The Storey Players are very fortunate to have a committed, dynamic group of people who care deeply about Indigenous culture, stories and children.
Simon Storey – President
Simon has been making theatre for 30 years. His love of theatre began in Sydney where he studied with NIDA. He then moved to London and studied Expressive Mime with Adam Darius and Theatre Performance at the London Academy Drama School. After living and performing in London for three years, Simon returned to Australia where he became a founding member of the Chapel of Change theatre company based in Melbourne with Rainsford. He then moved to Germany and founded Footslog English Language Theatre which toured various shows throughout Europe for many years until he relocated to Australia. Simon and Tina founded The Storey Players (TSP Theatre Inc) when they realized there was a great need for drama activities in remote communities of Australia.
Tina Storey – Vice-President
Tina studied piano and ballet and began performing at age 10 in Germany at the Oldenburg Theatre working with such notable directors as Hans Haeckermann and Peter Grisebach. She then worked in photography and specialised in portrait and theatre photography in black and white before moving to Hamburg to study Sociology and Art History at University of Hamburg. She worked with Simon at Footslog English Language Theatre on script development, costume design and music as well as being the official photographer. Tina is the Creative Director of The Storey Players and creates costumes and props for the show, is the official photographer, principle script advisor and sound operator.
Don Rowlands OAM
Don Rowlands OAM, is a leader and respected Elder of the Wangkangurru people and Head Ranger of Munga-Thirri National Park (Simpson Desert). He was born in Munga-Thirri where he learnt the beliefs, traditions and cultures of the Wangkangurru from his Elders. He also learnt how to track, hunt and find bush tucker. His grandmother taught him how to understand the Dreamtime and how these narratives spiritually bonded the Wangkangurru people to the Munga-Thirri.
Don is a strong proponent of “the ways of the old people”, with a sincere belief that all Australians can benefit enormously from developing an understanding of their country by appreciating the culture and beliefs that sustained the Indigenous people of Australia for thousands of years. He believes that one practical way to do this is by sharing the knowledge of survival and the benefits of coexisting with the land. Don hopes that by promoting attention to the positive aspects of respecting and nurturing the ancient cultures of his people, a deeper understanding can be developed between all Australians.
Peta Rowlands is an up and coming Elder and proud Aboriginal woman of the Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi people from the Munga-Thirri (Simpson Desert) Country.
After spending most of her early life travelling around Australia, Peta didn’t feel the call of her Ancestors or return to culture until her late 30’s. She is now living in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane and works in her community with local Aboriginal Elders. She also works alongside her father Don within the family organisation ‘Watti Watti Custodial Services Pty Ltd’ whose main emphasis is to ‘Strengthen cultural identity and to educate and share knowledge of traditional stories, culture and language in a way that is respectful, factual and educational.’
Trevina lives in a small country town call Dajarra that is situated 155 km south of Mt Isa which, at one stage was one of the largest cattle droving centres in the world. Trevina is a proud Pitta Pitta/ Wangka-madlha woman and a mother of five boys and one girl. With her husband, Gary, they manage a small hobby farm with goats, horses and cows. Since she was young, Trevina has worked on stations in remote areas within Outback North West Qld and is full of stories about the excitement of that era. She especially loves doing activities with the children at Dajarra and Boulia State School. Trevina is an Artist and loves to sew, take photos and cook - catering for large groups is her speciality. She also loves going out on Country, collecting bush medicine/food and teaching cultural awareness.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature and Politics and a Post-Graduate Librarianship qualification and has worked as a librarian for over 20 years. Her career in public libraries includes a stint as a Children's and Youth Services Librarian at the Alice Springs Public Library. She has served on many boards including those of The Children's Book Council of Australia, Disability Services of Central Australia and The AIDS Council of Central Australia. Tina brings a wealth of knowledge about the Australian publishing industry and children's literature, as well as her experience living in Alice Springs, to the board.
Simon Denham - Treasurer
Simon grew up in Mornington and has an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). He has a wide range of experience in the Finance industry and has been self employed as a Paraplanner for the past 12 years. He has a passion for financial education and having worked at Uluru for over 3 years previously, has a keen interest and respect for Indigenous culture. He also has a love of children, having two of his own, and is keen to see that every child is given the opportunity to bloom and grow through positive experiences.
Suzanne Downie - Secretary
Suzanne grew up in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges South East of Melbourne and studied Fine Art at Monash University and Art Therapy at Phoenix Institute in Prahran. She has worked in the field of Community Services and Development for the last 19 years for Not-for Profit organisations and is passionate about helping communities thrive, particularly through Arts, Theatre and Health & Wellbeing.