Toi Whakaari are thrilled to welcome writer/producer Simone Gabriel to the role of Senior Tutor in the School’s Bachelor of Performing Arts Management programme.
New Zealand-born, Simone (Sim) has spent much of her life in Australia and abroad, and has recently returned home to Aotearoa. She brings to Toi Whakaari over twenty years’ industry experience in the creative and performing arts. Increasingly focused on concept development and arts business, Sim “cut her teeth” in advertising and later moved into entertainment marketing. She has since worked in diverse contract and freelance roles, collaborating in speculative projects in film, television and transmedia, international exhibitions, screen culture events, live performances, festivals, and creative media products.
Sim has collaborated with teams from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to achieve outcomes at local, national and international levels. This includes projects with the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Wilderness Society, the Queensland Writers Centre, the Australian Business Arts Foundation, MDS Mushroom Records, the Woodford Folk Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Alongside her industry experience, Sim has worked as a lecturer and tutor with Australian Universities in Victoria and Queensland. In addition to lecturing in Film Studies with Monash University, she has taught Communication and Media Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Sim holds a Bachelor of Business Communication from QUT, a Master of Creative and Performing Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland, and she is currently en route to a PhD in Creative Leadership.