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

Regionally born to Italian immigrant parents, Liz worked for much of her professional life in the north east of Victoria with short contracted stints in Melbourne, Hobart and Colac. Liz worked in retail, promotion and event management before moving into arts industry roles which have included 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 was a board member of Regional Arts Victoria prior to taking on her current role and was the inaugural Chair of the Creative Recovery Network. Liz 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.   

 

PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

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Melinda Ballard, Membership Coordinator
Ph: 0412 331 158

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.

Alicia Wyatt

Alicia Wyatt, Grants Manager
Ph: 0418 925 166

Email: awyatt@rav.net.au

Alicia is originally from Perth, Western Australia and commenced her career as an educator in the remote Kimberley region of Broome. With an MBA and a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education specialising in Drama Studies, Alicia has spent her entire career embedded in the arts. She has worked in all tiers of government, supporting communities to deliver arts policy and programming as well as managing numerous arts funding programs, providing advice and guidance in areas of governance, strategy and programs. Alicia also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, holding leadership roles at Canberra Youth Theatre as Co-CEO/General Manager and Director, Arts Learning at The Song Room. Alicia is particularly passionate about working with young and emerging practitioners and is excited to provide support to Victorian regional artists and organisations.

Malcolm Sanders

Malcolm Sanders,  Creative Arts Facilitator, Ballarat
Ph: 03 5320 5888

Mob: 0412 459 471
Email: msanders@rav.net.au

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

Email: jgrant@rav.net.au

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.

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Loraine Little, Creative Arts Facilitator, Swan Hill/Gannawarra
Mob: 0476 353 856
Email: llittle@rav.net.au

Loraine is the Creative Arts Facilitator in the North West of Victoria. She works closely with Swan Hill Rural City Council and Gannawarra Shire Council. Being born and educated in Swan Hill, Loraine is passionate about connecting artists with community groups, and working with the growing multicultural communities in regional areas.  Previous roles have been with organisations such as the Victorian College of the Arts, Regional Arts Victoria, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Next Wave Festival, and as Producer for Tanya Gerstle’s OpticNerve Performance Group. Collaborative in approach, Loraine is highly skilled in establishing and strengthening partnerships through extensive relationship management, stakeholder engagement and strategic communication capabilities.  Alongside her professional career, Loraine has volunteered with and advocated for the LGBTIQ community for 25 years; best demonstrated in her role as Co-President of the 1st Asia Pacific Outgames and as a Board member of Melbourne Queer Film Festival. She’s played volleyball around the world!

Tim Dakin

Tim Dakin, Creative Arts Facilitator, Wellington
Ph: 03 5142 3188

Email: tdakin@rav.net.au

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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Bronwyn Ward, Project Manager, Kinglake Ranges
Mob: 0456 058 991

Email: bward@rav.net.au

Bronwyn works closely with the ranges community to develop creative strategies and deliver projects and programs highlighted by community as key to expanding their cultural practices. Bronwyn has a diploma in Visual Arts and often works on community projects in her own practice, as well as supporting other regional arts organisations and galleries. She delivers workshops and programs through regional museums and spaces. Her background an end of life care Complementary Therapist, spanning years of working with trauma and palliative care, support her work in arts recovery and developing community cohesion.

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Rhiannon Poley, Partnerships Communications Coordinator
Ph: 9644 1802

Rhiannon is a creative marketer with a passion for communication. Having worked in many different industries from video games to accommodation, e-commerce to B2B; she has built a wealth of communication knowledge that spans across a wide range of demographics. She has studied internet communications, including social media and participatory culture. She is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. Her main art practice includes small clay homewares and clay wearable art/millinery, but also has projects in song writing, games writing, sewing and drawing. 


PROGRAMMING TEAM

Rosie Dwyer

Rosie Dwyer, Senior 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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Alice Pollard, Touring Coordinator
Ph: 03 9644 1806

Alice was a Production Manager who enjoys whiskey, having the right tool for the right job, going camping and long walks on the beach. Her work has taken her across the world, including all across Australia, the UK, and some of Europe and China. Notable achievements include still holding it together after a decade in the arts, and been part of Personal, by Jodee Mundee, a show that took her to Darwin Festival and brought Deaf communities together across Australia. Alice dislikes flat batteries, bad coffee and writing bios. She is very excited her path has led her to working with the fabulous team at Regional Arts Victoria, as Tour Cooirdinator.

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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 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.

 

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.