Artistic Advisory Council

Lenore Robertson (Chair)

Lenore is presently a board member of Griffin Theatre Company and Milk Crate Theatre. The former Artistic Director of Epicentre Theatre Company, Lenore has directed multiple pieces for the company including Daylight Saving, Harbour, Money and Friends and Midnite. For Nautanki Theatre, she has directed the premiere of Indian Embrace as well as Last Dance at Dum Dum. In schools, she co-directed A Few Good Men and A Beautiful Life (Saint Ignatius' College Riverview). Lenore was also Associate Producer on I Am My Own Wife for Oriel Productions. Originally a singer, she has performed over the years with numerous companies including Willoughby Theatre Company, Chatswood Musical Society, the Dougherty Entertainers and Soulfood. She has also devised concerts for Senior Citizens and University students. Lenore was the inaugural Festival Director of Short + Sweet Voices and is Chair of the Robertson Foundation.

Donna Abela

Donna has written over 50 stage and radio plays for audiences of all ages, and won prestigious national awards for her work. She has worked extensively with theatre companies, script development organisations, and individuals to develop new Australian plays, and to mentor new writers, often from culturally diverse backgrounds. Since 1991, Donna has taught script writing to tertiary students at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), and more recently, at the University of Wollongong, and has run countless writing workshops and short courses for community groups, schools and theatre companies. Donna recently complete a thesis entitled Dialogic Interplay: a Strategy for Representing Difference and Cultural Diversity on Stage and was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong. Her thesis combined her passion for comedy, language-based playwriting, cross-cultural narratives, and feminist theatre, and consolidated her expertise in these areas. 

Jonathan Bollen

Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of New South Wales. He trained in performance studies at the University of Sydney and was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on queer kinaesthesia at the University of Western Sydney. He is co-author of Men at Play: Masculinities in Australian Theatre (Rodopi 2008) and A Global Doll's House: Ibsen and Distant Visions (Palgrave 2016). He is working on a history of entertainment in Australia and supervises postgraduate research in theatre history and popular entertainment.

Dino Dimitriades

(They/Them)

Dino Dimitriadis is an award-winning director and a multidisciplinary creative producer and curator. Their recent credits include Lady Tabouli (National Theatre of Parramatta), De Profundis with Paul Capsis (Red Line), Omar and Dawn (Apocalypse and Green Door) and Angels in America Parts I & II (Red Line and Apocalypse) which received 3 Sydney Theatre Awards. Dino directed a queer reading of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, which received 4 Sydney Theatre Awards. Other recent credits include All My Sleep and Waking, The Girl / The Woman (NToP), Permission to Spin, Doubt: A Parable and Construction of the Human Heart. Dino launched and curated Apocalypse’s rapid-response series ASYLUM that featured new work by 24 Australian playwrights in a creative response to Australia’s Asylum Seeker policy. Their recent producing credits include The Dapto Chaser for Griffin Independent and the production’s subsequent regional tours as co-producer with Critical Stages, as well as The Dapto Chaser film with ANT Live (screened nationally). Dino has produced extensively for local government, and on numerous festivals including Sydney Fringe and Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art (Performance Space). They have worked for Griffin Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia. Their passion for queer work has seen them work as curator and producer for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and Artistic and Creative Producer for Queer Contemporary at National Art School.

Lex Marinos OAM

Born in Wagga Wagga, NSW into a family of Greek cafe owners, Lex attended University of NSW, receiving a BA with Honours in Drama, and also studied with renowned American acting teacher, Stella Adler. Since then he has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher. 

As an actor Lex has appeared with the Nimrod, APG, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B, Big hART, and at many arts festivals, as well as commercial productions such as The King and I. Best known on television for Kingswood Country and The Slap, and has also had continuing roles in City West, Embassy, S.C.O.O.P, Live & Sweaty, Ballzup, World Series Debating, Strictly Dancing, and Late Night Legends. Films include Cathy's Child, Goodbye Practice, Last Days of Chez Nous, Bedevil, Backyard Ashes and numerous short films. 

Since the riotous inception of 2JJ, Lex has also worked as a radio presenter on various ABC and commercial networks. 

As a director Lex has worked in all media, notably films An Indecent Obsession, television series Bodyine, Embassy, A Country Practice, plus documentaries. He co-founded the King O'Malley Theatre Company and has directed many shows for commercial and subsidised companies and festivals. He was the Director of Carnivale, NSW's multicultural arts, 1996 - 99.

Lex directed one of the segments of the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, and was Executive Producer, YEPERENYE Federation Festival, which took place in Alice Springs as part of Centenary of Federation Celebrations. 

Awarded OAM for services to the performing arts, Lex has also held many advisory and governance positions with arts and cultural organisations including SOCOG, The Australia Council, and Community Broadcasting Foundation. Lex is a frequent speaker and writer on arts and cultural diversity; hosts numerous awards and community functions; and is guest tutor at several Theatre and Screen Colleges. 

His book Blood and Circuses: an irresponsible memoir was published by Allen & Unwin. Lex is a proud member of Actor Equity since 1970. 

Graeme Rhodes

Graeme is a professional actor with 25 years experience in theatre, film and television. Most recently in 2016 he performed the one man show Morgan Stern for Company of Rogues theatre company (Blood Moon Theatre). In 2013 he toured the show Murder for Company Erth to festivals in Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania. In 2011, he performed multiple roles in the STC program Before/After. He has appeared in numerous TV productions most recently Tough Nuts and the Kangaroo Gang for Foxtel and the BBC and Home and Away for Channel 7. He is an artistic facilitator with Milk Crate Theatre and was one of its founding members. 

Natalie Rose

Natalie Rose is one third of the performance collective post, has been involved in Australia’s Contemporary Arts scene for the past 20 years, and is currently the Creative Director at Shopfront Arts Co-Op,. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at Sydney Festival, Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Cambridge Junction (UK) and Sydney Opera House, to name a few. Most recently with post, Oedipus Schmoedipus has toured to Santiago Chile, West Kowloon Cultural Precinct Authority in Hong Kong and in 2020 was proposed be showcased as a part of AsiaTOPA at Arts Centre Melbourne before Covid-19 forced the program to be postponed. As part of post, her 2017 Sydney Festival work Ich Nibber Dibber was remounted at the Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre. Natalie has facilitated workshops for the past 20 years for young and emerging artists, with and without disability. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre-making) from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean and has trained at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and Urban Theatre Projects as a member of their highly regarded ensembles. In 2019, Campbelltown Arts Centre commissioned Natalie to develop a new work about Motherhood which she will continue developing in 2020.

Kristina Tito

Kristina was until recently the Arts Development Manager at Accessible Arts NSW. She has worked in the arts, disability and health sectors for over 15 years. She manages art projects and programs across art forms that enable artists with disability to be contemporary innovative cultural producers and leaders in the arts sector. 

Kristina works closely with organisations and individuals across the NSW arts and disability space to support capacity building in inclusive cultural practices. She has managed small grant programs, a statewide artist run initiative project, creative arts networks across NSW and nationally, an emerging artist dance residency program, produced short films and established a supported studio and gallery space, Project Insideout, at Macquarie Hospital, in North Sydney. 

Kristina studied fine arts at National Art School and performance, art theory and philosophy at UNSW Art and Design and University of NSW, in Sydney. 

Rhianna Walcott

Rhianna Walcott is the Associate Director of Artereal Gallery in Sydney. With a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Art History from the University of Sydney, Rhianna has over 12 years industry experience and specialises in working with artists practicing at the forefront of Contemporary art. Having previously worked with the University of Sydney Art Collection and as a freelance arts writer for various contemporary art publications, Rhianna is also a Director of Art Month Sydney, and sits on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Young Ambassador Committee.

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