Our Team

Here’s Regional Arts Victoria’s dynamic team of creative catalysts. We share a wealth of experience in all aspects of inspiring, facilitating and touring arts throughout our state. Each of us also maintains a creative practice, and we share our approaches and processes as part of our collaborations. Contact us.

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Joe Toohey, Executive Director (CEO)
Phone: 03 9644 1801

Joe brings a wealth of administrative and management experience to Regional Arts Victoria, gained at Footscray Community Arts Centre, SYN Media, Express Media, Macleod YMCA and Victoria University. Born and raised in Albury, Joe relocated to Melbourne to attend university and foster the arts. He has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Music Industry), and in 2013 he completed his Master of Arts Management at the University of Melbourne following an internship in Singapore, and also completed the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Program in 2014. He is currently Treasurer of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Joe was General Manager and CEO at Express Media from 2010-2013, where he led a restructure of the organisation, as well as introducing exciting new partnerships leading to a comprehensive program of literary and developmental offerings for young writers. His past roles at Regional Arts Victoria have included supporting the Cultural Partnerships team and our regionally-based Creative Arts Facilitators, as well as coordinating our State-Wide Project Illuminated By Fire in 2010. 

Liz Zito

Liz Zito, Director of Partnerships 
Ph: 03 9644 1810

Liz has an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and a Diploma of Tourism but describes her qualifications as grassroots: learning on the job whilst living, working and playing among regional communities. Her former roles include Manager, Theatre and Function Centre, Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre; Theatre Manager, HIT Productions; Council Festival and Events Coordinator, Shepparton; Box Office Supervisor and Acting Manager, Performing Arts and Conventions, Riverlinks; Ticketing Assistant, Ten Days on the Island Festival, Hobart. Liz is a life member of the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Inc (STAG Inc). At STAG she served as committee member, directed and performed in productions, and received Victorian Music Theatre Guild nominations and commendations, as well as local theatre awards for her performances. Liz has been a Panel Member of the Regional Arts Fund administered by Regional Arts Victoria, and was a board member of Regional Arts Victoria prior to taking on her current role.  

 

PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

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Melinda Ballard, Membership Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1805
Email: membership@rav.net.au

Mel has worked as a cultural producer and curator across arts and sustainability initiatives in Australia and Norway. In Norway she led collaborative events, film and public art projects, also working as a live event photographer and managing an annual exhibition program for emerging artists. In Australia, Mel has worked at a number of remote Indigenous Art Centres and most recently held roles in local government Arts & Culture and Festivals & Events teams. She has worked with White Night Melbourne, Norway’s largest music festival HOVE and the United Nations Environment Program among others. Mel is passionate about supporting relevant cultural opportunities for artists and communities alike and has a cat called Goosey.

Edwina Guinness

Edwina Guinness, Partnerships Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1813

Edwina is our Partnerships Coordinator. She comes to Regional Arts Victoria with over 10 years' experience in the arts working predominantly in stage management across festivals, theatre, dance and opera. In this time she has had the pleasure of working with companies including Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, St Martins, Griffin, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse, Melbourne Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, and 10 Days on the Island. Edwina is passionate about the importance of new work, and is thrilled to be working in a role that creates constructive change for artists who have something valuable to contribute to their communities.

Malcolm Sanders

Malcolm Sanders,  Creative Arts Facilitator, Ballarat
Ph: 03 5320 5888
Mob: 0412 459 471
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RAVcentralhighlands

Malcolm is an arts administrator with over 20 years’ experience. With a passion very early on for theatre arts, Malcolm trained at Melbourne College of Advanced Education, majoring in Drama and English. He then worked as a teacher in the western suburbs of Melbourne for 6 years, as well as working as a director on a number of performances. In 1995 Malcolm obtained a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management from Deakin University and commenced work with Bharatam Dance Company as the General Manager. Since then he has been the Manager of Performing Arts programs for the Centre of Adult Education, General Manager of St Martins Youth Arts Centre, and since 2007 General Manager of Courthouse ARTS in Geelong, where he oversaw a $6.5 million renovation of their facility. 

Jo Grant

Jo Grant,  Creative Arts FacilitatorGreat South Coast
mob: 0448 500 608
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RAVgreatsouthcoast

Jo is our Creative Arts Facilitator in the Great South Coast local government partnership. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts in her community and works to provide creative advice, opportunities and development of skills across the region. Jo works closely with community and councils on strategic planning for projects and policy development.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the arts and education industries and holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) degree and a Master of Visual Arts. Jo has a part time practice as a visual artist and in 2013 a book of her work was published, titled All Prize Winners Paraded.

Kim Bennett

Kim Bennett, Creative Arts Facilitator, Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Mob: 0438 920 653
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RAVSwanHill

Kim is the Creative Arts Facilitator in the North West of Victoria. Kim works closely with Swan Hill Rural City Council and Gannawarra Shire Council. Kim is passionate about connecting artists with community groups, and working with the growing multicultural communities. Kim is consistently developing new arts and networking initiatives. Kim has a Bachelor in Theatre performance, and a background in arts funding as a grants writer and funding administrator. When she's not being a Creative Arts Facilitator, Kim is learning how to use her new Digital SLR, studying Arts Business Management and fostering rescue dogs.

Tim Dakin

Tim Dakin, Creative Arts Facilitator, Wellington
Ph: 03 5142 3188
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RAVgippsland

Tim Dakin has been working in community development and the arts for over 20 years. He has a BA in Performance Studies (Theatre and Dance) and has spent his working life in not-for-profit organisations and local government. Tim has previously worked with Frankston Arts Centre to increase access to the arts for audiences, artists and arts workers, and with Arts Access Victoria coordinating disability awareness training and supporting artists with disability on career pathways. Tim is passionate about connecting his community, working with volunteers and supporting artists to create amazing work.

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Bianca Winataputri, Partnerships Communications Coordinator
Ph: 9644 1802

Bianca is our Partnerships Communications Coordinator with a background in art curatorship and event management. She is also an independent curator, writer and researcher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and completed her Honours year (First class) at the Australian National University where she received the Janet Wilkie Prize for Art History for her thesis in 2017. Previously Bianca worked as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Australia, and Social Media and Event Coordinator at Multicultural Arts Victoria. Bianca has a passion for creating artistic collaborations across the region and internationally.


PROGRAMMING TEAM

Rosie Dwyer

Rosie Dwyer, Programming Manager
Ph: 03 9644 1807

Rosie Dwyer has a passion for bringing high quality arts experience to communities of all shapes and sizes. Starting her arts career producing music and festival events for young people in the Northern Territory, Rosie has had over 15 years’ experience in community & major international arts festivals, theatre, music management and touring across a diverse range of areas such as producing, programming, production, venue, stage and artist management and administration. Rosie is also a new mum, passionate gardener and bush walker.  

Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy, Connecting Places Manager
Ph: 03 9644 1809

Anna is Regional Arts Victoria’s Connecting Places Manager. She is also a producer, actor and theatre-maker, facilitating and participating in a broad range of arts events including plays, festivals, devised and immersive theatre, roving performance and site specific work. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014, she has collaborated with companies such as fortyfivedownstairs, Rollercoaster Theatre, She Said Theatre, Riot Stage, Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Lonely Company, La Mama Theatre, Auspicious Arts Projects, Living Positive Victoria, Darebin Arts, and various presenters and venues across Australia and New Zealand.

Pippin Davies

Pippin Davies, Arts & Education Manager
Ph: 03 9644 1808

Pippin is our Arts & Education Coordinator. Pippin joins Regional Arts Victoria from Circus Oz, where she was previously the Classes and Education Coordinator. Pippin holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama and Dance, and brings with her a wealth of experience in training and performing and a passion for arts education.

Bindi Green

Bindi Green, Touring Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1804

Bindi Green has been a professional freelance production collaborator for over twenty years, and comes to Regional Arts Victoria with an extensive touring back catalogue, both internationally and across all states and territories of Australia. With a mix of contemporary theatrical productions, arts festivals, live art experiences and community arts projects, Bindi has worked with a diverse range of companies and individuals across Australia. A core company member of Bunk Puppets, Bindi has also toured recently with Australian artists Salvador Dinosaur, Tim Humphreys and Madeleine Flynn, Bec Reid and Elbow Room. Working often in unusual venues and non-traditional performance environments, Bindi enjoys developing new artistic works and interactive experiences and theatrical events which create new and inspiring experiences for audiences, and which celebrate the unique talents and particular spirit of communities. 

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Adam Fawcett, Programming Communications Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1803

Adam is Regional Arts Victoria’s Programming Communications Coordinator. As the co-founder and creative producer of Australian new writing theatre company Lab Kelpie, he has developed, produced, marketed and toured 13 new Australian works to over 50 venues across Australian and New Zealand. In his own practice as an emerging playwright and screenwriter, Adam is focussed on putting queer narratives at the centre of his work, with his first play, Become The One, awarded the 2018 Midsumma/Gasworks Playtime Award for New Queer Writing.

Megan Collier

Megan Collier, Arts & Education Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1818

Megan has worked for a variety of different arts organisations in the UK including galleries, a live art festival and various community arts projects. Before making the big move to Australia in early 2019, Megan was Arts Participation Coordinator for a charity in the North East of England, running projects aiming to increase engagement in the arts in isolated areas, a cause for which she is extremely passionate. Megan also worked as a Curator for the Biscuit Factory art gallery and has a wealth of visual arts experience with a degree in Fine Art and a Masters in Curating. Since moving to Melbourne she has been running art classes for children as well as taking on the role of curator at in.cube8r gallery, creating exhibitions that support emerging artists.

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Adalya Nash Hussein, Programming Administrator
Ph: 03 9644 1806

Adalya is an administrator working across Arts & Education, Touring Services and Connecting Places. When not immersed in spreadsheets, Adalya is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, Liminal, Ibis House and Going Down Swinging (among others). She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, and an Emerging Writers’ Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence. She is Online Co-Editor at The Lifted Brow and a Nonfiction Editor at Voiceworks.

 

 

MARKETING & ADMINISTRATION

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Dom Billings, Finance Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1812

Dom is a freelance bookkeeper, having worked for not-for-profits in the creative industries including SYN Media, Express Media, Booked Out, Wheeler Centre, as well as finance roles at World Vision, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Victorian Parliament, Medibank and several local governments. Dominic's also a professional actor, screenwriter and producer of film and TV. Thrice-funded by the Australian Government-financed Community Broadcasting Foundation via Channel 31 Melbourne & Geelong, Dominic has written and produced three feature films and several TV series, as well as producing several series of videos for Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities to assist CALD communities access the NDIS, funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services. Dom also produced and presented several TV and radio programs at SYN Media, broadcast on SYN FM and Channel 31.

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Rowena Hutson, Office Administrator
Ph: 03 9644 1800

Rowena is an independent artist and producer. Her arts practice is a unique blend of theatre, cabaret and comedy, all of which generally feature her love of gigantic DIY props. She is one-fifth of the multi-award winning, cult cabaret Fringe Wives Club. Rowena has worked as a freelance consultant and administrator with a number of brilliant artists and organisations including Sam Halmarack, Geraldine Hickey, ArtPlay, Arts House and Bureau of Works. She is very happy to have joined the incredible team at Regional Arts Victoria.