membership with numerous Arts, Health, Disability and Multicultural sector organisations, Michele brings an enormous breadth of knowledge and experience to the Incite Board. Through her outstanding contribution to Incite in her role as Chairperson from May 2007 to November 2014, she has been instrumental in the development and growth of the organisation and is a Life Member.
Philomena, a practicing Textile and Fibre artist, has been based in Alice Springs for the last 28 years. Also an Incite Project Officer and Mentoring Artist, Phil joined the Board to become more involved with the core objectives and governance of Incite, particularly in dealing with youth and other community groups. She has worked with Incite since 2011 across different projects.
Incite Arts Workers, Project Officers, Mentoring Artists & Community Arts and Cultural Development Facilitators
Incite staff and mentoring artists are commited to collaborating with communities to give voice to relevant topics, issues, hopes and dreams. Success in what we do comes from forming a sense of ownership for those involved in our programs.
Many artists have been part of the Incite family for a number of years, as well as having been involved across multiple projects. Creating strong, trust based relationships between other artists, staff and program participants is incredibly important to the success of projects.
Building and sustaining trust supports individuals and communities to feel free, valued and supported to creatively express their unique voices.
Jenine Mackay - CEO
Jenine is a VCA, Drama School graduate and has extensive skills and experience in the performing arts and Community Arts and Cultural Development practice as an artist, artistic director and manager/producer. Since 1991 she has developed distinctive works of quality, innovation and collaboration with, by and for diverse communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Virginia Heydon - Manager, Community Cultural Development
Virginia has a Dip. Arts, Visual and Performing Arts. Starting in Sydney with Theatre Unlimited (1977-86) Virginia has pursued the duel relationship between performing and visual arts and works to provide creative arts opportunities for young people and people with disability.
Working together with Jenine since 1998, they have developed Incite Arts & led the growth of Community Arts and Cultural Development practice in Central Australia.
Kate-Marie Mutsaers - Project Officer and Arts Facilitator, Southern Ngalia
Kate-Marie's passion is to share the deep language of movement and community connection with all, on and off the dance floor. Combining years of experience as a dancer and community development facilitator, Kate-Marie has been establishing a practice, BEing Dance for two years in Alice Springs and is currently on the path of becoming a Soul Motion teacher. With Incite since 2013, she lends her experience and support across multiple projects.
Philomena Hali - Project Officer & Mentoring Artist, ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble
Philomena has developed her arts practice in Alice for 28 years. She is a local and national award winner who works primarily in textiles and fibre and teaches as well as exhibits locally, interstate and internationally. Phil held multiple roles as artist, mentor and project officer for Arts Access Central Australia (2008-10). Since 2011 she has worked across different Incite projects as an arts facilitator, mentor and project officer.
Dan McAleer - Mentoring Artist, Red Sand Culture
Dan is a musician and mentor who has been running workshop programs since 2006. He focuses on supporting young people and people with disability of all ages to write and record original music. Through his work, he aims to build community well being and individual self-esteem. In his spare time, he produces his own music as ‘Dan the Underdog’. Dan has been with Incite since 2010.
Enid Nangala Gallagher – Cultural Custodian/Mentor, Southern Ngalia
Enid was born in Yuendumu, NT and has has been the Cultural Custodian of Southern Ngalia Women’s Dance Program since its inception in 2010. She has worked with Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) as a Cultural Mentor and continues to serve on the WYDAC Board.
Kat Worth - Director, Mentoring Artist, ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble
Kat is a choreographer and director who has worked in Community Cultural Development since 1992. She specialises in improvisation, 5Rhythms, disability cultural practice, children and infants. Kat is former artistic director of Restless Dance Theatre, Company CHAOS and Boilover Inclusive Performance Ensemble. She has been working with Incite since 2011 and co-founded ‘stArts with D’ Performance Ensemble.
Katie Leslie - Arts Facilitator, Southern Ngalia & Mentoring Artist, Red Sand Culture
Katie is a proud Gamilaroi and Mandandanji woman, from Moree, NSW. She has a deep passion and love for her Aboriginal culture and heritage, as well as the performing arts. She studied acting at ACPA (The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts) and later went on to study dance at NAISDA Dance College. Since graduating she has worked for many people in different places, performing and teaching dance. Katie has been with Incite since 2008.
Matt Woodham - Mentoring Artist & Media Maker
Matt is a media maker, teacher and events manager based in Alice Springs. For a decade his work across Australia, the UK and Ireland has focused on building and strengthening communities through direct engagement & participation. Matt has managed Red Hot Arts Central Australia’s local film development project Lens Flair since 2012 and also works as a freelance production manager, editor and media consultant. Matt has been with Incite since 2013.
Melissa Kerl – Mentoring Artist, SPRUNG & ‘stArts with D’
Melissa is an independent performer, choreographer, director, animateur, movement educator, events manager, producer, advocate & part time clown doctor. With a 17-year career in the performing arts, her career highlights include long-standing engagements with Incite, Cats Meow Cabaret and Dusty Feet Dance Collective. She currently co-directs the Live Arts comany ‘SO REAL’. Melissa has worked with Incite since 2011 in a number of different capacities.
Miriam Nicholls – Director & Mentoring Artist SPRUNG & ‘stArts with D’
Miriam has worked with companies including Buzz Dance Theatre, Australian Choreographic Centre, Tracks Dance and Asanti Dance Theatre in Ghana. During her time in central Australia, she has taught dance in remote communities, Alice Springs based schools and dance studios. Miriam regularly performs and choreographs work and is a co-founder of Dusty Feet Dance Collective, as well as Incite program SPRUNG Youth Dance. Miriam has been with Incite since 2011.
Miriam Pickard - Media Maker, Arts Facilitator, Southern Ngalia & Mentoring Artist, ‘stArts with D’
Miriam is an Australian storyteller with specialised skills in clown, media making and education and has worked as a freelance arts practitioner in video and theatre since 2008. She has studied at School of Philippe Gaulier in France and has performed for a range of major festivals. Miriam has worked with Incite since 2010 in a number of different capacities.
Stephanie Harrison – Mentoring Artist, ‘stArts with D’
Stephanie is a young creative practitioner with a detailed knowledge of the music industry and extensive experience working with remote Indigenous communities. She combines her many talents in a strong commitment to creating original music as well as teaching and mentoring. She is one half of the dynamic and eclectic musical duo Bat Hazzard and has worked with Incite since 2011 in a number of different capacities.
Tashka Urban & Rupert Faust - Mentoring Artists, Red Sand Culture
Tashka grew up in Alice and now shares and travels her skills Australia-wide. Passionate about music, she dedicates herself to utilising the arts to create social shift. She facilitates workshops, teaches, performs and collaborates nationally and remotely across central Australia. Tashka was part of the youth consulting team for the formation of Incite in 2003-4 and returned in 2013 to work as a mentoring artist.
Joined by her co-worker Rupert Faust, the duo forms a musical outfit ‘Choon Goonz’ specialising in creating and educating through the digital DJ world.
Australia Council for the Arts
Northern Territory Government through Arts NT, Department of Arts and Museums
The Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet through the Aboriginals Benefit Account and the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation – For their support of Southern Ngalia and Red Sand Culture
The Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund - The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote/isolated Australia. The program is delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Government
Northern Territory Government through Department of Justice, Community Benefit Fund
Northern Territory Government through Department of Education & Training
Alice Springs Town Council
Perpetual, Teen Spirit Charitable Foundation
Incite partners with organisations and groups who represent and service the communities we work with.
We work with these partners to facilitate innovative, inclusive, multi arts programs that provide participants with on-going and consistent opportunities for skills and arts development.
For activities focused on supporting remote Indigenous youth and women, Incite partners with Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) – The Mt Theo Program.
WYDAC was started by Yuendumu Community in 1993 to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. Since 1993, the program has dedicated itself to developing strength, health, meaningful pathways and leadership in Warlpiri youth. The program was created by and for Warlpiri people, and is governed by a Committee of 62 Warlpiri people. WYDAC is nationally recognised for prevention, aftercare and support for petrol sniffers and is repeatedly cited as “the success story” in petrol sniffing.
For activities focused on supporting people with disability, Incite works in partnership with peak national body for arts and disability Arts Access Australia, along with locally based, Acacia Hill School, Life Without Barriers and Centralian Middle School.
Community partner Dusty Feet Dance Collective, a group of dancers living in Alice Springs who came together to share their passion for dance, collaborates with Incite to support the SPRUNG Youth Dance program. The group has been instrumental in enriching and inspiring the ongoing development of dance and young dancers in the region.
Incite also partners with Atyenhenge-atherre Aboriginal Corporation and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress to deliver a range of multi-arts projects.
A special thank you to these local, Alice Springs businesses that have supported Incite for a number of years and continue to offer their generous support.
Colemans Printing, Imparja Television, TJ Signs & Budget Car Hire