Women in the Arts – Barriers and Breaking Through (ACT Hub Forum / In The Room)

Women in the Arts: Barriers and Breaking Through – A Conversation with Liz Langford

In conjunction with our upcoming Season 2024 show Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Everyman Theatre and ACT Hub are proud to present a conversation between 4 female Canberran/Sydney artists:

  • Sophie Edwards, musician and creator of Fit the Bill;
  • Dan Toua, curator at Canberra Contemporary Art Space;
  • Charley Allanah, director and producer in theatre and dance (and one of our wonderful cast members!);
  • and Tegan Garnett, a curator and creative producer who works at the NGA and Glassworks.

Join them as they discuss the barriers faced by women in the arts, how they have worked with/around these, and how these experiences have shaped who they are as artists today.

Event is FREE – arrival at 6pm as seating is general admission
Monday 29 April, 6.30pm. 


Sophie Edwards is a self-produced artist who is inspired by the transience of everydayexchanges. 2022 saw Sophie’s live show reach new heights as she toured with Jaguar Jonze and John Floreani, and was the local support for Odette and Alice Skye. This year after moving back to Australia after some time overseas, she was chosen by Triple J to be the Unearthed act to perform at iconic Australian festival Spilt Milk, a month after she opened up Stonefest, sharing the stage with Bakar and Ballpark Music. Sophie’s single “A Vague Song Of Regret” premiered on Triple J, and her previous single “I Guess” was self-produced, and received editorial playlisting on both Spotify and Apple Music. Each of her self-produced releases in 2023 have received airplay from Triple J. As a producer and a songwriter, Sophie has created hits for Australian and international artists. Sophie’s work championing non-male creatives in the music scene led her to be a nominee for Young Australian of the Year for 2024.

Dan is an arts worker and curator, and a passionate supporter of the Canberra arts community. Dan manages the customer-facing and administrative functions of CCAS, as well as contributing to the artistic program as Associate Curator. Dan holds a Bachelor in International Relations, a Master of Art Curatorship and a Graduate Diploma in Art History. Dan joined the CCAS team in 2018 and has since co-curated BLAZE 14 (2020) and curated austrALIEN (2021), and Texture (2023).

Charley is a proud trans woman born and raised on Ngunnawal and living on Gadigal land. A multifaceted theatre and performance maker and Co Artistic Director of House of Sand, she holds a BA (Acting), and an MFA (Directing) from NIDA. She has created a slate of acclaimed work at House of Sand including the NSW and SA premiere production of Alice Birch’s REVOLT.SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN and the multi-artform epic That Was Friday. She has directed work across Australia, and internationally including at STCSA, ActNow, BATS, and Paul Lucas Prod. NYC, and assisted directors at STC and Opera Australia. She has created and performed two sellout solo cabaret’s, A Modest Exhibit and Queer, and appeared in productions for companies including STCSA, Papermoon, Catchy Title, and recently understudied the lead role in Triple X at STC. Her play The House Collector was read at KXT Storytellers Festival 2023 and a new musical with writer/composer Nick Delatovic is in development with CTC.

As Artistic Programs Coordinator Tegan supports hirers to access the facilities and make at Canberra Glassworks. Tegan Manages bookings and workshop hire, inductions, events, and hirer communications. Tegan assists the Artistic Director, and supports local, interstate and international artists undertaking the Glassworks Artist in Residence program. Tegan has been with Glassworks since 2021. She is an early career curator with academic history at ANU and has previously worked in community and grassroots arts initiatives.

Event is FREE – arrival at 6pm as seating is general admission 


When: 29 April 2024
Where: ACT Hub at Causeway Hall