Theatre Network Australia (TNA) has a small but mighty core team of six 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 enthusiast. 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).
JOSHUA LOWE – GENERAL MANAGER
Joshua is a business leader of creative and not-for-profit organisations, working at the intersection of social enterprise and business management. Now residing permanently in Melbourne, he is currently studying an MBA part-time at Melbourne Business School. Until late 2020 Joshua was the founding CEO and Artistic Director of DRILL, a non-profit dance organisation specialising in working with young people, based in Hobart. Between 2007 and 2020 he led DRILL’s artistic programming, and secured federal and state funding to grow the company into a nationally significant organisation. He was awarded the Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year Award for his work with DRILL.
Between 2018 and 2019 Joshua was also the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s pre-professional dance company, Yellow Wheel, previously working as the founding Company Manager since 2012. In 2019 Joshua worked across numerous projects as a choreographer and producer, including SIMULCAST for Dance Massive, The Stance for Ten Days on the Island, major seasons for DRILL and Yellow Wheel, and was a part of the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders Program.
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), Joshua’s career has included numerous choreographic commissions and solo performances. He is an Asialink alumni, and spent time working in Sumatra with Institut Seni Indonesia, lecturing in contemporary dance, and creating a new work.
TESSA LEONG – MANAGER, ARTIST AND SECTOR DEVELOPMENT (ASSITEJ)
Tessa is an Australian theatre director and founding member of Adelaide-based theatre company isthisyours? with extensive experience as a producer across her own independent work and with other companies. She was the Associate Artist at Belvoir in 2017, and a studio artist at Griffin Theatre in 2014. Her love of new plays, participatory performance and live art means she’s collaborated with artists and companies across Australia, Europe and North America to make theatre, dance, interactive performance and dinners! Last European Summer she was at the Prague Quadrennial 2019 and Berlin Performing Arts Festival for her work with other collaborating artists on a participatory installation work The Hole. During this Australian Summer she was poolside in Kandos, NSW with her work Swimming Pool with PYT | Fairfield for Cementa Festival. Tessa is also the Associate Artistic Director at Griffin Theatre Company.
RANI PRAMESTI – PROGRAM PRODUCER (VIPI & STRATEGIC VISIONING)
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.
STEPH COX – PROGRAM MANAGER (CAPT, SAFE THEATRES & EVENTS)
Steph is an Australian Producer and Production Manager and has extensive experience producing and delivering national and international tours for Circus and Physical Theatre companies. In addition to this, she has worked at the National Institute of Circus Arts for the last decade working with emerging performers as a Stage Manager and has worked the festival circuit both here and overseas. To date her career highlight has been working with Chasing Smoke (Casus), Australia’s only First Nations touring circus ensemble from 2018 – 2020. Steph completed a Masters of Fine Arts – Cultural Leadership in 2020, where her research focused on her passion for Wellbeing in the Performing Arts, culminating in a case study on Wellbeing in Circus Training Institutions undertaken at Codarts Circus School, Rotterdam. Steph is the secretary for the Women’s Circus Board, remains an Associate Producer for Circa and hopes to complete her second masters, in Business – Arts & Cultural Management in 2022.
YUHUI NG-RODRIGUEZ – COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez is a Geelong-based, Singaporean performance-maker. Fuelled by a preoccupation with how transient places and people are, her work attempts to find a connection between home and inhabitant, country and citizen, body and culture. Projects include Baby Cake (Next Wave & Darebin Speakeasy 2018), Museum of Me (Darebin Arts 2016), Neighbours (Big West Festival 2015) and Uncommon Places (Melbourne Fringe Keynote 2015). She is currently in development for Geelong Sweats, a theatre work commissioned by Geelong Arts Centre created in collaboration with local gym enthusiasts.