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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JILL SMITH AM

Chair

Jill is the immediate past General Manager at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. As the former General Manager of the Playbox Theatre, Jill oversaw the theatre’s rise from its Exhibition Street home to its rebirth in 1990 at the CUB Malthouse....
In 2021 she was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

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CAROLINE BOWDITCH

Co-Deputy Chair

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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ERICA MCCALMAN

Co-Deputy 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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LOU OPPENHEIM

Treasurer

Lou is the Director, Production & Events at the Sydney Opera House. Her portfolio includes Venue & Event Sales, Production Services, Event Operations & Planning and Recording & Broadcast. Lou has had more than 15 years leadership experience in the performing arts, primarily as Director of Operations at the Melbourne Symphony... Orchestra and General Manager and Co-CEO at Circus Oz.  This followed five years at the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. Lou is also a Board Member of ELISION ensemble.

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ROBYN GAWENDA

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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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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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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SAM ROUTLEDGE

Sam Routledge is a director and producer of contemporary puppetry, with a strong record of innovation in the form. He has been the Artistic Director of Terrapin Puppet Theatre in Hobart, since 2012, and in this role has commissioned and co-commissioned numerous new works of puppetry from leading Australian ... playwrights for young people.

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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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LYN WALLIS

Lyn is the past Artistic Director at Hothouse Theatre. She has worked as a director, producer, programmer, performer and teacher for over 30 years, with a practice focus on new Australian writing. Prior to joining HotHouse, Lyn was Director of Theatre for the Australia Council for the Arts for almost six years, ... where she played a key role in the development of national policy and strategic initiatives for the Australian theatre sector.

 

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, Emily Sexton, Brad Spolding, Chris Thompson (Co-founder), Ann Tonks, Annette Vieusseux and Geoffrey Williams (Co-founder).