Director Jacqueline Hornjik
Creative Producer, Programming + New Work Gabriela Green Olea
Creative Producer, Youth + Emerging Bina Bhattacharya
Creative Producer, Community + Engagement Daisy Montalvo
Finance + Operations Manager Holly Morrison
Marketing + Development Manager Melinda Boutkasaka
Technical + Production Manager Diego Murillo
Senior Teaching Artist Zoe Tomaras
Assisting Teaching Artists Fanar Moonee, Sam Matty, Yvan Karezi
Companies-in-residence Agal Dance Company
Co-Chairs Donna Abela and Stephen Boyle
Treasurer Susie Vongkeneta
General Board Members Najee Tannous, Bibi Goul Mossavi, Randy Glazer, Frank Ashe, Freya Irani, Dr Rachael Jacobs.
PYT Staff Biographies
Director – Jacqueline Hornjik
Jacqueline is a creative with a passion for innovative community engagement that advocates for real change. She is an advocate for Western Sydney, for people with a disability, for life-changing education and creative learning, the arts and creative and innovative practices.
Jacqueline began her creative story playing the role of baby Jesus in the Nativity scene in Lima, Peru at the age of 6 months old. Since then, Jacqueline has worked across Sydney opening a local theatre company, Liverpool Performing Arts Ensemble in 2007, as Producer/Curator of Theatre at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Deputy Chair of Access Arts Australia, Creative Producer at Critical Stages, Marketing Manager at Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Producer, Children, Families and Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House, as Co-Director and Founder of Toy Diplomacy and now as Director at PYT Fairfield.
Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney as well as a Masters in Marketing (MMktg) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) gained in her attempt to find ways to build commercial opportunities in artistic and creative practice.
Jacqueline has also been nominated for and has won numerous awards for her work in curating and producing various performing and visual arts programs dedicated to young audiences, including nominations for the Vivid Ideas Local Government Award, Women of the West Award, iMAGine Award and many more.
Creative Producer, Programming + New Work – Gabriela Green Olea
Gabriela is a dancer who works across many mediums, with all people and within inclusive environments. Inspired by artists of her homeland Chile, Gabriela is currently interested in Dance as Activism and is facilitating COPE FLOW a multidisciplinary artist lab at Four Winds on Djiringang Land for First Nations artists and artists of colour working in regional NSW.
Gabriela will continue to dive into Dance as Activism in 2021 through a Ausdance Residency and a PACT solo artist residency. Gabriela is a valued Dirtyfeet artist and is part of Emma Saunders ‘We are Here’ company.
Besides dancing Gabriela has worked producing projects with FLING Physical Theatre and Durwali-ngal in regional NSW. She is currently the Creative Producer Programming and New Works at PYT Fairfield and has a passion for empowering and working with diverse Western Sydney artists.
Creative Producer, Youth + Emerging – 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 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.
Creative Producer Community + Engagement – 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.
Finance + Operations Manager – Holly Morrison
Holly Morrison is an arts administrator and certified bookkeeper who has been working in financial management for not for profit organisations for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory (Distinction) from the UNSW Art & Design and a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.
Whilst studying, Holly worked in community services in Waterloo, Sydney where she experienced the connection between art and social agency, and has worked for organisations who support artists and build relationships with communities ever since.
Holly has previously worked in community development at Cumberland Council’s Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio and is currently also Best Practice and Finance Coordinator at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) where she specialises in best practice.
Marketing + Development Manager – Melinda Boutkasaka
Melinda Boutkasaka is a digital producer and communications specialist whose experience spans across politics, journalism and PR. She has works published in Australia and the UK.
Born and raised in South-West Sydney, she attended Macquarie University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Media). She began working as a staffer for a Western Sydney politician, before moving into journalism for SBS News. She then moved to London, where she worked as a Digital Journalist for international broadcasters such as Good Morning Britain, ITV News and Channel 4 News.
After returning home in 2020, she started her role as a Social Media & Impact Publicity Manager for ‘Here Out West’ – a film centred on the lives of migrant communities in Western Sydney.
Melinda is passionate about helping young Western Sydney creatives find their feet in the industry.
Technical + Production Manager – Diego Murillo
Diego Murillo is a Peruvian Australian cinematographer, filmmaker and production manager born and raised in Western Sydney. He has a passion for filmmaking and believes it can be used as a powerful tool to uplift under-represented voices and to create positive change.
Diego graduated from Western Sydney University in 2019, with a Bachelor of Communications (media arts). He has been working with CuriousWorks since 2017 and has been a part of various projects such as Las Rosas, Beyond Refuge and CuriousTV!. Diego is an aspiring cinematographer and director, and has experience in skills such as camera operating, photography, editing, social media, visual effects and many more. Diego’s work also sits under the name PonchoHatFilms, which operates as a collective of creatives making music video, documentary and commercial projects.
In order to create a great piece of art, Diego believes concentration and dedication are crucial. By appreciating and learning from films throughout his life, he wishes to express the same experience to, not only the people of Western Sydney, but everyone.
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