Our People

  • Collective in Training

    • Chala Mohammed

      Chala Mohammed

    • Patience Pyne

      Patience Pyne

    • Ateay Welda’abzgi

      Ateay Welda’abzgi

    • Fay Abdul

      Fay Abdul

    • Waol Akot

      Waol Akot

    • Sina Ale Brown

      Sina Ale Brown

      Sina Ale Brown

      Sina Ale Brown

    • Kiril Stamenkov

      Kiril Stamenkov

      Kiril is a dedicated performer, writer and aspiring director who was born and raised in Macedonia. He moved to Australia in 2010 and found his passion for acting after performing in high school plays. Kiril attended acting classes at Mooregrace Acting Studio in Geelong and later attained a diploma in Film and TV Production at JMC Academy in 2017.

      In 2018, Kiril joined Western Edge Youth Arts’ Geelong Edge ensemble. He played Haemon in Antigone and co-wrote and performed in North Geelong Edge’s original comedy piece Share House to a full house at Courthouse Youth Arts. In his spare time, Kiril enjoys working on comedy sketches and hopes to one day make it to the big screen.

       

  • Sub 30 Collective

    • Amarachi Okorom

      Artistic Associate

      Amarachi Okorom

      Artistic Associate

      Amarachi Okorom is an Igbo Nigerian-born actor, spoken word poet and playwright, who grew up in Auckland and is now based in Naarm/Melbourne. Amarachi joined Western Edge in 2017, performing in Caliban as part of the Edge Ensemble. Recent acting credits include This (RISING), Burning Love (Playlist Live), The Human Voice, A Disorganised Zoom Reading of Contagion, the audio play Watching (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), Seers (Playlist Live), The Watching with Western Edge, and Future Echoes: Edge Ensemble at Arts Centre Melbourne. She also appeared on ABC Melbourne as part of the Homespun storytelling gala. As a critically acclaimed emerging playwright, Amarachi was shortlisted for the 2021 Griffin Award. In 2021, she was selected for Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Stage program, Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio program, and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Writers Group. She is currently a participating writer in Theatre Works’ She Writes Collective.

    • Betiel Beyin

      Betiel Beyin

      Betiel Beyin is an Eritrean creative based in Melbourne, who works on digital and theatre spaces, from being a runner on set to performer, writer, and filmmaker. She joined Western Edge’s Wyndham Edge in 2018 and has since co-written and performed in three Western Edge productions, The Retreat, The Watching, and Tig, earning her a residency with Phoenix Youth Centre and mentorship with Candy Bowers. Her creative practice has previously received support through SIGNAL Arts and Cinespace’s Writers’ Room workshop facilitated by Jane Allen. Betiel is a recent film graduate from RMIT University, where she created two short films: Triangle of Opportunities and The Rise and Fall of Bobby Maz, which was screened at the Swamp Cinema Festival. Betiel is the co-creator and co-writer of IGTV comedy mini-series, Lil CEEBS, which is currently being developed into a web series CEEBS with support from SBS Digital Originals and ABC iView’s Pitch-O-Rama.

    • Leigh Lule

      Leigh Lule

      Leigh Lule is a Ugandan-Australian actress, writer, and aspiring director based in Naarm/Melbourne. She is currently studying journalism at Deakin University, where she filmed and produced Don’t Call Me Cynthia, a documentary exploring Eurocentric assimilation. She joined Western Edge in 2018, writing and performing theatre works as a member of the Sub30 Collective, including The Retreat, The Watching, and Tig. As a Western Edge Support Artist, she also assists in the devising and delivery of drama programs to high schools throughout Melbourne’s western suburbs. Leigh is the co-creator and co-writer of IGTV mini-series, Lil CEEBS, a prequel to upcoming web series, CEEBS, which received developmental support from SBS Digital Originals and ABC iView’s Pitch-O-Rama. After assistant-directing Liv Satchell’s let bleeding girls lie, which is representing Australia at the 12th Women Playwrights International conference, she will continue working with Satchell on The Grief Trilogy at La Mama Theatre in 2023.

    • Michael Logo

      Michael Logo

      Michael Logo is a proud Samoan actor working across stage and screen. He was born in Auckland and raised in Victoria. Michael trained at Verve Studios and John Bolton Theatre School. He became involved with Western Edge as an actor and Support Artist. He has performed in Western Edge’s productions The Retreat, The Watching, Lele, Butterfly, and worked on the script for Hamlet, translating sections into Samoan language. He was
      a key creative working on the expanded Lele, Butterfly creative development. Michael has performed in Playlist Live (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), First Stage (Melbourne Theatre Company), and David Wood’s production of This (RISING). He was featured in short film Eli the Invincible (SBS). Michael’s recent screen credits include Paper Champions (Netflix), Why Are You Like This, Love Me, and Colin from Accounts (Binge).

    • Yaw Dadzie

      Yaw Dadzie

      Inspired by his heritage and an intrinsic love for creativity, Yaw Dadzie’s passion for artistic expression spans theatre, music, film, and beyond. As an actor, Yaw has been involved in professional and community theatre projects since 2009, with notable performances Iago and Caliban at The Malthouse and AMKA at Arts Centre Melbourne. Yaw is currently immersing himself in the world of film production and working on multiple film projects. Performing under the moniker Yaw Faso, his career in music has seen him receive honorary nominations for Best Reggae and Dancehall Act at the Music Victoria Awards 2018 and 2019, and collaborate with an array of local and international artists and producers, namely Djay W, MC IG., and Machinedrum. As an active local performer, Yaw has also appeared at festivals and events across Australia, and supported artists such as Kranium, Nasty C, Konshens, Jose Chameleone, and Baker Boy.

    • Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi

      Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi

      Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi is an actor, writer, and producer, who was given a traditional ceremony in his homeland Ethiopia giving him responsibility to be a vessel for telling stories that are gifted to him from above. Ras-Samuel’s stage credits include Because The Night (Malthouse Theatre), Happy End (Victorian Opera), Twelfth Night (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Sonnet 66), and Huckleberry Finn (Chapel Off Chapel). Recent screen works include Woody Woodpecker (Universal Studios), The Abandoned (Panorama), The Last Supper, BLVCK GOLD, and Jebena Genie which he wrote, produced, and starred in. He has also worked as a consultant for an upcoming Netflix series.

  • Lead Artists

    • Clarisse Bonello

      Clarisse Bonello

      Clarisse Bonello is a Melbourne-based actor, theatre-maker and voice artist.  

      Clarisse is a graduate of La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama and Media Screen and Sound; and a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts; with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice.  

      While at VCA, Clarisse appeared in productions of AntigoneThree SistersFalling PetalsCaucasian Chalk Circle and she appeared in Dancing with Death for the AsiaTOPA festival. During this time Clarisse was the recipient of the 2016 Pratt Bursaries Scholarship for Excellence in Acting.  

      Clarisse co-created and performed in Speak of the Devil as a part of Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and has performed at La Boite Theatre in A Clockwork Orange and The Government Inspector 

      More recently Clarisse has appeared in Periscope Productions Disparate Scenes for Millennial Dreams and in ATOMIC for Malthouse Theatres award winning Suitcase Series Program. 

    • One Sixth

      One Sixth

      Australian born, Namibian raised rapper, vocalist, producer, songwriter, workshop facilitator, curator, director, actor, model and performing artist Aaron Stephanus aka 1/6 has been honing his craft since 2005. As a well established member of the local music scene, he has travelled extensively around Australia with numerous groups and bands, including The Public Opinion Afro OrchestraBlack Jesus Experience (BJX), the now defunct hip hop band Illzilla and The Four Aces (Mata and Must, Flu) amongst others, while also performing solo material at various festivals and venues countrywide. He was the first recipient of the Hilltop Hoods grant initiative when it went national in 2010 and has been releasing solo material since that same year. His debut album Electronic Mail was released in 2012 with local Hip Hop label Pang Productions and was warmly received, leading to support slots on national tours with Urthboy and Jimblah (Elefant Traks) and the Alliance Tour alongside Nelson Dialect, Maundz, Social Change and more. In 2016 he released an EP produced by Phil Gektor (Crate Cartel) titled Hemicrania, a conceptual piece addressing mental health issues, and Outbox, a 6 track E.P recorded over 7 days featuring interludes that were literally recorded by phone through each featured producer’s voicemail. Stay Nice, 2nd Thought, Royalz, Sensible J (REMI), RBD and ⅙ served as producers. His efforts extend past his own endeavours, as he has been working with community organisations such as Multicultural Arts Victoria, running the “Heard Instinct” hip hop program in conjunction with Shingo’s Cafe in Shepparton in 2019 and the “All Pasts Lead To Now” festival in 2020 (partly disrupted by COVID), “The Learn” Hip Hop literacy program run through the Fitzroy Library with Fitzroy Learning Network in 2017Yarra Youth Services and various schools around Victoria facilitating writing and performing workshops with youth eager to develop their own practice in the field of music composition and song-writing. 2021 saw a return to releasing solo music alongside producer The Silent Titan for a two track E.P Nunc Est Bibendum/Dreams which was released digitally via Low Key Source. The single Nunc Est Bibendum was launched as an immersive video launch and live performance, curated by One Sixth and featuring the video work of Raphael Recht and photographer and movement director Deepasheni Thirumoothy and exhibited at B-SIDE Gallery, Melbourne in between lockdowns that halted all live events.

    • Betiel Beyin

      Betiel Beyin

      Betiel Beyin is an Eritrean creative based in Melbourne, who works on digital and theatre spaces, from being a runner on set to performer, writer, and filmmaker. She joined Western Edge’s Wyndham Edge in 2018 and has since co-written and performed in three Western Edge productions, The Retreat, The Watching, and Tig, earning her a residency with Phoenix Youth Centre and mentorship with Candy Bowers. Her creative practice has previously received support through SIGNAL Arts and Cinespace’s Writers’ Room workshop facilitated by Jane Allen. Betiel is a recent film graduate from RMIT University, where she created two short films: Triangle of Opportunities and The Rise and Fall of Bobby Maz, which was screened at the Swamp Cinema Festival. Betiel is the co-creator and co-writer of IGTV comedy mini-series, Lil CEEBS, which is currently being developed into a web series CEEBS with support from SBS Digital Originals and ABC iView’s Pitch-O-Rama.

    • Leigh Lule

      Leigh Lule

      Leigh Lule is a Ugandan-Australian actress, writer, and aspiring director based in Naarm/Melbourne. She is currently studying journalism at Deakin University, where she filmed and produced Don’t Call Me Cynthia, a documentary exploring Eurocentric assimilation. She joined Western Edge in 2018, writing and performing theatre works as a member of the Sub30 Collective, including The Retreat, The Watching, and Tig. As a Western Edge Support Artist, she also assists in the devising and delivery of drama programs to high schools throughout Melbourne’s western suburbs. Leigh is the co-creator and co-writer of IGTV mini-series, Lil CEEBS, a prequel to upcoming web series, CEEBS, which received developmental support from SBS Digital Originals and ABC iView’s Pitch-O-Rama. After assistant-directing Liv Satchell’s let bleeding girls lie, which is representing Australia at the 12th Women Playwrights International conference, she will continue working with Satchell on The Grief Trilogy at La Mama Theatre in 2023.

    • Natalie Lucic

      Natalie Lucic

      Natalie is an actress and an education facilitator who hails from Werribee, Victoria. Natalie has always always enjoyed performing and being in the spotlight from a young age. She started acting professionally at age 15 with Moving Theatre, where she performed in various shows including a season at La Mama Courthouse Theatre.

      In 2013, she attended film acting school at ITM studios. In 2014, Natalie joined the Western Edge Youth Arts’ Edge Ensemble, where she co-created and performed in Iago (2015), Caliban (2016) and Caliban Tour (2018). As a Support Artist with WEYA, she has worked at seven schools and at Phoenix Edge, North Geelong Edge, Geelong Edge and Wyndham Edge. In 2019, she will continue as a Support Artists at Wyndham Edge while she works full-time.

       

    • Yaw Dadzie

      Yaw Dadzie

      Inspired by his heritage and an intrinsic love for creativity, Yaw Dadzie’s passion for artistic expression spans theatre, music, film, and beyond. As an actor, Yaw has been involved in professional and community theatre projects since 2009, with notable performances Iago and Caliban at The Malthouse and AMKA at Arts Centre Melbourne. Yaw is currently immersing himself in the world of film production and working on multiple film projects. Performing under the moniker Yaw Faso, his career in music has seen him receive honorary nominations for Best Reggae and Dancehall Act at the Music Victoria Awards 2018 and 2019, and collaborate with an array of local and international artists and producers, namely Djay W, MC IG., and Machinedrum. As an active local performer, Yaw has also appeared at festivals and events across Australia, and supported artists such as Kranium, Nasty C, Konshens, Jose Chameleone, and Baker Boy.

  • Support Artist

    • Kuda Mapeza

      Kuda Mapeza

      Multi-disciplinary artist Kuda Mapeza has been sharpening her craft for the past several years. With a deep verve for the cultural necessity of storytelling, the limit does not exist for an actor, vocalist, performer and musician of her curiosity.  

      Through her work acquiring the John Bell Scholarship, acting in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and creating musical accompaniment for shake n stir’s Macbeth, gaining mentorship through Darebin Arts, along with other projects, Kuda Mapeza’s artistic skill is rich in both range and depth. 

    • Damian Seddon

      Damian Seddon

      Damian is a hip hop dancer with a style that leans towards contemporary dance. Residing in Reservoir, Damian has worked as a dance tutor since the age of 17. As a performer Damian has danced in Outer Urban Projects’ Major Work, VESSEL, and is regular workshop instructor for Dance Alliance. In 2017, Damian was chosen from a large pool of auditionees to become cast member for Sir Matthew Bourne’s adaptation Lord Of The Flies at State Theatre, Art Centre Melbourne (2017). Damian is also Associate Artist in Outer Urban Projects’ Hume Studios project for Creative Suburbs 2019. Damian has also independently secured a scholarship to attend the Buildabeast camp in Los Angeles, U.S.A – a convention and workshop geared to commercial dance industry. 

    • Kiril Stamenkov

      Kiril Stamenkov

      Kiril is a dedicated performer, writer and aspiring director who was born and raised in Macedonia. He moved to Australia in 2010 and found his passion for acting after performing in high school plays. Kiril attended acting classes at Mooregrace Acting Studio in Geelong and later attained a diploma in Film and TV Production at JMC Academy in 2017.

      In 2018, Kiril joined Western Edge Youth Arts’ Geelong Edge ensemble. He played Haemon in Antigone and co-wrote and performed in North Geelong Edge’s original comedy piece Share House to a full house at Courthouse Youth Arts. In his spare time, Kiril enjoys working on comedy sketches and hopes to one day make it to the big screen.

       

    • Michael Logo

      Michael Logo

      Michael Logo is a proud Samoan actor working across stage and screen. He was born in Auckland and raised in Victoria. Michael trained at Verve Studios and John Bolton Theatre School. He became involved with Western Edge as an actor and Support Artist. He has performed in Western Edge’s productions The Retreat, The Watching, Lele, Butterfly, and worked on the script for Hamlet, translating sections into Samoan language. He was
      a key creative working on the expanded Lele, Butterfly creative development. Michael has performed in Playlist Live (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), First Stage (Melbourne Theatre Company), and David Wood’s production of This (RISING). He was featured in short film Eli the Invincible (SBS). Michael’s recent screen credits include Paper Champions (Netflix), Why Are You Like This, Love Me, and Colin from Accounts (Binge).

  • Core Team

    • Lucy Pitt, General Manager

      Lucy Pitt, General Manager

    • Reis Low, Operations Coordinator

      Reis Low, Operations Coordinator

      Reis Low, Operations Coordinator

      Reis Low, Operations Coordinator

      Reis Low (they/them) is an arts manager and maker with a background in theatre and dance. Previous credits include producing Infinite Affection by Luke Macaronas, stage managing Hydra by Double Water Sign, choreographing for Low Frequency by Sodi Murphy-Shrives, and interning at La Mama. When not at Western Edge, they can be found production managing Wit Incorporated’s Dear Mama, There’s Something Maybe I Should Tell You…, being a Union House Theatre (UHT) Peer Mentor, developing new work with Dirty Laundry Collective, or catching up with loved ones and art in Singapore and Malaysia. Come chat with Reis about your quietest ideas and wildest dreams over a cup of tea.

    • Kim Williamson, Development Manager

      Kim Williamson, Development Manager

      Kim Suree Williamson is a Thai-Australian arts worker and grant writer, with a varied background in the music industry, business, marketing, international development and disaster management.

      Kim is passionate about working with artists from diverse backgrounds. She has an extensive track record of supporting creatives to excel at their practice, through grant writing, creative strategy, sustainable business practice and artist development.

      She runs the Digikillaz record label, is an alumni of the Seed Fund artist management workshops and participated in the inaugural AIR Women In Music Program. She is the co-founder of Melbourne independent creative agency Melbourne Minute, which champions local independent musicians and collectives

    • Penny Harpham, Executive Director

      Penny Harpham, CEO/Executive Director

      Penny Harpham, Executive Director

      Penny Harpham, CEO/Executive Director

      Penny is the CEO of Western Edge, where she was previously the company Co-Artistic Director and Associate Director.

      She has an extensive body of work as a freelance director, actor, and youth arts facilitator, and also co-founded and is co-Artistic Director of the independent theatre company, She Said Theatre. She Said Theatre is committed to the inclusion and promotion of women and other underrepresented artists and since 2012 they have created and produced forty seasons across Australia and New Zealand of seven new works.

      She has won a Green Room award (The Stream/The Boat/The Shore/ The Bridge); received a Barbara Manning Scholarship for Excellence and the Global Atelier Scholarship for Overseas Travel from the VCA; an Ian Potter Travel Grant; was selected to partake in Playwriting Australia’s inagural Director’s Studio, Melbourne Festival’s Director’s Lab and Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program; is a current recipient of the Betty Amsden Foundation Scholarship and directed the highly acclaimed production of HART through She Said Theatre which was nominated for a Green Room award and won multiple Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, New Zealand Fringe and Blue Room (WA) awards.

      Her passion for new writing, experimental performance and community development has taken her throughout Australia, Berlin, Seoul, the UK and New Zealand with companies and venues such as Footscray Community Arts, The Bowery Theatre, Wyndham Cultural Centre, the Substation, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Hothouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Red Stitch Actors Ensemble, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, the Seymour Centre, BATS (Wellington), Mullae Arts Space (Seoul), Platoon Kunsthalle (Berlin) and regional theatres and remote make-shift venues.

      She hold a Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland) and Graduate Diplomas in Arts Management (University of Melbourne) and Directing for Performance (Victoria College of the Arts).

    • Amarachi Okorom

      Artistic Associate

      Amarachi Okorom

      Artistic Associate

      Amarachi Okorom is an Igbo Nigerian-born actor, spoken word poet and playwright, who grew up in Auckland and is now based in Naarm/Melbourne. Amarachi joined Western Edge in 2017, performing in Caliban as part of the Edge Ensemble. Recent acting credits include This (RISING), Burning Love (Playlist Live), The Human Voice, A Disorganised Zoom Reading of Contagion, the audio play Watching (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), Seers (Playlist Live), The Watching with Western Edge, and Future Echoes: Edge Ensemble at Arts Centre Melbourne. She also appeared on ABC Melbourne as part of the Homespun storytelling gala. As a critically acclaimed emerging playwright, Amarachi was shortlisted for the 2021 Griffin Award. In 2021, she was selected for Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Stage program, Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio program, and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Writers Group. She is currently a participating writer in Theatre Works’ She Writes Collective.

    • Chanella Macri, co-Artistic Director

      Chanella Macri, co-Artistic Director

      Chanella is aactor, writer and theatre-maker from the Blue Mountains, Sydney. She is a second-generation Samoan-Italian immigrant whose practice centers on body, family, loss and the intersection of cultural identity and gender. 

      Graduating from the VCA in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice, the Patricia Kennedy Award and as Valedictorian of the University of Melbourne VCA and MCM. In 2019 she received two Green Room Award nominations for Performer and Ensemble in Independent Theatre (Moral Panic). 

      Theatre credits include; Still Haven’t Found What I’m Cooking For (dir. Hannah Fallowfield), Australian Realness (dir. Janice Muller) for Malthouse Theatre, Whale (dir. Katrina Cornwell) for Darebin Speakeasy, Truly Madly Britney (dir. Hannah Fallowfield) for Theatre Works, Moral Panic (dir. Bridget Balodis), Red Stitch’s Suddenly Last Summer (dir. Stephen Nicolazzo), La Mama’s Crazy Brave (dir. Melanie Beddie), Speak of the Devil (self-devised) for Melbourne Fringe 2017 and Adelaide Fringe 2018, La Mama’s Woman with a Tomahawk (dir. Iris Gaillard). 

       In 2019 she co-directed WEYA’s The Watching and wrote, You May Not Rest Now There Are Monsters Nearby (She is Vigilante, dir. Bridget Balodis and Krystalla Pearce) which won a 2020 Green Room Award for Independent Theatre Performer (Lucy Ansell). 

       Chanella is a member of New Working Group and Red Stitch Actors’ Ensemble. 

    • John Marc Desengano, co-Artistic Director

      John Marc Desengano, co-Artistic Director

      John Marc Desengano, co-Artistic Director

      John Marc Desengano, co-Artistic Director

      John Marc Desengano is a Filipino-Australian actor, theatre-maker and educator based in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

      Upon graduating from The University of Ballarat, Arts Academy acting course in 2008, John Marc performed for a Theatre in Education Company called Brainstorm Productions taking thought provoking shows to primary and high schools all over Australia.

      His five years with Brainstorm Productions fostered a respect and appreciation for young people which spurred him to enrol in the Masters of Primary Teaching course at the University of Melbourne. Graduating in 2015, John Marc works as a Casual Relief Teacher in various primary schools all over Melbourne.

      John Marc’s passion for working with young people has led him to working with leading Youth Theatre companies WEYA and St. Martin’s Youth Theatre as a teaching and lead artist. John Marc is also a happy member of Polyglot Theatre, performing in installations such as Paper Planet and Boats. His experience as an educator has seen him develop and lead education and drama workshops for the Malthouse and various Secondary schools around Melbourne. In 2022, he will also teach for the VCA and Federation University.

      As an actor, John Marc’s stage credits include; The Yellow Wave, Love Bird, The Bachelor S17 E05, Survival, Enlightenment, Just A Boy Standing in Front of a Girl, A Midnight Visit, and many more. He also performed in The Dead Twin, written by Chi Vu, at the Georgetown Festival in Malaysia. His television credits include; Rush, Back in Very Small Business, Playing for Keeps, Lie With Me, and others.

      John Marc is a proud company member of Impro Melbourne and Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare.

  • Board

    • Jock Jeffries

      Chair

      Jock Jeffries

      Chair

      Jock Jeffries was appointed treasurer on 12 December 2016, and then Chair in April 2019. Jock is an experienced Managing Director, CEO, CFO and CIO, who has for over 40 years managed growth and transformation in privately held small to medium sized enterprises. He is a member of CPA Australia, holds an MBA from Deakin University and has a passion for text-based theatre.

    • Irena Baric

      Deputy Chair

      Irena Baric

      Deputy Chair

      Irena arrived to Australia in her teenage years due to the civil war in former Yugoslavia. She has spent all her youth living in the Melbourne western suburbs.

      With over 10 years’ experience in the non-for-profit sector in a community setting environment, Irena’s area of expertise has been delivering humanitarian government funded programs that have positive impact to emerging communities.

      She also has experience in case management, property management and the housing sector to meet clientele basic human needs.

      Irena has experienced and witnessed the positive impact of community engagement programs and thrives to see youth being empowered, bring out their potential and guided through new concepts of independence to be active and engaged members of Australian society.

    • Mario Agostinoni

      Treasurer

      Mario Agostinoni

      Treasurer

      Mario was the Finance Manager at Malthouse Theatre for 20 years, starting when the company was the Playbox. Mario was a theatre maker in Italy before arriving in Melbourne. He brings a wealth of experience as a board member, having also sat on the Board at Arena Theatre Company and Polyglot.

    • Sherry-Rose Bih Watts

      Sherry-Rose Bih Watts

      SherryRose is a young African Australian of Cameroonian descent currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations at La Trobe University. She has a keen interest in migrant affairs, politics, women’s empowerment and diversity and representation in media and leadership. She is the founder of the social enterprise, WomanGirl, and an associate with Foundation for Young Australians, YLab.

    • Piper Huynh

      Piper Huynh

      Piper Huynh is a Melbourne-based theatre-maker driven by untold stories. She has worked extensively with Western Edge Youth Arts for over 10 years devising in their ground breaking projects such as Chronicles: Searching for Songlines, Beagle Bay Chronicles, Iago and Caliban. Piper comes with a breadth of experience in community engagement, accessibility and inclusive practices, facilitation, independent theatre and stage/production management. She is a graduate of the Footscray Community Arts’ Emerging Cultural Leaders Program and the Vietnamese Community of Australia’s Dual Identity Leadership Program. Piper currently works as the Office Manager at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

    • Kiera Moloney

      Kiera Moloney

      Kiera is a specialised philanthropic consultant with a strong focus on governance and strategy. She has experience in supporting family foundations, not-for-profits, and corporate philanthropy. Kiera previously held positions at The Myer Family Company and Mutual Trust, providing strategic philanthropy advisory to high net worth families. She is currently a grants manager, facilitating funding of more than $3m per year to support Victorians. Kiera lives in the West and she is passionate about how structured giving can provide benefit to our community and address the structural disadvantages experienced by our young people.

    • Vanessa O’Neill

      Vanessa O’Neill

      Vanessa trained as an actor at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier and at the Drama Centre in London. Vanessa has worked for a range of theatre companies including The Australian Shakespeare Company, La Mama, Shakespeare by The Sea, Harlos Theatre Company, Sydney Art Theatre, and Bell Shakespeare. From 2001 – 2004 she toured her one-woman-show Happy With Half Your Life across Australia, the UK and Europe, with the assistance of The Australia Council for the Arts. Vanessa has toured schools throughout Australia with a solo show of Shakespeare’s Women. In 2013, Vanessa took part in the International Actors Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe. In 2015-16 her show In Search of Owen Roe was on at La Mama and was selected for the 2016 VCE Drama Playlist. It also toured with Regional Arts Victoria. Vanessa is currently the Manager, Schools Engagement at Arts Centre Melbourne.

    • Vincent Shin

      Vincent Shin

      Vincent was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Melbourne most of his life. He is a senior lawyer employed by Westjustice Community Legal Centre and based at Tarneit Senior College as a school lawyer providing students with onsite legal advice in an Australian first. Vincent worked as a carer in residential care homes for young people removed by child protection for many years and is very passionate about working with young people, particularly those from disadvantaged, marginalised and racialized backgrounds. Vincent is a practicing lawyer and was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in 2014.