Photo: Zan Wimberley

Staff

Danielle Micich, Artistic Director
Colm O’Callaghan, Executive Producer
Rhanda Mansour, Accounts Manager
Georgia McKay, Marketing Manager

Board

Danielle Micich

Danielle Micich

Danielle Micich is an independent choreographer, director and performer, currently produced by Performing Lines WA.

Graduating from Victorian College of the Arts she relocated to Perth as a company dancer for Buzz Dance Theatre, toured internationally with Squint and was a recipient of an Australia Council Young and Emerging grant.

Danielle was the Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company for four years. In 2011 she performed in Wish with Humphrey Bower (winning awards for Outstanding Female Performer, Best Individual Performance and Members Choice 2011). Danielle was commissioned by Buzz Dance Theatre, QL2 and was the Assistant Director for Food, a co-production between Force Majeure and Belvoir in 2012. She was Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Perplex. Recently, Danielle choreographed Barking Gecko’s, 1507 and Driving Into Walls (nominated for the 2012 Helpmann Awards, winner of a 2013 Equity Guild Award and touring to Sydney Opera House in 2013). Her work Shiver in 2012 was invited to perform at the Australian Dance Awards then toured regional WA.

Danielle premiered her new work Overexposed at the State Theatre Centre of WA in 2014.

Jo Dyer

Jo Dyer

Chair

Jo Dyer has extensive experience in both the Australian performing arts and film industry.

She is currently Executive Producer of Sydney Theatre Company and in that role works closely with the Artistic Directors to programme and manage the company’s diverse theatre seasons including developing and realising national and international co-productions and touring opportunities. She also runs the production house Soft Tread Enterprises which develops and produces Australian independent theatre, film and television. Jo’s most recent feature film Lucky Miles was released nationally in 2007 and enjoyed successful Festival screenings and theatrical releases around the world. It won a slew of awards including the Audience Award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Lucky Miles was also nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2007 AFI and IF Awards and Best Screenplay at the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

As well as her role as Chair of Force Majeure, Jo currently sits on the board of Arts on Tour NSW and was on the board of Ausdance NSW for three years from 2002-5.

Este Darin-Cooper

Este Darin-Cooper

Este currently works in human rights policy for the federal Government as Director of Regulation and Strategy at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. In that role she works with the public and private sectors in relation to data handling initiatives, with a focus on emerging technologies, digital identity and national security. Prior to joining the public service in 2010, she was awarded a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st class hons) at the University of Melbourne, spent several years working at major law firms in Australia in intellectual property and financial services law, and was an Associate at the Federal Court to the former Justice Lindgren. Este has been a long-standing supporter of the arts. She is the founding director of the Darin Cooper Foundation, whose mission is to advance the Australian community through grants to arts organisations and education programmes. She is also a director of Beyond Empathy, a member of Philanthropy Australia’s NewGen program, and contributes to a range of initiatives that develop the careers of young Australian artists.

Tanja Farman

Tanja Farman

Tanja Farman is a presenter/ programmer, and producer. She was the Founder Director of queerupnorth in Manchester, which commissioned and presented many seminal works by both emerging and established performers from around the world, including Robert Pacitti, Diamanda Galas, Kiki & Herb and Ronnie Burkett.

Tanja was the Co-Creative Producer for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme 2002, a major Festival over four months. She has worked on a broad range of projects in both Europe and Australia including a high profile co-production of ‘Coming & Going for Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

Tanja has presented numerous Australian artists and companies in the UK including William Yang, Sydney Theatre Company, Tanja Liedtke, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Paul Capsis and David Page. She is currently Producer at Performance Space @Carriageworks. Immediately prior to this she worked with Australian choreographers Meryl Tankard and Shaun Parker.

She has held various advisory positions at Arts Council of England and the British Council (Drama & Dance) and in 2004 was awarded a prestigious NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Fellowship.

Tanja sits also on the Board of award winning London based moti roti and Urban Theatre Projects.

Stephen Gottlieb

Stephen Gottlieb

Treasurer

Stephen is a partner in the Taxation Division of KPMG in Sydney and leads the KPMG Consumer Markets Tax practice in Australia. Stephen was admitted to the partnership in 1987 and his clients include, Australian listed Public Companies, service entities and various not for profit organisations including entities in the Arts.

Stephen has a BCom and LLB from the University of New South Wales and an LLM (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He is a member of the Institute of the Chartered Accountants in Australia and has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Kerry Hogan-Ross

Kerry Hogan-Ross

Secretary

Kerry Hogan-Ross
Secretary

Kerry Hogan-Ross is a lawyer and accredited mediator. She graduated with a BA/LLB from the University of New South Wales in 1986. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and has worked as a solicitor since that time. She was a partner of DLA Phillips Fox (as it was then known) from 1999 – 2011.

Her practice has primarily been as a litigator specialising in solicitor’s negligence and medical malpractice claims and claims against a variety of other professionals. She represented numerous parties at the HIH Royal Commission and represented a party appearing before the Bundaberg Hospital Commission of Enquiry. Kerry was the Sydney pro bono partner for 10 years and was involved in co-ordinating the firm’s national pro bono program. Kerry has a longstanding interest in the performing arts. Kerry is also on the board of the ANZAC Research Institute, the medical research arm of Concord Hospital and the University of Sydney.

Shauna Jarrett

Shauna Jarrett

Shauna Jarrett holds a BA Sydney and an LLB. She has been a practising solicitor for 14 years in a range of practices. She served on the Law Society Council for 8 years and attained the position of Vice President. She has also been a Director of the Arts Law Centre, LawCover Pty Ltd and has been a Director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre for 10 years, including Chair from 2007-2010.

Steve Riethoff

Steve Riethoff

Deputy Chair

Steve has over twenty years experience in communications working in a variety of disciplines and industries. He is the owner of Reservoir Network, a Sydney based public relations firm.

Originally a high school teacher Steve moved into public relations and marketing in the arts working for Musica Viva and Bell Shakespeare Company.

In the corporate arena he has provided counsel to public and private organisations, including many of Australia’s leading companies. He has held senior roles across publicity, marketing, events, fundraising and marketing communications.

A consumer PR specialist, he has developed strategic and tactical campaigns across finance, FMCG, technology, automotive, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and healthcare.

Steve’s expertise covers a wide range of communications disciplines; brand strategy, consumer marcomms, publicity, sponsorship, cause related marketing, fundraising and social issues management.

Desmond Sweeney

Desmond Sweeney

Desmond Sweeney is a principal of Argent Lawyers. He was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the leading Australian commercial law firms, for 12 years. His expertise includes risk management, corporate governance, financial disputes and litigation. Prior to working in commercial law, he was with the Aboriginal legal service in northern Queensland.

He was recognised by his peers as one of Australia’s top lawyers in the Best Lawyers survey published by the Australian Financial Review in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has provided advice to many of Australia’s top 50 companies and numerous charities. He holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Laws from the University of British Columbia.

Desmond has long been involved in the arts. He is also the chair of the board of the Safe Childhoods Foundation and is a director of Playwriting Australia.