Aboriginal cultural educator and actor Nathalie McLean designed a creative way to teach Australia's youngest people about the world's oldest culture.
“I am a born storyteller, coming from a long line of traditional storytellers.
While I lived in Queensland I studied a year each in education, psychology and journalism – and I was unhappy in all of them.
But everything fell into place when I switched to arts at VU after moving to Melbourne. Most of my and I was able to focus on subjects that I really loved – performing arts, writing and radio production.
VU opened doors to great networking opportunities. I was lectured by and worked closely with industry professionals including performers, published authors and radio producers.
As an Indigenous woman, as a person in a new city, as a student, and in my career I have overcome many challenges. Being part of a supportive community is key, as is choosing the right direction, and of course never giving up!
In 2017, I set up my cultural education business – Junjurri Workshop – an interactive art, performance and storytelling workshop for pre-school and primary school children, based on my Aboriginal culture.
It can also be linked to national curriculum standards so that educators can use it as a learning tool.
I've also recently finished performing in two shows with Complete Works Theatre Company, and I'm excited to be part of an upcoming project in the Melbourne Fringe Festival.”