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.
Production Manager | Jack Horton
Jack is a Production Manager whose work spans across a wide variety of theatre and festivals. Notable theatre work includes Production Management for Swallow (The National Theatre of Parramatta), Beached (Griffin Theatre Company), Atomic: a New Musical (Dreamingful Productions), Charcoal Creek (Merrigong Theatre Company), Within Without (Performance Space). He was also touring Production Manager of the regional tour of Food (Force Majeure/ Belvoir) and Technical Coordinator for Bell Shakespeare.
Jack’s work in Festivals include roles as Production Manager for Parramasala, Production Coordinator for the Adelaide Festival 2015 large scale outdoor light festival Blinc. He was also Technical Coordinator on their 2014 outdoor food degustation bar: Lola’s Pergola. For Sydney Festival, he was Event Coordinator for Object Lesson, Chonometer, Rubber Duck & Ferrython. Other festival roles include venue management for the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent (Strut & Fret/Adelaide Fringe), Teatro Columbino (Assembly Venues, Edinburgh Fringe), Assistant Production Manager for Sydney Film Festival and Technical Coordinator for Sydney Festival’s Festival First Night. He is a graduate of NIDA.
Program Manager | Tulleah Pearce
Tulleah Pearce is curator and producer with an interest in cross-disciplinary and critically engaged artistic practices, as well as work that happens outside traditional art spaces. She is currently a Director of Firstdraft, an Artist Run Initiative based in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Tulleah has previously Directed Critical Animals, a creative research symposium as part of Newcastle’s annual This is Not Art festival and published Critical Animalia an anthology of writing to celebrate the festival’s first decade. She has worked in both commercial and public art galleries, and across Visual Arts and Performance at Blacktown Arts Centre. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts and UNSW with a double degree in Art History (Hons) and Social Sciences.
Program Producer | Skye Kunstelj
Skye Kunstelj is a producer currently based in Sydney. Skye’s experience lies in producing for theatre and live art, with a particular interest in developing participatory site-specific performance as well as interdisciplinary work examining themes of cultural identity. Most recently, Skye was the International Producing Apprentice and Symposium Coordinator for the Under the Radar Festival in New York. In 2014, Skye was mentored by Judith Knight from UK organisation Artsadmin, funded by the Australia Council’s JUMP Mentorship Program and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and helped produce numerous participatory and site-specific works by artists including Amy Sharrocks (Museum of Water, LIFT), Rosemary Lee (Under the Vaulted Sky, IF Milton Keynes) and Caroline Wright & Helen Paris (Out of Water, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). In Sydney, Skye previously worked as Associate Producer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) where she developed and coordinated the NIDA Independent Program for emerging artists and independently produced the premieres of new Australian and International works for various theatre, interdisciplinary and literary groups. Skye received First Class Honours at the University of New South Wales for her thesis examining performative nostalgia in post-communist performance and has a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Skye trained as part of the 2009 imPACT ensemble and is also a Fellow of the European Festival Association’s 2014 Atelier for Young Festival Managers.
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.
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