Marguerite Pepper – manager and producer
Marguerite’s career in the arts has spanned the past 40 years from practicing artist to choreographer, production coordinator, event and festival producer and entrepreneur. She was partner for a decade with Anthony Steel in Anthony Steel & Associates and collaborated with Anthony on many significant events including the inaugural Singapore International Festival of Arts 1982, The New Australians in the United Kingdom and Europe in 1986 (including the Australian mini festival for the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh). Marguerite Co-Produced the six-month cultural program for World Expo 88 “World Expo on Stage” and assisted Anthony on the development and production of the 1984 and 1986 Adelaide Festivals.
Marguerite currently directs an independent production company Marguerite Pepper Productions. MPP manages a small stable of innovative artists and regularly produces and tours their work worldwide including acrobat, Dislocate, My Darling Patricia and Mark Atkins; Previous clients include Shaun Parker, the Umbilical Brothers, Gravity Feed, Paul Capsis, Joel Salom to name a few. Marguerite has been a pioneer in the advocacy and presentation of Australian performance internationally. She founded and produced noteworthy companies Chunky Move and Gary Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre.
Marguerite created Housedance on the sails of the Opera House for the International Millennium Broadcast, was Supervising Producer on the Queensland Music Festival 2005, Executive Producer of Stalker Theatre Company 1999-2006, Creative Producer of Australian Dance Theatre 1998-2001 and Associate Producer on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Paralympic Games 2000 at Homebush Stadium.
Off shore she has produced the Australian Festival at the Commonwealth Games Edinburgh 1996, Sydney Olympic Committee’s outdoor program for the Olympic Bid Monte Carlo 1990, Australia’s National Day Seville Expo 1992, Australia Today Indonesia 94, Australia Performs Montreal 1998, the Australian Festival Seoul Arts Centre Korea 2001, the Handover Ceremony Commonwealth Games Manchester United Kingdom 2004 and the Hi Seoul Summer Festival Korea 2008.
Other highlights include Creative Director of the annual Hoopla Circus and Acrobatic Festival at Darling Harbour Sydney 2004-2009, the curating and delivery of the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Sydney Opera House 2007 and Project Liaison for the Black Dog Institute’s Developing Countries Project 2008-2012.
For Queensland Music Festival she has produced Cooktown Corroboree, Mt Isa’s Bob Cat Dancing and Charters Towers The Musical 2005; Longreach’s The Greatest Show on Earth and the Australian Music Market 2007, Charleville’s The Road We’re On 2009, the Whitsunday’s Behind The Cane 2011 and most recently Boomtown 2013 in Gladstone.
Marguerite has mentored many emerging producers over the past decades most recently through the Australia Council’s Bootcamp and Indigenous Producer’s Initiative and at Queensland Music Festival (both line producers and QUT secondments).
Marguerite has managed and produced My Darling Patricia for the past seven years.