We Love Our Job

Dara Simkin, Chief Play Officer   Dara is a play pioneer. Her unique energy and enthusiasm for making this world a more playful place enables her to create safe, supportive and engaging learning environments for groups large and small. She’s helped to unlock creative confidences across four continents for thousands of playful people and gave them space to connect to their joy. She also has an extensive costume collection, including around 40 different wigs.   Loves:  Pizza, hiking and dress-ups

Dara Simkin, Chief Play Officer

Dara is a play pioneer. Her unique energy and enthusiasm for making this world a more playful place enables her to create safe, supportive and engaging learning environments for groups large and small. She’s helped to unlock creative confidences across four continents for thousands of playful people and gave them space to connect to their joy. She also has an extensive costume collection, including around 40 different wigs.

Loves: Pizza, hiking and dress-ups

Helen Evans, Jill-of-all-Trades   Helen is a multipotentialite and our ‘Jill-of-all-Trades’. She approaches every playful opportunity with optimism and a smile. She is a facilitator, speaker, certified life coach and mischief-maker with a colourful background in pretty much everything — team building, marketing and social media, acting, programme assistance, account management, voice overs and more. She loves the flexibility and excitement of doing lots of different things.   Loves:  Rapping and festivals

Helen Evans, Jill-of-all-Trades

Helen is a multipotentialite and our ‘Jill-of-all-Trades’. She approaches every playful opportunity with optimism and a smile. She is a facilitator, speaker, certified life coach and mischief-maker with a colourful background in pretty much everything — team building, marketing and social media, acting, programme assistance, account management, voice overs and more. She loves the flexibility and excitement of doing lots of different things.

Loves: Rapping and festivals

Merrilee McCoy, Chief Storyteller   Merrilee is a legend of storytelling and has 15+ years of experieince in narrative improv performance + training. Merrilee gets her juice from helping regular people connect with the power of creativity. She’s performed and taught improvisation in Australia, NZ, and the USA and has written and directed Sketch comedy shows. She’s also got a side gig with NYC storytelling powerhouse  The Moth  to coordinate their Melbourne story slams.   Loves:  Tea and lounge room dancing

Merrilee McCoy, Chief Storyteller

Merrilee is a legend of storytelling and has 15+ years of experieince in narrative improv performance + training. Merrilee gets her juice from helping regular people connect with the power of creativity. She’s performed and taught improvisation in Australia, NZ, and the USA and has written and directed Sketch comedy shows. She’s also got a side gig with NYC storytelling powerhouse The Moth to coordinate their Melbourne story slams.

Loves: Tea and lounge room dancing

Will Tait, Master of Ceremonies   Will has a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He has 17 years experience as an educational presenter in the sustainability sector, and is the lead singer of 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he creates moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that give a meaningful, tangible presence in our everyday lives.   Loves:  Music and the planet

Will Tait, Master of Ceremonies

Will has a passion for inspiring wonder and revealing the hidden potential in situations and gatherings. He has 17 years experience as an educational presenter in the sustainability sector, and is the lead singer of 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band. Through music, theatre, whole-heartedness and humour he creates moments of sharing, inspiration and joy that give a meaningful, tangible presence in our everyday lives.

Loves: Music and the planet

 
Mages Ruiz Diaz, Creative Director, BreakOut   Mages designs narratives to connect with people’s thinking, feelings, and emotions, with the aim to create meaningful experiences that are one-of-a-kind. She is a master in creating the right ‘set and setting’ for audiences to immerse themselves, participate and be present. Mages bring her playful passion for life into all the events she creates.   Loves:  Art and bailamos (dance)

Mages Ruiz Diaz, Creative Director, BreakOut

Mages designs narratives to connect with people’s thinking, feelings, and emotions, with the aim to create meaningful experiences that are one-of-a-kind. She is a master in creating the right ‘set and setting’ for audiences to immerse themselves, participate and be present. Mages bring her playful passion for life into all the events she creates.

Loves: Art and bailamos (dance)

Simon Smallchua, Marketing Mastermind   Simon is a former break-dancer/bartender who channelled his inner nerd at 19, starting a career in tech and marketing. He has a growth mindset, believing everyone (and business) has the potential to be awesome, they just need to find what's holding them back, tackle it head on and grow. He and his wife, Becky run a boutique marketing agency - Harvey.   Loves:  Board Games and Break Dancing

Simon Smallchua, Marketing Mastermind

Simon is a former break-dancer/bartender who channelled his inner nerd at 19, starting a career in tech and marketing. He has a growth mindset, believing everyone (and business) has the potential to be awesome, they just need to find what's holding them back, tackle it head on and grow. He and his wife, Becky run a boutique marketing agency - Harvey.

Loves: Board Games and Break Dancing