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

Shelley Lasica, CHAIR - Choreographer

John Paolacci, Treasurer
- Partner, ShineWing

Wendy Kozica, Secretary -
Governance Consultant

Eva Bajoras
- HR/Management Consultant

Nick Hays -
Philanthropy Manager, The Australian Ballet

Dean Hampel:-
Cofounder, Localing Private Tours

Penny Hueston
- Senior Editor, The Text Publishing Co.

Joanne White -
Choreographer, Pedagogue



Dancehouse Staff

Artistic Director & CEO: Angela Conquet

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.

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Program Producer: Ashley Dyer

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

Audrey Schmidt joined Dancehouse in 2016 as Communications and Development Manager. 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;  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.

Operations Manager: Olivia Hutchinson

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 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: Georgia Rann

Georgia Rann

Upon receiving her diploma of live production, theatre and events in 2011, Georgia Rann has continued to develop creatively within the art of theatre based lighting design & production. Her Australian lighting and stage credits include collaborations with companies such as Stork productions, Fairly Lucid productions (Raton Laveur, The Reckoning, Member), Travis Cotton's Robots Vs Art, Chambermade Opera (The Minotaur trilogy, Turbulence, Opera for a small mammal & Opera therapea) as well as running numerous venues in festivals & fringes nation wide. She is active as a freelance and collaborative designer & creative producer in commissioned public art, botanic instillation and living sculptures. Her interests conscious design as well as repurposing objects & waste unfold in projects such as sustainable building, set design and sculpture.

Dancehouse Creative Advisor

Philipa Rothfield

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

Flowers: Flowerbird

Cleaners: Wellspring Cleaning Group