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
Email: jtoohey@rav.net.au 

Joe is our Executive Director. Joe brings a wealth of administrative and management experience 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 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. 

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Liz Zito, Director of Partnerships 
Ph: (03) 9644 1810
Email: lzito@rav.net.au

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.  

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Justin Murphy, Director of Programming
Ph: (03) 9644 1811
Email: jmurphy@rav.net.au

Justin comes to Regional Arts Victoria with two decades of experience working in the arts. Having initially studied as a lighting and sound designer and stage manager, he has worked with a broad spectrum of venues, events, companies and festivals where he has developed a rich and extensive knowledge of performing arts production and touring. Justin has spent his recent years with companies such as Melbourne Recital Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Carriageworks in senior technical and production management roles. Most recently Justin was Building Services Manager at the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Southbank Theatre. Justin recently completed a Master of Arts and Entertainment Management with Deakin University

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Esther Anatolitis, Director of Projects
Email: esther@rav.net.au

Esther is a writer, curator and facilitator. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. Esther has worked on cross-disciplinary projects across a range of media and locations. Her academic background is in European philosophy, and she also holds a teaching qualification, as well as the postgraduate Zertifikat BauhausDessau for her work on an international architectural project for which she was awarded a DAAD Künstlerprogramm residency. For ten years Esther co-curated Architecture+Philosophy, and she currently teaches into the studio program at RMIT Architecture & Design. Esther is Chair of Elbow Room Productions, Deputy Chair of Contemporary Arts Precincts, a Director of ACMI, and a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival Programming Committee. She has held leadership positions with several key Victorian arts organisations and was Director of Regional Arts Victoria from 2012 to 2017.

 

PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

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Lucy Hamilton, Cultural Partnerships Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1813
Email: lhamilton@rav.net.au

Lucy is Regional Arts Victoria’s Cultural Partnerships Coordinator. She has previously worked as a media analyst in London, and worked for five years as a stage manager and production manager in the United Kingdom before moving back to Australia. She also has marketing, research and artist liaison experience in Australian arts companies including festivals and peak bodies. Lucy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne.

Adelaide Fisher

Adelaide Fisher, Executive Assistant & Membership Administrator
Phone: (03) 9644 1800
Email: afisher@rav.net.au

Adelaide is our Executive Assistant & Membership Administrator, supporting Regional Arts Victoria’s Director, General Manager and our Members. She has worked for a number of arts festivals and community events. Most recently, she was a Creative Producer for the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Her professional writing includes reviews for ArtsHub and a blog of creative work. She is currently working on her Masters of Arts Management.

Kim Bennett

Kim Bennett, Creative Arts Facilitator, Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Ph: (03) 5032 5269
Mob: 0438 920 653
Email:kbennett@rav.net.au
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.

Malcolm Sanders

Malcolm Sanders,  Creative Arts Facilitator, Ballarat
Ph: (03) 5320 5888
Mob:0412 459 471
Email:msanders@rav.net.au
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. Malcolm is also a keen watercolour painter, and loves swimming and the outdoors.

Jo Grant

Jo Grant,  Creative Arts FacilitatorGreat South Coast
Ph: (03) 5568 0560
mob: 0448 500 608
Email: jgrant@rav.net.au
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 has over 15 years’ experience in the arts and education industries and holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) degree and a Master of Visual Arts. Jo is also a practising visual artist in the medium of photography and mixed media.

Tim Dakin

Tim Dakin, Creative Arts Facilitator, Wellington
Ph: (03) 5142 3188
Email: tdakin@rav.net.au
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.

PROGRAMMING TEAM

Suzi Cordell

Suzi Cordell, Arts & Education Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1805
Email: scordell@rav.net.au

Suzi has a passion for providing high quality arts experiences and inspiring young people across the regions. She has a broad background working in the arts, from theatre and festivals to arts in education, and has previously worked with Ilbijerri Theatre, The Old Van Theatre, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne Workers Theatre, and Chamber Made Opera. Suzi has also worked with a broad range of schools and communities across VIC and NT.
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Ella Bucovaz, Touring & Communications Officer
Ph: (03) 9644 1806
Email: ebucovaz@rav.net.au

Ella is a graduate from Melbourne University’s Masters of Arts and Cultural Management and has a background in performing arts. Ella has paired her studies with working amongst different sectors of the arts from festivals to galleries and theatres in varied capacities.  Ella loves contemporary theatre practice and enjoying the spoils of Melbourne’s diverse theatre scene. On weekends you can find her bushwalking, seeing some A-mazing theatre or heading back to the Queenscliff seaside. 

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Samantha Butterworth, Touring Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1804
Email: sbutterworth@rav.net.au

Samantha is an experienced Arts Manager/Creative Producer based in Melbourne. Samantha is currently the Festival Producer of Poppy Seed Festival and has worked with Regional Arts Victoria and the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres to produce Showcase Victoria 2014 & 2015 events. Samantha also freelances across the sector, producing projects and events of varied scale and format. In February 2016, Samantha formed part of the producing team for Triumph – a new play by Louris van de Geer and, in June, Samantha will take Elbow Room’s We Get It up to the Brisbane Powerhouse. Samantha feels privileged to sit on two independents arts Boards; Elbow Room and Watch This, where she is Treasurer. From 2010 – 2014, Sam spent four exciting years at Red Stitch Actors Theatre where she worked in a number of different roles culminating in her role as Operations Manager.

Pippin Davies

Pippin Davies, Arts & Education Coordinator 
Ph: (03) 9644 1808
Email: pdavies@rav.net.au

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.

Carolyn Lambert

Carolyn Lambert, Arts & Education Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1819
Email: clambert@rav.net.au

Carolyn is our Arts & Education Administrator. Growing up in Melbourne, she has worked in various event and project management roles within the non-profit sector, including the empty spaces program Renew Australia and graphic design competition Positive Posters Inc. Carolyn holds a Bachelor in Visual Arts and Design and certificates in both millinery and textile printing from the Melbourne School of Fashion. She is studying a Master of Communication in Public Relations at Deakin University, and is passionate about natural building, the environment, music and contemporary art.

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Dale Packard, Touring Program Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1822
Email: dpackard@rav.net.au

Dale Packard has spent a large part of his career touring the world with many of Australia’s most successful bands as a tour manager, sound engineer and musician. Passionate about the performing arts, Dale has now been working for Regional Arts Victoria for four years, coordinating events around Australia and connecting artists with new audiences and opportunities.

 

PROJECTS TEAM

Graham Coffey

Graham Coffey, Small Town Transformations Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1815
Email: GCoffey@rav.net.au

Graham is our Manager of Small Town Transformations. Having worked in production and technical roles in theatre and events for the first part of his career, Graham has worked at Regional Arts Victoria in a number of roles in the last 5 years, first joining the Performing Arts Touring team and then event producing. After the enormous success of the first Small Town Transformations he is delighted at the prospect of working with regional towns on a second program. What will their BIG ideas be?

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Will McRostie, Small Town Transformations Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1814
Email: WMcrostie@rav.net.au

Will is our Administrator of Small Town Transformations. He has worked previously with Creative Partnerships Australia as Coordinator for SA and NT, Access2Arts as an Audio Describer and service coordinator, and design studio Freerange Future as a producer for arts and place-focused projects. With diverse experience in the arts and creative industries across production, business development, accessibility and administration, Will brings enthusiasm, empathy and organisational flair to the Small Town Transformations program and can’t wait to see what amazing ideas are brought to life in Victoria’s small towns.

MARKETING & ADMINISTRATION

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Eleanor Bally, Marketing & Publicity Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1802
Email: ebally@rav.net.au

Eleanor is Regional Arts Victoria's Marketing & Publicity Manager. She has recently returned from Scotland where she worked as a Digital Marketing Assistant at the Edinburgh International Festival. She is currently undertaking a Master of Communications at RMIT University and previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, specialising in Creative Writing and Literature. Eleanor has been involved with the Melbourne theatre scene for many years and is passionate about promoting the arts in Australia. 

Jenna Sten

Jenna Sten, Finance Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1819
Email: jsten@rav.net.au

Jenna is our Finance Administrator. She has previously worked in similar roles for Express Media and the Student Youth Network. She has a BA in Writing and Cultural Studies, and is analumnus of the Voiceworks Magazine Editorial Committee. Her writing has appeared in Text Journal, Daily Life, Feminartsy and other publications. She is also the curator of Head Desk, a mental health culture resource.