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.

LAURA OSWEILER, GENERAL MANAGER (INTERIM)

Laura has returned to Critical Path as General Manager in an interim role. She has been an independent producer, choreographer, dancer, instructor and scholar for over twenty years, in the United States and Australia. She holds a PhD in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside. 

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.

ELIZABETH CHUA, ADMINISTRATION & PROJECTS

Elizabeth is an arts worker engaged across all disciplines with experience in both Singapore and Australia. She previously worked at the UNSW Creative Practice Lab. 

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

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.

VIRGINIA LEE

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 O’CONNELL

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.

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.

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.

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).