Freya Waterson is an Independent Producer and Consultant working across art-forms. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Freya has previously held key roles at Insite Arts, Melbourne Fringe and the UK’s largest documentary and factual forum, Sheffield Doc/Fest. She has also worked for Arts House, the Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association, acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe venue, Aurora Nova, the London Film Festival, and pervasive games producer, Hide&Seek.
As Executive Producer for Insite Arts, she worked across the company’s independent and project-based activity, supporting development, presentation and touring for numerous independent artists in Australia and internationally, and she was an Associate Producer of Hobart's MONA FOMA in 2011 and 2012.
Freya has a wide breadth of experience across the arts, having begun her career as an arts administration trainee with Adelaide's Come Out Festival before working for presenters in Australia and internationally.
Freya's focus is 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. Freya continues to investigate ways of working that support the creation of world-class works. Freya's practice helps enable 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 80 performance seasons in 22 countries. Developing these opportunities is a key area of ongoing interest and research, and she regularly meets international partners at markets, festivals and events across the world.
Freya is an Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne peer. She regularly collaborates with independent and creative producers, artist managers, presenters and colleagues across Australia and internationally.
Freya works with choreographers Antony Hamilton, Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, cross disciplinary collective, Field Theory and sound/dance artist, Alisdair Macindoe. She produces their independent activity exclusively in Australia and internationally.
Freya consults with a number of Australian arts companies, providing strategic advice and planning, with a focus on market development. To discuss your organisation and project, get in touch.
In addition to producing work for independent artists, Freya also 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. To discuss your project, get in touch.