CHAIR – 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.
VICE-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 – MICHELLE IRWIN
Michelle Irwin is a chartered accountant. Since 2015 she has been the Director of the Michael Hughes Foundation, an Australia Not for Profit company with a focus on raising public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, promotion of first aid training and placement of defibrillators in the community. Between 2007-2013 Michelle was an accountant at Goodwin Chivas & Co Chartered Accountants before becoming company Manager from 2013-2017. Michelle has a Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney (2003-2005) and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, 2007-2009.
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.
DR GARRY LESTER
Ph.D, MA, Dip Art, Cert. Perf. – Dance. Descendant of the Wonnarua people of the Hunter Valley – NSW. Dr Garry Lester has extensive experience as a performer, teacher, and choreographer. In Australia, Dr Lester has worked with One Extra Co, Expressions, Australian Opera Ballet and Dance North, and internationally with Covent Garden Dance Theatre (UK), Limbs Dance Company (NZ), and Men Together (NY). Dr Lester is a respected dance writer for academic and popular press and a keen dance advocate at state and national industry forums. Dr Lester is a specialist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance cultures.
Miranda Wheen is a Sydney based independent dancer. Miranda attended Penrith High School and graduated with a Dean’s medal in dance from the University of Western Sydney and Macquarie University and Penrith Miranda performs and collaborates with a number of local, national and international dance companies and choreographers. These include; Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Restless Dance Theatre (Adelaide), Martin Del Amo, Marrugeku (Broome), Stalker Theatre Company, Dean Walsh, Dance Makers Collective and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation (Taiwan).
Amanda Rose is the only ‘strategic connector’ in Australia, Host of Amanda Rose TV, Founder and CEO of The Business Woman Media. Amanda is also Founder of Western Sydney Women, the first and only advocacy group for women in the Inner-West, Greater-West, Northwest and South-West of Sydney. Amanda has been featured in TIME.com, Marie Claire, The Guardian, The Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, SkyBusiness, CNN and SmartCompany.com.au on how to master a successful brand, career and business.
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).
Jess is currently Apple Inc’s Managing Producer, Interactive – Australia, New Zealand & South East Asia. Jess has over 10 years experience managing digital programs of work for some of Australia’s biggest brands – from strategy through to execution across mobile, web and social media content, eCRM, analytics and performance media. Jess has a diverse skillset derived from working across a range of digital channels – including mobile, web, CRM and social media providing an innate understanding of digital processes, trends and team management.
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).