Various Venues
Various Times



Discover a diverse range of First Nations contemporary art and makers ready to share their work and ideas.

The BlakDance Presenter Series is a professional development opportunity for Australian and international presenters who want to program First Nations’ contemporary performing arts at their venues and festivals. Presenters, who were preselected via an application based process, participate in a facilitated series of discussions and activities designed to transform cultural thinking and programming decision-making process. It follows the highly successful model delivered by BlakDance at YIRRAMBOI. 

Places in this program are strictly limited. To be accepted delegates were required to submit an Expression of Interest in December.

For further information regarding the BlakDance Presenter Series please contact BlakDance Executive Producer Merindah Donnelly |


  • Collette Brennan - Abbotsford Covent 
  • Rhoda Roberts - Sydney Opera House

Image: Mick Richards


Collette Brennan is the CEO of Abbotsford Covent in Melbourne, Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. She is also Chair of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and a Board member of the International Society for Performing Arts. Previously she was: Director of International Development, Acting Executive Director of Arts Development, and Director of Market Development at the Australia Council for the Arts; Executive Director of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus Circa; the founding Creative Director of The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3 to 8 year olds, and; Executive Officer of Youth Arts Queensland, the state’s peak body for youth arts and cultural development.

Collette has also worked in schools as a drama and history teacher, as a lecturer with QUT and Griffith University, and as a youth arts worker in a range of school and community contexts with children and young people.


A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul and Gidabul clans of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda is an experienced motivated and versatile arts executive.

She was a co-founding member of Australia's first national Aboriginal theatre company, the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust (ANTT) and coined the term Welcome to Country, establishing protocol manuals and welcomes by local custodians for the arts industry.

Currently Rhoda is the Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House; Creative Director, Rhoda Roberts Gallery and Events; Festival Director, Boomerang Festival.

She has been involved with a number of large events in varying roles including Creative Director, Awakening Segment Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Rugby World Cup 2003, Athens handover ceremony, The Opening Ceremony of the Musee Du Quay Branley, Paris, Japan Expo, World Youth Day events and Australia Day events where she developed the Woggan ma Gule annual ceremony to honour the day, acknowledging and paying homage to the ancestors and the Gadigal, first peoples. Rhoda was the Creative Director for Songlines – the phenomenally successful lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails, which opened Vivid Festival Sydney 2016.

As an actor, producer, director and writer, Rhoda continues to work as a consultant and is a sought after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio.