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 – Holly Morrison

Holly Morrison is an arts administrator and certified bookkeeper who has been working in financial management for not for profit organisations for seven 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 Administration and Grants Coordinator at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) where she specialises in best practice, and is the bookkeeper for Parramatta Female Factory Precinct.

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. 


Consultants

Business Strategy Consultant – Vicki Middleton

Vicki Middleton is an experienced arts manager who has worked in the performing arts industry for 20 years. In 1994 Vicki co-founded Frantic Assembly, which quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed physical theatre companies.  During her ten years with Frantic, Vicki produced and promoted all new work and special projects and produced Frantic’s works in over 30 countries throughout Europe, North & South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In 2004 at the age of 31, Vicki was featured in The Guardian newspaper as one of the UK’s top 9 producers. In 2004 Vicki moved to Sydney, taking up post as General Manager of Legs on the Wall, Australia’s leading physical theatre company before being appointed General Manager of Sydney’s much loved Belvoir Street Theatre in 2007. In 2009 Vicki establishing Middleton Arts, an Arts Management Consultancy service providing a broad range of arts focused expertise to Australia’s performing arts organisations. Middleton Arts specialises in international market development and touring, and solution based services from strategic business planning through to organisational reviews and audits. Clients have included Meryl Tankard, Australia Council, Sydney Theatre Company, Playwriting Australia, Force Majeure and Monkey Baa Theatre Company.


PYT BOARD

Co-Chair:
Sharni Jones
Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection
Australian Museum

Co-Chair:
Antonia Seymour
General Manager
Arts on Tour

Treasurer:
Susie Vongkeneta
Initiative Program Finance Manager
Broadcast Australia

Stephen Boyle
Stephen Boyle & Co
Media and Entertainment Law

Bec Dean
Independent Curator

Donna Abela
Playwright/PYT Founder