Board

CHAIR – NARELLE LEWIS

Narelle is a producer and project manager, with over 14 years’ experience across programming, production and operations. She has worked with a range of companies and organisations across that time including Sydney Opera House, Shaun Parker & Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre; Performance Space, and in 2009, ran Ransom Productions, a small independent theatre company in Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in new writing. Narelle is currently a Producer with Performing Lines, a company which develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally.

TREASURER –PAMELA THORNTON

Pamela is an experienced arts manager currently employed as Business Manager at Riverside Theatres. Pamela’s previous positions include Planning & Operations Manager at the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), Administrative Director at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) and Business Manager at Bundanon Trust, the Arthur Boyd property gifted to the nation.

SECRETARY – ALISSA BRUCE

Alissa has over 20 years experience in the performing arts as an artist, creator and producer. She trained at the Australian Ballet School before travelling overseas and performing with Anna Wyman Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada. In Australia, Alissa has worked with dance in education company Darc Swan, NSW Department of Education, Ausdance, One Extra, Opera Australia and many more independent choreographers across various communities. Alissa has been an integral member of the theatre company Stretch MK1 since 1998. As part of the creative and management team at ELMAC Creative for the last decade, Alissa has produced numerous events in the private and public arena and created commissioned openings. She has toured shows throughout the Middle East and South East Asia with invitations to International Arts Festivals in Columbia, China, South Korea and Singapore as well as Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games.

PROF. PETER HUTCHINGS

Professor Peter Hutchings is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. His research interests are in arts, cinema, critical legal studies, literature, and philosophy and his publications have appeared in local and international refereed journals as well as in the mainstream media. Since 1996, he has held a number of senior positions at UWS. Previously, he has worked at The University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Currently, he is a Board member of Television Sydney (TVS).

DR JULIE-ANNE LONG

Julie-Anne is an award-winning dance artist and academic. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled ‘Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance’ (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean ‘The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide’ (1999).

Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991-1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006-07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009-10).

BODEN EVANS

Boden is a senior arts manager having worked for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia Council for the Arts, Riverside Theatres and is currently Marketing and Engagement Manager at Arts on Tour. He was awarded a professional development grant for Audience Development from the Australia Council in 2017 and worked with Arts House in Melbourne across community and audience development programs. He is passionate about access to the arts and maintains his own practise as a drummer/composer. Boden joined the board in June 2019.

ARUNA GANDHI

An independent performing artiste, choreographer and educator, Aruna Gandhi specialises in the Indian-classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. She trained under the renowned artiste Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy in Chennai, India. With an artistic journey spanning over three decades, she received the ‘Distinguished Talent Visa’ in Australia in 2013.  Aruna presents solos in Bharatanatyam, collaborates with artistes for cross-artform projects, facilitates ‘Creative Movement’ workshops and is the Founder-Director of ‘Silambam-Sydney’ an institution for fine arts in South-West and North Sydney. Since 2009, she has performed at various mainstream and community events around Sydney and previously all over India. Her dance projects have won community grants from Fairfield & Liverpool City councils. She is a tutor at Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) and is also a curator of community cultural events and festivals. Academically she has a Masters in Communication. Her mission is to represent the Indian artistic and spiritual tradition and the multicultural face of Australia around the world.