Jane Howard is a freelance arts and culture writer based in Adelaide. She is a regular contributor to The Adelaide Review and ABC Arts Online, and has written for publications including RealTime, unMagazine, Australian Stage Online, ArtsHub, Everguide, The Victorian Writer, and Lowdown Magazine. Most recently, Jane interned with the Guardian (UK) for their coverage of the 2013 Adelaide Festival.
In 2012, Jane participated in Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival as a Text Camp participant under mentor John Bailey and was a Writer in Residence in Sydney with Brown Council’s Mass Action: 137 Cakes in 90 Hours. She has appeared on panels about arts writing and the broader arts landscape for the Crack Theatre Festival with Newcastle’s This Is Not Art, the South Australian Writers Centre, the Festival of Unpopular Culture, Vitalstatistix’s BossLady, and Adelaide Festival Centre’s In Conversation With series.
As a blogger, she has been invited to cover the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum in Brisbane, the 2012 Regional Arts Australia Conference Kumuwuki / Big Wave in Goolwa, and will again join the Australian Theatre Forum in 2013 in Canberra.
She has contributed as a research assistant on the AusStage Project and the Australia Council’s Women In Theatre paper. Her independent research into women in theatre has been reference by organisations including australianplays.org, the Australian Writers Guild, and the Wheeler Centre. Internationally, No Plain Jane has been referenced by publications including the influential arts email You’ve Cott Mail, and arts news website Arts Journal.
As a producer, Jane worked on Sepia for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe, where it was nominated for the inSAPCE:development Award and won the Tour Ready Award, allowing the production to have a remount in the 2012 Melbourne Fringe. In the 2013 Adelaide Fringe, she produced Gareth Hart’s Symphony of Strange, nominated for Best Dance.
Jane has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide, and in 2010 completed her Arts Administration Traineeship. She continues to work in administration for various organisations alongside her writing.
You can generally find Jane for enquiries via emailing janehoward at ozemail.com.au, or you can follow her on twitter @noplain
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Header image features Yarn Bombing on the Elder Park Rotunda for the 2011 Come Out Festival, column work created by Gemma of Crafty and Devious, and centre piece by Deborah Prior.