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Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor

Elder in Residence

Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor is a 70-year-old Gadigal/Bidgigal/Yuin Elder and Traditional Descendant from the Sydney (Warrane) and saltwater basin and the South Coast of NSW. She is the daughter of First Nations activist and advocate, Dr Charles “Chicka” Dixon, who was an MUA union activist.

Dixon is an Academic whose Creative Research Masters project focuses on “How to study and work respectfully on Gadigal/Bidgigal land and Principals”, an education module which will be available at the end of 2023. She will then go on to pursue her PhD.

Dixon has over 50 years’ experience in the performing arts having received a scholarship to UCLA and she also has experience within the theatre sector as a writer, actor, collaborator and consultant.

Dixon is a compassionate advocate in the fields of social and environmental justice and human rights self-determination, decolonisation, self-governance, community strengthening and cultural revitalisation for the future generations.

In her capacity as the Elder in Residence at AFTRS Dixon draws on the many years of her cultural, political, historical knowledge and advocacy.

She is passionate about bringing and sharing her unique skills knowledge and expertise to AFTRS and our future leaders and also learning from them.

“It is so important that we (as First Nations people) tell our stories in our way through an Indigenous eye and through Indigenous perspectives, and that it is documented through Truth telling utilising the creative mediums of Film Art Dance Music Theatre and Technology” – Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor

Dixon is a Cultural Storyteller.