“A fabulous, feminine force”
-S. Sadiq Ojibara
Dorcas is a Producer, Writer, Director, Fine Artist and Artistic/Project Manager.
Dorcas is also a TV Presenter, Speaker and award-winning Founder & Producer of OZ AFRICAN TV (OATV); a digital platform that celebrates people of African diaspora in Australia. At the 2019 C31’s Antenna Awards, OATV won an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Program.
She is the Co-Founder of Yo CiTY, where she brings with her a wealth of media experience and community engagement through her acquired skill sets.
Alongside running OATV and Yo CiTY with Percy Dube, Dorcas continues to contribute to the multicultural community through her part time work Project at MAV.
In her role she engages with womxn of colour to oversee the development and artistic process of the project with an outcome at the 2021 FUSE festival.
Dorcas is also employed part time as Community Engagement Manager at at C31 Melbourne & Geelong; a Victoria's non-profit, open-access community television station.
In this role, Dorcas works to facilitate the development of outreach programs to better engage multicultural and under-represented communities and build ongoing relationships with these communities. Additionally, Dorcas also assist with C31's our current and future program makers to continue to produce content that is relevant to their communities and the wider Victorian audience.
Some of her recent work include Program Manager at AIME Mentoring leading the African Australian Stream; AIME is a platform that works to bridge the gap of inequality through education. As lead Mentor in her role, Dorcas connects high school students with University and Community Mentors, Creative Mentor at Testing Grounds where she provided professional and creative advice to Creative Practitioners, Lead facilitating Artist at the City of Melbourne’s Signal working with creative young people 13 to 25 years of South Sudanese background to create a Talk Show.
This incredible woman has many passions and is not afraid to explore them. She's passionate about storytelling, mindful wellbeing and empowering others through shared experiences.
Dorcas was born in South Africa, migrated to Melbourne, Australia 13 years ago.
Her interest in Film/TV has seen her fulfil an array of roles including but not limited to Production Assistant, Production Researcher, Art Department personnel, Head of Department (Costume Dept.) and Actor.
She also worked on the set of one of Australia’s biggest export, channel 11’s Neighbours for 7 years in the costume and digital department(s).
At the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence, alongside three SBS reporters, Dorcas was recognised for her work as Founder/Producer and Presenter of OATV. Her Media Award from the Victorian Multicultural Commission acknowledges “outstanding reporting on issues of importance to diverse communities and reporting which contributes to Victoria’s cross cultural understanding” (VMC).
As a dynamic doer in the community, Dorcas is the Creative Producer/Coordinator for the vibrant annual event One Beat One Love, which forms part of Victorian Multicultural Commission's Cultural Diversity Week. She is also former Coordinator for the Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations in Melbourne.
Her work exceeds the African Australian community. In her role as Project Officer for Multicultural Arts Victoria, she recently worked on Mapping Melbourne - a two week long program that celebrates contemporary Asian Australian art. Dorcas programmed Emerge in Yarra, a festival that celebrates the dynamic cultures that inform our diverse society through art.
Dorcas believes that Education is key to many doors and everyone should be given an opportunity to experience the power of education. She studied Fine Art in South Africa and completed a Master of Arts in Writing through Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
Dorcas holds a Master of Arts (Writing) through Swinburne University, studied Degree in Visual Arts through University of Johannesburg and is currently studying towards Masters in Counselling through Health and Harmony Colleges.