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Tune In – My88 FM Interview about The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024

Listen to My88 FM Girls Just Wanna Afternoons Presenter, Madeleine Jaine Lobsey interview professional theatre artist, Randa Sayed about Q Theatre’s annual The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival 2024 – Down the Rabbit Hole.


My88 FM Girls Just Wanna Afternoons Presenter

Madeleine Jaine Lobsey is an autistic/ADHD theatre maker with a career of over 25 years as an actor, director, choreographer, writer, dancer, singer, project manager, advocate, and teacher. She has acted, written, and directed performances with Junction Theatre Company, Brink Productions, Adelaide Festival Centre, Belvoir St, Griffin Theatre Company, as well as regional tours of South Australia, Victoria, NSW and in feature films.

She is the Artistic Director of Wondiverse (theatre for all) devising, writing, directing, and acting in Adelaide, Sydney, London and Edinburgh. Her one-woman show toured throughout Australia and the UK. Madeleine is currently running theatre making drama workshops for neurodivergent people aged 16 – 30.

Like many women, Madeleine wears many hats and has been a sought-after leader for facilitating programs on transformational leadership for the past 20 years. She has led to individuals wanting to expand the difference they are making all over Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and now globally. She has mentored people from every sector and industry, including Members of Federal Parliament, senior educators, olympians, founders of not for profits including R U OK? Day, leaders in science, the arts and business.

For the past decade Madeleine has thrown her passion for storytelling and the difference it makes into the not for profit and social enterprise sector with a focus on neurodiversity. As a creative strategist she has supported individuals and organisations to dramatically expand their revenue, services, projects and scope.

She is the General Manager of The A List Hub, a national organisation dedicated to autistic and neurodivergent youth being able to access social opportunities and be social their way. She has formed partnerships and produced large scale projects that directly impact community needs. She is also the host of the Girls Just Wanna show weekdays for My88 FM, a board member of the Theatre Network NSW. A mother of three, Madeleine home schools her youngest child.

Listen to Madeleine live on My88 FM at my88.com.au

Professional Theatre Artist

Randa Sayed (aka Aanisa Vylet) is a writer and performer who creates stories that are entertaining vehicles for social and cultural change. She holds a Bachelor of Performance from the University of Western Sydney and has furthered her education at the Jacques Lecoq School of Movement and Theatre and Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

Her first play The Girl was shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Playwriting Award and the West Australian Arts Editor Award, as well as receiving five-star ratings at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2016. In 2018, The Girl was performed in tandem as part of the highly successful production, The Girl/The Woman (Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta). Her writing credits include @Abu Salim (Bondi Festival), screen work for Bunya Productions and a web series, Halal Gurls (ABC/Create NSW) which received several awards and ACTAA, AWGIE, NZ and Seoul Festival nominations.

She has run educational workshops for Belvoir St Theatre, Erth Visual & Physical Inc., Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Powerhouse Youth Theatre and has developed programs such as Laughing Moon Scratch Night Mentoring Program (City of Sydney, 2021), The Woman Speaks (Bankstown Arts Centre, 2017) and Outspoken (BYDS Version 1. 2014, Version 2. 2016) to help build capacity and support artists living within Western Sydney.

Find out more about Randa at randasayed.com

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