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 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
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.  

 

PARTNERSHIPS TEAM

Edwina Guinness

Edwina Guinness, Partnerships Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1813
Email: eguinness@rav.net.au

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.

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. 

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 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.

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

Rosie Dwyer

Rosie Dwyer, Connecting Places Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1807
Email: rdwyer@rav.net.au 

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.  

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.

Dale Packard

Dale Packard, Touring Services Manager
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.

Bindi Green

Bindi Green, Touring Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1804
Email: bgreen@rav.net.au

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. 

Sarah Wong

Sarah Wong, Programming Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1818
Email: swong@rav.net.au

Sarah is our Programming Administrator. She has worked as a production manager and stage manager on a variety of projects in the performing arts and live events both in Australia and around the world, ranging from arts festivals, theatre and musicals, to large scale ceremonies. Sarah is also an avid crafter who enjoys spinning yarns, knitting, crocheting and weaving. 

Erin Cookson

Erin Cookson née Voth, Programming Communications Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1806
Email: ecookson@rav.net.au

Erin is a creative professional with a passion for visual and performing arts. For the past four years, she has held the dual role of Marketing and Communications Manager and Gallery Manager at St Michael’s on Collins. Erin has a BA in Fine Art (Printmaking), and a Masters in Arts Management from RMIT and a GradDip in Education (Visual Arts) from Melbourne Uni. Over the past ten years, she has had the privilege of working with awesome organisations such as Brunswick Arts Space, Art Centre Melbourne, Victorian Opera, Yarra Ranges Council and the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

 

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?

Ros Abercrombie

Ros Abercrombie, Artlands Victoria Creative Producer
Ph: (03) 9644 1800
Email: ros@rav.net.au 

Ros is our Artlands Victoria Creative Producer. Ros is an expert creative producer and festivals director with over twenty years’ experience in regional, outer-suburban and urban contexts across Australia. She takes a sophisticated and rigorous approach to cultural events, with strengths in concept development, community engagement and place design. Ros enjoys generating partnerships and forming collaborations across all sectors of the creative industries, education, agriculture and the community. 

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Ella Bucovaz, Artlands Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1809
Email: ebucovaz@rav.net.au 

Ella is the Artlands Victoria Coordinator working on the 2018 Artlands Victoria conference. Ella was previously Regional Arts Victoria’s Programming Communications Coordinator, working in the touring team for the past three and a bit years. Ella holds a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor of Creative Arts from Deakin University. Ella has worked across the creative industries from galleries to festivals. She has previously worked at Salt Contemporary Gallery in Queenscliff, Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre, Showbiz International and worked on the past four Showcase Victoria events. Ella recently led a Marketing Innovation Project as project coordinator, working with three regional communities on marketing and audience development. Ella is passionate about connecting regional artists and audiences and is thrilled to be working on Artlands, championing regional artists and arts practice. 

MARKETING & ADMINISTRATION

Anna Kennedy

Anna Kennedy, Executive Assistant & Office Administrator
Ph: (03) 9644 1800
Email: akennedy@rav.net.au 

Anna is Regional Arts Victoria’s Executive Assistant and Office Administrator. She is also a freelance producer, actor and theatre-maker, facilitating and participating in a broad range of arts events including festivals, plays, 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 and organisations such as Rollercoaster Theatre, She Said Theatre, Riot Stage, Poppy Seed Theatre Festival, Lonely Company, Auspicious Arts Projects, Living Positive Victoria, Darebin Arts, and various presenters and venues across Australia and New Zealand. Through She Said Theatre, Anna is the producer of HART, which is touring with Regional Arts Victoria in 2017 and 2018.

Eleanor Bally

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 Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9644 1812
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.