Board and Staff

Staff

 Edwin Kemp Attrill

Edwin Kemp Attrill

Artistic Director

Edwin Kemp Attrill is a South Australian theatre maker. He is the founder and Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre and the former Artistic Director of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild.

Edwin’s work focuses on interactive theatre and participatory storytelling, exploring social justice themes. As a community arts practitioner, Edwin has worked with people with disabilities, prisoners, LGBTIQ communities, young people, refugees and migrants. He holds a Diploma in Theatre Arts through Victoria University and a Graduate Certificate in Art and Community Engagement through Victorian College for the Arts, and is an alumni of the Salzburg Global Forum’s global ‘Young Cultural Entrepreneurs’ program.

Edwin was the recipient of the 2013 Channel 9 Young Achievers Award for Career Leadership and 2015 Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award at the South Australian Ruby Awards. He received the 2018 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for outstanding leadership in Community Art and Cultural Development.

 Yasmin Gurreeboo

Yasmin Gurreeboo

Associate Director

Yasmin Gurreeboo has worked in the cultural sector for the last two decades and is a theatre director and community arts practitioner. In addition to her work at ActNow, she is also the Artistic Director for Foul Play Theatre and Co-Producer for the Directors’ Collective South Australia.

Yasmin was the Artistic Director of the West Wing Arts Centre in Slough; Artistic Programme Manager at Harrow Arts Centre, and Producing Associate at the Barbican Centre in London. Yasmin has extensive experience as a Community Arts Practitioner across educational and non-educations settings, and has worked for Proteus Theatre Company (UK), Wildcard Theatre Company (UK), Images of Elsewhere (UK), Tutti Arts (SA), No Strings Attached (SA), Company AT (SA) and Fairfax Festival (Vic). She has a first class honours drama degree from the University of Exeter and is an alumnus of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, Paris. In 2010, Yasmin was the recipient of a bespoke Cultural Leadership Grant for mid-career leaders.

Yasmin is committed to championing women’s voices and diversity on our stages.

Chiara Gabrielli

Chiara Gabrielli

Associate Artist and Associate Producer

Chiara is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate and local independent artist. Chiara performed and toured with the Ruby Award-winning State Theatre Company educational show Gorgon, directed by Nescha Jelk and written by Elena Carapetis. She also thoroughly enjoyed working with The Three C’s on A Night at the Venue, Sandpit’s Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid, and FireHazard’s interactive theatrical spy game Undercover: Adelaide.

Most recently, Chiara was part of BackPorch’s inaugural production of Schmidt, directed by Sarah Dunn, involved in ActNow Theatre’s Zero Feet Away as an associate producer and performed with Freerange Theatrix in Gone Viral during the DreamBIG Children’s Festival.

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Ben Brooker

Associate Artist

Ben is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, and bookseller. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing from Adelaide College of the Arts. His work has been featured by Overland, New Matilda, New Internationalist, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Review. In 2013 he was an Emerging Writer in Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre, and was a featured playwright at the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival Adelaide Roadshow and the 2015 National Play Festival.

His plays have been performed in Sydney and Adelaide, including by the award-winning Adelaide independent theatre companies five.point.one and SAYarts. His most recently produced work for the stage was the dystopian triptych This Storm (2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival), which he also directed. He is a co-facilitator of Adelaide’s Quart Short literary reading salons and in 2016-17 was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow. His latest performance work is Below the Line, an exploration of online comment culture, which received a second stage creative development at Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix’s national experimental arts hothouse, in 2017.

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Rhen Soggee

General Manager

Rhen Soggee is an arts manager interested in contemporary, multicultural, inter/multi-disciplinary and participatory arts. They seek to affect social change through the arts, specifically with multicultural, intersectional, feminist and queer agendas.

Rhen works with community arts and cultural development values geared towards empowerment, and enjoys mentoring others. Rhen is driven by their passion for sparking conversation, understanding, and engagement, and resulting soft power outcomes.

Rhen has worked across many arts organisations, cultural hubs, and festivals, recently including OzAsia Festival and Next Wave. They join ActNow Theatre from Carclew, where they were Arts & Events Coordinator.

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Jane Howard

Development and Communications Manager

Jane Howard is an arts worker, cultural researcher, and journalist. She was the coordinator of HIVE at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival; director of the 2016 Digital Writers’ Festival; and has worked for organisations including Vitalstatistix, Access2Arts, and the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. She has worked in research at Deakin University, Flinders University, and on the Australia Council’s Women In Theatre report.

Jane is a contributing editor at Kill Your Darlings and a regular contributor to Guardian Australia, who she has written for across Australia and in Asia. Her work has been translated into multiple languages and has been commissioned in England, Scotland, Canada, and the Czech Republic. She has been shortlisted at the SA Media Awards and the SA Press Club Awards, was a 2017 Wheeler Centre Fellow, and is a 2018 Australia Council Future Leader.

 

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Matthew Ives

Chairperson

Matthew Ives is currently the Cultural Development Coordinator with the City of Unley. He is working under the key principles of exploring culturally sustainable opportunities for anyone who lives, works, plays or studies in Unley, Matthew seeks out creative community expression using the arts and positive community engagement as the main tools.

Matthew has worked in Local Government for 19 years. Matthew has extensive experience working with diverse urban and regional communities both in England and in South Australia. With a professional background and training in Theatre, he has worked on many community projects and programs with an arts and cultural focus as an educator, a freelance arts worker, arts facility manager and Local Government bureaucrat.

Matthew has served on several boards of management including Community Arts Network, Service Skills and Jumbuck Theatre. He has been a peer assessor on several occasions for Arts SA panels over 13 years.

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Steph Key

Board Member

Steph Key is a member of the South Australian House of Assembly for the South Australian Branch of the Australian Labor Party since the 1997 election, representing the electorates of Hanson (1997–2002) and Ashford (2002–present). Prior to entering Parliament, Steph worked in a diverse range of employment. Having left home and school at a very young age, she worked mainly as a clerk and took on part-time jobs and study. Consequently, she worked as a waitress, kitchen hand, cook, cleaner and shop assistant. Later on, Steph worked as the General Secretary of the Flinders University Students Association, Director of the Working Women’s Centre, Senior Industrial Officer- Advocate for the Transport Workers Union, the ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) and the UTLC (United Trades and Labor Council).

She has served on a number of national and state boards, including a period of 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the South Australian Housing Trust. With the advent of the new Labor Government in 2002, Steph served as the Minister responsible for Social Justice (inc. Ageing, Disability and Community Welfare portfolios), Housing, Youth and the Status of Women until 2004, and then as Minister responsible for Employment, Training and Further Education, Youth and the Status of Women until March 2006. At the 2006 state election, she was elected again to represent the seat of Ashford. In this period, as a ‘backbencher’, she saw her work over many years result in changes in the area of Equal Opportunity, some rights for same-sex couples and improvements in the process and laws surrounding rape, sexual assault, child protection and domestic violence.

Eliza Lovell

Eliza Lovell

Board Member

Eliza Lovell has worked extensively over the last 20 years or so as a performer, theatre maker, teaching artist and audio describer.

Eliza co-created “Theo and the Lion” with Patch Theatre Company (Local, Regional, VIC Arts Centre + SYD Opera House tour) and she is currently collaborating with Brink Productions on the Vaudeville Project.

Eliza has facilitated numerous workshops and events in schools and communities in both metro and regional areas and she has ongoing arts residencies with Patch, Brink + Adelaide Secondary School of English, Restless Dance and SA School for Vision Impaired.

Eliza was recently the Chair of CAN (Community Arts Network) and on the board of the Grahame F Smith Peace Foundation.

In 2011, Eliza received an Audio Description research grant for further training in the UK with VocalEyes. She is a lead Audio Describer for Access 2 Arts and is passionate about access and inclusion.

In 2016, Eliza was lead artist at Carclew for two projects: CBL (Creative Body Learning) project and is working with Modbury PS, Christie Downs PS and O’Sullivan’s Beach PS exploring drama and arts-based practice in relation to Maths and Numeracy and cross-curriculum learning. She is also lead Artist on Carclew’s Creative Children’s Congress (C3) in collaboration with Alex Desebrock. Eliza is also currently collaborating and presenting with the Resilience Team at the South Australian Health Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

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Jo Coventry

Treasurer

Jo Coventry has a Bachelor of Education with a specialist major in Drama and has taught in numerous secondary schools between 1990 and 2003, before switching her day job to Arts Administration. She has worked for Carclew Youth Arts Centre, the Adelaide Fringe, the Come Out Festival, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and is currently at Adrian Bohm Presents. Between 1990 and 2003 she was a freelance performer, predominantly in the field of comedy with 3 successful Improv troupes and also performed sketch and stand up comedy. She was a founding member of The Hills Youth Theatre and Improd Theatre that specialized in Educational Theatre, Theatre Sports and independent theatre productions. During this time she worked in all fields of theatre including Artistic Direction, Performance, Finance and Publicity. Jo has volunteered for several community organisations including Merz Housing Co-operative (mostly as Treasurer) and is currently volunteering for the Animal Welfare League in the kitten nursery. She likes cats.

 Simon Krieg

Simon Krieg

Board Member

Simon is an experienced business manager with a range of interests across a wide industry spectrum. He specialises in flexible learning design and registered training organisation (RTO) compliance management offering innovative and engaging online learning approaches and products.

Simon Manages the Centre for People Development, an Adelaide based registered training organisation and has been involved in the education industry for over 12 years. He is also the managing director of partnering company e-learning Creations, a highly collaborative and innovative educational design organisation.

Simon lives strongly held values of equity, fairness and transparency and is highly regarded for his ability to engage powerfully with people.

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Lilla Berry

Board Member

Lilla works in arts management and administration as Project Officer in the Arts Programs Team at Carclew, the peak body for youth arts in South Australia. She has worked across multi-art form projects that focus on arts experiences for children and young people in a variety of community and educational contexts. She believes in the power of the arts as a tool for social change and community development. As a Yankunytjatjara woman, Lilla has a passion for working with Aboriginal communities as a way of giving back to her people. As a feminist, she enjoys working with young girls to develop their leadership and risk taking capacities, and is an advocate for equality for all people. Lilla was as a member of Kurruru’s Dance ensemble between 2010 and 2013, and has a sustained interest in both dance, circus and performance.

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Ben Brooker

Board Member

Ben is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, and bookseller. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Flinders University and an Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing from Adelaide College of the Arts. His work has been featured by Overland, New Matilda, New Internationalist, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Review. In 2013 he was an Emerging Writer in Residence at the SA Writers’ Centre, and was a featured playwright at the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival Adelaide Roadshow and the 2015 National Play Festival.

His plays have been performed in Sydney and Adelaide, including by the award-winning Adelaide independent theatre companies five.point.one and SAYarts. His most recently produced work for the stage was the dystopian triptych This Storm (2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival), which he also directed. He is a co-facilitator of Adelaide’s Quart Short literary reading salons and in 2016-17 was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow. His latest performance work is Below the Line, an exploration of online comment culture, which received a second stage creative development at Adhocracy, Vitalstatistix’s national experimental arts hothouse, in 2017.

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 Cassie Magin

Board Member

Cassie Magin is an experienced marketer and fundraiser, with a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector. With studies in business, marketing, events and leadership, Cassie brings to the board a broad range of skills along with a big heart for social change.

Currently employed by the Australian Refugee Association, Cassie is exposed daily to the challenges faced by people from multicultural backgrounds. Her passion for the social sector is seen across her entire life; Cassie contributes to a number of organisations and enjoys working with young people to influence the leaders of our future. Having grown up as “a middle class white chick in Adelaide” Cassie is humbly aware of the privileges this has afforded her and works tirelessly every day to make a positive influence to our society.

Having spent many hours on stage as a child and teenager, Cassie also brings a huge passion for the arts. Not one to take to the stage these days however, instead you can find Cassie on the track at Adelaide Roller Derby, which is where she lets her hair down.

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