Announcing the Balnaves Associates

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Date Published:
18 Jan 2023
Fellowship and Residencies

Belvoir is excited to announce the inaugural Balnaves Associates, Nazaree Dickerson and Brendon Boney alongside the 2022 Balnaves Fellow, Dalara Williams.

The company runs a yearly associates program which includes participation in our annual season across the theatrical crafts (lighting, sound/composition, design, direction, writing, stage management etc), as well as access to professional development opportunities,  attending opening nights, networking events and attending particular artist workshops and intensives. Adding two Balnaves Associates will enrich both Belvoir’s Balnaves and First Nations artistic programs, as well as broader artistic development.

Thanks to additional funding by the Balnaves Foundation this year, Nazaree and Brendon will each receive $5,000; which will cover a detailed story outline/rough first draft and then some creative development as well as a place to write.


Wardandi Bibbulman Noongar & Burmese
(Actor/Writer & Director)

Currently based on Gunditjmara country, Portland Victoria, Nazaree Dickerson, or Naz, as she prefers is a Wardandi Bibbulman Noongar and Burmese person from Boorloo (Perth), Western Australia. Naz is an Actor, Writer and Director currently working with Ilbijerri Youth Ensemble. A performer for many years, Naz has worked with leading theatre companies including State theatre of SA, JUTE theatre, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Vital Statistix. She started her writer/director journey this year with two commissioned works CRUMBS and Ngarngk; Giver of Life which debuted at Yirramboi Festival 2021.

Her lived experience as a queer woman of colour and a family ravaged by the trauma of multiple stolen generations is what fuels Naz to continue sharing First Nation narratives.


Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi
(Sound Designer, Composer, Writer and Performer) 

Brendon is a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi man who was born and grew up in Wagga Wagga. He is a Sound Designer, Composer, Writer and Performer now based in Darkinjung country on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

As Composer & Sound Designer, A Raisin in the Sun (Sydney Theatre Company, 2022), Assistant for Dubboo (Bangarra Dance Theatre), Winyanboga Yurringa (Belvoir), Black Ties (Illbijerri Theatre), Composer for At What Cost? (Belvoir), A Letter For Molly (Ensemble Theatre), The 7 Stages of Grieving (2021), The Tempest (2022) (Sydney Theatre Company). As an Actor/Performer, Black Ties (Illbijerri Theatre), Wudjang: Not the Past (Bangarra Dance Theatre). Brendon was also lead character singing voice for Bran New Dae (2009). As Composer/Musical Contributor for TV, Gods of Wheat Street (ABC1), Offspring (Network 10), Winners & Losers (Seven Network), Underbelly Chopper (The Nine Network). As recording artist/writer, Brendon’s music has been played on Triple J, FBi radio, ABC radio, community radio nationwide, 150 000+ streams across platforms Spotify & Apple Music Music. As a performer, he has performed at Bluesfest Byron Bay, Woodford Folk Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe festival, Brisbane Festival, Friendship Festival (Seoul, Sth Korea) and The Aussie BBQ (UK). Brendon has won the APRA Professional Development Award Training: JMC Academy (Composition).