Board & Staff
Chris became Artistic Director of Brink Productions in 2005. His productions have been presented by most major theatre companies in Australia. Works commissioned, developed and directed for Brink include Memorial by Alice Oswald, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow (an adaptation of Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump), Thursday by Bryony Lavery, When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (a collaboration with visual artist Hossein Valamanesh), Land & Sea by Nicki Bloom, Skip Miller’s Hit Songs by Sean Riley, Harbinger by Matthew Whittet, Beetle Graduation by Susan Rogers, The Clockwork Forest by Doug MacLeod, This Uncharted Hour by Finegan Kruckemeyer as well as reimagined classics The Hypochondriac (adapted from the Moliere) by Paul Galloway, and Drums in the Night (adapted from the Brecht) by Finegan Kruckemeyer.
For the State Theatre Company of South Australia Chris has directed Babyteeth by Rita Kalnejais, drowning in my ocean of You by Fiona Sprott and The Merchant of Venice. Chris co-adapted Robert Dessaix’s much cherished novel Night Letters with Susan Rogers for STCSA, for the the 2004 Adelaide Festival and Playbox. His acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman for the State Opera Company of South Australia was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best director.
Chris’ productions have received numerous awards including Victoria Green Room, Sydney Theatre, SA and ACT Critics Circle, Ruby and Curtain Call Awards. In 2010 the ABC’s Limelight magazine nominated Chris as one of the top 50 players in the arts in Australia.
Karen Wilson hails most recently from her role as General Manager of the Come Out Festival, and has held senior roles with the Adelaide Festival Centre, BASS, and Ticketek, working with many of Australia’s major arts organisations throughout her career.
CHAIR - Stuart Symons
Stuart is Public Affairs and Community Manager with People’s Choice Credit Union. He has extensive international experience managing corporate communications, brand, stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility programs for global entities such as ExxonMobil, Santos and King’s College London. Stuart has 20 years’ experience spanning the financial services, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, diversified industrial, health and higher education sectors. Holding MBA, Grad Cert in Energy & Resources and BA (Hons) qualifications, Stuart has managed many of Australia’s leading business-arts partnerships, recognised with 10 state and national partnering awards.
DEPUTY CHAIR - Bill Allert (Artist Rep)
Bill is an actor who first appeared for Brink in Howard Barker’s The Europeans in 1998. Since then he has appeared for the company in Drums in the Night, The Duck Shooter, The Caretaker, A Lie of the Mind, Blue Remembered Hills, Killer Joe, Ursula and The Ecstatic Bible. He has also appeared in productions such as A View from the Bridge, That Eye The Sky, 1984, Salt (State Theatre Company SA), and The Birthday Party and Translations (Flying Penguin). Bill holds an MEI, Bachelor of Business, and Graduate Diploma in Film and Television.
TREASURER - Martin White
Martin is a director of Edwards Marshall, a significant accounting and advisory firm in Adelaide. He has worked in both its audit and assurance and business advisory divisions, and currently specialises in forensic accounting and business valuations. Martin has extensive experience in business and commerce having enjoyed exposure to a broad cross section of industries and advised on a large variety of commercial scenarios. Martin is a Chartered Accountant, holds degrees in commerce and law, and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
DIRECTOR - Mimi Crowe
Mimi is an arts manager and Producer of TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Mimi was previously the Head of Development & Strategy at State Theatre SA and held senior positions in The Office for Design & Architecture (General Manager) and Arts SA (Manager, Cultural Heritage), as well as brief stints working in Youth Arts (the ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People and Come Out). Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mimi's initial studies were at Central Washington University and she continued her career in the theatre in both the US and Ireland before moving to Adelaide in 2001. She has a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and an MBA from the University of South Australia.
DIRECTOR - Amy Cooper-Boast
Amy is Special Counsel with Lipman Karas and has over a decade of experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes and on crossborder insolvency and corporate restructuring projects. Her experience includes advising on claims in Australia, Asia and Europe, involving directors’ duties, audit negligence, contract, trade practices and issues generally arising in the context of corporate collapses.