Staff & Board


ROSIE DENNIS – CEO/Artistic Director

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.


Theresa is a motivated Finance Director with a wide range of experience in the not-for- profit, private and public sectors. Having worked as both a business owner and a key member of Executive teams across a range of industries, Theresa brings a broad range of management, reporting and corporate governance experience.

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.

Adam McGowan – Senior Producer & Development

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.


Frank Mainoo 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.

DANIEL BROWNING – Blak Box Curator

Daniel Browning 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. As curator of Urban Theatre Projects’ Blak Box, he will develop a program of storytelling, oral history and music which imagines the past, present and future of the Barangaroo precinct. Situated on the western foreshore of Sydney Harbour Blak Box will offer audiences a vantage point for a wider exploration of the First People’s relationship with their waters through that most compelling and fleeting artefact of human consciousness – sound.

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.