AGNèS Michelet, DIRECTOR
Migrating from France to Australia in 2000, Agnès has carved out a career as a highly respected individual in the national dance sector. Previous roles include Program Manager and Acting Executive Producer of FORM Dance Projects, General Manager of Darwin’s Tracks Dance Company, and Director of STRUT Dance in Perth. Prior to her career in Australia, Agnès worked with a broad range of performing arts organisations in France, including the European Centre for Contemporary Mimodrama, street theatre company Friches Theatre Urbain, and multimedia dance artist Jean-Marc Matos. Agnès has served as a Peer Assessor and Dance Board Advisor at the Australia Council for the Arts; is an Asialink Residency alumnus; holds a Masters in Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design from UNSW; and also a classically trained pianist!
IRA FERRIS, PRODUCER
Ira Ferris is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator, and dramaturg with foundation in dance and somatic practices, as well as MA in Journalism and degree in art history. She is co-Artistic Director of Artemis Projects, Associate Artist with The Living Room Theatre, host of ‘Arts Monday: Sympoiesis’ on Eastside 89.7FM, co-author of SPACE BODY HABIT with Elia Bosshard, and contributor to experimental arts publication ADSR Zine. As a dancer, for 15 years she was a member of Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) and currently trains in De Quincey Co’s BodyWeather. Her practice explores alternatives to the Western concept of time, and working/living methodologies that emerge out of that. She is interested in opening dance to diverse bodies and ways of moving, including the very subtle and minute.
Jasmin Sheppard, FIRST NATIONS ARTIST CURATOR
Jasmin is a Tagalaka, Settler, Hungarian Chinese Contemporary dance artist and choreographer. Jasmin spent 12 years with Bangarra Dance Theatre, performing lead roles such as ‘Patyegarang’. She choreographed ‘MACQ’ for the company in 2013. She has worked independently as a choreographer since 2018: ‘Choice Cut’ for Yirramboi festival and Toronto’s ‘Fall For Dance North’ Festival, ‘The Complication of Lyrebirds’ Sydney Festival (developed and presented by Campbelltown AC and Native Earth Theatre Company), ‘Value For Money’ Araluen Arts Centre and Darwin Festival, ‘Given Unto Thee’ Sydney Dance Company, ‘宿 (stay)’ by S. Shakthidharan (performer, movement director, associate writer). Her work is passionate, political and has been described as “surreal and highly evocative” (The Australian).
Neil Godfrey, Finance and administration manager
Neil was born in Perth and grew up pursuing a comprehensive education combined with playing competitive sport, eventually culminating in an MBA. At the age of sixteen, he discovered music and theatre which became his great passions and led to a career in the arts and not for profit sectors. This experience included setting up the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie, WA and working as a Production Manager with Sydney Theatre Company.
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.
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.
BRENDAN O’CONNELL, acting chair
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.
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.
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.
lee-anne Litton, ARTIST REPRESENTATIVE
Lee-Anne Litton is a NSW based performance maker, physical performer and collaborator originally from Mandurah, Western Australia who has created and performed in works within the realms of dance, circus and physical theatre. Lee-Anne’s curiosity in the line between aerial performance and dance theatre, is also influenced by her strong investigation and passion for Contact Improvisation. Lee-Anne is passionate about the framework of interdisciplinary thinking and creativity in regards to the challenge of climate and social change.
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