Erica McCalman is a producer and project manager of Ballardong (Noongar), Irish convict, Scottish and Cornish heritage. She is currently the Creative Producer of Next Wave, an artist development organisation and biennial festival. In 2018 she curated Ritual, a series of 16 rituals from cross-art form and emerging artists conducted each sunset of the festival.
Previously she has worked with Sydney companies Legs on the Wall, Performance Space, Sydney Festival and Performing Lines as a producer delivering projects and programs locally and nationally. Internationally she has worked with artists from Korea, Timor Leste and Aotearoa as well as for the British Council managing the ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme.
In 2016 she was the recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award for Excellence which allowed her to travel to the UK to research contemporary arts practice within live art organisations, theatres and festivals. Erica has participated in many First Nations dialogues within Australia and sits on the boards of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Theatre Network Australia and the independent theatre judging panel for the Green Room Awards. In 2018 she participated in the Indonesian edition of the Asian Producer’s Platform Camp and in early 2019 she was a delegate to the Global First Nations Exchange in Lenapehoking (New York City). Independently she has taught and mentored First Nations artists and producers for YIRRAMBOI and Melbourne Fringe festivals as well as consulted for major arts institutions and government agencies.