Staff & Board


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.

SUE SPENCE – Company Manager

Sue is an experienced arts manager with a successful track record in project management and arts administration. She has extensive experience within the performing arts and music sectors, with strong networks established both nationally and globally. Most recent roles include Festival Producer and General Manager, Parramasala and Manager, International Market Development, Australia Council for the Arts. Sue’s career in the arts has spanned various fields, firstly as a dancer and then in music management. She is Director, Suspence Management and has represented and toured many of Australia’s leading contemporary jazz musicians nationally and internationally.

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 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.

ANDREA JAMES – Blak Box Producer

Andrea is a Yorta Yorta/Kurnai woman and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She cut her teeth as the Artistic Director of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre from 2001 to 2008 and is best known for her work writing and directing Yanagai! Yanagai! – a play about her father’s people, the Yorta Yorta, and their struggle for land rights justice. The play premiered at Playbox in 2004 and was remounted in 2006 before enjoying an international tour to Wales and England. Relocating to Sydney, Andrea was the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer at Blacktown Arts Centre 2010-2012 and Aboriginal Producer at Carriageworks from 2012-2016 before embarking upon a freelance theatre making and producing career. Andrea’s play Winyanboga Yurringa will be presented at Belvoir in May 2019 following a premiere season at Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Carriageworks in 2016.

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.