Jane McKernan (Creative Producer)
Jane McKernan is a choreographer and performer. She is a member of the collaborative trio The Fondue Set. Her own work includes Mass Movement (2014); Opening and Closing Ceremony (2012) and Teacher Training (2019). Jane lived in the UK between 2015 -19, where she was lecturer in improvisation and creative studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.
Ashleigh Veitch (Studio Manager)
Ashleigh is an emerging independent dance maker and artist from Sydney, New South Wales. She is a recent 2020 graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts. Throughout her time studying she worked with Alice Lee Holland, Prue Lang, Anouk Van Dijk and Antony Hamilton. Ashleigh’s interests are in finding new-found perspectives between the audience and the performer through structured improvisation and site-specific work.
Dr Amanda Card (Chair)
A former dancer with contemporary companies in Australia, a stint in South East Asia & Japan as a showgirl, producer with the One Extra dance company, and the inaugural chair of Critical Path, Amanda is been a lecturer with Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Sydney, since 2003 . Her research, teaching and publications are in movement studies, dance history, performance theory and embodiment.
Vanessa Lloyd (Treasurer)
Vanessa is the CEO of Performance Space and has worked for more than 12 years across government and the private arts sector; managing Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney, one of the premier commercial galleries in Australia. For more than 5 years Vanessa 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.
Chanel Cheung (Communications Manager)
Chanel is an Australian dancer, performer and choreographer. She graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Arts and Business degree, majoring in Dance. During her degree, she was part of the UNSW dance company working with Raghav Handa and Carlee Mellow and has worked under choreographers Loredo Malcom and Vi Lam. As well as working at RMW, Chanel also works for her father's business Firecore and is a cheerleader for the Manly Sea Eagles.
Rhiannon Newton (Secretary)
Rhiannon is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Her creative work draws attention to ecofeminist ways of understanding interdependence between bodies and the world. She contributes to the Sydney community through creation, performance, collaboration, teaching and curation. Rhiannon was the Caretaker of ReadyMade Works from 2019-21.
Dr Justine Shih Pearson (Board Member)
Justine is an interdisciplinary designer, writer and creative producer. She was previously producer of ReelDance, acting director of Critical Path, and Honorary Associate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. Justine is currently the CEO and Executive Director of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
Phillip Wardle (Board member)
Phillip Wardle is a lawyer and human rights policy advisor who specialises in international human rights law, transitional justice and forced migration policy. He is currently the Legal and Policy Manager at the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions in Sydney.
Latai Taumoepeau (Board Member)
Latai Taumoepeau makes live art. Her body-centred performance practice of faivā centres Tongan philosophies of relational space and time; cross-pollinating ancient and everyday temporal practice to make visible the impact of climate crisis in the Pacific. She generates environmental movements and actions that are urgent in Oceania. Faka’apa’apa Atu. vimeo.com/lataitaumoepeau
Nick Power (Board Member)
Nick Power is a Sydney based B*boy and Choreographer whose work draws on the rituals and culture of hip hop to create contemporary performances. His practice spans from remote Aboriginal communities to the stages of the most prestigious contemporary dance festivals in Europe. Crossing complex divides of place, culture, language and form is Nick’s forté. intimatespectacle.com.au
Samia Sayed (Board Member)
Living and working on the land of the Gadigal people, Samia is a contemporary artist & writer who embodies text through performance, interrogating and revising notions of religion, culture and gender. Published nationally and internationally, her writing has appeared in Runway Australian Experimental Art, Riwayya and SWANA Ancestral Hub, and an anthology curated by Ainslie Templeton called ‘Party Girl. She has held text-based performance residencies at Campbelltown Art Centre, and Artspace, and Firstdraft; exhibited at Fringe Festival (Melbourne) and Firstdraft; performed at Day for Night, Studio Stories, Queer Stories, Word in Hand; and is a co-founder of ‘Troppo Galaktika’ collective, who have been invited to curate Firstdraft’s end of year party (2018), and invited to present at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney Festival).