Staff & Board


ROSIE DENNIS – Artistic Director/CEO

Rosie Dennis creates work renowned for distinct beauty, universality and currency. Prior to joining UTP Rosie’s work was presented at more than 25 festivals across Central Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. She has received a number of new work commissions including: Carriageworks, Channel 4 (UK), ABC TV Arnolfini (UK) and Mousonturn Kunstlerhaus (GER). Most recently she has directed two documentaries, Bre & Back and One Day For Peace.


Julieanne Campbell is an arts manager who has worked in Australia, the U.K., the U.S and Asia. She started work as a journalist in Indonesia in the early 90s, but soon specialized in communications and business strategy in the arts, working on three Venice Biennales, the inaugural Media_City_Seoul and was General Manager of Performance Space from 2003–2012. She was Business Manager for the 2012 Parramasala festival that celebrates the global impact of South Asian arts and cultures before joining UTP in 2013. Julieanne has been on a range of Boards, including Chair of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, and is currently on the Management Committee of Inner West Cultural Services and My Darling Patricia.

Dr LIZA-MARE SYRON – First Nations Creative Producer

Liza-Mare’s family is Birripi from the mid-north coast of NSW. Liza-Mare is a director, actor, teacher, dramaturge and an award winning academic. She is also a founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts, a NSW based theatre company. Companies Liza-Mare previously worked with include the New England Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company and Sydney Festival. Her latest directing role was for the new Aboriginal play The Fox and The Freedom Fighters, which premiered at Carriageworks Sydney in 2015.

TIAN ZHANG – Producer

Tian is a producer and curator who has worked across a range of disciplines, including visual art, performance, music and installation. Originally from Brisbane, Tian has curated and produced shows for Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Experimental Art Festival and Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives Festival, both independently and through Small Lakes, an initiative she co-founded. From 2010-2012, she worked at Brisbane City Council, producing large-scale public events and installations. Tian moved to Sydney in 2012 to become Senior Exhibition Coordinator at Sculpture by the Sea, before joining UTP in 2014. She is currently working towards her first curatorial project in NSW, to be exhibited in Auburn in 2017, whilst trying to find time to finish a Masters of Curating.

NOELLA LOPEZ – Marketing & Development

Noella is a versatile arts and development manager with over 15 years’ experience in organisations within the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors both in Europe and Australia. With expertise in arts administration and strategy development, curating exhibitions and programs development, marketing, brand management and digital strategies, she enjoys delivering innovative and positive solutions and outcomes in an arts environment. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Arts Management at UTS and COFA (UNSW). She is currently on the board of Critical Path (Choreography research organisation – NSW) and is the Founding Director and Curator at Noella Lopez Gallery.

AMANDA SMITH – Financial Administrator

Amanda joined Urban Theatre Projects in early 2007 beginning her involvement with the Arts community. Amanda has numerous years of experience in a variety of areas contributing to the financial and administrative management and growth of many businesses, including operating her own successful small business.

LUKAS BLIEKENDAAL – Administrator/Marketing Coordinator

Lukas has a background in education as a special educational needs teacher, educational & behavioural coach and as project assistant for a multi-disciplinary company that focuses on educational development and project management for numerous educational institutions across The Netherlands. He holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters Certificate in Educational Learning Processes. In 2012 Lukas cofounded Switch to Go in The Netherlands, a coaching organisation specialising in children with behavioural issues.