Jiva Parthipan is a director, creative producer and arts/cultural worker based in Sydney, Australia and working internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and inter-disciplinary art. His work has been seen the U.K. at Tate Modern, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, Saddlers Wells, National Review of Live Arts, IETM- Paris and Dublin, Bone Festival, Claendestino Festival Sweden, and various festivals in Norway, Netherlands and South Africa. He was an associate lecturer in Performance at Central St Martin College for the Arts, London. Jiva was the first male dance dancer to dance with Shobana Jeyasigh dance company which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.A personal and artistic profile of Jiva was published by Penguin Australia in A COUNTRY TOO FAR - written by Fiona Mc Gregor and edited by booker prize winning Australian author Tom Kenneally. Jiva currently works as an Arts and Cultural worker at STARTTS – in Sydney, initiating, developing and presenting arts and cultural activities with refugees in their own community settings, in partnership with Australian cultural institutions. Recent theatre projects include; LITTTLE BADGHDAD – with Powerhouse Youth Theatre and the Australian Museum, Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe in association with Racing Pulse & Belvoir Street Theatre and Riverside Theatre. Opera Australia’s community choirs program - at the Sydney Opera House, Dance Africa Dance annual show and LET IT BE choral project, both at Riverside Theatres in Sydney. In October 2016, STARTTS will work with MCA- Museum of COntemporary Arts and Powerhouse Youth Theatre to produce a major public art event – WOMEN OF FAIRFIELD"