Bryce Ives is the Director of the Arts Academy and Gippsland Centre of Art and Design. Sought after as a theatre-maker, facilitator, broadcaster, and writer, the breadth of Ives’ work is interdisciplinary. Across his career he has established a range of projects with celebrated outcomes in contemporary Australian performing arts practice, youth development, agricultural leadership, social entrepreneurship, rural and regional renewal, diversity representation within the media, and digital innovation in the light of a disruptive media ecology.
Working with diverse organisations and in unusual settings has underpinned his unique collaborative style of work, including working with the British Broadcasting Corporation in Tanzania, Goolarri Media in Broome, the Foundation for Young Australians, VicHealth, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, the Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute, the Victorian College of the Arts, the City of Ballarat, the City of Maribyrnong, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Community Media Training Organisation, and the Journalism School of Melbourne University.
Ives’ personal artistic practice is defined by values of taking risks, being rigorous, and championing new ideas. Bryce Ives has contributed a unique body of works to contemporary Australian arts practice. His creative practice is praised for its depth, agility, energy, and innovation. He is Artistic Director of leading contemporary performance group, the Present Tense Ensemble, and collaboratively with Nathan Gilkes has created a distinct and recognised body of performance work, training incursions, and workshops. Present Tense has produced celebrated work with some of Australia’s most significant arts organisations including Arts House, the Tasmanian International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Festival, the Castlemaine State Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Arena Theatre, big hART, Theatre Works, and Rawcus Theatre, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe, including international workshops at Operadagen Rotterdam, the Music Theatre Now Festival and at the Directors Lab Chicago.