Panel Discussion: Storytelling across generations

On Sunday 27th June, the 2pm matinee performance of Singing Swallows will be followed by an in-depth discussion that poses questions such as why intergenerational storytelling matters, how this is incorporated in artistic practices and why make performance that incorporates this notion. Storytelling Across Generations will explore the artistic practices of artists Romi Kupfer, Adena Jacobs, Carissa Lee and Tariro Mavondo, and moderated by storyteller Rani Pramesti.
This panel will further explore the spaces young people can hold within a storytelling experience and the purpose of connecting past generations with future generations. Reflecting on their own artistic processes and creations, each artist brings a perspective that will collide in a meaningful and engaging dialogue whilst following on from the afternoon performance of Singing Swallows.

The panel will be open captioned live.


Romi Kupfer is a contemporary theatre maker, director and producer. Romi’s practice has evolved since 2013 collaborating with companies, artists and communities. Romi holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) from Monash University and a Masters of Directing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Romi is drawn to working with young people in the arts. She believes there is urgency to creating spaces for young people’s voices through artistic practice and therefore creates performances with and for young people, alongside other new artistic works.


Rani Pramesti (she/they) is a proud Peranakan-Hokkien-Javanese person living and creating across Kulin Country (Melbourne, Australia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and OhloneCountry (San Francisco). 

As a storyteller, Rani revels in the interface of social justice and digital innovation. As Rani P Collaborations, she inspires conversations, self-reflection and intercultural exchange through transformative storytelling experiences. Rani P Collaborations’ debut performance installation, Chinese Whispers, inspired by the racial and sexual violence of May 1998 in Indonesia, won the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Best Live Art Award and Kultour’s Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Award. In 2017-2018, Rani led an Indonesian-Australian team to adapt Chinese Whispers into a bilingual, digital graphic novel, which can be accessed at

Rani is also the Creative Strategist at Creatives of Colour: a research driven collective of First Nations, Black and People of Colour creatives and researchers based on Wurundjeri Country (Collingwood Yards).

Finally, Rani works part-time as Program Producer at Theatre Network Australia, where they deliver the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative.

Adena Jacobs is a theatre director and the Artistic Director of independent companyFraught Outfit. Her distinct body of work incorporates queer and feminist renderings of ancient texts, hallucinatory landscapes and rich sound scores, created in collaboration with her creative team and performers. Directing credits include TITUS ANDRONICUS (Bell Shakespeare), THE HOWLING GIRLS (Sydney Chamber Opera), SALOME (ENO), WIZARD OF OZ (Belvoir), ANTIGONE (Malthouse), THE BACCHAE  (Fraught Outfit/St Martins/MIAF) and PERSONA (Fraught Outfit). In 2014/15 Adena was Resident Director at Belvoir, and in 2012 Female Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre. In Australia, her work has been seen at Melbourne Festival, Carriageworks, Dark Mofo, Malthouse, Belvoir, Sydney Opera House, MTC, Theatre Works and La Mama. Internationally, she has directed for the English National Opera in London, and presented at Tokyo Festival. In 2022, her production of DIE TROERINNEN (TROJAN WOMEN) will premiere at the Burgtheatre in Vienna.


Carissa Lee is a First Nations actor and writer based in Melbourne, and newly appointedIndigenous Commissioning Editor for The Conversation. Since graduating with her acting degree from Flinders University Drama Centre, Carissa has juggled acting, writing, editing and dramaturg roles, and is currently finishing up her PhD in Indigenous theatre through the University of Melbourne. She has written for Witness Performance, The Guardian, Book Riot, Junkee and IndigenousX. Carissa has performed with Melbourne Theatre Company, the Malthouse Theatre, La Mama, and State Theatre Company of South Australia and appeared in TV productions House Husbands and The Sammy J Show.


Tariro Mavondo who also goes by Hope is a Zimbabwean born multi disciplinary artistraised in Narrm/ Melbourne. Tariro’s body and breadth of work spans across  multiple disciplines- acting, performance poetry, spoken word, writing, movement, directing, consultation and facilitation. 

Tariro is the co-Artistic Director of Western Edge Youth Arts, a 20 year old youth performing arts company that works across Melbourne’s western suburbs, providing space for young people to come together to tell their own stories, in their own way and with their own voice. By providing a safe space to explore creativity, learn new artistic practices, and develop leadership skills, WEYA constructs supportive pathways for young people to achieve their own creative agency.  

An award winning performance poet, Tariro also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Black Swan, Red Stitch, Street Theatre) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers, Other People’s Problems), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, award winning webseries Shakespeare Republic and the award winning short films Arrivals and Home, has been a voice over artist for La Trobe, AFLW, Thomas The Tank Engine (UK), HESTA, PWC, BMW and more. 
Tariro’s career highlights have been training with legendary dancer and teacher Anna Halprin in Northern California and attending the Decolonial Summer School in UniSA in Pretoria, South Africa both those experiences inform a lot of her work and artistic practices.

Tariro’s piece ‘The Dangers of a Single Story’ is part of an anthology ‘Growing Up African in Australia’ published by Black Inc Books (2019). Tariro is the founder of Africa’s Got Talent Australia and a Co-Founder of Centre of Poetics and Justice.

By Romi Kupfer
23 June – 4 July


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