Artistic Director – Karen Therese

Karen Therese grew up in Mt Druitt in Western Sydney, her cultural heritage is Hungarian-Australian. She is an interdisciplinary artist, creative producer and cultural leader. Her practice is grounded in performance, political activism and community building with a particular focus on underground youth cultures.

In 2010 Karen was awarded the inaugural Cultural Leadership Grant by The Australia Council’s Theatre Board to investigate innovative curatorial practices across diverse cultures and art forms, with a vision to embed her practice within Western Sydney. Since then Karen has created and produced significant works for the region. As the recipient of the Creative Producer Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Community Partnerships Board she created ‘FUNPARK’, a large-scale site based event in Mt Druitt for the 2014 Sydney Festival. Karen also directed the youth led performance Mt Druitt Press Conference performed at ‘FUNPARK’ and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

In 2013 Karen became the Artistic Director of Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) in Fairfield, developing a dynamic new arts program for the Western Sydney region.

Alongside this Karen is the current 2015 Studio Artist for Griffin Theatre and works independently as an artist and curator. 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 is a graduate of the Victoria College of the Arts (Animateuring) and holds a Masters by Research (Creative Arts) from Wollongong University and was the recipient of a Post Graduate scholarship.

 

General Manager – Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright is an arts leader and manager with experience working across theatre and multi-arts. She has previously held roles as the General Manager of Shopfront Youth Arts, the Venue Services Manager at Merrigong Theatre Company, and in a brief stint working in the business world, as the Operations Manager for Ideal Gyms. Amanda is on the board as Treasurer of Crack Theatre Festival. Amanda is skilled in finance, business administration, project management and producing. She is passionate about working with young people in the arts, and access to the arts as a democratic right for all young people.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Performance (UOW); a Master of Arts in Theatre (UNSW) and is currently studying a Master of Financial Analysis (UTS).

 


Constultants

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

Chair: Bec Dean
Independent Curator
Current PhD candidate UNSW Art & Design

Deputy Chair: Antonia Seymour
General Manager
Arts on Tour

Interim Treasurer: Stephen Boyle
Stephen Boyle & Co
Media and Entertainment Law

Donna Abela
Playwright/PYT Founder

Katy Green Loughrey
Program Producer, Artist & Sector Development
Sydney Opera House

Sharni Jones
Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection
Australian Museum