People

Our Staff

CLAIRE HICKS, DIRECTOR

Claire has been working with artists, artform and audience development for over 20 years. As an independent producer and curator her work includes dramaturgy, discourse & writing projects. She has programmed and produced theatre venues, international collaborations, touring work, international festivals, and a range of development programs.

AMBER POPPELAARS, GENERAL MANAGER

Amber has worked with dance and theatre companies in different capacities over the past 6 years, both in Australia and in the UK. She was a General Manager for internationally renowned theatre company Headlong, and for interdisciplinary performance company Clod Ensemble, before starting as General Manager at Critical Path.

OZLEM BEKIROGLOU ALDOGAN, PRODUCER

Ozlem has worked in communications and project management for various art disciplines such as performing and contemporary art, music, film and design for over 10 years. She has developed and delivered events and communication strategies for international festivals and biennials. She has started to work as a Producer at Critical Path.

PAUL WALKER, ADMINISTRATOR

Paul is an independent dancer and choreographer who has been involved in the Sydney dance community for over 15 years. He has come into the role of Administrator at Critical Path after finishing up as Program Coordinator at Milk Crate theatre.

KAREN STEAINS, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

Karen manages Critical Path’s financial reporting, and advises on all matters related. She is administrator and CFO at Synergy & Taikoz Ltd as well as a professional photographer.

Our Committee

ANNABEL MILLET, TREASURER

Annabel is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and a senior management consultant at PwC. She has extensive experience across the private and government sector, helping clients to manage their Finance functions through business design, strategy and transformation programs.

CATHERINE SULLIVAN, SECRETARY 

Catherine is a lawyer with extensive law firm and in-house corporate legal experience and is currently Senior Manager & Senior Legal Counsel at ASX Limited specialising in financial markets, corporate, governance and regulatory law. She is a director of Urban Theatre Projects, Western Sydney’s premier independent arts organisation, formerly Chair and director of Critical Stages, Australia’s national touring independent theatre company, and director of Brand X Inc, making space for artists.

FENN GORDON

Fenn is the Executive Producer of her own company, Tandem, and has worked with many of Australia’s leading artists including William Yang, Kristina Chan, Meryl Tankard, Victoria Hunt, ILBIJERRRI Theatre Company, Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood, and the late Tanja Liedtke.

MARCUS BARKER

Marcus Barker is the Chief Executive of the Sydney International Piano Competition. He has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years in Australia, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

PATRICIA WOOD, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE

Patricia is an independent dancer, choreographer and performer. Her work draws from choreographic and ethnographic process and takes multiple forms, including performance, radio transmission and text. She is also a teaching artist with Sydney Dance Company and a caretaker of ReadyMade Works.

RAGHAV HANDA, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE

Raghav is an Australian choreographer and performer of Indian heritage with training in modern and Indigenous contemporary dance, with a solid history of performances across Australia and overseas.

ELLE EVANGELISTA, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE

Elle is a dancer and choreographer. Her performance credits include KAGE, Force Majeure, Murmuration, Ghenoa Gela, Carriageworks, Opera Australia and the Gordon Frost Organisation. She has also worked in arts administration for Ausdance NSW, DirtyFeet, Bangarra, Performance Space and is currently the Company Administrator for Force Majeure. Her choreographic interest lies in large scale knitting.

SHANE CARROLL, CHAIR

Shane has worked in the arts sector as a performer, teacher, consultant, manager, researcher, advocate and advisor for around 40 years. Currently she supports artists through strategic initiatives to create viable careers, and contributes to arts advocacy, funding and policy development.