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Danielle O'Keefe, CEO & AD


Founder and CEO of The House that Dan Built, the joyous company that does. Passionate about passion, Danielle is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist whose site-responsive work with young female singers is being recognised and awarded internationally. Her work has been featured in collaborations through Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo, and Sydney Festival. Danielle has worked in the Arts for over 20 years. Beginning her practice as a performer and vocalist. Danielle has in recent years honed her skills of leading, establishing a reputation as one of the country’s leading youth arts creators. A trained conductor, Danielle finished her studies in 2003 in London, retuning to Sydney to conduct the Australian Youth Choir (AYC) and held that post until 2012 when she left to adventure the great Australian Outback as the Artistic Director of Outback Theatre for Young People.


kath melbourne, strategic & planning

Kath Melbourne spends her working life helping change makers in the creative industries get to the heart of their vision, craft the strategy to support it and connect them with the resources to make it happen. Kath works deeply with those who have been historically excluded, to reframe the margins of what is possible, personally, professionally and systemically. Innovators, rebels and new thinkers, but also those excluded from dominant cultural spaces due to gender, race or indigeneity.

Based on the island of Tasmania, Kath Melbourne works all over Australia and internationally, enabling companies, government and individuals to better achieve their goals, communicate ideas, reach audiences, embed imagination and resilience, generate income and transform their thinking at all levels. Her clients laud her for her deep and diverse sector knowledge, clear thinking smarts, holistic approach, trustworthiness and integrity. Together they consider the cross-roads as well as the possibilities that come with the question “what if we?” Kath’s processes and the outcomes she creates with her clients are notable for their grounding in respect, resilience, imagination, originality and pragmatism.

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Debbie Zukerman

debbie zukerman, creative producer

Debbie has had a varied career in comedy, children’s theatre, acting, and production. She was co-artistic director of clown company Choo Chop Troupe where she produced cabarets, tours, and solo shows for both adults and children. She has performed at Fringe and Comedy Festivals all over the country and appears periodically in film and television. Debbie taught drama to kids for years through St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, Blossom Management, and many others. She studied clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris), Meisner at Ward Studio (NYC), improvisation at ITS (Sydney) and clown at Brooklyn Movement Studio (NYC). Debbie is also a visual artist and graphic designer having created original paintings and marketing materials for live performance.


Maryann Wright is a theatre producer working primarily in Australia and the UK. She is passionate about developing new musicals and theatrical projects that harness international connections. Current projects include re-developing The Hatpin as an all-female chamber musical, Dreamsong (May 2024 workshop and showing), Paper Stars (2024 development).

One of her proudest achievements to date, Maryann co-founded Australian gender equality collective, Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS). Maryann was a finalist in the 2017 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards as a result of her work with WITS. Maryann also runs Sappho Events; an event company running sober, social events for LGBTQ+ women, trans and non-binary people. She was nominated for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2022 Diva Awards for her leadership in the LGBTQ+ sector in the UK.

Maryann has enjoyed a career as a performer, with highlights including Carrie (Squabbalogic), TV pilot Subject to Change, The Voice Australia (Team Delta), workshopping new Australian musicals Good Omens and Heart of a Dog, and other fabulous productions with the House's own Danielle O'Keefe at the helm, including The Little Mermaid.


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tallulah simpson, workshop tutor & OFFICE SUPPORT

Tallulah Simpson is a Sydney-based performer. She has been singing and songwriting since a young age starting with The House’s Toy Choir in 2017. Tallulah was The House Apprentice in 2023 honing her skills in teaching, mentoring and arts administration. She is currently studying film-making at Sydney Uni. Her work with The House includes The Mother Project, BAGATELLE, SALT 360, REVERENCE, 100 WOMEN 100 STORIES and performing with The Houses Performance Ensemble since 2020.

scarlett gibson-williams, workshop tutor & office support

Scarlett Gibson-Williams is a member of the Ensemble at The House That Dan Built. They are a performer, singer, and songwriter. Scarlett has trained in classical and contemporary voice, and plays the violin and guitar. They trained in ballet (8 years) and contemporary dance (4 years). In 2019, their school drama group placed first at the Sydney Eisteddfods. Scarlett studied HSC music and was part of their school’s choir, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and chamber choir. In 2019, Scarlett took part in Gondwana National Choral School and The Gondwana World Choral Festival, giving them the opportunity to work with choirs from around the world.

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