Jessica Pantano

Impact Manager

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Having over 11 years of experience in the arts, both in Australia and overseas, Jess is primarily a producer, but has also worked in various other roles including acting, designing, stage managing and directing. Jess has produced shows at Griffin Theatre's Batch Festival, Belvoir St Theatre's 25A, Redline Productions at the Old Fitz, New York City Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and in various venues across Sydney. In 2020, Jess developed an independent company with a co-producer, called Akimbo and Co and is looking forward to producing work in the upcoming years.

In 2016, Jess worked with a New York based NGO Bond St Theatre, an organisation that uses the arts as a tool for conflict resolution in areas across the globe. A lot of the work was in prisons, refugee camps and in collaboration with local artists. Exposed to the power the arts can have in people's lives, Jess went on to complete post graduate studies with Sydney University in Human and Community Services. Jess has worked with Aboriginal organisation Barang Regional Alliance in a secondment role, in homelessness with Neami National's STEP program and in Community Development with HopeSt in Woolloomooloo, specifically working with young people and in animal welfare.

Jess is curious, passionate, incredibly silly and always up for a yarn!