Theatre Network Australia (TNA) has a small but mighty core team of four part-time staff, who are supported by short-term staff and contractors for specific projects.
NICOLE BEYER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Nicole Beyer is a leading Australian advocate for the arts, and a cultural policy specialist. 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, a role that has grown with the organisation’s expansion from a Victorian program to a small but influential national peak body. 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
Bethany is an award-winning, independent theatre maker, writer and performer based in Melbourne. Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, her original works have appeared on the 2012 and 2015 VCE Drama Playlist and toured to more than 50 regional and metropolitan venues across Australia. Bethany has received four Green Room Award nominations and was awarded the 2012 RAVE Touring Award for outstanding contribution to regional arts and culture. Alongside her creative practice, Bethany is a teaching artist, arts manager, producer and industry facilitator. She has held various positions with Theatre Network Australia since 2014.
RANI PRAMESTI – PROGRAM PRODUCER (VIPI)
Rani Pramesti is a proud Chinese-Javanese-Indonesian woman living, working and learning on Kulin Country (Narrm, Melbourne). Like many in the performing arts, she wears many hats: as an independent performance maker, an intercultural producer and an advocate for the arts. Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in 2013, Rani has dedicated herself to collaborations with underrepresented groups in the performing arts, working intersectionally with culturally diverse practitioners, First Nations communities and people with lived experiences of disability. Throughout 2015-2016, as an Associate Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Rani played a pivotal role in curating and delivering capacity building programs with diverse emerging producers, artists and facilitators. Throughout 2017-2018, Rani worked as a Youth Development Officer (Arts and Events) at the City of Maribyrnong’s Phoenix Youth Hub and was quickly promoted to Team Leader of Resources, Facility and Performing Arts. In 2019, Rani has been developing CreativesofColour.com: curated conversations with creatives of colour, commissioned by Diversity Arts Australia and delivering projects with Australia Council for the Arts’ Capacity Building program.
JAMIE LEWIS – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Jamie is a Melbourne-based, Singaporean artist who creates and performs experimental and contemporary intercultural participatory work, facilitating meditations on identity, place, and time, through autobiographical stories, conversation and food. Committed to diversifying practice, Jamie seeks alternative models of working, and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures. Jamie also collaborates as facilitator, dramaturg, and co-creator; curiously exploring place and new vantage points with Dan Koop, she creates and curates site-responsive participatory performances. She has experience in Audience Development, and consults on branding, marketing, and communications across arts organisations and small businesses. A graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts (SG) and the Victorian College of the Arts, she is currently on the Board of Multicultural Arts Victoria, and was in the 2018 cohort of Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders program.