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Staff & Board

UTP STAFF

ROSIE DENNIS – CEO/Artistic Director

Rosie 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.

SAMANTHA GUTHLEBEN – Business Manager

Samantha is a finance, business and operational specialist with over 20 years’ experience working across the media, culture and arts industries. With post graduate qualifications in executive management, business and arts administration, Samantha particularly enjoys working with creatives and using her strategic understanding and experience to help realise their vision while finding new opportunities to distribute and finance their work.

ADAM McGOWAN – Senior Producer & Development Manager

Adam is a producer, project manager and programmer with experience working across theatre, dance, cabaret, contemporary circus and public talks.  Most recently, he was Program Manager at Sydney Festival (2011-2017) with a focus on theatre and dance. In 2009, he worked for Performance Space 122 and BAM in New York City.  Adam is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Production).  He also holds an Arts/Education degree. Adam is on the board of The Aurora Group – a charity organisation supporting LGBTIQ initiatives.

DANIEL BROWNING – Blak Box Curator

Daniel is a highly respected journalist and radio broadcaster from the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland. A trained painter, he is a visual arts graduate of the Queensland University of Technology. Since 2005 he has produced and presented Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC Radio National. He has produced sound artworks from three UNESCO World Heritage sites, exhibited during the 2015 Mildura Palimpsest Biennale and in extremis at Arts House, Melbourne in 2017. As a documentary maker he has received a bronze medal at the New York Festival for Cast Among Strangers, a study of the human zoo phenomenon. His documentary Fernando’s ghost about the Aboriginal rights activist Anthony Martin Fernando was highly commended in the John Newfong Media Prize in 2008 and received an honourable mention at imagineNATIVE, the international festival of Indigenous film and media arts in Canada. Currently, he produces Word Up, a podcast which shares Australia’s diverse Indigenous languages one word at a time.

KRIS SPANN – Partnerships & Marketing Manager

Kris is a creative business development specialist with 12 years experience in producing events, forging partnerships, growing creative businesses and managing not for profit organisations. Kris was director of the Glebe Street Fair in 2015 & 2016 and was most recently Development Manager of the 2017 Sydney Fringe Festival. In these roles he has realized successful partnerships with companies such as Mirvac, Airbnb, Coopers, Sydney Airport and NIDA. Kris holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management obtained at Queensland University of Technology. In 2015 he won the Sydney Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the NSW Business Chamber Awards for founding a 3 storey creative coworking, events and hospitality business in Inner West Sydney. Kris is also the co-founder of People Parking Project which supplies mobile seating options and public space activations for clients including Transport For NSW and Mardi Gras Arts.

FRANK MAINOO – Producer

Frank is a theatre practitioner, a performance maker and a founding member of performance collective Team MESS performing in the company’s work between 2008–2013. Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong 2007), Frank has regularly worked and/or toured with companies such as Urban Theatre Projects, Version 1.0, Belvoir Street Theatre and ICE in on-stage performances, lighting designs, technical and production management roles. In 2010 Frank received a fellowship grant to attend Theaterformen (Braunschwieg, Germany) as emerging guest artist and was invited to participate in The Art of Play with Chiara Guidi from Societas Raffaello Sanzio at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

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.