Your story, Our story, Red Thread Stories

Who We Are

Red Thread Stories Australia Inc is a not for profit organisation.
Our objectives are to promote creative, inclusive ways for people and groups to connect and collaborate.


Our goals include but are not exclusive to:

  • Creating safe, inclusive places for people to share their experiences and stories
  • Promoting applied theatre techniques, in particular playback theatre
  • Holding activities and workshops teaching and applying creative processes story
  • Undertaking community development projects that foster connection and collaboration
  • Creating partnerships with other like-minded entities
  • Assisting people to develop insights about themselves and others


Amongst our members we have a number of creative and applied theatre practitioners including:



Jen Barrkman (a founder of Red Thread Stories Australia Inc) has been assisting people to connect over many years in her work as a group facilitator and psychologist, oral historian and Playback theatre practitioner. She loves to find creative ways to gently engage diverse people in groups. She believes through sharing and listening to each others stories in safe, inclusive spaces magic happens. We can connect deeply with each other even when we are very different. More recently she has been learning to be more mindful in her own life and has been providing counselling using Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Jen is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a nationally registered psychologist. More about Jen


Kris Plowman (a founder of Red Thread Stories Australia Inc) has worked as a scientist, ecologist and facilitator in universities, state and local government and the community sector both as an employee and a consultant. She has had a lifelong interest in walking gently on the earth and in working cooperatively with others to act hopefully for good in our world. More about Kris


Olga Rubio Garcia is a Spanish multidisciplinary arts practitioner based in Australia. She specialises in Improvisation and Playback Theatre and has worked internationally, performing and teaching theatre processes for self discovery, growth and empowerment for individuals and communities in Sri Lanka, Spain and Australia.

Of an adventurous nature and motivated by a strong inter-cultural curiosity, Olga continues travelling the world, learning, sharing and creating connections.


Daniel Sala is an multi-faceted performance artist and creator, with a formation in Fine Art and Cinema Realisation. He is a professional exhibition designer, installer and builder for institutions such as The State Library of Queensland, Museum of Brisbane, and QAGOMA.

Daniel is a Playback Theatre actor, musician and facilitator with Red Thread Stories. He has worked locally and internationally making and directing theatre for empowerment, empathy, community and group development, team building and of course… story telling.

In the world of puppets… he has directed Memetica giant puppets at Woodford Folk Festival since 2015. He recently co-directed “Love Stinks!” giant puppet theatre for Snuff Puppets at the Georgetown Festival in Penang, Malaysia in 2016. In his spare time, Daniel plays percussion for HannaKisst (tropical punk band) and dabbles with post-apocalyptic pedal-powered music making machines for Spoked (mobile musical performance), and other creative projects. Daniel loves to experience this wonderful world around us… by air, land, and water.

Frances Marrington has performed with Red Thread Stories since 2015. She has worked as a performer, artistic collaborator and teaching artist since graduating from QUT in 2002.Frances’ performing credits include: Minefields and Miniskirts (Brisbane Arts Theatre); The Odyssey (Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre / Qld Arts Council), As You Like It and Shakespeare’s Shorts (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble); Joey and Maria’s Italian Wedding (Gold Coast Arts Centre); Swan Lake (Qld Ballet); Zeitgeist (Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre); The Ship That Never Was (Round Earth Theatre, Tasmania); Sad Bird Boy (theatre of decay, Melbourne); Eight Days (Adelaide Fringe); and Picasso’s Women (Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne). Her film credits include lead roles in independently produced features Watch Me and Purge.

Frances has worked as a teaching artist with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre since 2008, and with Red Thread Stories since 2016. In 2016 she also facilitated the Lotus Place drama group in conjunction with FAN Theatre. In 2017 she will graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Education (Drama – Senior Years).

Frankie Jaiyeola (Frankie) was drawn to Playback in 2012 during a clowning workshop where she met current members from Red Thread Stories. With a background in dance and physical theatre, Frankie enjoys the meaningful outlet Playback provides for creative expression.

Frankie has performed with various troupes and bands as a dancer and has held dance classes and workshops at venues and festivals around Brisbane. She has trained in contemporary and West African dance, clowning, improvisation and physical theatre in Brisbane with a variety of trainers including Ira Seidenstein, Liz Skitch and Jenny Winter.

In her other life, Frankie is passionate about education and is inspired by the way children learn naturally through play and how we are born with an innate desire and ability to learn. Frankie currently works as a primary school art teacher and Baby Play facilitator at the State Library. She loves the playful nature of working with children and being involved with bringing people and communities together through, song, stories and art.

B. Creative Industries (Drama/Dance), Grad. Dip. Education (Primary)


Amber Jade is a performer, maker, production manager and facilitator. Her arts adventure began at the Woodford Folk Festival with giant puppetry and has been growing ever since.

Amber is entering her second year in improvisation at Red Thread Stories and has taken to the practice like a duck to water. She is ready to throw herself at any opportunity she stumbles across and is prepared to take risks along the way. Brisbane based, she completed her studies in 2014 graduating from QUT with majors in Journalism and Drama.


Andrea Donaldson is a Trainee with Red Thread Stories. As a qualified Group Leader Childcare she has enjoyed running Playgroups, a Toy Library, and Chairing a Committee to set up a Limited Hours Child Care Centre.

During the late 1970’s Andrea worked at Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital assisting War Veterans to get Pensions and Medical treatment for War related injuries. She also enjoyed being part of the Rehabilitation Team. In the early 1980’s Andrea found herself as a member of S.A.N.D.S (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Group). She later became a Parent Supporter and a Committee Member, her experiences lead her to other fulfilling areas of Loss and Grief.

Andrea has also had experience working in community services. As a Volunteer with the Capalaba Community Centre she assisted in a Parenting Program. At Logan Womens Health she worked on the Committee and assisted The Art Therapist with groups.

Andrea also practices Mindfulness Meditation and Non-Violent Communication which is a Worldwide Peace Movement.


Madeleine Boyd began training with Red Thread Stories in 2016. She is currently completing a dual degree of Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama)/ Bachelor of Human Services. Madeleine is particularly interested in ways that creativity and creative arts can be combined with community work. She strongly believes in the power of creativity and creative arts as a tool for self expression and story telling, and a way to ignite social change, and strengthen and empower communities.

Madeleine has experience working in various organisations or on projects with a wide range of people including youth in Logan, people who are refugees or asylum seekers in Brisbane, children and youth in two remote aboriginal communities in the NT, people living with HIV in Indonesia, people who are hard of hearing or deaf in the Philippines, people living with physical and/or intellectual disability in Cambodia, people living with paraplegia in Brisbane, and creative artists in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Indonesia and East Timor.

Amongst play, study and projects, Madeleine has spent the past 1.5 years working as a support worker for people with spinal cord injuries. Madeleine is also a co-founder of Community Arts NGO (


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Bio coming soon!

Ellen Hardisty is an actor interested in social change and the mysteries of the mind. She trained at the Actor’s Workshop (Advanced Diploma in Film, Television and Theatre Acting) and studied Shakespeare at an intensive five-week course at RADA, London. Ellen has recently returned from four years of travel, taking theatre in English to schools around Europe. She is currently a Core Ensemble Member with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and is looking forward to spending the year studying with Red Thread Stories.

Deanna Borland-Sentinella is a creative facilitator who has specialised in using applied theatre techniques in communities to share stories, process difficult times, problem solve and vision for the future. Starting with Playback Theatre in 2003, she has continued to add other Applied Theatre techniques to her tool kit ever since – a journey which has taken her to work and train in Australia, the UK and South America. She believes in theatre as powerful tool in development and has used it in her community development work with young people, refugees, homeless, those who are incarcerated, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, and with people with disabilities. She has been part of a variety of projects including those in prisons, in schools and in community centres. She is currently under-taking PhD studies at QUT and has taught Applied Theatre at QUT, Griffith and UQ. More of Deanna’s work can be found at