Artistic Director Karen Therese
Executive Director Katy Green Loughrey
Producer Louisa Minutillo
Producer – Emerging Artists Bina Bhattacharya
Administration and Communications Coordinator Daisy Montalvo
Associate Choreographer Larissa McGowan
Casual Venue Technicians David Robertts, Shawn Spina, Nyasha Kanyimo, and Amber Silk
Co-Pilots James Kerr, Erin Middleton, Lap Nguyen, Neda Taha and Zoe Tamaras
Artist-in-Residence Bernadette Fam
Company-in-Residence Dance Makers Collective
Business Strategy Consultant Vicki Middleton, Middleton Arts
Graphic Designer Mickie Quick
Bookkeeper Keeping Company
Chair Sharni Jones
Deputy Chair Pippa Bailey
Treasurer Susie Vongkeneta
General Members Donna Abela, Stephen Boyle, David Capra, Nicole Campbell and Nancy Hromin.
PYT Staff Biographies
Artistic Director – Karen Therese
Karen Therese is cultural leader, interdisciplinary artist and creative producer who grew up in Mt Druitt in Western Sydney, her cultural heritage is Hungarian-Australian. She is the Artistic Director of PYT Fairfield and her practice is grounded in performance, political activism and community building. She has worked extensively both nationally and internationally as an Artist and/or Creative Producer for companies such as PS122 (New York), The Centre of Performance Research (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Performance Space, Blacktown Arts Centre and PACT Theatre for Emerging Artists. She was the recipient of the inaugural Cultural Leadership Grant by The Australia Council’s Theatre Board and has been a Studio Artist for Griffin Theatre.
Executive Director – Katy Green Loughrey
Katy grew up on the lands of the Darug people where she currently works as the Executive Director at PYT Fairfield. She is a producer, curator and arts manager specialising in contemporary performance with more than a decade of experience and a passion for work that is interdisciplinary, intercultural and affects social change. As a Producer for Sydney Opera House (2015-2018), Katy developed and launched the new Artist and Sector Development program, as well as produced various high profile national and international projects for the Talks and Ideas program. She has also held producing and arts management roles with Performing Lines, PACT centre for emerging artists, Blacktown Arts Centre, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and Creative Practice Lab, UNSW. Katy is co-curator of Talking Bodies, a dance-lecture series featuring some of Sydney’s best independent dance makers, and Board Member for ReadyMade Works Inc.
Producer – Louisa Minutillo
Louisa Minutillo is a producer and community arts worker with a passion for community festivals. Following many years of experience across the arts and festival circuit in Naarm/ Melbourne, Louisa recently completed a stint as Producer for Dark Mofo. In 2019 she served as Program Manager at Footscray Community Arts Centre for Due West Arts Festival. Prior to Due West, she held positions with Moreland City Council, programming and producing events such as Brunswick Music Festival and Fawkner Festa, Melbourne Writers Festival and Peel Street Festival, where she remains a key member of the Steering Committee. Louisa is dedicated to facilitating arts and cultural exchange as a means to connect communities, and is very excited to bring her practice to PYT Fairfield. In her spare time Louisa can usually be found cooking and/ or eating something delicious, reading, watching a film, listening to a mix, learning the bass and rediscovering her penchant for singing.
Producer – Emerging Artists – Bina Bhattacharya
Bina Bhattacharya is an award-winning filmmaker (Writer/Producer/Director) from Campbelltown in Sydney’s southwest and is currently a Writer for the upcoming feature film “Here Out West” about the intersecting lives of Western Sydney’s migrant communities produced by Co-Curious. Bina was awarded Best Screenplay for her short film ‘Musings’ at Sydney’s Made in the West Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award a year prior for her 2017 short film ‘Wild Dances’. ‘Wild Dances’ was screened at festivals in the USA, Ukraine, Germany, Czech Republic as well as Mardi Gras Film Festival and Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Most recently Bina has worked as a Higher Education Worker at Western Sydney’s University’s School of Medicine and also runs her own Production company, Gemme de la Femme Pictures, specialising in showcasing the talents of actors from diverse backgrounds. Bina is the daughter of a Bengali Indian migrant father and a white-Australian mother and draws on her diverse cultural experiences into her artistic practice, decolonising performance and challenging ideas around “high” and “pop” culture.
Administration and Communications Coordinator – Daisy Montalvo
Daisy Montalvo is a community artist from Mount Druitt who started her career in the Arts as a performer for the Mt Druitt Press Conference at the ‘FUNPARK’ Sydney Festival in 2014. After completing a Journalism degree in 2015, Daisy worked with CuriousWorks to deliver film and art workshops for kids in her community. In 2017, she released a documentary called Broadening Horizons which follows four young girls from Bidwill on a six day hike in Tasmania. In September 2018 she released Las Rosas, a six episode web-series which was shot and filmed across Liverpool, Casula and in her home in Mount Druitt. In 2019 Daisy went from a participant in FUNPARK to its lead coordinator and is still within this role on a two-day a week basis. She is a passionate storyteller who believes in the importance of sharing and giving voice to the stories of young people in Western Sydney.
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