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Comments from Dianna Nixon, Director of WildVoicesmusictheatre: In late 1997, I was shortlisted for the director's course at one of our national drama institutions. During the final round of interviews, the head of that institution said to me (emphasising his point by placing his hands wide apart in front of him - with fingertips outstretched, each palm making a little tent): so, you've got a foot in both camps - music (he places one hand to his right) - and drama (placing the other hand to his left). Hmmm......first I knew they were separate 'camps'. It was the final straw for someone aiming to balance and combine deep interest in music, drama and dance. I realised I'd need to do something unusual if I was to pursue my career as a director of music theatre and multidisciplinary work, while continuing to work as a musician, performer and teacher. So - I went bush. I headed out of Melbourne and spent a lot of time reading, practicing, thinking and working (including directing and producing) in regional Australia. Time and space was what I needed to get to the bottom of my creative career conundrum. Now - 16 years later - and with nearly 50 productions and events under my belt, I've established this company as an umbrella for a whole range of work. Through this company I want to work across boundaries to create new versions of works from our heritage, produce brand new material, employ my colleagues on meaningful projects, and provide quality educational experiences.