Jonathan Casson, Chair
Jeff 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. Prior to Performance Space he was Artistic Director of Next Wave Festival from 2006-2010 and has held other 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.
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.
Emmaly has a long-term love affair with the arts and has spent years in theatres, galleries and arts offices across Queensland and New South Wales. She is currently a Board Member for Crack Festival in Newcastle and previous roles have included Metro Arts (Brisbane), Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (Brisbane), 2high Festival (Brisbane), Short+Sweet Festival (Brisbane and Gold Coast), Anywhere Theatre Festival (Brisbane) and La Luna Youth Arts (Townsville). With a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre, Emmaly has worked in a variety of roles including marketing, publicity, event management, programming, production management and administration.
Katie is an interdisciplinary producer. She was previously the Executive Producer and Presenter of Agenda on FBi Radio (2016 - 2018), a weekly radio show addressing contemporary experimental art, politics, news and popular culture from an intersectional feminist perspective. She was also a co-director of Firstdraft Gallery (2017 - 2018), an Artist Run Initiative in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. She has a background in curatorial practice and holds a Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership from the University of New South Wales Art and Design. She has worked with Australian Design Centre, Verge Gallery, Vivid Ideas, Queer Screen and Frontyard Projects on public programs to create space for conversations about gender inequality and exclusionary practices in the Australian arts landscape.
Rhanda joined Performance Space in 2008 as Finance Officer, beginning her involvement with the arts community. She can now be found in arts offices across the city including Moogahlin Performing Arts, Force Majeure, Branch Nebula and Erth. 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.
Jonathan Casson, Chair
Donna Lawler, Deputy Chair