Melody Shotade

Curriculum Vitae

 Above Photo of Melody. Photo Credit Briannagh O'Laughlin. Photo of  of woman medium dark complexion with  short soft dark hair with Gold faux eyelashes labret piecing  and matching gold chuncky beaded necklace  and orange blouse made of jersey material. She has one hand toughing the necklace to the nape of her neck.

As an Emerging Inclusive artist and Creative Practioner, I co-design work with D/deaf allies and Disabled peers to make access visible.  

I am known for my commitment and advocacy, embedding access into creative participatory workshops and events with the vast intersections of our community.  Together, devising new and exiting Deaf and Disabled artistic concepts and vernaculars.   


Midsumma Alumni- Member 

The Alfred Hospital Bi-cultural Workers Research Advisory Committee: Consumer Advocate

Australia Council of the Arts: Disability Needs Analysis- Focus Group Consult

(Current) The Creative Access Project : Collective Strength Through Sharing- Independent project planning, networking and structural development stage. including grant writing proposals.

(Current) Arts Access Victoria- Grant writing skills development 

Weave Movement - Dance skills development and Showing with Janice Florence and Zia Kane at wxyz studios Lucy Guerin Inc


Theatre Network Australia -Round 3 Victorian Independent Producers Mentorship Program 

MPavilion- ‘Circular Economy of Love event for MMeets’- concept development

Radical Fringe- Creative Access workshop pilot first stage development and presentation

Midsumma Festival’s AND OR Program with Footscray Arts and The Demographic Dance OFF-  Facitlitation and Creative Production of 'Face to Face'  Development and Premiere with multiple creative and inclusive outcomes


Arts Centre Melbourne and Arts Access Victoria (Alter State Digital Commission) - 'I am'

Theatre Network Australia -Round 3 Victorian Independent Producers Mentorship Program

Melbourne Fringe Festival (Jewel Box Grant) - The Demographic Dance OFF - Where do I begin??  immersive interpretive dance with poetic Auslan performance  featuring Mayumi Mullins, Elvin Lam and Chelle Destefano - Intuitive soundscape by Iron Rose

Midsumma Festival AND OR Program/ Footscray Community Arts Centre- The Demographic Dance OFF Development 'Face to Face' Actions speak just as loud as words. The Demographic Dance OFF  ask to audiences respond to their unique stories in an interactive sensory friendly show. Expect to meet the barriers “Face to Face” and be invited to help shift them.

Arts Access Victoria Museum of Us Digital Archive- Commissioned  Work  'I am' experimental film with embedded captioning and audio described work. 

Midsummer Pathways Mentor Program 2020/2021- 9 month mentor ship  and master classes


Midsummer Pathways Mentor Program 2020/2021- 9 month mentorship  and master classes

Creative Victoria -Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative - Storytelling Collaboration with Chelle Destefano, Creative Movement Labs, Mentoring with Janice Florence of Weave Movement Theatre and UK Director JulieMc McNamara of Vital Xposure. 

Victorian Independent Producers Initiative- Consult 

Dreamscape Project- Grant writing

City of Port Phillip & Arts Access Victoria - Assessment Panel Member for THRIVE grants


3CR Radio- Interview Pauline Vetuna International Day of Disability 

The Village Storyteller  - The Village Festival, AAV Nebula Small Scratches Upcoming early 2020, Lentil As Anything & Ife Products and Community

Melbourne Fringe- Access Champion Training - Fringe Hub 

Trades Hall

Nexis Chain Reaction- Podcast interviews @ The Channel /Art Center  Kiln

Project/ Crowdfunding/Funding Planning and applications 2020 (Dreamscape)  TBA

Arts Access Artist Engagement workshop- Presentation Woven 

Weave- Movement Workshops with Janice Florence (including observation workshop with Yumi Umiumare)

3CR Radio Radio - Come on Come in/ Solidarity Breakfast

Lorjournal Interview -  Romy Durrant

2016- 2019- City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund Recipient-  Mentee Producer/ Director of Inclusive theatre arts project titled ‘Woven' 


Access To Fashion Runway- Melbourne Fashion Week -Runway Model 

Ruthy Hunter Foundation Benefit Concert - Stage Manager

Space2b St. Kilda- United Threads Fashion Show- Team  Assistant Coordinator


RAG Theatre Ensemble Melbourne Fringe Performance ‘No Offence’- Performing Artist/Catering Assistant

City of Voices - Backstage Assistant, Makeup Artist.

Voices of the South Side Member of the Community Choir -  Woven Pozible Campaign 

2014- 2018- Roar Lounges/Unearths/ Roar Stages- Roarhouse Artist and Events Coordinator / Mentor/ Facilitator/Promotions/ some videography/editing and fundraising/ film extra/ caterer. 

2016 2017 -Rise West Papua fundraisers- Stage management/Assistant 


Keep It Queered Events- Volunteer and collaborator dance party/ fundraisers 


The Social Studio /Multicultural Events Collingwood - MC and Stage Manager 

Autumn harvest Bar 303 Nothcote- Producer and Performer small teaser talented women artists with Serangi player and belly dancer the amazingly multi talented Tyto and Essie Thomas.

Pan African Cafe Events- Stage Manager and Events Assistant


The Roller Derby Au Fundraiser-  Producer also a part of the Darebin Music Feast at The Thornbury Theatre, including award winning fringe act Lady Bird Blue. The event also consisted of an amazing  line up the barbershop a' Capella group Bobby and the Pins, Folk sensation the Bon Scott's, Indie Rock Trio Since We Kissed and other Musical acts.