A Widjabul Wiyebal woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda Roberts AO is Curator of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light. An experienced, motivated and versatile arts executive, with a diverse range of international and national industry practice within commercial, community and non-profit organisations, Rhoda is the Elder in Residence for SBS, Creative Director First Nations NORPA, Festival Director of Boomerang Festival and a consultant with NIDA.
The former Head of First Nations Programming at Sydney Opera House, Rhoda was the founder and Festival Director of the Dreaming Festivals (1995-2009) and Co-Founder of the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust. A practicing weaver, actor, independent producer and director, she continues to work as a consultant across diverse disciplines and is a sought-after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. The First Aboriginal presenter to host a primetime current affairs show (Vox Populi on SBS), her regular podcast Deadly Voices, continues her broadcast history, and she hosted the radio show Deadly Sounds from 1992-2012.