Georgie Meagher, Director/CEO Georgie_100px

Georgie is an artist, curator, writer and organiser with an interest in live and visual art. Georgie comes to Next Wave from her role as MCA’s Public Engagement Manager, where she has expanded the institution’s public programs and community engagement. Previously, Georgie also developed innovative programs and events for Sydney’s Performance Space, such as Clubhouse, which combined socially-inclusive art projects, workshops and seminars. She was a Director of renowned Sydney ARI Firstdraft, at which time the organisation successfully moved into a triennial funding model. During this time she co-convened the first national ARI symposium in Australia, in collaboration with Brianna Munting (NAVA). As a performance artist, Georgie has presented her work internationally at ANTI Festival in Finland and You and Your Work Festival at Arnolfini, Bristol. She was the recipient of a Cultural Leadership grant from Australia Council for the Arts in 2012, and holds a MCA in Performance from the University of Wollongong, NSW (2008).

Lucy McNamara, Deputy Director

Lucy is an experienced Business Manager with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Hons.) from the Victorian College of the Arts.  Prior to joining Next Wave in 2011,  she held a variety of arts administration and management positions including at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, on the Board of SEVENTH artist-run space and at The University of Melbourne. As a student, she worked in a suburban party shop and she really, really loves decorations. Lucy has worked on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Next Wave Festivals, has a passion for all art forms and a particular interest in fundraising and artist run initiatives.

Erica McCalman, Creative Producer

Erica is a producer, project and production manager with Balardong, Irish convict, Scottish and Cornish heritage. She returns to Next Wave after living and working in Sydney for Legs On The Wall and managing the British Council’s ACCELERATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership programme. Previously Erica was an Associate Producer for Next Wave 2014 and has worked with Sydney companies Performing Lines, Sydney Festival, Blackfella films and Performance Space managing programmes and initiatives both locally and nationally. Her production credits include works within Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival. She has collaborated with artists from Korea, Australia, Timor Leste and holds a particular interest in contemporary, experimental and live art from indigenous and multicultural artists. Since 2014 she has served as a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Arts NSW. In 2016 she was the joint recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award through the University of Melbourne faculty of the VCA and MCM which will enable her to undertake a self directed course of Professional Development with Arts Organisations in the UK in 2017. Erica is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Bachelor of Production (2008).

Lauren-ClellandLauren Clelland, Business & Operations Manager

Lauren Clelland is a producer, operations manager and creative who works with various small to large-scale multi-art form festivals and organisations around Australia. Committed to critical conversation, audience agency and artist development, Lauren maintains an independent practice producing, devising and advising on independent hybrid arts projects in both Brisbane and Melbourne. Lauren’s previous festival management roles include Associate Producer for Melbourne Fringe, overseeing Uncommon Places & Fringe Film, Production Manager for the Emerging Writers Festival, Producer – Theatre Republic for Brisbane Festival and Venues Manager for Melbourne International Film Festival. As a Co-Deviser/Producer, Lauren’s credits include I Want To Know What Love Is (The Good Room and Queensland Theatre Company for Brisbane Festival 2014 /Brisbane Powerhouse Wonderland 2015 remount) and Green Room Award winning The Stream/ The Boat/ The Shore/ The Bridge (Next Wave 2012/Junction Arts Festival 2013/APAM 2014). In 2015, Lauren was selected to attend the Atelier for Young Festival Managers hosted by the European Festivals Association (EFA) in Beirut, Lebanon. She also holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) degree from Queensland University of Technology.


Stephanie Lyall, Marketing & Communications Manager

Stephanie joined Next Wave from Adelaide where she previously held marketing and development roles at the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Brink Productions and the Adelaide Fringe. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from UniSA, Stephanie has been a senior contributor and Associate Editor at Right Angle Studio’s Five Thousand, and continues to write in her spare time for various publications and clients. She was a founding board member of urban renewal organisation Renew Adelaide and member of the Format arts collective. Alongside her commitment to supporting artists and creative practitioners, Stephanie is a keen cyclist and coffee drinker.

Hannah Donnelly, Associate Producer

Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri writer who grew up on Gamilaroi country who is honoured to live and work on Kulin Nations land, as well as a DJ and the creator of Sovereign Trax, a title that her DJ persona shares. The Sovereign Trax blog is a subversive online space that features Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music while encouraging the consumption of music that speaks to collective stories, identities and resistance. It features a curated, monthly playlist of the maddest music from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Her writing experiments with speculative fiction and Indigenous responses to climate change, particularly through stories of cultural flows and water management. She has also worked for the Australian Human Rights Commission and other community-controlled organisations focussing on Indigenous social justice.


Vivia Hickman, Chair has over 25 years leadership experience in the not for profit sector primarily in the arts and cultural industry. Currently her focus is gender equity issues as the CEO of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Vivia began her career in arts management and from 2006- 2010 was CEO of Melbourne’s major arts event the Melbourne Festival. She has worked with several of Melbourne’s most prominent arts organisations and institutions, including three years as General Manager of Melbourne International Film Festival, Development Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Executive Producer of Chunky Move, Victoria’s leading contemporary dance company. Vivia has served on numerous not for profit Boards throughout her career including the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Board and the Arts Management Course Advisory Board at Deakin University. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joseph Charles, Deputy Chair is a practicing lawyer with a background in public policy and government and a specific interest in the intersection of the law and public policy. He has worked with a number of community not-for-profits and non-government organisations and is a board member of Schoolhouse Studios, which provides affordable work spaces for artists in Collingwood. Joe is also involved in Melbourne’s music scene as both a DJ and musician, having performed at festivals such as Dark Mofo, Golden Plains and Splendour In The Grass.

Stephen Armstrong is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He specialises in new work creation as a producer and creative director.  Stephen has been the Creative Producer of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asian Performing Arts program since 2013 and is Creative Director of the inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts which launches in Melbourne in January 2017.  Previous executive positions include Executive Producer of Malthouse Theatre, Artistic Associate of Sydney Theatre Company, Executive Producer of Queensland Theatre Company, and Executive Producer of Chamber Made Opera which he co-founded.  Director positions have included Chair of Chunky Move and, for the Australia Council, Chair of the Theatre Board and inaugural Chair of the New Media Arts Board.  He is currently a Trustee for the Victorian Actors Benevolent Fund and a Board Director of NIDA.

Kristy Ayre is Executive Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Head of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She previously Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum and was an Associate Producer for the 2012 and 2014 Next Wave Festivals. Kristy has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and a curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave’s Kickstart program. As a performer, Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move for over a decade (2001-2012) mostly in works by founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. She has also previously performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D’ath, Itoh Kim, Prue Lang, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George, appearing in numerous prestigious venues and arts festivals worldwide. Kristy teachers contemporary dance workshops and masterclasses to all levels from beginner to professional including regularly teaching for Chunky Move’s Public Class Program. Kristy is a graduate of the VCA.

Eugenia Lim is a Melbourne-based artist who works across video, performance and installation. She was a Next Wave Festival Artist in 2010. Her work looks at the tensions between the individual and their society, the multicultural and mono-cultural and the marginalised versus the status quo. Her work has been exhibited at galleries such as the Tate Modern, GOMA, ACMI and FACT Liverpool and has received a number of Australia Council and City of Melbourne grants/residencies. She is co-director of the inaugural Channels international festival of video art, was a founding member of audio-visual collective Tape Projects and is the editor of online publication Assemble Papers.

Katie Parker is a Chartered Accountant, with over 12 years of finance experience, including six years direct involvement in the arts.  She joined Arts Centre Melbourne in 2009 as the Manager of Governance, Risk and Compliance.  Katie has also worked in New York at McGraw-Hill (a US-listed publishing company) and within the Financial Assurance division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Melbourne.  Katie is currently the Finance and Contracts Manager at BAR Studio and serves on the board of Rawcus Theatre Company.  Katie’s broad-based business skills, including strong financial reporting, risk management and governance expertise and her keen interest in, and dedication to the arts, will support the ongoing development and sustainability of Next Wave


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