Theatre Network Australia (TNA) has a small but mighty core team of staff, who are supported by short-term staff and contractors for specific projects.
Nicole Beyer is a leading Australian advocate for the arts, and a cultural policy enthusiast. She leads and represents the arts industry through her many roles on boards, panels and in forums. As the former Co-Convenor of ArtsPeak, the confederation of 37 national arts peak bodies, she led the sector through the ... #freethearts campaign (2015 – 2017), which contributed to her receiving the 2017 Sidney Myer Facilitator’s Prize. Nicole advises the Victorian government on cultural policy through her role on the Minister’s inaugural Creative State Advisory Board. Through her advocacy, Nicole works to attain greater recognition of the social, cultural and economic contributions of independent artists and small-to-medium arts organisations. A champion for Indigenous artists, artists from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities, Nicole advocates for a more inclusive arts sector. Nicole has worked in social policy in two local government municipalities, and has worked as a consulting facilitator, strategic planner and policy adviser since 2005. Previous arts CEO positions include Back To Back Theatre (1996-1999) and Arts Access Victoria (2000-2005). She currently sits on the Board of Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program. Nicole has been Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia (TNA) since 2009, a role that has grown with the organisation’s expansion from a Victorian program to a small but influential national peak body. Nicole has a Masters of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) from Monash University (2013).
Joshua is a business leader of creative and not-for-profit organisations, working at the intersection of social enterprise and business management. Now residing permanently in Melbourne, he is currently studying an MBA part-time at Melbourne Business School. Until late 2020 Joshua was the founding CEO and Artistic Director of DRILL, ... a non-profit dance organisation specialising in working with young people, based in Hobart. Between 2007 and 2020 he led DRILL’s artistic programming, and secured federal and state funding to grow the company into a nationally significant organisation. He was awarded the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award for his work with DRILL. Between 2018 and 2019 Joshua was also the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s pre-professional dance company, Yellow Wheel, previously working as the founding Company Manager since 2012. In 2019 Joshua worked across numerous projects as a choreographer and producer, including SIMULCAST for Dance Massive, The Stance for Ten Days on the Island, major seasons for DRILL and Yellow Wheel, and was a part of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), Joshua’s career has included numerous choreographic commissions and solo performances. He is an Asialink alumni, and spent time working in Sumatra with Institut Seni Indonesia, lecturing in contemporary dance, and creating a new work.
Steph is an Australian Producer and Production Manager and has extensive experience producing and delivering national and international tours for Circus and Physical Theatre companies. In addition to this, she has worked at the National Institute of Circus Arts for the last decade working with emerging performers as a Stage Manager ... and has worked the festival circuit both here and overseas. To date her career highlight has been working with Chasing Smoke (Casus), Australia’s only First Nations touring circus ensemble from 2018 – 2020. Steph completed a Masters of Fine Arts – Cultural Leadership in 2020, where her research focused on her passion for Wellbeing in the Performing Arts, culminating in a case study on Wellbeing in Circus Training Institutions undertaken at Codarts Circus School, Rotterdam. Steph is the secretary for the Women’s Circus Board, remains an Associate Producer for Circa and hopes to complete her second masters, in Business – Arts & Cultural Management in 2022.
The VIPI Program Producer leads the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI) and other sector development initiatives. TNA undertook recruitment and interviews for this position recently, more news to come soon!
Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez is a Geelong-based, Singaporean performance-maker. Fuelled by a preoccupation with how transient places and people are, her work attempts to find a connection between home and inhabitant, country and citizen, body and culture. Projects include Baby Cake (Next Wave & Darebin Speakeasy 2018), ... Museum of Me (Darebin Arts 2016), Neighbours (Big West Festival 2015) and Uncommon Places (Melbourne Fringe Keynote 2015).She is currently in development for Geelong Sweats, a theatre work commissioned by Geelong Arts Centre created in collaboration with local gym enthusiasts.
Wen-Juenn is covering Yuhui’s role as she goes on parental leave until December 2021. She writes and edits poetry on unceded Wurundjeri land, and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Meanjin, Antithesis, Landfall, Southerly, Scum Mag, and Going Down Swinging. She previously served as poetry editor at Voiceworks.