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 has been Executive Director of 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 for contemporary performing arts, with a focus on strengthening the small to medium and independent sectors. Nicole is a passionate advocate for arts and culture, and a champion for equity and justice for First Nations people, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and Deaf and disabled people. 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 has held key advisory roles for the Victorian government such as the Minister’s inaugural Creative State Advisory Board and the Creative Industries Advisory Group of which she was Co Deputy Chair. She is currently a member of Creative Victoria’s Respectful & Mentally Healthy Workplaces Working Group and a member of Industry Reference Groups for research projects at the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.
Nicole has worked in social policy in two local governments, 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). 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.
Program Manager (Events & CaPT)
Steph Speirs is an accomplished creative producer who has worked over the past decade with artists and festivals across Australia and the UK. Steph is also a composer and performance-maker, creating works in experimental theatre and live art spaces and composing music for stage & media.
Steph is passionate about advocating for the value of arts workers to society, and about innovating to build sustainable arts careers and equitable pathways from education to industry. Recently Steph worked with Circus Oz as Producer of Artform & Industry Development, where she was dedicated to facilitating opportunities for artists and cultivating a thriving Australian circus sector.
Steph holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a Master of Arts & Cultural Management.
Manager, Sector Development & Membership
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), Uncommon Places (Melbourne Fringe Keynote 2015) and Geelong Sweats (Geelong Arts Centre development 2020). She has worked across various arts administration roles for organisations such as Back to Back Theatre and the National Arts Council in Singapore.
Manager, VIPI & Communications
Wen-Juenn 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.
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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