Gianluca Noble is the recipient of the mentorship for 2022, with the honours graduate of the Flinders University drama program to be guided by theatre reviewer Murray Bramwell and visual arts specialist Jane Llewellyn.

The first mentorship was offered in 2021 – a joint effort by the Helpmann Academy and InReview designed to cultivate the next generation of arts reviewers.

Beginning this month, Gianluca will work with the mentors to build skills in review writing, with a series of pieces to be published by InReview.

“I’m honoured to have a chance to learn the craft of reviewing from such esteemed mentors, and I hope that I can contribute thoughtful critique to the arts in South Australia during my mentorship and in the future,” he said.

Gianluca says that he is hoping that the mentorship will support his creative practice.

“I hope that the mentorship will expand my critical writing skills and develop my skills for creative collaboration,” he says. “I hope that working as a reviewer will not only help me with reviewing the arts, but also expand my understanding of dramaturgy, directing, and production, as I attend various events across genres that will undoubtedly have different production limitations.

“Also, researching shows to review will help me gain a broader understanding of the current zeitgeist in local, national, and international arts practice. I think it’s anyone’s dream if they get into the arts to engage with what they love every day, and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to do that.”

Gianluca’s development will be guided by two established and respected InReview arts critics, with support from InReview’s editorial team.

Murray Bramwell taught drama and English at Flinders University for more than 30 years and is one of Adelaide’s most experienced performing arts critics. Over 36 years, he has reviewed every season of the State Theatre Company, and every Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cabaret Festival, OzAsia and WOMADelaide. He joined InReview last year, because he believes it is playing an important role in supporting informed commentary in what is a precarious time for the arts in Australia.

Jane Llewellyn is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been published in print and online media outlets across Australia during her 20-year career. She was editor of Australian Art Collector Magazine from 2003-2005 and arts writer for The Adelaide Review from 2011 until its closure in 2020. Alongside her freelance career, she has also worked at commercial galleries including Hill Smith Gallery and APY Gallery, Adelaide. She is a regular contributor to InReview, and has a special interest in unearthing and profiling emerging and upcoming talent.

Last year’s recipient of the inaugural mentorship, Michelle Wakim, worked with experienced critics and writers Samela Harris and Katherine Tamiko Arguile to produce a series of articles for InReview. Since the end of the mentorship, she has continued to work as a paid freelance writer and editorial assistant at InReview – exactly the kind of pathway the mentorship was set up to encourage.

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