Artistic Director | Jeff Khan
Jeff Khan is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and site-specific and socially-engaged practices. From 2006–2010 Jeff was Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival, overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 Next Wave Festival: CLOSER TOGETHER and the 2010 Next Wave Festival: NO RISK TOO GREAT, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program. Jeff was Guest Curator of NEW12 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2012) and of Primavera 09 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (2009). His recent curatorial projects for Performance Space include Sarah-Jane Norman’s solo project Unsettling Suite (2013), the SEXES festival, co-curated with Bec Dean and Deborah Kelly (2012), and Local Positioning Systems at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, co-curated with Bec Dean (2012). Previously, Jeff has held roles at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and John Curtin Gallery (Perth), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). As a writer, Jeff has contributed texts to numerous exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects including essays for the Art Gallery of NSW, Art&Australia, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, and many others.
General Manager | Vanessa Lloyd
Vanessa has worked across government and the private arts sector; most recently managing Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney, one of the premier commercial galleries in Australia. Before this she worked at the Australia Council with roles in arts administration, applicant relations and grants management. Working with the then Visual Arts Board to facilitate grants she worked closely with key organisations both here and internationally to present Australian artists’ work.
Vanessa has a strong understanding of the visual and experimental arts and holds a Visual Arts and Sociology (hons) degree from the University of Wollongong.
Program Manager | Deborah Pollard
Deborah has an extensive career in performance, theatre and installation and her works have toured throughout Australia as well as internationally. Her practice includes leading roles in the development, co-ordination and facilitation of interdisciplinary arts labs for young artists in Australia including Splendid Arts Lab 2009, SITUATE- Art in Festivals 2015 and 2018. She was artistic director of Salamanca Theatre Company, Hobart (1997-2000) and interim artistic director for Urban Theatre Projects (2006-2007). She also works as a freelance director, dramaturg and performer having worked extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, LabAnino, Performance Space and Version 1.0 among others. Over the course of her career Deborah has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, most notable being the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2000, the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship in 2001 and a New Media Arts Board Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2002/3.
Production Manager | Cliffie Rosenberg
Marketing & Development Manager | Emmaly Langridge
Emmaly Langridge has a long-term love affair with the arts, first stepping out on stage dressed as a gum-nut baby at five years of age. Since slipping out of the homemade costume she’s spent years in theatres, galleries and arts offices across Queensland and New South Wales. Emmaly graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Theatre from Griffith University and has worked in a variety of positions including administration, production management, programming, event management, publicity and marketing for different organisations and independent companies including Metro Arts, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 2high Festival, Short+Sweet Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival and La Luna Youth Arts.
Program Coordinator | Katie Winten
Katie Winten is the co-founder of Women in the Arts, a Sydney-based organisation addressing gender inequality and exclusionary practices in the Australian arts landscape. She is a current Director at Firstdraft Gallery, an Artist Run Initiative based in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. She is also the co-founder and presenter of Agenda on FBi Radio, a weekly talk show covering art, politics, news and trash from a feminist perspective. She has worked with Australian Design Centre, Verge Gallery, Vivid Ideas, Queer Screen and Frontyard Projects to create space for accessible conversations about gender, feminism, and diversity in the arts. Katie has previously worked for Kaldor Public Art Projects, Museum of Contemporary Art and White Rabbit Gallery, and completed her Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design in 2015.
Finance Officer | Rhanda Mansour
Rhanda joined Performance Space in 2008 as Finance Officer, beginning her involvement with the arts community. Prior to this she had worked in the private sector in accounting and taxation for over ten years and continues to do so. Rhanda graduated with a business degree from the University of Technology, with a major in Accounting and sub-major in Small Business. She is also a Certified Practicing Accountant.