Annette is a writer, broadcaster, actor, producer and theatre-maker.
Since 2013 she has been the Executive Producer of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) where she has been highly influential in forging professional pathways for Asian Australian artists, and developing compelling new works that bring contemporary Asian Australian stories to festival stages. In 2021, her role transitions to Artistic Director.
In an extensive career that has ranged across radio, television, publishing and theatre, her work has always been about the exploration of ideas through the arts – such as music through The Noise and Studio 22, experimental arts and film on Eat Carpet and Imagine. As an actor she was nominated for an AFI award for her supporting role in Clara Law’s feature film Floating Life. As a writer she contributed to anthologies such as Growing up Asian in Australia edited by Alice Pung, Grandma Magic edited by Janet Hutchinson, and co-authored the award-winning Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony, exploring the ways in which the Chinese integrated into Australian society through food. In 2011 she wrote and directed the locative game China Hearts for dLux Media and Powerhouse Museum, exploring love and family in Sydney’s Chinatown.
In 2020 Annette was appointed Artistic Director of OzAsia Festival 2021-2023, Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia, produced by the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Annette was a member of the founding Directorate of the National Theatre of Parramatta (2015-2017). She currently serves on the board of Sydney Theatre Company, the advisory committees of the Australia China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC) at Western Sydney University; the Australian Centre on China in the World at Australian National University; the national playwriting body APT (Australian Plays Transform); and Asialink. Annette is a member of the Asian Producers Platform.