Beth "Betchay" Mondragon Williams

Director | Producer | Writer | Actress | Artist

Since 2014, Beth has lived a semi-retired life in the quiet country surrounds of Gympie in Southeast Queensland then in 2020,in Whiteheads Creek in Regional Victoria, Australia. iMPERFECT Messiah (originally entitled “David – Shepherd . Warrior. King”). is her inspired coming-out-of-retirement event.

Beth was Executive Director of Broadcast and Film at the Philippine Educational Theatre Association before migrating to the Northern Territory of Australia in 1990, where she had a prolific 24-year career in professional and community theatre, dance, and multicultural arts. From staging the Opening Ceremony of the Arafura International Sports Festival in 1991 to engaging a group of homeless, street-dwellers in Darwin to produce and perform a devised play called Dry in the Wet, Beth carved for herself a significant and respected name in the arts and cultural scene of Northern Australia.

Professional Experience

  • Directing and producing for stage, television and film
  • Designing and facilitating performing arts workshops
  • Marketing and promoting artists, arts and cultural products
  • Coordinating, networking and organizing community projects and events
  • Managing and implementing community development projects

Employment Experience

  • Sept 2011 – March 2014 | Centre Coordinator, Life Centre of The Salvation Army NT
  • Coordinated the day to day operation of the Life Centre – drop in centre for the homeless and disadvantaged. Managed a yearly budget of $80,000/year and organised supplementary fund raising activities. Developed funding submissions to local government and Territory funding bodies. Supervised and managed at least 20 volunteers on roster.

  • May-August 2011 | Arts Coordinator, Life Centre of The Salvation Army NT
  • Facilitate arts and crafts activities for the clients of the Life Centre.

  • April 2010 -2011 | Coordinator, Bricks Without Straw Performing Arts for the Disadvantaged and the Homeless The Salvation Army NT
  • Used visual and the performing arts to engage and empower the disadvantaged and homeless members of the community Directed and produced public live performances by the homeless and the disadvantaged; Liaised with other social service and community agencies, sectoral groups and institutions to expand the reach of resources to the homeless and disadvantaged.

  • June 2009 - March 2010 | Freelance Dramaturg, Performing Arts Mentor, Stage Director
  • May 2008 – May 2009 | Coordinator, Office of Professional Development Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Developed strategies for the enhancement of career pathways and professional development of academic and general staff of the Institute; Coordinated activities to improve work life balance and health and well-being of staff; Delivered training in presentational skills, time management, train the trainer; Coordinated the delivery of Cert IV Training and Assessment for staff; Designed and delivered a comprehensive induction and on-boarding program for staff; Designed a professional development series for line managers

  • January 2006-2007 | Producer- Director of dance, music and theatre productions
  • Coordinated the Philippine tour of Tracks Dance Company of the NT Directed a theatre production of 60 cast at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Financed, produced and directed 2 full length musicals of more than 100 cast in Cebu, Philippines

  • Tutor : Higher Education International Students of CDU
  • Guided students in their preparation for oral presentation of post graduate theses Developed study guides for International Students of Charles Darwin University. Facilitated the preparation of and edited essays, assignments and theses.

  • July – December 2005 | Project Officer, Multicultural Solutions Multicultural Council of the NT
  • Designed community engagement projects and activities for new migrants and refugees in Darwin Designed and developed learning and information resources for new migrants and refugees Submission writing and preparation for NT and Federal funding bodies

  • 2001-2005 | Proprietor/Director: Stagetrade International
  • Produced and marketed own performing ensembles and performance pieces. Provided consultancy services to community organisations Managed and promoted performing artists Implemented small group training for Kakadu Studios – RTO. Conceived, developed and managed Artsprouts – Performing Arts Training school for children. Provided in-house Desktop Publishing services (designing posters, fliers, brochures using Photoshop 6.0) for Kakadu Studios.

  • March 2003-Feb. 2004 | Multicultural Artist in Residence with Brown’s Mart Community Arts
  • Conceived and produced “Kultura” for the Festival of Darwin Produced performances for Harmony Month, Citizenship Day, Australia Day, IALE Conference, Landcare, Multicultural Craft Fair, Darwin City Mall, and other events Produced and directed “Frontier Culture” for Darwin Frontier Hotel and Marketing Indigenous Performing Arts. Prepared several submissions for Territory Government bodies and Australia Council Provided repertory guidance workshops for community cultural groups

  • 2001-2002 | Multicultural Artist in Residence with Tracks Dance Theatre Performance
  • Artistic Direction, workshop facilitation and performance development Facilitated storytelling workshops with students of the Intensive English Language Unit of Darwin High and clients of Melaleuca Refugee Centre Conceived and developed Cultural Cafe Repertory development for community performing groups

  • 1991-2000 | Freelance
  • Workshop designer and facilitator for Create NT (Industry Orientation workshop for urban Indigenous workers Workshop designer and facilitator for Palmerston Town Council Community Visioning and Planning Darwin Festival (artist in schools coordinator), Nightcliff High School; Darwin Theatre Company Kormilda College (curriculum development for Indigenous secondary students) NT Arts Council (community arts organiser, workshop designer) Director for Choreography, Arafura Games Opening Ceremony Brown’s Mart Community Arts (project coordinator, workshop facilitator), Sydney Community Arts Association - Community Arts Administrator’s workshop on people’s theatre methods and pedagogy

  • 1989-1990 | Executive Director for Broadcast and Film (Philippine Educational Theatre)
  • Over-all program management and design Community media education program management and design Television production Submission writing and reporting to international funding agencies (EZE, CEBEMO)

  • 1986-1989 | Executive Director for Regional Centre for People’s Culture
  • Over-all program management and design Coordination of 255 member organizations Regional festivals coordination Workshop program direction Submission writing and reporting to international funding agencies