Board

TNA’s Board is an Industry Board, primarily made up of representatives of arts organisations and independent artists. There are currently ten members, drawn from across the country, who are governed by TNA’s Rules of Association.


ANNETTE VIEUSSEUX (CO-CHAIR)

Annette is the Executive Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc, one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies. Prior to this, Annette was Program Producer at Arena Theatre Company. Currently based in Melbourne, her career in arts management began in 2005 when she was Festival Director of Sydney Mardi Gras. Since then she has undertaken communication roles for Next Wave Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Theatre London. As a dramaturg, Annette has documented and published theatre rehearsal processes for Arts Council England, National Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre (New York) and Northern Stage (UK). She holds first-class degrees in MA Literature (Theatre Studies) from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she also taught Dramaturgy, and BA Hons (Performance Studies/Art History and Theory) from University of Sydney. In 2015, Annette was a Green Room Award panelist for Independent Theatre, and mentored through the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program.


JILL SMITH (CO-CHAIR)

Jill is the immediate past General Manager at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. As the former General Manager of the Playbox Theatre, with a focus sole on the work of Australian playwrights, Smith oversaw the theatre’s rise from its Exhibition Street home to its rebirth in 1990 at the CUB Malthouse.


LOU OPPENHEIM (TREASURER)

Lou has been the General Manager of Circus Oz since 2013 and was previously the Director of Operations at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). In her role at the MSO, Lou was responsible for overseeing performance activities, musician employment agreements, strategic policies and initiatives as well as management through the closure, redevelopment and reopening of Hamer Hall. Prior to this position, Lou was a Consultant with the international strategic planning and management consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group, working in Australia, New Zealand and America. Lou is also a Board Member for Melbourne Youth Music and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.


BEN GRAETZ

Ben Graetz is a descendant of the Muran and Malak Malak Clans in the Northern Territory and of Badu Island on the Torres Strait Islands of Australia. He was previously the Creative Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, and was also the Darwin Entertainment Centre’s first Indigenous Creative Producer in Darwin NT. Ben was instrumental in the arts scene in the Top End of Australia where he created and directed The Garrmalang Festival which was Darwin’s first ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander multi-arts Festival.


CATHERINE JONES

Catherine is the General Manager of Arts House, North Melbourne. Prior to this, she was Executive Producer of Chunky Move from 2012-2015. Previously she was part of the Executive team at Malthouse Theatre for 5.5 years in the role of Associate Producer & Business Manager. She has worked extensively in producing theatre companies and festival contexts with roles at Arena Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Out of the Box Festival and the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music. Catherine was for many years a Board member of Arena Theatre Company, Chair of Kage and on the Artistic Directorate of HotHouse Theatre.


ERICA MCCALMAN 

Erica is a producer, project and production manager with Ballardong (Noongar), Irish convict, Scottish, and Cornish heritage. In 2016 she returned to Melbourne to take up the new position of Creative Producer at Next Wave after living and working in Sydney for Legs On The Wall physical theatre company and managing the British Council’s ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme. Previously Erica was an Associate Producer for Next Wave 2014 and has worked with Performing Lines, Sydney Festival, Blackfella films and Performance Space managing programs and initiatives both locally and nationally. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival. She has collaborated with artists from Korea, Australia and Timor Leste, and holds a particular interest in contemporary, experimental and live art from First Nations and diverse artists.


SAM ROUTLEDGE

Sam Routledge is a director and producer of contemporary puppetry, with a strong record of innovation in the form. He has created and co-created nine original works including two international touring productions, Men Of Steel (2006) and I Think I Can (2013). He has worked with many Australian and international companies including My Darling Patricia, Arena Theatre Company, Snuff Puppets, Darwin Festival, Windmill Theatre Company, Gruppe 38 (Denmark), Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Italy), and LATT Children’s Theatre (Korea). His work has toured extensively nationally and internationally. Sam has been the Artistic Director of Terrapin Puppet Theatre in Hobart, since 2012, and in this role has commissioned and co-commissioned four new works of puppetry from leading Australian playwrights for young people, including Sean Monro, Finegan Kruckemeyer and Angela Betzien.


BRAD SPOLDING

Brad has worked as a producer and artist manager for over 15 years. From 2011-2015, he was the Executive Producer of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theatre company. During this time he was responsible for taking the company to new national and international audiences, considerably growing the company, as well as creating significant opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Preceding this, Brad was the Executive Producer of Snuff Puppets, taking the company to new international markets and developing dynamic artistic international collaborations. As a Producer he has worked with Lucy Guerin, Rising Tide Productions and for the inaugural TippingPoint Australia conference. Brad has extensive experience in creating environments in which artists can develop and stage new work. Brad is currently the Director of The Substation.


LYN WALLIS 

Lyn joined Hothouse Theatre as Artistic Director in 2015. She has worked as a director, producer, programmer, performer and teacher for over 30 years, with a practice focus on new Australian writing. Lyn spent almost a decade as Downstairs Theatre Director for Belvoir (Company B) where she curated and produced nine seasons of independent theatre, and championed a new wave of artistic leaders. During this time she wrote In Good Company – a manual for producing independent theatre, which was published by Currency Press in 2005. Prior to joining HotHouse, Lyn was Director of Theatre for the Australia Council for the Arts for almost six years, where she played a key role in the development of national policy and strategic initiatives for the Australian theatre sector.


CASSIE MCGANNON

Cassie McGannon is an experienced policy and advocacy adviser. She has held policy and strategy roles at Social Ventures Australia; the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet; Grattan Institute; and as an adviser to a federal Cabinet Minister. She holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Princeton University. Cassie has volunteered with the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, and the US Library of Congress National Book Festival. In 2018 Cassie was placed with the TNA Board as part of The Observership Program, before formally joining in 2019.


THANK YOU

TNA acknowledges the vital contribution of former board members: Simon Abrahams (Co-founder & Chair 2010-2017), Gorkem Acaroglu, Sarah Austin (Co-founder), Maude Davey (Co-founder), Rose Goddee (Co-founder), John Harvey, Fiona Maxwell (Co-founder & Chair 2009-2010), Chris Mead, Erin Milne (Co-founder), Alice Nash (Co-founder & Deputy Chair 2009-2017), Veronica Pardo, Emily Sexton, Chris Thompson (Co-founder), Ann Tonks and Geoffrey Williams (Co-founder).