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 The Bridge of San Luis Rey adapted from Thornton Willder's novel by Phillip Kavanagh, 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.
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.
Amanda is a Producer, Arts Manager and Consultant with over 20 years experience in the Creative Industries. Prior to joining the team at Brink, she has worked in roles including General Manager for Patch Theatre Company, Program Manager for the Australian Performing Arts Market, Arts Manager for Carclew and as Programming Executive for the Adelaide Festival Centre. Through her consultancy, JonesMacQueen, Amanda has also worked with a diverse cross section of independent artist and arts organisations, providing services including strategic planning, project management, change management and organisational design. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts (Drama & Screen Studies) from Flinders University and a Master of Business (Administrative Management) from the University of South Australia.
Executive Producer - Development
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
Stage Manager & Production Coordinator
Françoise is attached to the company based on our production schedule and creative development requirements. She is also responsible for managing enquiries to hire/buy our props and production equipment. Françoise is in demand for her highly developed problem solving skills and practical, detailed approach to sustainable event management, and has strengths in staff sourcing and managing, planning, scheduling, risk management reporting, communication and documentation.
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.
CHAIR - Trish Hansen
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.
DIRECTOR - Bill Allert (Artist Rep)
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.
TREASURER - Jackson Moore
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.
DIRECTOR - Mimi Crowe
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.
DIRECTOR - Amy Cooper-Boast
Amy is a Principal of law firm LK, with over 15 years of experience as a solicitor representing clients in complex commercial disputes and on cross-border 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. Amy has represented clients across a variety of industries, including financial services, agribusiness, property, manufacturing, telecommunications and government. She additionally undertakes pro bono legal work on behalf of refugee and asylum seekers with JusticeNet. Amy has LLB (with Hons), BA and GAICD qualifications.
DIRECTOR - Abhishek Shaw
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.