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.
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.
Alongside her independent practice, Freya is Senior Producer for Chunky Move. She was appointed in early 2019 alongside co-CEO's Antony Hamilton and Kristy Ayre to lead the company's next exciting iteration.
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 helped co-design Creative Victoria's Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI). She is a resident of The Meat Market, an Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne peer, and a member of the Asian Producers Platform.
Freya works with choreographers Melanie Lane, Lilian Steiner and sound/dance artist, Alisdair Macindoe. She produces their independent activity exclusively in Australia and internationally.
Freya provides ongoing strategic advice, market development, planning and consultancy to a number of Australian arts companies including Chamber Made and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Freya is Senior Producer for Chunky Move, leading the development of projects across the artistic program. As part of the leadership team alongside Kristy Ayre and Antony Hamilton, she provides strategic organisational and programming guidance.
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.