Staff

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JODIE WAINWRIGHT

CEO

With 20 years experience working in the not for profit sector for organisations such as Cancer Council, Sydney Opera House and the Red Cross, Jodie brings a wealth of Marketing, Development and Leadership skills to Milk Crate.  Jodie is a passionate believer in the power of stories and their ability to bring communities together, bridge differences and most of all to connect with audiences and create change.


Jodie has spent the last five years in a Development role with Holdsworth Community, where she worked closely with teams of Social Workers delivering Aged Care and Disability support, to secure funding and develop innovative programs. She has strong relationships with government and philanthropic funders as well as with other community organisations and peak bodies. Jodie also worked closely with the program teams through the change to consumer-directed funding, with the introduction of both the NDIS and Home Care Packages, to price and package programs and take them to market.

 

During her time with Holdsworth Community, Jodie was able to secure seed funding and develop partnerships to deliver supported arts programs including Dance and Drama for participants living with intellectual disabilities. This included a partnership with Sydney Theatre Company to providing facilitating artists to lead Drama workshops.

 

Jodie was a project leader in the development of the Holdsworth HomeShare program. HomeShare addresses housing affordability and social isolation in older people by matching younger people in need of affordable housing with older people living alone with a spare room in a supported sharing arrangement. The Holdsworth HomeShare program is a sustainable fee-based model and Jodie led the exploration and scoping project which included detailed research into people at risk of homelessness, the factors that can put someone at risk of homelessness and their ability contribute back to the project both financially and through the provision of support to the older homeowner. Jodie was able to secure funding to take the project into pilot and to support the second-year roll-out in order to build the service to a sustainable level.

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MARGOT POLITIS

Artistic Director

With over 18 years of practice, Margot has become a recognised leader in NSW inclusive arts practice as a performer, choreographer, film director, and devisor of new dance theatre. Margot was appointed Artistic Director of Milk Crate Theatre in 2018, after two years serving as Associate Director, and designed and directed the company's 2019 major production, Natural Order. Previous to this, she spent 2009-2016 as the Accessibility Director at Shopfront Arts Co-op, where she established the Accessibility Program, directing the Bodylines and Harness Ensembles of young people with disability in various performances and films; including the film Reaching Out Over & Over, which was an official selection of the 2016 NYC Indie Film Festival. She began her career performing with Restless Dance Theatre as a mentee to Kat Worth in 2004, after graduating from the Flinders University Drama Centre 2003.

 

In 2017 Margot choreographed the Shopfront Arts Co-op and ATYP co-pro, Dignity of Risk alongside Natalie Rose, which won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People. Independently Margot has worked with Ausdance NSW, Accessible Arts NSW, Murmuration, Dirty Feet, The Song Room, Ever After Theatre, and Autism Spectrum Australia. She has been funded to study with various companies and artists in the USA: Axis Dance, The Gabrielle Roth Moving Centre, Tricia Brouk; and in 2013 was awarded a Cultural Leadership Grant from The Australia Council for the Arts to do the same in the UK, working with: Candoco Dance Company, Stopgap Dance, Mind The Gap, Graeae Theatre, and Oily Cart. In May 2015 she was artist in residence at Tasdance, Launceston, to provide skills development in inclusive practice for the company. Also in 2015, Margot established Self Help Arts, a collective of artists with lived experience of mental health support needs.

 

Margot's focus as a practitioner is in making interdisciplinary and immersive performance work that explores social constructs, integrating theatre, film, movement, sound, setting and light. Margot has spoken at many events about disability and mental health, including as a panellist at the MCA Mental Health Awareness Week forum, and has consulted on the development of Arts and Health policy for government and organisations. 

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For all enquiries regarding artistic programs, CACD practice and facilitating artists.

margot@milkcratetheatre.com

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JESSICA SARAS

Artistic Program Coordinator

Jess is a professionally trained and working actress with over 15 years of experience in this field, holding a BA in Acting for Screen and Stage from CSU Wagga.

 

Jess has been a part of the Milk Crate Community in a variety of roles since 2016, currently serving as Artistic Program Coordinator, providing key support for the staff and artistic team in production and getting our programs off the ground. Jess brings to the role her vast experience in producing independently, under her company The Bird Cartel, and continues to expand her knowledge and experience with MCT producing many projects and programs, including 2019's major production, Natural Order.

 

Affectionately known in the company as MCT's YiaYia - preparing delicious food and making sure everyone gets fed is a strong value of Jess' (it should be noted that at this point in time she is not prepared to venture into catering full time).

 

If you are ever in need of a good meal, diary schedule re-vamp, pep-talk or song/dance/monologue - Jess is your gal.

For all enquiries contact jess@milkcratetheatre.com

Jess is in the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

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ADAM ANTONELLI

Head of Social Impact

Adam Antonelli is an experienced community worker driven by a pursuit for social justice and equality. After graduating with a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney, Adam worked for Counterpoint Community Services Inc. as a Community Development Officer. While at Counterpoint, Adam supported the Waterloo social housing community following the NSW government’s announcement to redevelop their community.

From his time with Counterpoint and his advocacy through Groundswell and REDWatch, Adam has a strong understanding of the issue of housing insecurity in NSW and the human services issues faced by those most underrepresented and disadvantaged in our communities. Adam is a strong believer that performance and expression can change narratives, challenge social stigma and importantly, support individuals to break down barriers and develop personally.

For all enquiries regarding community outreach & social impact contact adam@milkcratetheatre.com

Adam works Monday - Thursday.

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LAURA HURSTFIELD

Social Worker

Laura is a Social Worker with over 15 years experience.  Laura moved to Australia 10 years ago from the UK and was employed by CatholicCare Broken Bay for over 8 years.

 

Laura has been working as a Consultant in Social Work and Welfare projects since January 2017.


In 2013 Laura was voted International Triple P Practitioner of the Year.  Laura was one of 11 nominations from all over the world. Laura is trained in Teen Triple P, Triple P standard, Incredible Years, Circle of Security, 1-2-3 Magic and Engaging Adolescents programs.  Laura is also trained in the Love Bites program.

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DALE HOLLINGSWORTH

Finance Manager

For over 17 years, Dale has worked with some of the most ambitious arts companies in Australia. He founded ARTSANDBUSINESS in order to share his unique understanding of the financial and organisational requirements of arts and not-for-profit organisations. His particular aim is to benefit creative companies that have a positive social agenda. A diverse career has seen Dale work in a senior management positions for organisations across the arts spectrum, including Carriageworks, the Australian Centre for Photography, Performance Space, the Australian Design Centre, Barking Gecko Theatre Company and the British Film Institute. Dale's education reflects his parallel interests in business operations and social progress. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Psychology and has studied Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. 

For all enquiries regarding finance - Dale works Tuesdays.

finance@milkcratetheatre.com

Milk Crate Theatre is proudly a Gold Mental Health First Aid skilled Workplace. 

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