TNA Board

TNA’s Board is an Industry Board, primarily made up of representatives of arts organisations and independent artists. There are currently eleven members, drawn from across the country, who are governed by TNA’s Rules of Association
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ERICA MCCALMAN

Chair

Erica is a Ballardong Noongar woman with Irish Convict, Scottish and Cornish Heritage. A creative producer, facilitator and curator, she works across experimental and contemporary performing arts. Through her consultancy, Art Oracle, Erica seeks to empower independent artists, provide bespoke creative and producing solutions to organisations and nurture the next generation of producers.

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ROBYN GAWENDA

Deputy Chair

As Executive Director and Co-CEO of Footscray Community Arts Centre, Robyn is responsible for driving strategy and business sustainability. Before joining FCAC as General Manager in 2018, Robyn has held roles in government and the independent arts sectors as a project manager and producer. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia, a Masters of Arts Management from RMIT, and is a MBA candidate at Melbourne Business School.

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LOU OPPENHEIM

Treasurer

Lou is a highly experienced strategic leader with more than 18 years’ experience in the performing arts and is passionate about connecting artists with audiences through the power of live performance, community engagement and the development of the next generation of artists and arts workers. She is the Executive Director of Sydney Dance Company, with previous roles including Director of Production & Events at Sydney Opera House, Create Infrastructure Senior Manager (Create NSW), General Manager of Circus Oz and Director of Operations of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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CAROLINE BOWDITCH

Caroline is currently CEO at Arts Access Victoria, and was previously living and working in the UK for 16 years. She is an international artist, teacher, and speaker, and has held roles such as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change, Associate Artist with Paragon Music (Glasgow), Dance4 (Nottingham) and Imaginate (Scotland), and was Visiting Professor at Coventry University.

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SUE GILES AM

Sue has been the Artistic Director of Polyglot Theatre since 2000. She is also currently both the Australian representative and President of ASSITEJ International – a global association of Youth Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences – of which TNA is the Australian host and secretariat. In 2019 she was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

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ANDREA JAMES

Andrea James is a Yorta Yorta/Gunnakurnai woman. She is a VCA trained theatre maker and Creative Producer specialising in Aboriginal performance and contemporary arts as a practitioner, playwright and producer. She was Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre 2001-2008 where she is best known for her play Yanagai! Yanagai! 

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HARLEY MANN

Harley Mann is a Waka Waka man from Melbourne Victoria. He has been in and amongst the circus community for the past 15 years working as a student, trainer, performer and director. Harley is also a current member of Casus Circus featuring as a cast member in their all first nations production ‘Chasing Smoke’. In 2017 Harley developed his own independent circus company ‘Na Djinang Circus’ and was a lead creative of their most recent work ‘Common Dissonance’. This company hopes to establish itself as one of the world’s leading circus accompanies that challenges the stereotypes of contemporary circus, an inclusive company that creates equitable access to the industry and doesn’t marginalise young performers. 

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CASSIE MCGANNON

Cassie is an experienced policy and advocacy adviser. She has held policy and strategy roles at Social Ventures Australia; the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet; Grattan Institute; and as an adviser to a federal Cabinet Minister. She holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Princeton University.

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ZAINAB SYED

Zainab Zahra Syed is a creative producer and poet. From 2017-2021 Zainab produced and toured ambitious new works of scale by independent theatre and dance artists at Performing Lines WA. Zainab is Deputy Chair of The Blue Room Theatre board, leading their Equity Action Strategy & Plan 2021-2024. She is also a founder of Pakistan Poetry Slam (2015), co-founder of illUMEnate, a diverse arts collective in WA (2016), a Humanitarian Observer with the Australian Red Cross Immigration Detention Program and a 2020 Churchill Fellow. In July 2021, Zainab joined Belvoir St Theatre as a Producer.

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NITHYA NAGARAJAN

Nithya Nagarajan is a contemporary performance maker and curator working across Australia and the Asia Pacific. She has 12 years’ experience in programming, creative producing, international engagement and transformative justice in the arts. Nithya is currently co-Artistic Director of Arts House.

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LORRAINE KAMBALA

2022 Board Observership Program Observer

Born in Malawi, Lorraine migrated to Australia in 2015 for tertiary studies. Having worked with various women and young girls within communities in Malawi and Southern Africa, her passion for advocacy and social justice led her to pursue a Master of Social Work at Monash University. Lorraine aims to actively apply her education and unique interdisciplinary experiences to have a true and meaningful impact on those in need.

Thank you

TNA acknowledges the vital contribution of former board members: Simon Abrahams (Co-founder & Chair 2010-2017), Gorkem Acaroglu, Sarah Austin (Co-founder), Maude Davey (Co-founder), Rose Godde (Co-founder), Ben Graetz, John Harvey, Catherine Jones, Fiona Maxwell (Co-founder & Chair 2009-2010), Chris Mead, Erin Milne (Co-founder), Alice Nash (Co-founder & Deputy Chair 2009-2017), Veronica Pardo, Sam Routledge, Emily Sexton, Jill Smith (Chair 2018 - 2022), Brad Spolding, Chris Thompson (Co-founder), Ann Tonks, Annette Vieusseux, Lyn Wallis and Geoffrey Williams (Co-founder).