Samantha Chester (Director)
Sam is a dance theatre maker, movement director and educator. She has a BA in Dance from UWS Nepean and a Post Graduate in Movement Studies from NIDA. In 2011/12 Samantha was part of Cultivate/Culminate, the inaugural dance theatre development program through Force Majeure.
In 2014 she premiered Safety in Numbers at Riverside Theatre. She is the co-founder and director of Queen Street Studio and Fraser Studios and was awarded the Mike Walsh fellowship to travel to NY to train with the SITI Company in Viewpoints and Suzuki disciplines. She was Head of Movement and Associate Director of Actors Centre Australia and has worked as a movement consultant for all mainstream theatre companies in Sydney. She is a Churchill Fellow and recently travelled to the UK, Spain and Belgium. Recently she premiered her first full length solo work The Astronaut and was the Associate Artist for Critical Path 2015–2016.
She is currently Head of Movement at WAAPA and is very passionate about affordable space for artists.
Patricia Wood (Studio Manager)
Patricia is a dancer and choreographer based in Sydney. She recently completed a Masters in response to André Lepecki’s body as archive, where she made three choreographic studies that experimented with creating an emergent relationship to histories embedded in her body.
Patricia has received support through the Australia Council’s Artstart and SCOPE programmes, and received residencies from Critical Path, Frontyard and Ausdance.
As a performer Patricia has worked with dance companies and independent artists performing in Australia and internationally. These include Stan’s Café (UK), Les Commandos Percu (FR), Tasdance and with artists Mette Edvardsen (NOR/BE), Ros Crisp (FR/AU), Nick Cave (US), Clare Dyson, Natalie Cursio, Ivey Wawn, Martin del Amo, Dean Walsh, Jo Pollitt and Paea Leach.
In 2012 Patricia was the Entertainment Curator for TEDxPerth; in 2014 she worked with Ausdance NSW and Sydney Dance Company to produce the large-scale community event, Big Dance; and since 2015 has been facilitating Sydney’s independent dance classes (IDC) in partnership with ReadyMade Works. Patricia’s writing has been published in Un Magazine and Critical Dialogues. She is currently a teaching artist with Sydney Dance Company. Photo Credit: Matt Cornell
Linda Luke (Associate Artist)
Linda has been a dancer and performance maker for over 15 years. Her work aims to deepen sensitivity and excavate the subtle undercurrents we experience in relationship to self, each other and the environment. Linda has made a number of solo dance pieces and her most recent work, Still Point Turning premiered at Melbourne Festival, 2014. Since 2004, Linda has been a dancer for Sydney based dance company, De Quincey Co. Linda teaches movement at University of Wollongong for the BA Performance degree. lindaluke.blogspot.com
Rhys Morris (Design Manager)
Rhys Morris is a freelance designer and Digital Manager of Shark Island Productions. He is an award-winning designer with a long career in digital production, art and graphic design. Previous to Shark Island Productions, Rhys was Director of a Digital Design Company, working predominantly with small to medium enterprises and independent youth arts organisations. Rhys has volunteered for Children’s Rights International, working to develop youth justice in South East Asia as well as volunteering hours of time to ReadyMade Works.
He has a BA in Visual Communications and Design from Victoria University, Wellington.
Dr Julie-Anne Long (Chair)
Julie-Anne is an award winning dance artist and academic. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide (1999).
Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991–1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006–07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009–10). She is currently a lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University.
Cassandra Chester (Secretary)
Cass is a festival co-ordinator, event and project manager, marketer and administrative professional with twenty years’ of experience in film, not for profit, government and corporate sectors. Passionate about bringing communities together, Cass has worked at the National Film and Sound Archive, Australian Film Commission, United International Pictures and Unilever.
In 2006 Cass co-founded BooHoo films which ran short film competitions aiming to promote, support and encourage local filmmakers. This ran successfully over a six year period. She has served on the Queer Screen Board and has completed studies in arts and event management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Cass dreams of becoming a ventriloquist and is a pigeon fancier.
Giles Gunesekera SF Fin, FSSE, AFAIM, MAITD (Treasurer)
Giles is Treasurer and Director of Readymade. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Impact Initiative, a consultancy business specialising in Strategy, Education and Impact Investing. Giles has over 20 years’ experience of building and developing teams, businesses and distribution strategies for global enterprises. He has worked with clients in the corporate, government, central bank, social enterprise and not for profit sectors in the Asia Pacific. Giles has a unique blend of leadership and business skills gained in the corporate environment married with financial and governance skills gained in the Not for Profit sector.
Giles has a certificate in Workplace Training from Melbourne University and received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Strategic Management and Finance) from Monash University. He has a Master’s degree in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Giles is a graduate of the Oxford University Advanced Management and Leadership Program.
Giles is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Australian Institute of Training and Development. Giles holds numerous Volunteer Not-for-Profit Directorships ranging from Human Rights, Disabilities, Arts and Sports. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Securities and Investments Institute of Asia Pacific and a Director of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) Foundation.
Rhiannon Newton (Board Member)
Rhiannon is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer. Her practice concentrates on the relationship between the live-ness of dance and processes of repetition, problematizing how a dancing spirit meets economies of production and authorship. Rhiannon’s works have been presented at the Judson Church (New York), Dancehouse (Melbourne), Nagib Festival (Slovenia), Under The Radar and Metro Arts (Brisbane), Eyes Wide Festival (Perth) and Dancenedents, PACT (Sydney). Her practice has been developed in artist residencies throughout Australia and abroad and has received support from organisations such as the Australia Council, Critical Path, The Ian Potter Foundation and Marrickville Council. She has created new works for the students of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and produced the set solo choreographies for the 2014–17 WA school curriculum.
Rhiannon has been a part of international forums such as the Avignon Festival Seminar (2015) and Eastern European Choreographic Exchange (2013). She has lived abroad in Israel and the Netherlands where she worked as freelance dancer. As a performer she continues to engage in experimental and community-engaged projects. In 2016 she has performed Mette Edvardsen’s Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine in the Sydney Biennale, Paea Leach’s One and one and one in the Keir Choreographic Award, developed Champions with Martin Del Amo and continued dancing with Ros Crisp.
Su Goldfish (Board Member)
Su Goldfish is the manager of the UNSW Creative Practice Lab and the producer of performance and media works for the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales.
Recent and current projects are: THE LAST GOLDFISH, a documentary about her father and his lost family. Co-producer for UNSW of three William Yang documentaries, MY GENERATION, BLOOD LINKS and FRIENDS OF DOROTHY all of which screened on the ABC and in film festivals. Writer and director of the short creative documentary: TRACE, a journey to remember the ghostly connections between the past and now. Shortlisted for the Fisher's Ghost Award, screened in a number of film festivals locally and internationally and in the Museum of the History of National Socialism — Cologne. Writer and director of Ciao Meow, the story of a lost cat which won the Queer Pet project award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival and screened at the Torino Film Festival. Su has been working for over 25 years in varying capacities as a performer, writer, set maker, carpenter, builder, filmmaker and producer.