With the founding of Maker Productions, Alex draws on two decades of professional industry experience to produce innovative creative collaborations featuring the highest calibre of richly diverse Australian and international performing arts and entertainment makers, with a decided focus on social impact and change-making.
Maker's first two projects, Heart Sounds and Sound Mind, have had a combined reach of over 50,000 people and provided employment to over 80 arts industry workers in the midst of Covid-19 and its particularly deleterious effects on the arts sector.
Produced in partnership with Oriel Entertainment, HEART SOUNDS is an online concert that premiered on Tuesday 12th May to celebrate nurses, midwives and the extended healthcare workforce on International Nurses Day.
HEART SOUNDS brings together a collection of Australia’s greatest artists of stage, screen and music, with insights from frontline healthcare workers.
Hosted by the sensational Virginia Gay, HEART SOUNDS features performances direct from the homes of David Campbell, Eddie Perfect, Rebecca Gibney, Geraldine Hakewill, Lucy Durack, Joel Jackson, Ainsley Melham, Callum Francis, Okenyo Valentino, Gorgi Coghlan, Hayden Tee, Jemma Rix, Maggie McKenna, Bert LaBonte, Robert Tripolino, Yve Blake, Zahra Newman, Jordan Pollard, Madeleine Jones, Gillian Cosgriff, Clare Chihambakwe, Manali Datar, Kuda Mapeza, Jessica Vickers, Cle Morgan, Fem Belling, Elise McCann and Alex Rathgeber.
In partnership with The Arts Wellbeing Collective, Maker Productions assembled an inspiring line-up of Australian stage and screen stars to present SOUND MIND, a brand new mini-series of music and conversation exploring mental health and the performing arts, particularly within the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
Each episode celebrates the things we love about performance – connection, meaning, purpose, engagement, sharing and storytelling, while also sharing personal experiences of mental health and wellbeing.
Arts Centre Melbourne former CEO, Claire Spencer AM shared, “We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural series of SOUND MIND - a joyous celebration of the power of storytelling and live performance to connect, empower, and inspire us. The stories, insights and experiences shared by every collaborator are reminders of the resilience, capability and adaptability of this sector. It was a privilege to work with so many incredible performing arts workers in creating this unique and very special series. We are honoured to support it.”