Freya Waterson is an Independent Producer based on Kulin Country (Melbourne, Australia).
Freya has previously held roles with presenting organisations in the UK and Australia, working in music, performance, film and cross-media contexts for organisations including Sheffield Doc/Fest, Insite Arts, Melbourne Fringe, London Film Festival, Hide&Seek, Arts House, the Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association and acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe venue, Aurora Nova. These roles provided unique insights across art-forms and valuable perspective for her independent producing practice.
From 2010 - 2015, as Executive Producer for Insite Arts, she produced the MAPS Victoria program, delivering development, presentation and touring for numerous independent artists. During this time, she was also an Associate Producer of Hobart's MONA FOMA (2011 & 2012).
In 2015, Freya established her own practice, which focuses on supporting some of Australia's most ambitious contemporary artists and companies to create new work; helping drive projects from inception through to production and touring. This bespoke producing model provides a niche, agile and economical model for artists.
From 2019 - 2021, Freya was Senior Producer for Chunky Move. She was appointed alongside Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre to co-lead the celebrated contemporary dance company, whilst also continuing to produce independently during this time.
Freya continues to investigate ways of working that support the creation of new Australian work. Her practice enables sustainable careers for independent artists by supporting them to create projects at their own pace, and tour their work beyond Australia. Her international marketplace experience and knowledge is particularly strong and she has facilitated the presentation of over 85 performance seasons in 22 countries.
Freya's experience working across scale, context and form has provided a platform to initiate research projects, collaborative investigations and to advocate for personal and professional expressions of independent practice in its diverse and multifaceted forms.
Freya received a 3-year capacity building grant from Creative Victoria's Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) to support her practice from 2021 - 2023. Freya is a resident of The Meat Market, an Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne peer assessor, sits on Chambermade's Artistic Advisory and is a member of the Asian Producers Platform.
Freya works with choreographers Melanie Lane, Lilian Steiner, sound/dance artist, Alisdair Macindoe and theatre-maker, Samara Hersch, producing their independent activity in Australia and internationally.
She also provides ongoing producing support and advice to numerous other independent artists, both on an ongoing and ad-hoc basis. To discuss your practice, opportunity or challenge, get in touch.
Freya provides ongoing strategic advice, market development, planning and consultancy to a number of Australian arts companies including Aphids, Chamber Made and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Freya produces specific projects ranging from one-off presentations, large co-productions, national and international events, larger tours or smaller task-based projects including grants, presenter negotiation, project promotion and touring. Current examples include Please Stand and Self-World. To discuss your project, please get in touch.