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 December 2016
James Ostroburski, CHAIR - Chief Executive, Kooyong Group
Shelley Lasica, Deputy Chair - Choreographer
John Paolacci, Treasurer - Partner, ShineWing
Suzanne Sandford, Secretary - Principal Lawyer, Slater & Gordon
Eva Bajoras - HR/Management Consultant
Atlanta Eke - Choreographer
Nick Hays - Manager, Major Gifts, Victoria University
Rebecca Hilton - Choreographer and Pedagogue
Dean Hampel:- Head, Corporate Partnerships at Melbourne Theatre Company & Cofounder, Localing Private Tours
Penny Hueston - Senior Editor, The Text Publishing Co.
Helen Simondson- ACMI Screen Events Manager
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 presented and commissioned over 100 works by mainly emerging dance artists. She led several international projects, was part of different juries and peer panels (French Ministry of Culture, City of Paris Arts Grants panel, international boards) and represented France in the Aerowaves network. She is acknowledged for recognising and supporting dance artists who take creative risks, and for her bold and creative approach to linking artists with performance contexts or new 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.
Program Producer: Ashley Dyer
Ashley Dyer is a producer, performance maker and workshop facilitator based in Melbourne, Australia. Although not a classically trained a dancer, singer, actor, visual artist or writer, over the past ten years he has developed his work extensively in these areas, borrowing from their traditions. He was an Associate Producer at Next Wave Festival 2012 and founded and program managed Erskineville's Tiny Stadiums Festival in its first two years. He was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2013.
His most recent works include: J R Brennan's The Chat, a theatre performance featuring ex-offenders about the parole process presented at both Arts House and La Boite Theatre; Tremor a dance performance/installation about vibration, Arts House; SK!N a dance collaboration with Malaysian based TerryandtheCuz about human trafficking presented at APW Kuala Lumpur and OzAsia festival; and with Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan, No More Public Space, Only Public Order (Water Cannon), Salamanca Arts Centre. Ashley joined Dancehouse in 2017.
Communications and Development Manager: Audrey Schmidt
Audrey Schmidt joined Dancehouse as Administration and Communications Coordinator in 2016. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Melbourne with a double major in Film, Media and Cultural Studies and Linguistics and is also writer, curator and Editor of contemporary art publication, Dissect Journal. Her continuing research focuses on contemporary art, gender, biopolitics and identity in late capitalism and she has presented at the AAANZ Conference (2015), Image|Space|Body, the Victorian College of the Arts (2016), the National Gallery of Victoria (2014) and was a part of the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers program under the mentorship of art historian Rex Butler in 2015.
Administration Officer: Olivia Hutchinson
Olivia Hutchinson joined Dancehouse as Administration Officer in 2016 after completing her Masters of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Olivia is an experienced and enthusiastic arts administrator, working with numerous commercial visual arts galleries across Melbourne over the last several years. Olivia has a keen interest in the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art and has segued into the world of dance at Dancehouse with this mentality. Olivia also received a Diploma in Business Administration and Management from Martin College last year and has a passion for Human Resources.
Venue Manager: Daniel Freeman
Daniel joined Dancehouse late in 2015 as the new Venue Manager and Primary Technician. He is currently finishing his final year of electrical engineering at RMIT University. He has previously worked as a Production Assistant and Freelance Lighting Technician for many Melbourne based companies, primarily corporate events, outdoor festivals and live music. Although Daniel has not delved into the dance house world before, he is enjoying it so far and looking forward to being a part of creative practices that pass through Dancehouse.
Production Manager: Van Locker
Van has worked full time in the performing arts since graduating Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 1999. Working primarily as a production manager in small to medium companies in New Zealand and Australia, his primary focus has been the development and touring of works throughout Australasia, Europe, and North America.
He now lives in Melbourne's west with his family - Stacey, Lily and Dave, the dog.
Dancehouse Creative Advisor
Philipa Rothfield is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy program, La Trobe University. She is a dance reviewer for RealTime arts magazine and Momm magazine, Korea. She is co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality working group, International Federation of Theatre Research. She has been dancing on and off for some decades. As a philosopher, she writes on French philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and postmodernism, specialising in philosophy of the body. She is currently writing a book on dance and philosophy. She has published on dance in relation to Merleau-Ponty, Whitehead, Nietzsche, Klossowski and Ravaisson.
Bookkeeping: Arunya Trezise (Infinite Bookeeping)
Graphic design: Kaitlyn Hopkins
Photographer: Gregory Lorenzutti
Videographer: Cobie Orger
Cleaners: Wellspring Cleaning Group