Artistic Director & CEO: Angela Conquet
Angela was appointed new artistic director in July 2011. Angela came to Dancehouse and Australia from her work as Artistic Director for Dance at Mains d'Oeuvres Paris - a major multi-arts cultural centre and a pioneer amongst independent art spaces in France – where she curated and tutored more than 50 mainly emerging dance artists. She led several international projects, was part of different juries and peer panels (French Ministry of Culture, City of Paris, international boards) and represented France in the Aerowaves network. She is acknowledged for recognizing and supporting dance artists who take creative risks, and for her bold and creative approach to linking artists with performance contexts and communities. She has a MA degree in International Cultural Management ( Paris 8 University) and in Applied Languages. Before working in the independent dance sector, her professional experiences took her from the French Cultural Centers in Eastern Europe to the Council of Europe. She is also a translator and interpreter.
Image: Alfred Mrozicki
Program Producer: Olivia Millard
Image courtesy of Jon Green
Olivia has worked with dance companies 2 Dance Plus (now Buzz Dance Theatre) and Melbourne based Dance Works, performing works by Sandra Parker, Becky Hilton, Ros Warby and Trevor Patrick. She has created several works as an independent dance maker and has been commissioned to create works for Buzz Dance Theatre, STEPS Youth Dance Company, Link Dance Company, WAAPA, Deakin University and the Asia Young Choreographers' Project. In 2003 Olivia received a Creative Development Fellowship from ArtsWA. Olivia has worked with independent choreographers, Sue Peacock, Paul O'Sullivan, Danielle Micich, Phillippa Clarke, Paul Gazzola, Paea Leach, Jo Pollitt, Shaun McLeod and Rosalind Crisp. Olivia worked as a lecturer in contemporary dance at WAAPA Perth from 1999-2006 and is currently working as a sessional dance lecturer at Deakin University. Olivia has a PhD in dance from Deakin University.
Administration and Communications Officer: Julia Mann
Julia is a Melbourne based Arts administrator and is currently employed at Dancehouse as the Communications and Administration Officer. She has a Masters degree in Arts/Cinema Management (University of Melbourne); and a Bachelors degree in Arts/Films Studies (University of Ballarat). Julia has spent many years in customer service and management positions and most recently worked as Ticketing Manager for the Melbourne Art Fair. Since returning from a year in New York in 2012, she has tried her hand at many volunteer gigs, including administration support for the Other Film Festival, social media consultant for Film by Democracy, staff writer for Digital Hippos and various roles in short film productions.
Dancehouse Intern: Katharina Dilena
Katharina is the new Austrian intern at Dancehouse and she will be with us until June 2013. She completed a Master of Arts in History of Arts and Spanish and a Master of Advanced Studies in Cultural Management in Graz and Vienna, Austria. Before coming to Australia she was working for an advocacy and service organization for fringe theatres and performing artists in Graz, the second biggest city in Austria. Three years in a row she organized a three-day festival, which presented young local dancers and choreographers. Together with colleagues, she is running a volunteer based internet platform for dance in Graz.
Production Manager: Canada White
Canada is a professional arts practitioner, currently employed as the Dancehouse in-house Production Manager. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics, and a Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events. Over the past several years, Canada has worked extensively in production, technical, tour, stage management for many notable Australian theatre and events companies including: Lamama Theatre, Theatre Works, VCA (Drama School), Malthouse Theatre, Verve Studios, ABT, Ellis Productions, Straightjacket Productions, Event Logistics, VCAA (TopActs), Cities of Port Phillip & Darebin, Auspicious Arts Projects, Optic Nerve Performance Group, Band of Creatures, Theatre@Risk, The Hayloft Project, Company No. 3/Griffin Independent, TopArt Partners, Hungry Ghost Productions. She has also managed a number of successful Victorian and National theatre tours.
Marketing and Development Manager: Paul Kooperman
Paul Kooperman comes to Dancehouse with a vast range of experience in the Arts. After being awarded the Established-Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Centre in 1997, Paul has worked as a writer in the script departments of several television shows including Home and Away, is a published author, had a feature film produced in 2006, called Wil, and has since received several film commissions and awards. He moved into marketing and arts management in 2009 taking over as CEO of Australian Poetry Limited and was National Development Manager for ArtsHub in 2012. Paul assesses funding applications for Arts Victoria and Arts QLD and still finds time to write creatively, commissioned to co-write the signature show of the Queensland Music Festival, DragQueensLand, in 2011. In his spare time, Paul is currently General Manager for Australia's largest celebration of the voice in all its forms, The Festival of Voices, Director of a new community arts festival, StripFest, and has twin one-year-old boys: Woody and Lewis.
Bookkeeping: Albi Care (Bookminders)
Graphic design: Dominic Forde (Famous Visual Services, famousvs.com)
Photographers: Rachel Roberts
Web design: Jonathan Nichol (F8 Designs)
Distribution: Mr Moto (mrmoto.com.au)
Dancehouse Digital Quilt: August (august.com.au)
Auditor: Alan Dredge & Co.
Dancehouse is a non-profit association, incorporated in Victoria. It is overseen by a committee of management, comprised of members from both the arts and business sectors. The members bring their expertise and experience to the management of the organisation, to support the resourcing and development of the artistic program. The committee meets monthly.
Committee Members as at May 2012
Helen Simondson, Chairperson: ACMI Screen Events Manager
Cressida Bradley: Studio Manger Midnight Sky/Project Manager Sky Lab
Atlanta Eke: Dance Artist
Rebecca Hilton: Dance Artist & Educator
Simon Johanson: Journalist,The Age
James Ostroburski : Dance Educator & Senior Consultant, Investec Bank (Aust) Limited
John Paolacci, Treasurer: Partner, Moore Stevens
Suzanne Sandford: Principal Lawyer, Slater & Gordon
Dr. Beth Shelton: Psychologist, Choreographer