Irene Lemon

Artist Biography

Irene Lemon is a multi-artform performing artist, and she has toured extensively across regional and remote communities for over 20 years.

Irene also has over 15 years’ experience coordinating community arts projects including internationally with AusAID in Pacific Nations, and a robust grant writing freelance consultancy which has secured over 40MIL for her clients.

Irene is a NSW Department of Industry Business Connect Creative Industries Business Advisor, contracted through Creative Plus Business to deliver one-on-one advisory sessions and workshops for regional artists and creative industry start-ups. She has also advised on the Department’s Creative Industries task-force, contributing to the state’s Strategic Plan for the NSW Creative Industries.

Irene is a graduate of the Regional Institute of Performing Arts (RIPA) with Distinction, and has a Bachelor of Theatre Studies from UNE. She contributes to the TNN Well-Being Forum Working Group and presented Well Being Strategies for Sole Traders at the Industry forum for Performing Artists, How Can The Show Go On?

Irene co-founded Magic Electricity Box in December 2016, to deliver S.a.a.S (SONGWRITING as a Service) music publishing projects. Magic Electricity Box is a social enterprise that helps to preserve and protect endangered Indigenous Languages. The company creates and licenses content for high-quality Children’s entertainment and literacy tools, guided by an ethical framework informed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Magic Electricity Box has an innovative education platform and mobile recording studio, which has been shortlisted for an Innovation award for Northern Inland Innovation Awards, administered by Regional Development Australia.

Irene is a passionate advocate for equality and diversity in the creative industries particularly the music industry, and when she is not running the company or rehearsing her Sheila Knacquers character, she is hanging out with her border collie, Duke, and the family.

Curriculum Vitae

Artist and Advisor

Irene Lemon (BThSt UNE)


238 Donnelly Street Armidale, NSW 2350

(+61) 0417684302


  • Grant writing,
  • Sales and business development
  • Exhibition and event coordination
  • Community engagement, liaising with stakeholders and contributing to effective outcomes for regional small businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Training and development consultant
  • Theatre practice, devised physical performance and play-building
  • Singing and performance
  • Startup and new technologies advisor

Awards and recognition

  • 2018 TechReady Women
  • 2017/2018 Impact Academy
  • 2017 Start-Up Superstar, Armidale Regional Business Chamber Award
  • 2017 Regional Development Australia Northern Inland Innovations Award Highly Commended in Education Services

Selected Employment History

  • Managing Director; Magic Electricity Box
  • Creative Industries Specialist Business Advisor; Creative Plus Business & Business Connect (funded by the NSW Dept. of Industry)
  • Stage Manager, Tasmanian Theatre Company
  • Research Officer; SiMERR, UNE
  • Research Assistant; Women in Politics program review: Peaceworks/ANU/CDI (international Peace Building consortium)
  • Media and digital technologies trainer; preferred supplier for AUSAID in Pacific Nations
  • Media liaison officer; Sefton and Associates PR firm
  • Media officer; Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Society
  • Research Assistant, UNE School of Arts - Theatre Studies
  • Law Clerk – W.A. Baxter and Co
  • QuickSmart Project Officer (Images) & QuickStart Project Office (Quality Assurance) - SiMERR; UNE
  • Research Assistant, Inclusive Education and Psychology Team – School of Education; UNE
  • Artist-In-Residence; School of Education, UNE
  • Facilitator and trainer - Theatre Skills for Youth; Magic Electricity Box

Performance History:

Irene Lemon trained in Meisner performance technique, augmented by a series of Meyerhold professional development masterclasses and a street theatre and puppeteering background, with preference towards Basel mask. Irene is also skilled in physical theatre, and has trained with many national and visiting international professional artists including Guilliaume Barriere (Chasing Chaplin), Footlights Theatre Company (Newcastle NSW) and the Australian based theatre company Zen Zen Zo, learning Butoh inspired physical theatre.

Irene has toured regional and remote communities in NSW, singing and performing in multi-artform productions in small halls and community venues. She has devised audio theatre and A.V screen and physical theatre mixed-performances and puppet shows for children, music inspired theatre work for adults and comedy for pub dwellers and festival attendees.

Selected Performance CV (2010 to 2017):

Directed by David Brown:

            • Mrs Beoff; Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros,
            • The Mother; Steven Berkhoff’s Metamorphosis
            • Audrey; Alan Menkin’s Little Shop of Horrors
            • Estonia, Germany, Russia and Sarajevo; Christie and Patterson’s Eurobeat Almost Eurovision
            • Kate; David Brown’s Stories From the Storm

Directed by Adrian Kiernander:

            • Lady Anne; Shakespeare’s Richard III,
            • Oronte; Moliere’s Misanthrope
            • Antipholus of Ephesus; Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors
            • Estonia, Germany, Russia and Sarajevo; Christie and Patterson’s Eurobeat Almost Eurovision
            • Kerry; David Williamson’s Don’s Party, (co-directed by Tom Carter)
            • Agathon; Aristophanes’ The Poet and the Women, (co-directed by Ruth Thompson)
            • Dou; Guan Hanqing’s Snow in Middle Summer, (co-directed by Ruth Thompson)

Directed by Sue Fell

            • Pig; Churchill and Lan’s A Mouth Full of Birds,
            • Olga; Chekov’s Three Sisters

Other performances:

            • Various street performances:

o The Matara Festival,

o This is Not Art (TINA) Festival,

o Woodford Folk Festival,

o Karuah Lost Highway Festival,

o Black Gully Festival, and,

o Favourite Shorts (short play festival).

            • Spuddy the Dwarf; Footlights Theatre production of The Trouble with Grubble, directed by Allon Silove
            • Sheila Knackers; Live in the Front Bar – An Australian Love Story (new Australian musical drama) co-written with Simon Mellor
            • Eudaimonia – community devised multi-artform productions with young people
            • Sheila Knacquers artist biography

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Grant Writing Support

Testimonial: Clare Nadas 邓明丽 Strategist, negotiator, China-Australia engagement

"Irene is highly knowledgeable and an excellent communicator on the art of grant writing. She is able to tailor her advice to the needs of diverse groups, to offer significant and very helpful insights".

Irene Lemon has 20 years experience delivering training, support and consultancy services in regional and remote communities, across FNQ, NSW and Tasmania and as far abroad as the Pacific Nations of Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Irene specialises in community development grants for primarily arts and creative industries projects; however, she also can help small businesses in any industry to apply for funding from various state and federal agencies. Irene's consultancy services are available to help unincorporated groups, co-ops and collectives and regionally based organisations to build their capacity to secure grants.

Irene can also help individuals to apply for scholarships, fellowships, awards & prizes and professional development opportunities.

Please visit her website for rates, services and more information.

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