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Staff & Board

UTP STAFF

JESSICA OLIVIERI – CEO/Artistic Director

Jessica has spent two decades developing ambitious cross-disciplinary projects with renowned national and international organisations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Performance Space, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Vryfrees Festival, South Africa. In 2017 she completed a PhD on the intersection of visual art, performance, dance and theatre within a community setting. As Curator of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre Jessica curated projects such as Real Real, with Akil Ahamat; All Ears, a listening party, with Francis Barrett and Era Yalovata Na Marama, with The Veiqia Project.

BRONWYN PAPANTONIO – General Manager

Bronwyn is a manager with expertise in funding and strategic planning and has experience working in Western Sydney, and across four major Australian exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. She has been instrumental for the development and delivery of the award-winning Australian Pavilion in 2015 for the Australia Council for the Arts. She managed and grew the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development program, facilitating over 80 emerging arts professionals to develop their international networks at the world’s largest visual arts festival. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Art Theory from the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts.

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.

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.

ANNA McMAHON – Marketing Manager

Anna has spent 10 years working in the arts with a focus on communications and media. Most recently she was the Communications Director for Art Month Sydney and Co-Director at Firstdraft. She is a practicing visual artist and has shown nationally and internationally in solo, group and curatorial projects in galleries including, MOP Projects (NSW), Clearview Ltd (LDN), Open Source Gallery (NY), Auto Italia (LDN), Metro Arts (QLD), Success (WA), and Verge Gallery (NSW). Anna holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Curatorship both from the University of Sydney.

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.

Company Prophets – Financials

Company Prophets manages Urban Theatre Projects’ financials. They are a boutique bookkeeping and business advisory firm with extensive experience providing a full range of business services for the not-for-profit sector. Company Prophets provide a tailored service managing the company’s day-to-day finances, financial reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements.