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. 

Joe Toohey, Executive Director (CEO)

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung

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. 


Jacquelin Low, Director of Operations

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung

Jacquelin studied Communications at Murdoch University before graduating from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (Acting). She has held management roles across the arts sector, including General Manager and Acting Director of Writers Victoria, the State’s peak body for writing. In 2016, Jacquelin was the inaugural General Manager of Contemporary Arts Precincts and was instrumental in developing the operational capacity of the organisation to redevelop the old Collingwood Tech site into Collingwood Yards. The site is now home to 20 arts and cultural organisations and houses 40 artists within 17 studios. Jacquelin joined the executive leadership team at Regional Arts Victoria in May 2021 and is acting in the role of CEO for the first half of 2022.

With extensive financial management experience, Jacquelin is an experienced bookkeeper and has consulted for arts organisations specialising in budgeting and financial reporting. Jacquelin is a passionate champion for pro-active inclusive practices and positive workplace culture.


Liz Zito, Director of Regional Partnerships
Email: [email protected]

Country: Taungurung

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.  


Malcolm Sanders, Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships
Ph: 03 5320 5888
Mob: 0412 459 471

Country: Wadawurrung, Djabwurrung

Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in arts management and community cultural development. He has a degree in education and a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management from Deakin University. Malcolm has worked in various management roles for the Bharatam Dance Company, the Centre of Adult Education, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, and Courthouse ARTS in Geelong. Malcolm has worked for Regional Arts Victoria since 2013 as Creative Arts Facilitator for the Central Victorian region and since 2021 as the Senior Manager, Regional Partnerships. He also serves on the advisory committee for Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management courses, on the Arts, Crafts and Cookery Committee of Melbourne Royal Show, and on the board of the Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre.


Loraine Little, Regional Manager – North West
Mob: 0476 353 856

Country: WambaWamba, BarabaBeraba, WadiWadi 

Loraine is Manager in the North West of Victoria. She works closely with Swan Hill Rural City and Gannawarra Shire Councils. Being born and educated in Swan Hill, Loraine is passionate about connecting artists with community groups, and working with the growing diverse communities in regional areas. Previous roles have been with Victorian College of the Arts, 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. 

Alongside her professional career, Loraine has volunteered with and advocated for the LGBTQI+ 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 also played volleyball around the world!


Tim Dakin, Manager – Wellington (Gippsland)
Mob: 0428 403 386
Email: [email protected]

Country: Gunaikurnai | Pronouns: He/Him

Tim Dakin has been working in community development and the arts for over 25 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 with each other, working with young people and supporting artists and communities to create amazing work.


Jo Grant, Manager – South West
Mob: 0448 500 608
Email: [email protected]

Country: Gunditjmara | Pronouns: She/Her

Jo is Manager of the South West local government partnership. She is a strong advocate for recognition of arts across the region and works to broker support and provide advice, opportunities and skills development for artists and organisations. Jo works closely with community and councils on strategic planning for projects and policy development. In 2020 Regional Arts Victoria led the process to design and implement the first region-wide arts strategy of its kind, the South West Creative Industries Strategy which now forms a strong focus for arts advocacy and development in the region. She has 25 years’ experience in the arts and education industries and holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) degree and a Master of Visual Arts.


Brianna Kavanagh, Coordinator, Creative Leaders Project, South West Victoria
Mob: 0460 813 912

Country: Gunditjmara | Pronouns: She/Her

Brianna has a passion for supporting regionally-based young people in the arts. She is an educator with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a practicing musician. Brianna has spent her life living, studying, and working based in regional Victoria, where she has worked as an instrumental teacher, musician, primary generalist classroom teacher, arts specialist teacher, music teacher mentor, and professional learning presenter.  She is currently studying her Masters of (arts) Education and is thrilled to be a part of the team at Regional Arts Victoria, where she can contribute to her community by supporting young emerging artists.


Kellie Sutherland, Community Engagement Manager
Mob: 0459 257 637

Country: Dhudhuroa, Waveroo | Pronouns: She/Her

Kelliehas dedicated herself to various roles within the creative industries over the last 20 years. Primarily, as a founding member and creative co-director of maverick musical group Architecture in Helsinki, and more recently as an arts worker in arts communication and cultural partnerships roles in the North East and Border region. With a strong understanding of community-led activities and engagement, and Creative Recovery practices, Kellie is passionate about inspiring, connecting and thriving creatively.

Bindi Green, Manager, Touring
Ph: 03 9644 1809
Mob: 0466 280 385
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

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. 


Annie Stephens, Touring Coordinator
Mob:0474 590 334
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/They

Annie has been working in the performing arts since 1996, firstly as a circus performer, then as a trainer, and then as a program manager. Over her 19 years with Circus Oz saw her develop and deliver numerous community, corporate, education, public and industry programs. Because expression through art is so important to our well-being as individuals and as communities, supporting artists to do their best work really really floats her boat. She has formally studied: secretarial studies (a bloody long time ago, hence the old-fashioned name), massage therapy and graphic arts. Stereotype warning! She is into yoga, gardening and bush walks.


Luth (Anna) Wolff, Touring Coordinator
Mob:0415 231 259
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Luth has lived and breathed regional touring for over a decade as a performer and company director with Solid State Circus. She has produced solo and ensemble works for schools, theatres and events across Australia and overseas, and is 5 towns away from finishing the song “I’ve been everywhere, man”. Luth has spent time in Darwin and the Top End teaching circus to young people in indigenous communities and working on events. She has a passion for street performance and busking advocacy; bringing live art to isolated communities, and making really great jam.


Nikki Ralston, Connecting Places Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Country: Yorta Yorta, Bangerang | Pronouns: She/Her

Nikki is a lover of all things arts and culture who has found her niche using her skills to help others’ brilliant creative ideas to become a reality. She is passionate about increasing access for more people to engage with arts and culture as creators, audiences and participants. Nikki has a Master’s of Arts and Cultural Management and professional experience in both Australia and the UK, including as a Relationship Manager, Theatre for Arts Council England, and as the Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Banyule City Council. She also mentors emerging and mid-career artists and is part of the DESIAP (Designing Innovation in the Asia Pacific) Creative Women’s Mentoring Program. Nikki and her young family recently moved from inner city Melbourne to the beautiful town of Yarrawonga, and she is enjoying exploring the region and discovering the vibrant regional arts scene.


Pippin Davies, Senior Manager, Arts & Education
Mob:0427 211 123
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Pippin has a background in circus, dance and the travel industry, from circus performing to tour managing. Growing up in a regional centre, Pippin was lucky enough to experience the value of the arts and it’s ability to open up new perspectives, build lifelong skills and strengthen communities. She’s passionate about young people’s access to the arts and loves working with the incredible RAV team to support arts experiences in schools across the regions. With a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Dance and Drama), Pippin has worked as freelance performer, a travel agent, managed a community training space and as the Classes and Education Coordinator at Circus Oz before joining the team at Regional Arts Victoria. Pippin is also a yoga teacher and enjoys developing her own yoga practice and supporting others to do the same.


Sarah Atkinson, Program Manager, Student Voices for Recovery & Circus Active
Ph: 0477 576 935
Email: [email protected]

Country: Gunai Kurnai

Sarah is trained in visual arts and business management and has established careers in the performing and visual arts in government and the private sector. Sarah made regional Victoria home in 2012 and is driven by sustainable community development and promoting creative expression for all ages.


Hannah Schneider, Creative Producer, Arts & Education
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Originally from Canberra, Hannah has been immersed in the arts world since the age of 3 when she was put into dance classes to get out of mum’s hair. Moving to Rome straight after college, she worked in world class museums and galleries and became passionate about history, arts education and eating as much pasta as possible. Upon returning to Australia, Hannah has built up her arts administration expertise in roles at Arts Centre Melbourne and Creative Victoria, before coming to Regional Arts Victoria to help deliver the Creative Workers in Schools, Sustaining Creative Workers and Student Voices in Recovery programs. Outside of her work with Regional Arts Victoria, Hannah supports independent artists and small business owners in a freelance capacity by providing grant application support and administration guidance.


Amelia Kingston, Program Manager – Positive Start, Arts & Education
Email: [email protected]

Country: Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Amelia started work as a potter in Stawell when she was 16 years old. She had an amazing teacher who inspired her to keep creating and to keep learning. From there she completed her degree in Literature and Philosophy, minoring in Arts, then completing an honours year in ceramics. From there Amelia worked as Primary school Art/music/classroom teacher for the next 11 years, whilst also working as a restaurant manager, and on her pottery. In the past 7 years Amelia has worked a part time teacher, using the rest of her time to concentrate on her pottery and business AKA, being a mum, grant writing for local schools and in her (and her husbands) biggest project, working on building their own home.  

Amelia loves her regional community and strives to bring arts and experiences to her local area and schools. Amelia sits on the Community Consultation board of Grampians Health, manages the Halls Gap Twilight Market and runs arts sessions in conjunction with Grampians Aleworks. 


Annie Brien, Creative Producer, Student Voices for Recovery, Arts & Education
Email: [email protected]

Country: Bpangerrang and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: She/Her

Annie grew up in North-East Victoria where art and music were part of her daily experience exploring the bush and connecting with community. Annie previously worked in a bushfire recovery role at the Wangaratta Art Gallery where she designed, developed and facilitated an interactive creative program for the community to support in developing community resilience after the 2020 Black Summer bushfires.

She has a background in community development, working internationally on environmental sustainability and cultural development projects. In 2020 Annie wrote her thesis about the role of participatory arts in developing resilient communities in times of crisis, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.

Annie is passionate and fascinated about the role of the arts in strengthening communities and developing new futures. Annie loves to create experiences which connect people through creativity and support new ways of seeing and being.


Meghan Bye, Creative Producer, Student Voices for Recovery, Arts & Education
Email: [email protected]

Country: Gunaikurnai | Pronouns: She/Her

Meg comes to RAV with over 12 years’ experience in art education. She initially trained and worked as a secondary school art teacher. Then she moved into Education and Public Programming roles within regional public galleries, her most recent role being an Education Coordinator at Gippsland Art Gallery. Meg also has her own art practice making and selling jewellery and running workshops under her business name ‘Made Bye Meg’.  

Meg is passionate about being creative, art, and art education, and would like to see growth in the accessibility and visibility of the arts in regional Victoria. 

Meg works part-time: Monday & Tuesday. 


Nova Whineray, Arts & Education Administrator

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung

Nova has extensive administrative experience and passion in delivering creative arts programs and workshops throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria. Before joining the team at Regional Arts Victoria, she supported the Education and Programming teams at Orchestra Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, and most recently supported the Curator at the Australian Catholic University. With a background in dance and visual performance, she was choreographer and producer of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge productions for Melton Secondary College and Coburn Primary School. Nova grew up in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in the Macedon Ranges where she enjoys watching footy, long walks, and seeing her son grow and flourish within the community.

Rhiannon Poley, Partnerships Communications Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

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. Her main art practice includes fine art portraits and digital art, but also has projects in clay, song writing, games writing, sewing and graphic art. 


Adam Fawcett, Programming Communications Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Country: Dja Dja Wurrung

Adam is 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 and regionally-based playwright, Adam is focussed on putting queer narratives at the centre of his work, with his first play, Become The One, awarded the 2018 Gasworks Playtime Award for New Queer Writing. His follow up play Every Lovely Terrible Thing was a finalist in the 2021 Queer Playwriting Award and will premiere at Theatre Works in 2022. 


Alexander Hammond, Salesforce Administrator
Ph: 0424 161 419
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrong. From GunnaiKurnai Krauatungalung country. | Pronouns: He/Him

Alex helps people with Salesforce CRM by finding ways to make life easier with data automation and creates meaningful stories with data about communities.

Alicia Wyatt, Grants Manager
Ph: 0483 057 936
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, Boon Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

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.

Angelia Pamic, Human Resource Manager
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung| Pronouns: She/Her

Born and raised in North Eastern Victoria, Angela is now a Melbourne based Arts manager, Producer and passionate advocate for independent artists. With over 20 years’ experience in the arts sector, Angela has worked across Theatre, Dance, Physical Theatre, Circus and Puppetry in various roles including Arts Officer (Moreland City Council); Project Manager (Arts West), Project Producer (Dance Massive 2015); Associate Producer (Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Black Hole Theatre); Membership & Marketing Manager (Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association [ACAPTA]); Program Manager (Theatre Network Victoria); and General Manager (Theatre Works).  Her early career as a Production, Tour and Stage Manager, saw her tour extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Canada with companies including Oz Opera, Handspan Theatre, Strange Fruit and Arena Theatre Company to name a few.


Christian Taylor, Operations and Sustainability Coordinator
Ph: 0455 477 900
Email: [email protected]

Country: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung | Pronouns: He/Him

Christian is a Melbourne-based actor and theatremaker, and has a passion for environmental justice and sustainable artistic practice. He has dabbled in film and television, writing, producing, and production management, and worked as an artist with organisations including The Wheeler Centre, ArtPlay, and Brunswick Mechanics Institute. In addition to being a member of the grassroots collective Sustainable Theatres Australia, he also is currently studying his Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne, where his focus is on climate change, governance, advocacy, and policy.


Leila Dashti, Finance Coordinator

Country: Wurundjeri Willum

Leila studied Bachelor of Accounting at LaTrobe University (Melbourne) after graduating from the Kangan Institution. She was a qualified accountant in Iran and has updated her education to comply with the Australian Standards. 

She has held several finance, accounting, management roles across different sectors and industries, including Farsar Tejarat Medical Engineering Company | Iran, Mohsen Group | Iran & UAE,  ASRC | Australia-Victoria, RH Painting | Australia-Victoria, Finance Administrator–Body Safety A | Australia-Victoria, and Whittlesea Community Connections | Australia-Victoria. With extensive accounting and finance experience, Leila is a highly organised multi-tasker who contributes positively to impact team success. Leila is knowledgeable about enforcing company standards, employment regulations and Accounting best practices. Her key strengths are planning, organisational problem-solving, and is responsive to changing business needs and regulatory standards.