Importance of Self-Care for Artists

Mental Health and Self Care are so important for artists. This is something our Monash CTP tutors talk about a lot, particular when our third year student's prepare to graduate and head out into the world around this time of year.

Recently, Fleur Kilpatrick, Artistic Director at Monash Academy of Performing Arts, sat down with a number of the CTP cohort and spoke with Sarah Walker and Sonya Saures about how they care for themselves whilst working in this industry.

These are two women who do an exceptional job of creating time for life, health and family in the midst of working as very busy and successful independent practitioners – we could all learn from them and we were delighted to have the chance to listen to them share their wisdom with us all.

We were lucky enough to have recorded the session, as the value of this topic for all artists is extremely important and we wanted to share this with everyone within the theatre and performing arts industry

Play the audio recording of the session


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More information on the Artists

Sarah WalkerSarah Walker is a Melbourne-based photographer and writer. In 2016, she was the winner of the ‘Best Portrait' prize at the CCP Salon. She has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, a two-time finalist in the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women and a semi-finalist in the Moran Photographic Portrait Prize. She has worked extensively in residence with Rawcus and with Barking Spider Visual Theatre. In 2017 she won the Sydney Road Writer's Cup and the Sydney Road Storytelling Prize, and was a runner-up in the Darebin Mayor's Writing Award. She has been published in n-SCRIBE. She is also a theatre director and designer and co-host of podcast ‘Contact Mic.'


Sonya SuaresSonya Suares‘s theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Arcadia, The Vagina Monologues, Rappaccini's Daughter, One for the Road, In the Family, The Pajama Game, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and touring Shakespeare into both schools and wineries. Her feature films are Wil, Knowing, My Year Without Sex and The Last Ride and television highlights include Rush, Very Small Business, East West 101, Prank Patrol, Lowdown, Winners & Losers, It's A Date, Legally Brown and Romper Stomper, Next Generation. In 2012, she founded Watch This, producing and performing Assassins (2013), Pacific Overtures (2014) and Company (2015) to critical acclaim and a total of 12 Green Room Award nominations! Also in 2015, she performed in Elbow Room's We Get It and delivered the inaugural Poppy Seed Festival as Festival Director. Last year, she developed a total of seven scripts with MTC, Belvoir and Playwriting Australia's National Playfest, toured Company to regional Victoria and We Get It to Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2017, she performed in Polyglot and Papermoon Puppet Theatre's Helpmann nominated Cerita Anak at Arts Centre Melbourne, MTC's world premiere of Melbourne Talam and brought Watch This' season of Merrily We Roll Along to the Lawler Theatre in June/ July.