Samara Cunningham is a Community Arts Practitioner, Choreographer, and Performer. Her career has focused on creating accessible and equitable arts experiences for participants and audiences in Australian cities and regional areas. Samara believes that arts experiences are integral to enriching the lives of individuals and the communities of which they are a part.
All About Me
Samara holds a BA in Performing Arts from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education (Dance/Drama). She combines her artistic and teaching skills to create inclusive learning environments that draw on participants knowledge and experiences.
She works with a range of people, especially young people and people who identify as having disabilities. Career highlights include: ‘Dance off the Rails’ – an Australia Council funded project within the City of Knox; research projects in Australia and overseas, including the ArtsWA funded ‘Argentina Dance Research Project’ and the ‘Youth Dance in Australia Project’; and the creation of five works, Stasis, Party of One, Vast Blue Sky, Real. Not Real, and Unreserved for (it’s no) drama in connection with Rawcus, South Gippsland Shire, Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.
Samara is the Creative Director of several community projects in South Gippsland. Samara encourages the people she works with to explore the world around them. Her practice encourages inclusion and diversity. Part of her role as a regional artist is to encourage participants to explore, interpret and perform against a backdrop of the social circumstances we find ourselves in. Samara’s art practice encourages performance constraints. Social limits become creative stimuli for her work. She asks how can we use our experiences to creatively reflect life’s struggles, joy and hope? Samara works in live performance, visual art and digital technology to capture, connect and present regional artistic experiences.