The Project - Schools Industry Arts is the creation of Jane Miskovic, Naomi Young and Matthew Henry, three colleagues with extensive yet diverse experiences in performing arts and arts education, and a passion for provoking innovation and inspiration in teachers, students, schools, and the wider arts community.
We have a long term vision for the ongoing creation of arts education programs, performance opportunities and events with primary and secondary schools from the Independent and Government sectors, industry professionals and all aspects of the performing arts. Providing professional development is just the beginning...
Dr Jane Miskovic - The woman who never stops: large scale events, theatre and the entertainment industry is her thing!
A world leader in large scale events, Jane has produced, directed, choreographed and designed segments for Olympic and Olympic-scale events. In 2011, Jane was the Director of Parade and Protocol for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Charting Choreographer for the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony in New Zealand. Before this, her roles have included those of Choreographer for the Glasgow Handover Ceremony for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Closing Ceremony, Segment Choreographer and Associate Parade Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and Associate Director of Choreography for the 2006 Doha Asian Games in Qatar. Jane directed the largest Parade of Athletes in international sports history when she directed, designed and managed 25,000 athletes for the World Masters Games in Sydney.
In the realm of theatre, Jane has worked for the past ten years at NIDA as the Head Choreographer for the Actor Singer Dancer music theatre course and as a tutor for the full time actor course. Jane has worked for Opera Australia, Griffin Theatre Company, Belvoir Street Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).
Jane has extensive experience working with schools, teachers and students, having directed, choreographed and designed more than 30 musicals for various youth theatre groups and schools. She has been an industry expert for the Talent Development Project, was the Director of the NSW Public Schools Senior Drama Ensemble as well as holding the position of National Performance Judge for Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Jane has also worked on various television shows, including the role of Choralographer for Channel 7’s Battle of The Choirs.
As a child, Jane dreamed of becoming an astronaut, until she realised that meant copious hours of isolation which would impede her plans to talk non-stop for the rest of her life! In 2001, Jane was Young Australian of the Year for the Arts.
Naomi Young - HSC drama teacher, music theatre performer, TV Presenter. Naomi does it all!
Naomi has many years’ experience as an English and Drama teacher at both independent and Government schools and was the Project Manager for the 125th anniversary of Wenona School in 2011. Naomi has worked as a choreographer, designer and director for both primary and secondary school performances, musicals and plays and has led schools in the creation of Wakakirri, J Rock and Rock Eisteddfod Challenge performances.
Naomi has a comprehensive knowledge of the NSW Drama syllabus and has created a wide variety of Drama programs placing emphasis on teaching to syllabus outcomes and assessable learning. She has been involved in ongoing programming, creating rich, outcomes-based Drama programs for stages 4,5,6 and has a special interest in the evolving nature of technology within a theatrical context. Naomi has also been instrumental in organising many large-scale and intimate artistic works for a variety of school institutions and arts programs.
Prior to her career in education, Naomi built an impressive career in the performing arts. An actor, dancer, singer and performer, Naomi has starred in more than 30 productions from professional, semi-professional and community theatre, numerous television and film roles and also hosted her own children’s television show. Naomi is an established choreographer and has tutored for Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) for a number of years and was part of the choreography and stage management team for Ben Hur – The Arena Spectacular produced by ANZ stadium. Her latest endeavour is creating the voice and puppeteering 'Bessie Broccoli' for ABCs Giggle and Hoot.
Happy to perform to any audience, Naomi happily entertains neighbours and her children alike by singing show tunes at all hours of the day. While other children are busy doing flashcards of the alphabet and animals, Naomi's children Gideon and Tallow are subjected to Bernstein, Sondheim and grand jetes in the hallways.
Matthew Henry - TV, events, education and arts: A passion for all four!
Matthew has worked in the arts, events and entertainment industries as a TV Producer and Director, Communications and Sponsorship Manager, Stage Manager and Educator – the common thread has been working with young people and watching the energy and endless possibilities that come from empowering them to achieve extraordinary things. With two teachers as parents, Matthew knows too well the role teachers play in contributing to the lives and development of young people. They continue to be his inspiration.
Matthew has worked with schools on arts, events and performance opportunities in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, including four years at Rock Eisteddfod Challenge working on events with more than 300 schools and 30,000 student performers across Australia. He has worked with both State and Federal Government education departments on program delivery and has managed National arts, TV and events sponsorships with a range of global brands. He has worked as a Producer for children’s and teen TV programs broadcast on the Nine Network, Foxtel and New Zealand’s TV3. In 2010/2011 Matthew worked in Business Development for one of Australia’s leading contemporary arts centres, Carriageworks.
Matthew’s passion for providing opportunities for young people to be the very best they can be led him to his current role as National Corporate Partnerships Manager for a leading children’s charity.
As the youngest and only male team member of The Project - SchoolsIndustry Arts Matthew reserves the right to a 'majority vote' on all important team decisions (eg. which cafe meetings should be held at).