As a strategist and systems designer in the fields of health, wellbeing, arts and culture, Trish founded Urban Mind Studio to contribute to enriching the creative and cultural life of people, places, neighbourhoods and cities. As a natural collaborator and complex systems thinker, Trish has provoked, pioneered and managed social enterprises, projects, programs and quests in the tertiary adult and paediatric health, urban, arts and cultural sectors. She is currently a Good Design Australia Ambassador, Fellow of the Centre for Conscious Design, Board Director of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, and Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Australia, as well as serving on other committees.
Bill is a Business Development Advisor at Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Law (Honours). As a professional actor, he was an ensemble member of Brink Productions for ten years and has performed in several productions for the company, including Drums in the Night, Killer Joe and The Ecstatic Bible. He has also performed nationally and internationally for companies including State Theatre Company of SA, Belvoir St, Malthouse, GWB Productions, and Flying Penguin. Bill is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and holds a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television.
Jackson is the Chief Financial Officer for innovative energy company, Nitschke Energy. Prior to this, he was the regional CFO for a global manufacturing company for over twenty years. Jackson is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Member of ICDA, has held several directorships and is currently Director/Treasurer of SCALA, an Adelaide based NFP organisation dedicated to nurturing original music. Jackson has over 20 years’ financial management expertise across treasury, taxation, strategy and planning, turnarounds, business development, commercial contracting and procurement across various Industries and countries. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of South Australia, and an MBA specialising in strategic planning from Deakin University.
Mimi is a strategic leader driven by innovation, generosity and professionalism, with demonstrated experience in developing relationships and implementing policy to realise ambitious vision. With nearly 20 years of experience as an arts and creative industries leader and advocate, she is currently leading the Creative City program, City of Adelaide, with previous roles including: Advocacy Director at the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA); Producer of Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia; Head of Development & Strategy, State Theatre Company South Australia; General Manager, Office for Design + Architecture SA (formerly Integrated Design Commission SA); and Manager Cultural Heritage, Arts SA. Mimi holds an MBA from the University of South Australia and is committed to a culturally safe, diverse and respectful environment.
Amy is a Principal of law firm LK, holding over 15 years of Australian and international legal experience. She specialises in commercial dispute resolution, directors’ duties, compliance, regulatory investigations, ethics, misconduct, fraud, director/auditor negligence, risk, privacy, contract and trust issues, and insolvency. She previously practised in the London office of global law firm, Allen & Overy, , and has represented clients across a variety of industries, including financial services, medical and defence technology, infrastructure, agribusiness, property, manufacturing, telecommunications, arts and government. Amy holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (literature and creative writing), is a Graduate Member of the AICD and a Fellow of the Governance Institute. She serves as an Independent Director (Governance) of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, amongst other community roles, including co-ordinator of LK’s pro bono work for refugees and asylum seekers through not-for-profit registered charity, JusticeNet.
Abhishek is the Finance Manager at Adelaide Festival Centre (AFC), specialising in financial reporting, budgeting, and effective internal controls in a prominent arts centre. Prior to working at AFC, Abhishek was employed with SA Health and Ernst & Young, exposing him to a diverse range of industries from mining to wineries and manufacturing to arts festivals. Abhishek is a Chartered Accountant, holds an undergraduate degree in Science and a Master’s in Business Accounting.
Dameeli Coates is a Wakka Wakka woman whose family are from Southern Queensland. She is an emerging weaver, curator, textile artist and designer who grew up on Kaurna Yarta. She spent 20 years working as a Human Rights campaigner in Indigenous affairs, policy and programs across Australia for Government and non-government organisations. She lived for a short time in rural Vietnam and for 12 years in London raising a family and studying.
She has an Honours degree in Textile Design from Central Saint Martin’s College, London. Her curatorial and arts practice has been influenced by examining the effects of dispossession, displacement and settler colonial borders on Indigenous identities and collective sense of belonging.
Dameeli is deeply interested in how textiles can be both cultural critique and beautiful objects; she loves their constructed and sculptural abilities and produces three dimensional, scaled-up objects as well as everyday, interactive products like fabric and surface materials.
Stephen is a theatre director, dramaturg and creator. He works across theatre, comedy, dance, and contemporary performance. Stephen was Co-Artistic Director of Western Edge 2022-2023 and is a member of the Associate Artist Advisory Panel at Melbourne Theatre Company 2022-2024 under the Artistic Direction of Anne Louise Sarks. He was the founder and Artistic Director of Little Ones Theatre, an independent company focused on innovative queer theatre-making (2009-2023). Stephen studied at The University of Melbourne (2008) and NIDA (Directing, 2010).
He is a Green Room Award winner for Best Direction (The Happy Prince) and has been nominated a further three times (Psycho Beach Party, Dracula, and The Moors).
His works have won 12 Green Room Awards and been nominated for a total of 41 since 2012. Stephen was also the recipient of the Besen Family Artist Program Placement with Malthouse Theatre and a PlayKing funding award to work in Singapore with Wild Rice Theatre Company and playwright Alfian Sa'at. He was a member of the 2019 Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab, New York City.
He has directed for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, Performance Space, Yirramboi Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, Perth Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Midsumma Festival, Feast Festival, Melt Festival, Theatre Works, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, and La Mama. His works have been critically acclaimed and toured to sold out houses across the country.
He recently began working with Fremantle Media to develop a television adaptation of Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas, based on the stage play he directed in 2017-2019.
Karen was appointed in 2014 and is responsible for the overall management of the company including: finance, HR, governance, marketing and promotion, sponsorship, philanthropy and strategic planning. Karen has extensive experience in commercial, development and marketing and was most recently General Manager of the Come Out Festival, and has held senior roles with the Adelaide Festival Centre, BASS and Ticketek.
Executive Producer - Development + Touring
John is Director of Dowling Street Productions and is a creative consultant and advisor to the performing arts and music industries. He has had roles in financial, project and logistical management for a variety of government, non-profit and private entities. He was Operations Manager of Sydney Symphony, General Manager of Sydney’s State Theatre, and General Manager of the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific). He was Executive Producer – Venue Utilisation at Queensland Performing Arts Centre before returning to his hometown of Adelaide in the role of Executive Producer – Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Commercial Ventures at Adelaide Festival Centre. He then returned to Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the role of Director – Programming for four years before returning again to Adelaide as Chief Operating Officer of GWB Entertainment. John now runs his own consulting business, focussing on helping people and companies get new work to stage and then touring. John is Chair of Music SA and serves on the Board of the Darwin Entertainment Centre.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Hilary is a Marketing and Communications professional who brings to Brink over 25 years Marketing experience. She has fulfilled various Communications roles within the South Australian arts sector with 10 years as a Marketing Executive at the Adelaide Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe and fulfilled publicity roles at Music Business Adelaide, and Carclew Youth Arts Centre. She has also worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors as Marketing Manager at Chateau Moteur, Brand and Marketing Manager at That Red House, Business Development Manager at Loanco, and before joining Brink, was Communications Advisor at COTA SA (Council on the Ageing). Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Communication Studies and is delighted to join the Brink team.
Lachlan is a freelance production manager and technical designer working across multiple industries. He has toured nationally and internationally with Australian Dance Theatre, Patch Theatre Company and Force Majeure in technical and production management roles. He is an ongoing collaborator on projects for MOD. Gallery, Sandpit, Brink Productions and Adelaide Festival. In recent years Lachlan has been involved with larger scale projects from inception through to completion blending a high level of technical detail and design with smooth project management. He holds a Diploma of Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Production) from Adelaide College of the Arts - TAFE SA
Theresa is an accountant with CPA status, obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of South Australia. Through her experience as a financial accountant and auditor, she had acquired a significant understanding of the how small/medium arts organisations operate. She previously worked in a similar role with Patch Theatre Company and is currently the Finance Manager at Restless Dance Theatre. Theresa is the former Treasurer of Writers SA.