Artistic Director Karen Therese
Executive Director Katy Green Loughrey
Associate Artist Margie Breen
Company Manager Alice Hatton
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, May Tran and Zoe Tamaras
Artist-in-Residence Bernadette Fam
Company-in-Residence Dance Makers Collective
Business Strategy Consultant Vicki Middleton, Middleton Arts
International Touring Consultant Harley Stumm, Intimate Spectacle
Graphic Designer Mickie Quick
Bookkeeper Keeping Company
Co-Chair’s Sharni Jones and Antonia Seymour
Treasurer Susie Vongkeneta
Members Donna Abela, Stephen Boyle, Bec Dean, David Capra, Juliette Hill and Nicole Nemesh
PYT Core Staff Bios
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 Green Loughrey is a producer and arts manager specialising in contemporary performing arts and culture. She has worked both independently and for several leading arts organisations including Sydney Opera House, Performing Lines, Blacktown Arts Centre, Creative Practice Lab, UNSW and PACT centre for emerging artists.
Most recently, as Program Producer for Sydney Opera House (SOH), Katy researched, developed and launched the new Artist and Sector Development program, focusing on the presentation and professional development of local Australian artists and small companies. Before this role, Katy worked as a producer in the SOH Talks and Ideas team, leading key industry development programs Culture Club and Satellite, as well as producing large-scale international seasons.
Artistic Associate – Margie Breen
Margie Breen is a theatre maker who has worked as a director, producer, dramaturge, Community Cultural Development artist, performer, teacher, and project manager in Australia, Singapore, Korea, South America, Qatar, Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has performed, facilitated and toured extensively with renowned physical and visual companies, Erth and Stalker Theatre. She has coordinated and managed national and International artists in multidisciplinary research projects with Performance Space and Critical Path. She was the first director of Milk Crate Theatre and has since been an associate artist, facilitating a women’s program, and a workshop in play reading and analysis. Margie is passionate about community engagement and working with people of all ages to develop connections through theatre and performance. She has directed performances and facilitated workshops with young people in the Central desert, for the Perth Festival in the Pilbara, in regional NSW and in the greater Sydney area.
Company Manager – Alice Hatton
Alice Hatton is an arts manager and producer with diverse experience in both the subsidised and commercial sectors of the Australian performing arts industry. Originally from Whadjuk country in Perth, Alice started her career as an independent producer at The Blue Room Theatre before moving to Sydney to hold positions at Australian Theatre for Young People and Performance Space. Most recently she has toured with professional productions of Jersey Boys and West Side Story as Deputy Company Manager, and was a Producer at Sydney Opera House working across the Children and Families, Contemporary Performance and First Nations programs. Alice is passionate about creating opportunities for young artists and is committed to supporting the development and presentation of new Australian work.
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 2012. After completing a Journalism degree in 2015, Daisy worked with CuriousWorks to deliver film and art workshops for kids in her community and in Casula at the Way Out West festival for children. In 2017, she released a documentary called Broadening Horizons which follows four young girls from Bidwill on a six day hike in Tasmania. Recently 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. She is a passionate storyteller and film maker who believes in the importance of sharing and giving voice to the stories of young people in Western Sydney.
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