Johanna established The Red Room Company in 2003. Her poetry has featured in journals such as Quadrant, and the Best Australian Poems. In 2006 she created a series of literary TV shows, The Wordshed, in partnership with The University of Western Sydney where she is a research associate. Johanna is an honorary associate of The University of Sydney's School of Letters Arts and Media. Johanna received a fellowship from the St James Ethics Center in 2008. Her chapbook Felt was released in 2010 by Vagabond Press.
Appointed to The Red Room Company Board in 2003.
Tamryn is a poet and The Red Room Company's Executive Director. She has a PhD in Literature from the University of New South Wales where she has also taught Creative Writing. Since 2004 she has exhibited poetic projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her collection phosphene is forthcoming (Rabbit Poet Series 2016). Other poems and essays have appeared in Five Bells, Nth Degree, Cordite, The Drunken Boat, ImageText and Image [&] Narrative.
Sally Marwood has a wide range of experience embracing external relations, client and stakeholder relations, development and sponsorship, marketing, corporate communications and design projects. Her work has taken her to London as head of Marketing, Media and Sponsorship for the Design Council, in Sydney as a Manager in 'Look of the City' and as Marketing and Development Manager for the National Art School and more recetnly as External Relations Manager at UNSW Art & Design.
Head of Creative Learning
Lilly Blue is Head of Creative Learning at The Red Room Company. She is a visual artist and educator with a background in physical performance, installation and community arts. She has worked Internationally delivering arts residencies, professional development programs, creative commissions and exhibitions, as well as designing arts programming for young audiences driven by a rigorous studio practice. Together with dancer Joanna Pollitt she is the Creative Director of BIG Kids Magazine, an Australian contemporary arts publication that features the work of children and artists side by side and promotes the arts as an everyday way of seeing and responding to the world.Read more
Producer - Creative Programs
Micheal is producing The Disappearing 2.0, a web-based portal of poems that maps traces and spaces. Micheal is a visual-arts curator and program producer based in Western Sydney. He currently holds roles across The Red Room Company, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
His passion for the arts and community engagement has taken him across a number of roles at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Liverpool City Library, University of New South Wales Art + Design, Bonhams Auctioneers Australia, Arc UNSW and Kudos Gallery.
Kristy Wan is the content manager, resident tea junkie, and oxford comma enthusiast at The Red Room Company. She also accepts the titles Lead No One Understands What I Do and End of Society Prophet. She is currently finishing her degree in Communications, majoring in Writing & Cultural Studies. Kristy is a fire twirler that dabbles in photography, poetry, and short stories.
Rob Osborne is working with us on the Unlocked prison poetry program. His professional background includes teaching English in the secondary education sector, and Media, Communications and Digital Media Production in the tertiary sector with Corrective Services NSW as the Manager of the Audiovisual Production Unit. Rob was instrumental in developing and introducing the "Unlocked" poetry project and is a passionate believer in poetry's transformational potential. Since leaving a full time role in Corrective Services, Rob has undertaken PhD studies in the area of creative work in prison education.
Editor & Copywriter
Joel Scott is The Red Room's Editor & Copywriter, looking after the website and Unlocked anthologies. His poetry has appeared, for example, in Overland, Heat, Southerly and Cordite.
Andri is a Project Assistant at The Red Room Company. Originally from Cyprus, she moved to England to study English Literature and is now in Australia for her work experience year. Her interests in language, identity and community have led her to work in different multi-disciplinary art organisations, before she enthusiastically joined our Red Room Company team.
Rock pool poet and inner west explorer Tess likes writing about the brain, language and sea urchins. For a year she ran Mutts Poetry, a monthly event that gave poets an opportunity to share their poems and also to discuss established poetry and ideas. Recent recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree as an English Major. She has had poems published three times in Sydney University journals; Hermes and ARNA. Tess has also just begun an internship at the NSW Writers’ Centre.
Melissa is currently finishing her first Arts degree, in English and Social & Cultural Analysis, at Western Sydney Univeristy. She has previously -and continues to- volunteer at various literary festivals and other events around Sydney. Melissa has a keen interest in editing and publishing as well as writing some of her own fiction and poetry. Her other interests include the performing arts, online entertainment and production, and live music.
Winnie Dunn is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Arts Pathway to Secondary Teaching at Western Sydney University. She majors in English and Modern History. A sometimes blogger at winniereads.wordpress.com, she likes to spend most of her time reading books, people and shamelessly sharing a lavender-scented toy bear with her seven year old sister.Read more