Jennie Swain – KIND Teaching Artist

Jennie has performed, composed and worked as a music director in the worlds of opera, cabaret, theatre, pop and jazz in Sydney, Canberra, London, Singapore, Melbourne and many places in between.

Jennie has worked with many communities running workshops, choirs and creating performances, and has especially loved working with different cultural groups throughout Melbourne’s west.

Working with children, Jennie’s music theatre productions include Polyglot Puppet Theatre’s High Rise, Rising Higher and Baggy Pants. She has directed the Yarraville West Primary School Junior Choir for the last 3 years as well as writing fun songs with class groups.

As playwright/composer, her creations include Musical Chairs (written for the centenary of the Ararat Town Hall) Rituals, Rhythms and Routines (written for Nursing Arts at Deakin University), Never Trust a Lyre Bird and Poets Will be Prosecuted (1995 and 2004 Mallacoota Arts Festivals) – all written for and performed by their respective communities.

Other productions include Pills – I Love ‘em to Death, and There Goes the Neighbourhood (winner of the ABC Ian Reed Award for Radio Drama). Her interactive multimedia work, Underworld, won several national and international awards, including the World Summit Award for e-Health.

Jennie has also worked as an educator for young people and adults and recently graduated from a master’s degree, focusing on the use of narrative in education.