TNA Key Staff
NICOLE BEYER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nicole Beyer is a leading Australian advocate for the arts, and a cultural policy expert. She leads and represents the arts industry through her many roles on boards, panels and in forums. As the former Co-Convenor of ArtsPeak, the confederation of 37 national arts peak bodies, she led the sector through the #freethearts campaign (2015 – 2017), which contributed to her receiving the 2017 Sidney Myer Facilitator’s Prize. Nicole advises the Victorian government on cultural policy through her role on the Minister’s inaugural Creative State Advisory Board.
Through her advocacy, Nicole works to attain greater recognition of the social, cultural and economic contributions of independent artists and small-to-medium arts organisations. A champion for Indigenous artists, artists from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities, Nicole advocates for a more inclusive arts sector. Nicole has worked in social policy in two local government municipalities, and has worked as a consulting facilitator, strategic planner and policy adviser since 2005. Previous arts CEO positions include Back To Back Theatre (1996-1999) and Arts Access Victoria (2000-2005). She currently sits on the Board of Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program. Nicole has been Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia (TNA) since 2009. Nicole has a Masters of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) from Monash University (2013).
SIMONE SCHINKEL – GENERAL MANAGER
Simone is a creative producer and project manager with extensive experience in arts and festival management. Most recently Simone was the General Manager of Lorne’s 2016 Festival of Performing Arts (FOPA), and the Business Development Manager at dance-theatre company KAGE. Previously Simone was the Executive Producer and General Manager at KAGE where she grew the company from operating on a project basis, to become a key organisation in Australian dance. Simone is a member of Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program Course Advisory Board, holds a Masters in Arts and Culture Management from Deakin (2014), a degree in Fine Arts in Technical Production (2005), and is mentored through the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program.
BETHANY SIMONS – PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, Bethany is a four-time Green Room Award nominated writer and performer. Her work has toured extensively throughout Australia, appeared on the 2012 and 2015 VCE Drama Playlist and been awarded the RAVE Touring Award from Regional Arts Victoria for outstanding contribution to regional arts and culture. Bethany has experience as a teaching artist, workshop facilitator, producer, arts administrator and writer. She regularly directs drama, playwriting and industry workshops across Australia. Bethany’s evolving role at TNA includes producing TNA’s events, and leading the organisation’s communications, membership, and business management and marketing strategies.
JAMIE LEWIS – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Jamie is a Melbourne-based, Singaporean artist who creates and performs experimental and contemporary intercultural work, facilitating meditations on identity, place, and time, through autobiographical stories, conversation and food. Committed to decolonising and diversifying practice, and dismantling patriarchal, capitalist systems, Jamie seeks alternative models in her practice, and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures. A graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne), Jamie collaborates as facilitator, dramaturg, and co-creator. She has experience in Audience Development, and consults on branding, marketing, and communication across arts organisations and small businesses.
AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FORUM
ALEXIS WEST – CO-CURATOR
Alexis West has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, theatre-maker and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Kanak woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as an artistic director, writer, and facilitator for organisations including the Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective, SA Writers Centre, Spirit Festival, Our Mob, Art Gallery SA, and Adelaide Fringe. Alexis has devised and directed new works for No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2008, and worked as AD, co-writer and performer for State Theatre Company SA.
STEVE MAYHEW – CO-CURATOR
Steve Mayhew began working as a freelance theatre director in the early 1990s and has had lead managerial roles at Riverland Youth Theatre, Junction Theatre and Brink Productions. He has been Creative Producer for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Special Events Program Coordinator for the 2006 Adelaide Fringe. In 2008 he guest curated the Hong Kong Fringe Club’s Australia On Stage program following his Asialink residency. Steve’s extensive work in regional South Australia includes his role as Creative Producer at Country Arts SA since 2007 – commissioning many new works for touring and festivals across the country. Steve was the Artistic Director of ‘Kumuwuki (Big Wave)’ 2012 National Regional Arts Conference and Festival. Steve has been involved in the development of new theatre based works as a director, writer, designer, composer, dramaturge and creative producer and has always tended to gravitate towards the edges where multiple art forms, communities and audiences meet, challenging norms and perspectives.
JENNIFER GREER HOLMES – PRODUCER
Jennifer Greer Holmes is a creative producer, communications consultant, and event documenter who works across the arts and social justice sectors.She works to share ideas, spread messages and information, and to build, entertain and challenge communities through live art, performance, festivals, events, social media and campaigns.
SUSIE THATCHER – DIGITAL & COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT
SAM RYAN – FINANCE CONSULTANT