CLAIRE HICKS, DIRECTOR
Claire has been working with artists, artform and audience development for over 25 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.
Iris Shen, PRODUCER
Iris is a producer, project manager, and designer offering 10+ years of experience in public programming, marketing and event management in diverse settings, including museums, regional galleries, and libraries. She is a strong advocate for life-long learning and knowledge sharing.
JASMINE LEE GULASH, FIRST NATIONS PRODUCER
Jasmine is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) people in South-East Queensland. She has been working in the First Nations Contemporary and Cultural dance space for over 30 years as a dancer, educator, choreographer, tour manager, director and creative producer.
Jasmine’s learnings and practises have been enriched by the opportunity of work alongside some of the most talented emerging and established First Nations artists on Country.
Matt Cornell, Digital Artist-Curator
Matt Cornell is an award-winning choreographer and composer based in the Asia Pacific, working to ask better questions. His career interrogates how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. His work takes multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation, in varying contexts including in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and online. Across these radically different contexts is the core effort of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can gather, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other and the stories we tell ourselves. That we may get better at living together.
Stephanie Tatzenko, Finance and administration manager
Stephanie joins Critical Path bringing several years administrative and project experience from a range of settings. Stephanie trained as a dancer, turned her hand to project administration, spent some years in the UK, before returning to the sunnier shores of Sydney.
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.
TRAVIS DE VRIES, CHAIR
Travis De Vries is the producer and host of Broriginals and the producer of Fear of a Black Planet he is a concept artist and a gamer. He is also the founder and director of Awesome Black and an avid artist. Travis is a trained dancer and fine artist and is alumni of NAISDA Dance College. Travis has a wealth of producing experience having worked as a producer for Sydney Opera House and a range of arts programmes and festivals.
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.
Alexio Chibika, Treasurer
Alexio is a Chartered Accountant with extensive audit experience in an international audit firm across five countries. He is currently a Senior Audit Manager and is responsible for the audits of large listed and multinational organisations. He has experience in Audit, Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Internal controls and Financial Reporting. He has also volunteered as Treasurer for various Not-for-profit entities.
Virginia is a legally qualified professional with extensive strategic and operational experience in government, think tanks and non-profit organisation. She has a background in international trade relations, Asia engagement and law. Her expertise is in developing sustainable corporate strategy, risk assessment, and governance. She currently works in Trade and Investment within the NSW Treasury and is a Board Member on the Professionals in International Trade.
Brendan has held senior management, programming and producing roles at Sydney Opera House, City of Sydney, Performance Space, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and the Australian Consulate-General in New York working across artforms and genres on a suite of large-scale projects and festivals. Brendan is currently Executive Producer at Lucy Guerin Inc
JASMIN SHEPPARD, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE
Jasmin is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and director, a Tagalaka Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry. She spent 12 years with Bangarra Dance Theatre, performing numerous lead roles and choreographed one major work for the company, ‘MACQ’. In 2020 Jasmin will create works for NAISDA Dance College, Sydney Dance Company’s PPY program, and Catapult Dance. Her work is passionate, political and has been described as “surreal and highly evocative” (The Australian).
Lee pemberton, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE
Lee has worked as a dancer and choreographer. Her experience, skills and interest lie in regional development and equity in the arts. Lee’s recent works engage with site-specific performance creation, the cultivation of remembering and collecting, awakening in the environment and fostering awareness.
Azzam Mohamed, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE
Azzam, also known as Shazam, is a dancer, performer, and educator from Sudan. Azzam’s dance practice encompasses a range of styles, from traditional cultural dance through to hip hop styles, he is able to bring these forms together to create a breathtaking original dance fusion that echoes his history and at the same time showcases his incredible ability as a dancer. Azzam’s dance practice involves teaching at studios and festivals, performing and touring in stage shows, competing in dance competitions and judging, organizing events, facilitating workshops, and mentoring and coaching young and emerging Australian dancers.