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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Entertainment

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By Anna Robb

The importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Entertainment Industry is only recently being recognised. The contract-to-contract nature of the industry often sees people fall through the mental health cracks. What can we do as individual practitioners to look after our mental health and wellbeing? What should companies be doing to look after their employees and contractors? What should we expect from our employers? What does this all mean in the current climate?

Join Tracy Margieson (The Arts Wellbeing Collective), Barbara Dalle Pezze (Executive Coach and Leadership Development expert), Nathan Grimoulas (Stage Manager) and Anna Robb (TheatreArtLife) to dive deeper into the importance of advocating for mental health and wellbeing in the entertainment industry

Tracy Margieson

In 2016, research highlighted startling statistics regarding the mental health and wellbeing of performing arts workers in Australia. In response, Arts Centre Melbourne launched the Arts Wellbeing Collective, a mental health and wellbeing program specifically tailored for the performing arts industry. Following the success of the Pilot Program in 2017, the Arts Wellbeing Collective has grown rapidly to be a comprehensive, sector-wide initiative – the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. Head of Program, Tracy Margieson has been leading the initiative since its inception.

Barbara Dalle Pezze

Barbara Dalle Pezze, Ph.D. is an internationally established Coach and leadership development expert. With over 18 years of global experience across diverse industries Executives, CEO, Entrepreneurs, Artists, Academics partner with Barbara to make key paradigm shifts and breakthroughs so that they can effectively create large scale changes in society and the world.

Barbara believes there are rarely solutions to problems which do not begin in the hearts and minds of people, hence she focuses her work on the inner work of leadership.

Barbara is a member of the Leadership Development Faculty for the APEC Region at a top global financial institution, and teaches Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the MBA program at SFU, Beedie School of Business (Vancouver, Canada).

Barbara has published and co-edited two books and is currently completing her new book, β€œThe Unexpected Gift. Emerging Anew After The Unthinkable.”

​​​​​​​Nathan Grimoulas

Nathan has worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years, traversing through many disciplines including crewing, radio production, not-for-profit fundraising, live events, theatre and circus. Most recently General Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil’s touring show KOOZA, he’s been focused on how to maintain sustainable participation in the industry given burnout, anxiety and a host of other negative mental health obstacles that can arise.

Anna Robb

​​​​​​​Anna is an experienced Producer/Production Stage Manager. Her 20-year work history spans Asia Pacific, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She has worked for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, Christie Digital Systems and The Sydney Opera House. Anna has managed teams on long and short term projects in a number of different cultures and countries and has experienced the effects of long hours and stress in the entertainment realm. Anna also teaches cross cultural communication at Hong Kong University and is passionate about the evolution of the industry.

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