Thea is a teaching artist and violinist living on Kaurna land (Adelaide), seeking to invite their community into artistic experiences through a creativity and participatory-centred pedagogical practice. They are a Co-Director of community-engaged arts organisation, Connecting the Dots in Music, hold a Bachelor of Music (Advanced) Majoring in Music Education and Pedagogy from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, teach music in local schools and created the collaborative composition workshop series A Room of Her Own Workshops, which invite young people to explore what it means to develop mental and physical spaces for creativity, through the work of living femme artists and composers. As a violinist, Thea has collaborated on improvised music projects with dancers, theatre artists and musicians across genres of contemporary classical/art music, experimental, jazz and post-rock as well as curated workshop-performances in deep listening and experimental scoring. Thea is interested in exploring listening as activism and self-care as well as providing accessible entry points for the community into art-making experiences.
In 2022, Thea was an Artist in Residence at Carclew, where they developed participatory, creative, sound-based experiences including A Room of Her Own Workshops - When We Speak and the work for flute, violin, viola, cello and everyone in the space, At Night the Whole World Hums.
Additionally, Thea has worked with and been mentored the likes of Paul Rissmann, Eric Booth and Julian Ferrarretto in a variety of educational settings, and has performed with numerous orchestras, ensembles and bands, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, AdYO Mahogany String Quartet, Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and numerous local bands. In 2019, Thea was awarded a 1st place scholarship with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra.