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).

Pippa Bainbridge, Deputy Director

Pippa is an emerging cultural leader whose work encompasses both arts management and creative practice. She holds a BA in Drama Studies (Edith Cowan University) and a BA in Arts Management (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts). Among other achievements, Pippa has been a participant in the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program and a semi-finalist in the Arts Category of the Young Australian of the Year Awards. Previously, Pippa has led Australia’s premier youth literary organisation as the General Manager / CEO of Express Media and was the steward of a new era as the inaugural Company Manager of independent theatre icon, La Mama. Pippa has also worked in a number of other arts organisations, curating, producing and project managing arts programs, festivals, events and workshops, and is the arts entrepreneur behind Aeso Studio, an emerging arts space on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. As an artist, Pippa is currently pursuing her interest in sound dramaturgy, creating immersive and live sound design for performance

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.

Paul Lilley, Marketing & Communications Manager

Paul hails from the UK where he enjoyed a 10 year career in London curating, marketing and producing cultural projects for institutions including VICE, Cornerstone Agency and Converse.  He was also a Founding Partner and Creative Director for Visions festival; a multi venue celebration of music, art and food across the borough of Hackney. Since moving to Melbourne in 2015 Paul has worked on projects with MPavillion, Public Art Lab and Sugar Mountain.


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.

Bron Belcher, Associate Producer

Bron Belcher is a creative producer, project and program manager who works with a range of contemporary artists and organisations. With a background in stage management and theatre and radio production, Bron works with an eye towards risk, respect and sustainability. She worked with a broad cross-section of performance artists, theatre-makers, dancers, musicians and visual artists. She is currently working as a freelance producer for independent artists and organisations, running monthly events with Magic Steven and Women of Letters, and works with the secret anonymous party that is The Boon Companions. She helps out with the ginormous synth collection that is MESS and recently completed Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement at the VCA. She has previously been the Community and Partnership Manager at Pozible, and Program Coordinator for international arts festivals; Brisbane Festival 2015 and Dark Mofo 2015. She believes you gotta talk about what you see, and that Netflix will be the death of us all.

Will Foster, Associate Producer

Will Foster is an artist, curator and producer. His projects have taken form as temporary public artworks, large scale messages, interactive performances, investigative social spaces, exhibitions, research networks and socially-engaged pedagogical programs. He has carried out artistic and curatorial projects in Glasgow, Berlin, Istanbul, Norway and Melbourne. Will is the founder and co-director of Wasteland Twinning Network and Cabin Exchange. As Visual Arts Program Manager at The Substation, Melbourne Will curated various exhibitions of local and international artists including Trilogies (2015), Vantage Point (2013), Merchant City (2014), SUB12 (2013 and 2014) and The Substation Contemporary Art Prize (2013).  He is co-director (with artist Gabrielle de Vietri) of A Centre for Everything, an on-going pedagogical program of events and has undertaken independent public art commissions for Climarte, City of Melbourne and Monash University Museum of Art. Will completed a BA in Environmental Art & Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Arts & Ecology at Dartington College of Arts.

Susannah Day, Brunswick Mechanics Institute Producer

Susannah is an arts manager who over the past decade has worked in Australia, the UK and Asia.  Most recently she coordinated biennial contemporary dance festival Dance Massive and just prior held the position of Program Producer at contemporary multi-arts space The Substation.  From 2012 – 2016, Susannah held the position of Producer at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth – program managing and curating over 45 productions per year.   Since graduating university in 2005 with a degree in Contemporary Performance, Susannah has worked across a range of arts and events companies including Fringe World Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Frantic Assembly (London) and Propel Youth Arts WA.  From 2014 – 2016 she was a peer for the Australia Council for the Arts and has sat on panels for the WA Department of Culture and the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia.



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.

Ishtar Vij is a public policy and government affairs professional who has held senior roles in public policy, government relations and law in private firms and global ICT player. She advises on a range of strategic and policy issues. Areas of focus include the internet, media and communications, technology law and policy. She is currently Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Google in Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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