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. Click here for Regional Arts Victoria’s contact details.


Esther Anatolitis, Director

Esther Anatolitis is Director of Regional Arts Victoria, and co-curator of Architecture+Philosophy. She is a writer, facilitator and arts advocate. Esther has collaborated on various cross-disciplinary projects across a range of media and locations, with a focus on the identification of interstitial spaces for new work, and the creative power of art to make place. Her past professional roles span craft and design, literary arts, multicultural arts, public art, festivals, publishing and broadcasting; she has held CEO-level positions with several key Victorian arts organisations, and she has consulted to numerous arts organisations on their strategic planning and programming. Esther fosters sector-wide arts networks with a Victorian focus. Esther’s work has been published widely in Australia and overseas, most recently in The Age, The Australian, Arts Hub, un Magazine, Dancehouse Diary, Artichoke, Houses and RealTime Arts. She has been profiled in The Age, The Leader, Melbourne News, CB Online, Arts Hub and Neos Kosmos. Her writing has been translated into German, Greek and Ukrainian. Esther’s work creates and sustains the frameworks for independent creative practice. 

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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.



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Joe Toohey, General Manager
Phone: (03) 9644 1801
Email: jtoohey@rav.net.au 

Joe is our General Manager. He has previously worked as the CEO of Express Media, a Research Assistant and Sessional Tutor at Victoria University, and a Youth Services Officer for Banyule City Council on the area’s FReeZA Youth Music and Cultural Events program. He is currently a board member at Footscray Community Arts Centre, a position he has held since 2015. Sometimes he makes music.

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Jenna Sten, Finance Administration Officer

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.



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

Liz Zito is the Cultural Partnerships Manager at Regional Arts Victoria. Her work in the arts industry includes a range of positions in cultural and arts management including Acting Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions and Festivals and Events Coordinator at Greater Shepparton City Council; Manager, Theatre and Function Centre, COPAC Colac Otway Shire and Executive Officer, SheppARTon Festival. 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. Liz is a life member of the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Inc (STAG Inc), has an Advanced Diploma of Business Management and a Diploma of Tourism but describes her qualifications as grass roots – learning on the job whilst living, working and playing in regional communities.

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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.

Carolyn Lambert

Carolyn Lambert, Cultural Partnerships Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1809
Email: clambert@rav.net.au

Carolyn is Regional Arts Victoria’s Cultural Partnerships 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.

Kim Bennett

Kim Bennett, Creative Arts Facilitator, Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Ph: (03) 5032 5269
Mob: 0438 920 653
Facebook: http://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
Facebook: http://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. 

Deb Milligan

Deb Milligan,  Creative Arts Facilitator, Wellington
Ph: (03) 5142 3188
Mob: 0427 842 328
Email: dmilligan@rav.net.au
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RAVgippsland 

Deb is a Creative Arts Facilitator with a passion for grass roots arts participation and contemporary arts practices. Her position is in partnership with Wellington Shire Council – however her work takes her all over Gippsland. She has a background in Community Development, Graphic Design and Health Promotion. Deb is also a practicing, professional artist with a love of abstraction and printmaking. She and her partner also make sculpture, furniture and home wares. 

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Jo Grant,  Creative Arts FacilitatorGreat South Coast
Ph: (03) 5568 0560
mob: 0448 500 608
Email: jgrant@rav.net.au
Facebook: http://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.


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Kane Forbes, Manager Performing Arts Touring
Ph: (03) 9644 1811
Email: kforbes@rav.net.au

Kane hails from a small regional university town in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Part of a large theatrical family, Kane literally grew up in a theatre and has performed in, or worked on stage-shows of all scales. Originally trained in Electronics and Computer Technology he became an industrial electrician, later studying Politics and Social Anthropology. Kane has worked as a production designer and manager in theatrical contexts and festival circuits and is a guitarist with a modest catalogue of original recordings. Kane is currently obsessed with Kendo (Japanese Fencing); constructing multi-dimensional projection sculptures; the entire hour of Sleep’s “Jerusalem”; and painstakingly reconstructing a 1961 Vauxhall Victor.


Dale Packard, Touring Program Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1821
Email: dpackard@rav.net.au

Fresh off the road, Dale is our newest Tour Coordinator to join Regional Arts Victoria. With a wealth of experience ranging from concert promotion, tour management, artist management, sound engineering and production management, Dale has worked on thousands of shows (literally) from conception to completion both locally and internationally. Dale is excited to bring these skills to regional Victoria and further develop the strong touring program we have here. In his spare time he bakes cakes with his 2 year old, plays keyboards in a rock band and listens to depressing country music.

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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.



Suzi Cordell

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

Suzi is Regional Arts Victoria's Education & Families Manager. She 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. She has worked with many theatre and arts companies, including 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 Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Joanna Gould

Joanna Gould, Education & Families Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1808
Email: jgould@rav.net.au

Joanna has been working in the creative community of Australia for the last ten years, gaining expertise in diverse areas from larger public spaces to intimate art collectives. During that time she has worked as Curatorial Assistant for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Board Member for the Gertrude Projection Association, Acting Director at Utopian Slumps, Project Coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria and Festival Director of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. In addition to her role within Regional Arts Victoria's Education & Families team, she recently joined Going Down Swinging as General Manager.

Jo Chapman

Jo Chapman, Education & Families Administrator 
Ph: (03) 9644 1819
Email: jchapman@rav.net.au

Jo is our Education & Families Administrator.  She has a passion for arts and education and holds a Bachelor of Communication in Media and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary).  Jo worked as a primary teacher for 5 years where she was a Year Level and ICT Coordinator.  Prior to this, she worked in marketing and communications.   Outside of the office, Jo works as an eLearning Advisor at Swinburne Online, takes pretty photos and makes  babycinos for her two daughters, Sylvie and Evie. 



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Jessica Alice, Marketing & Publicity Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1802
Email: jalice@rav.net.au

Jessica is Regional Arts Victoria's current Marketing & Publicity Manager. She has a background in digital marketing, having previously consulted for companies including Carsales, Pearson, NIB and Bookworld. Jessica has a breadth of experience in marketing and the arts, including as Marketing Manager for Cherchez la Femme Productions, and as a presenter and producer of Australia’s longest-running women’s current affairs radio show Women on the Line at Melbourne’s 3CR. Jessica is also Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival and Poetry Editor of online literary journal Scum.


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Nina Gibson, Development Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1818
Email: NGibson@rav.net.au

Nina has recently completed a Master of Arts & Cultural Management degree from the University of Melbourne, has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, and is a Graduate of the John Bolton Theatre School. Nina has 20 years’ professional experience in arts development and marketing with some of Melbourne’s leading arts companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company (Corporate Partnerships Manager), Melbourne Writers Festival (Development Manager), and Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Marketing and Sponsorship Executive). She has also worked as a freelance consultant for clients including Australian Teachers of Media, Victoria University and Williamstown Literary Festival.


Graham Coffey

Graham Coffey, Small Town Transformations Manager
Ph: (03) 9644 1801
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.