Collaboratory Podcast

Building Trusting Relationships

by | 23 Sep, 2022

Collaboratory Season 1
Collaboratory Season 1
Building Trusting Relationships

Trust and the relationships from which trust stems are critical foundations to co-creative processes. Whether making theatre shows, or trying to pass legislation across political divides, trusting relationships between people involved in any collaborative enterprise is an important ingredient to getting things done. In this episode, we hear from several people who have firsthand experience fostering trusting relationships for very different types of co-creative enterprises. Read the full show notes on our website

This episode features guests, Ali Clinch, Robin Davidson, Natalie Barr, Aruna Venkatachalam, and Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak.


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Ali Clinch is an Artist and Creative Programs Manager at Rebus Theatre. She is an award-winning practitioner in Applied Theatre, the application of performing arts for social change and the Artistic Director for ‘Acting With Ali’.

You can find Ali online on Acting With Ali websiteRebus Theatre website

Robin Davidson is the founding and Artistic Director of Rebus Theatre and Workplace Training, a Canberra-based mixed ability theatre for social change company. He is also an actor, clown, director, teacher and writer.

You can find Robin online on Rebus Theatre website

Natalie Barr is an experienced and strategic leader, with expertise in building high performing teams and a passion for social policy. She has wide ranging experience across political offices, universities and government, specifically in strategic policy development, project management, communications and stakeholder engagement.

You can find Natalie online at Australian National University websiteLinkedIn

Aruna Venkatachalam is the General Manager, Partnerships and International at Young Change Agents. She has worked in international community development, commercial leadership development and social enterprise for 15 years. Aruna spent four years in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka where she capacity-built local community organisations, social entrepreneurs, STEM professionals and students by providing training, frameworks, mentorship and connections in design thinking and best-practice community development.

You can find Aruna online at Young Change Agents websiteLinkedIn

Dr Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak is a Master Practitioner in collaborative arts practices, an independent curator, arts writer, facilitator, mentor, stage manager, and the author of “How Local Art made Australia’s National Capital”, ANU Press, 2020.

You can find Anni online on TwitterInstagramLinkedInANU Press

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Collaboratory is written, edited and produced by Maya Haviland with production and editorial assistance from Nicole Deen. Audio engineering by Nick McCorriston. Music made especially for us by Seprock. Additional research and production support by Nicole O’Dowd.

Collaboratory is produced on the lands of the Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri people.We pay our respects, an ongoing gratitude to the custodian’s past present and future of the lands on which we work and of the knowledges from which we learn.

Collaboratory is a production of the Scaffolding Cultural Co-creativity Project hosted by the Center for Heritage and Museum Studies in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University funding is generously provided by the Australian National University Translational Fellowship Scheme.


Hosts: Maya Haviland, Nicole Deen, Audio Engineer: Nick McCorriston, Featured guests: Jenny Savigny, Stephen Corey