Roslyn Helper, Director/CEO

Roslyn is an artist, writer and director. Prior to joining Next Wave, Roslyn directed Underbelly Arts, a biennial festival and ongoing platform committed to uncovering, developing and showcasing experimental artists from across Australia. In 2018 Roslyn received an Australia Council Career Development Grant to pursue opportunities for connection and collaboration with like-minded festivals across Europe. From 2012-16 she was the Artistic Director of Electrofringe, and in 2016 founded the online exhibition space New Physics. She has also held curatorial and administrative roles at Artspace, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney Festival and FBi Radio.

As an artist, Roslyn has presented solo and collaborative performance works for the 15th Sydney Biennale Public Program, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney Festival, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, Liquid Architecture and Firstdraft as well as at independent spaces and organisations around Australia and internationally. She has chaired and participated in public panels championing emerging and experimental artists and contemporary artforms and her writing has recently been published in The Guardian, The Lifted Brow and Art Almanac. Roslyn holds a BA (media and communications / government and international relations) from Sydney University, and an MA in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Priya Pavri, General Manager

With a background in Law and Arts, Priya has lead community projects in the not-for-profit and government sector in urban and remote Australia, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Next Wave team, Priya managed frontline emergency medical care in Iraq, worked as a consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers and advised a Member of the Parliament in South Australia.

Priya has a history of growing projects and organisations through unique and creative endeavours. Currently, Priya is the director of Road to Refuge, a co-founder of ‘I Had One Too’ and an independent curator. In 2019, Priya received a Carclew Fellowship for Social Justice and the Arts, to develop a curatorial and film practice around independent storytelling that helps present a layered and complex interpretation of truth.

Bron Belcher, Senior Producer

Bron is a creative producer who has worked with a range of contemporary artists and organisations. She has experience working across the arts and non-profit sectors in festival programming and production, community cultural development, and grants and fundraising.

Bron has worked for organisations and events including Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), Dark Mofo, Brisbane Festival, Pozible, Supple Fox, Shimmerlands Outdoor Cinema and has worked directly as an independent producer with countless artists across the country.

In 2018, Bron received an Australia Council Career Development Grant to work with organisations and festivals across the UK, focussing on new and radical structures of support for artists making new work. She spent time with the Live Art Development Agency in London, Norwich and Norfolk Festival and SPILL Festival in Ipswich. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts & Community Engagement from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Photo: Laura Du Ve

Sullivan Patten, Business & Operations Manager

Sullivan is a musician, DJ, Producer, Curator and Booking Agent based in Melbourne, Australia. Over various roles within their decades-long career, they’ve been dedicated to helping carve out a more inclusive music culture in Australia.

Sullivan’s career took off in 2005, as a founding member, vocalist and drummer of indie-rock band I Heart Hiroshima. The band have performed across Australia, Europe and the UK. Sullivan has also worked a touring and session drummer. In 2011, Sullivan moved to Berlin, where they put on their own parties as Sloth Collective and Boo Hoo. In 2016, Boo Hoo was crowned as one of Berlin’s Top Ten parties in TimeOut magazine. When they returned to Brisbane in 2016, they booked popular bar and venue The End, and organised and produced bi-monthly party 2SXC4U.

They also work as a Booking Agent and Event Coordinator for inclusive publicity, tour promotion and band management company UXS. In this role, they have been invited to program Night Mass at Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival working with artists such as Junglepussy, Empress Of, Sampa the Great, Mallrat and many others. Additionally they have booked shows for electro-clash pioneer JD Samson, emerging Hip-Hop star Miss Blanks and Melbourne DJ Emma Stevenson; helped present shows for Sevdaliza, Le1f, Ms. Boogie, Alok Vaid-Menon, Lady Leshurr, and Ah Mer Ah Su; and overseen collaborations with Dark Mofo, Paradise Festival and Astral People.

Throughout their career, they have worked and collaborated with the likes of Splendour in the Grass, Yo! Sissy Music Festival, Falls Festival, All Tomorrow’s Parties, CMJ, Bigsound, SXSW, and Burgers and Hip-Hop Festival, among others. As a solo musician and DJ, they have performed at Meredith Music Festival, Dark Mofo, Gegen and Berghain, and have performed alongside Le1f, Vjuan Allure and Azealia Banks.

Bonnie Leigh-Dodds, Marketing and Communications Manager

Bonnie is an arts marketer, administrator and creative with a background in theatre, performance and photography. She has worked as Marketing and Development Coordinator at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Artistic Director of Mudfest Arts Festival 2015, Creative Arts Officer at the University of Melbourne Student Union, Education and Development Coordinator at The Australian Shakespeare Company, and has worked independently as a freelance producer and photographer for Junkee, Aevoe, Fashion Journal and the John Truscott Design Foundation.

As a theatre maker, Bonnie is passionate about accessibility and diversity on stage, and strives to have women and gender diversity at the center of her practice. She is currently the Co-Director for Small and Loud, a monthly scratch night for new works in development held at The Arts Centre Melbourne. Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from The University of Melbourne.

Bobby Virgona, Program and Operations Manager (Brunswick Mechanics Institute)

Bobby Virgona is a producer with a background in studio, venue and festival management. Bobby has worked across a range of artistic disciplines with events like Underbelly Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs Montreal & Vivid Sydney. Recently, Bobby developed the much loved arts and events company Vibe Positive where he has worked as a curator, visual artist and set designer producing events with a focus on local emerging artists.


Anita Spooner, Associate Producer (Partnerships)

Anita Spooner alternates as a public programmer, curator, editor and producer. She holds a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, and wrote her thesis on the documentary turn in contemporary art.

Anita’s background is in time-based practice including moving image and performance. She has worked with several local and international arts organisations and festivals – most recently as independent curator with Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival and Editorial Associate with Millennium Film Journal in New York. Anita is Gallery Manager at SEVENTH Gallery and directs Interval Projects.

Marley Holloway-Clarke, Living Pavilion Programming Assistant

Marley Holloway-Clarke, a Njamal woman, is an emerging arts manager and curator. Her practice engages First Nations peoples, creating safe spaces and wellbeing in the arts industry. Marley freelances as a photographer concentrating on capturing First Nations peoples at rallies and community events.




Alec Reade, Associate Producer
Alec is a producer, interdisciplinary artist, community arts facilitator and curator. In early 2017, Alec co-found Birraranga (Melbourne) based Pasifika Art Collective, New Wayfinders.

Alec co-curated Blak-Queer Futurism for Midsumma Festival at Blak Dot Gallery, which also showed at Artspace Sydney, and has produced events for Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Footscray Community Arts Centre. Alec is an Artistic Associate with for the biennial Due West Arts Festival in 2019.

Their artistic practice centres performance, having shown spoken word and poetry in a collaborative show as part of Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, and is a vocalist, singing with the Pasefika Vitoria Choir (PICAA inc.) and Sunburnt Soul Choir.

Alec is a climate advocate with the Pacific Climate Warriors, and has an interest in creativity and narratives of empowerment that decentralise whiteness, with a focus on community organising, intercultural collaboration and the platforming of Pasifika arts in the occupied lands known as ‘Australia’.

Nikki Lam, Associate Producer

Nikki is currently the co-director of Hyphenated Projects, a new arts platform for artists with transcultural practices. She is the former Artistic Director (2014-2017) of Channels Festival, and visual arts editor (2014-2016) at Peril Magazine. She has worked in various administrative roles in arts organisations including Footscray Community Arts Centre, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK) and other independent art projects. In 2017-2018, she worked at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) where she was the community lead and program producer at ACMI X co-working space, a hub to bridge between moving image, contemporary art, technology and creative industries.

As an artist, she works primarily with moving image, performance and installation, her work explores hybrid identities often through studies of rituals, language and representations, as well as the ephemeral medium of video. Born in Hong Kong, Nikki’s work has been shown widely across Australia and internationally including Itoshima International Arts Festival (Japan), Pier 2 Art Center (Taiwan), Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), The Substation, Firstdraft, BUS Projects, The Ferry Gallery (Bangkok), Galleria Marcollini (Italy), and Over View International Festival of Video Art.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia (2009, Monash University) and Executive Master of Arts (2014, University of Melbourne).

Emily Sweeney, Associate Producer

Emily is a producer, programmer and project manager who has worked across Melbourne and Brisbane for various multi-artform festivals and organisations. Emily has worked in the arts industry for over 10 years. In 2017 she delivered the Inaugural Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane as Festival Program Manager with its co-founders.

As Associate producer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, she co-designed a large scale community dance project across Brisbane and Cairns in 2017. In 2015, Emily worked with Melbourne Festival’s artistic director Josephine Ridge to develop a large free program of events across the city. In addition Emily has worked as a producer for Brisbane Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival and as a project officer for Multicultural Arts Victoria and various small scale independent and community projects. Other credits include roles at Circa, Melbourne international Comedy Festival, Short & Sweet Festival and WOMADelaide. In 2013 Emily participated in the Melbourne Fringe Producer Mentorship Program and in 2015 Emily participated in the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Gwangju, South Korea.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Theatre Performance from the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (Federation University).


Magenta Sheridan, Administration & Operations Coordinator

Magenta is an editor, arts administrator and writer with a background in producing compelling online and print publications and digital projects. Currently, Magenta moonlights as Editor & Operations Manager at Going Down Swinging, one of Australia’s longest-running and most respected literary journals. She has worked in operations at The University of Melbourne, as a member of the editorial committee at Voiceworks and runs creative writing workshops for young people across Melbourne.

Magenta was the recipient of the Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Writing from The University of Melbourne.

Onyx Carmine, Producer-in-Residence

Working under their birth-name of SJ (Sarah-Jane) Norman, Onyx B. Carmine’s career as an inter-disciplinary artist and writer has spanned 13 years. Working with long duration, process-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, they have sought through much of their work to implicate the body of the audience and the body of the performer as co-agents in magickal acts, in order to explore hybrid languages of ritual and queer, de-colonial knowledge-making.

Their work has been presented at Venice International Performance Week (IT), Spill Festival of Live Art (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), In Between Time (UK), Arnolfini (UK), Performance Space, Sydney (AU, Next Wave (AU), the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AU), Edinburgh Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival (AU), Dancehouse (AU), Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art (AU), Artshouse (AU), Die Fabrikanten (AS), The Science Gallery London (UK), and Tate Modern (UK), to name a few. They have also widely published their prose fiction, non-fiction and poetry and won numerous accolades for their writing, most recently the 2017 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. They are a 2018 Sydney Myer Creative Fellow.

A diasporic Koori with ancestral and familial ties to Wiradjuri, Wonnaruah, Ngiyampaa lands, as well as to England and Scotland, Onyx was born on Gadigal country. They have lived many places, most recently Berlin, were they were based for 9 years, before relocating to Narrm in 2017.

Moorina Bonini, Producer-in-Residence

Moorina Bonini is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and member of the Dhulunyagen family clan of Ulupna and member of the Briggs family. Moorina is a practicing artist whose works are inspired by her own experiences as an Aboriginal and Italian woman and within her practice creates artwork that examines contemporary Indigenous histories through the use of installation and video.

Moorina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University and is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)(Honours) at VCA. Her work has been exhibited within group shows and at various galleries such as Ballarat International Poto Biennale, Sydney Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, SEVENTH Gallery and Brunswick Street Gallery. Moorina has produced and co-curated art and cultural programs across RMIT University and The University of Melbourne. She is also a board member for SEVENTH Gallery and is currently the First Nations Programming Coordinator.


Kalyani Mumtaz, Producer-in-Residence

Kalyani Mumtaz is a proud Pyemairrenner woman, emerging curator, artist, and community arts worker, living in Narrm/Melbourne. Mumtaz has worked as a musician in experimental pop duo Willow Beats for seven years producing three EPs and an album, a record deal with Warner Music, and tours with major festivals such as Clockenflap (Hongkong) and Falls Music and Arts Festival (Australia).

Mumtaz has worked across a spectrum of Indigenous education settings, including cultural consultancy, workshop creation/delivery, and decolonising access methods in the arts. She was co-curator of Blak Queer Futurism at Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne) and Artspace (Sydney), and co-curated Because of Her We Can Heal at Long Division Gallery (Melbourne). Mumtaz is a core member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts collective, this mob.



Vanessa Pigrum, Chair is the Executive Director & co-CEO of Chunky Move, Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company. Her career has included leadership roles in many of Melbourne’s iconic festivals and public events – as a creative producer, manager and CEO. Vanessa trained as a theatre-maker at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 1992. After a decade of freelancing as an event producer for festivals, an independent theatre director and lecturer in performance making, Vanessa’s career has centred around arts leadership roles and the small-medium performance sector. From 2001-2003 she was the Festival Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival, during which time she produced the now-iconic Spencer Tunick photographic event with 4500 people posing nude in St Kilda Road. Between 2003-2005 she returned to the VCA to complete her Masters in Performance Making before being appointed to Arts Centre Melbourne to establish FULL TILT, a new commissioning program for independent artists. For the next 6 years she was the Program Manager, Creative Development at Arts Centre Melbourne. From 2011-2015 Vanessa was the Manager Creative Culture at City of Darebin (Melbourne) where she led a team of 40 and revitalised the programs of three arts centres, established the Darebin Arts programs at Northcote Town Hall and Darebin Arts Centre, and developed a new 6 year Arts Strategy for the municipality

Joseph Charles, Secretary is a practicing lawyer with 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 was previously 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 Fall Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Dark Mofo and Golden Plains

Hinda Crosbie, Treasurer is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with over 14 years of finance experience, the past 5 years of which have been in commercially focused roles within the consumer goods industry in Melbourne.  She is currently a partner at ABInbev, the largest beer brewer in the world. Prior to this Hinda lived in London for 7 years where she gained experience in strategy, financial analytics and business partnering as well and exploring the world as much as possible. Hinda’s diverse financial background will provide sound strategic and financial support in the ongoing development and sustainability of Next Wave.

Stephen Armstrong is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and attended 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 Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts which has its second edition in Melbourne from January to March 2020. 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 Melbourne Fringe, NIDA, Chunky Move (Chair) the Australia Council’s Theatre Board (Chair) and New Media Arts Board (Chair). He is currently a Trustee for the Victorian Actors Benevolent Fund.

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.

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.

Steven Rhall (Taungurung), is a Narrm (Melbourne) based arts professional and academic. His studio practice traverses installation, public art and exhibition/curatorial projects extending to Phd based research concerned with the intersection of Western art history and First Nations exhibition practice. Steven provides consultation services to artists and organisations and is an associate lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts in Narrm (Melbourne, Australia).


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