Photo: Brett Boardman
Danielle Micich, Artistic Director
Colm O’Callaghan, Executive Producer
Rhanda Mansour, Accounts Manager
Thom Smyth, Marketing Manager
Elle Evangelista, Company Administrator
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 (Chair)
Jo Dyer is currently the CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival. She has held significant roles in the Australian arts industry, including General Manager of Bangarra Dance Theatre and Executive Producer of Sydney Theatre Company. During her time at STC, Jo oversaw the largest theatre program in the country, curating for multiple venues and diverse audiences, and touring the company’s works around Australia and across Europe and the US.
As a film producer, Jo’s debut film, Lucky Miles (2007) was nominated for Best Film at Australia’s AFI and IF Awards, and won awards around the world. Her most recent film, the internationally award-winning Girl Asleep (2016) was also nominated for Best Film at the AACTA awards and has screened in cinemas and at Festivals worldwide, most notably at the Berlin International Film Festival.
As an independent producer, Jo has produced work for a diverse range of presenters through her company, Soft Tread Enterprises. After a sell-out premiere season at the 2014 Sydney Festival, her acclaimed magic show, Band of Magicians, toured widely and included a season at the Tropicana in Las Vegas in November 2016.
As well as her membership for the Force Majeure Board, Jo sits on the Board of Sydney Writers’ Festival. She was a founding Director of the Board of City Recital Hall and a former Director of Ausdance NSW and Arts on Tour.
Este is Co-founder and Director of the Darin-Cooper Foundation (est 2014) and leads the Foundation’s grant making, sector engagement and impact investing strategy. Este is passionate about the power of arts and culture to build communities and foster social cohesion. Este has had a diverse career across the private, public and not-for profit sectors. After studying Law/Engineering (1st class hons) at the University of Melbourne, she practiced at top-tier commercial law firms, before joining the Federal Government in a role advising Government, businesses and start-ups on emerging technologies and data policy. Most recently Este worked at Social Ventures Australia – initially in the consulting team and then as Director of Venture Philanthropy, where she partnered directly with funders and early-stage ventures to resource, prove and grow more effective models for addressing disadvantage. She is currently State Manager (NSW/ACT) at Creative Partnerships Australia, where she provides capacity building support to arts organisations to grow investment in the cultural sector.
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.
A NIDA graduate, Loretta Busby has worked across theatre, opera, dance and festivals as general manager, producer, artistic director, programmer, lecturer, stage manager and theatrical agent, making a substantial contribution to the Australian arts scene. Loretta has been instrumental in the commissioning and development of many new Australian works.
Some career highlights include: General Manager of Ensemble Theatre; Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia; Head of Programming of Sydney Festival; Executive Producer of Carriageworks which included Artistic Director of the inaugural Sydney Children’s Festival and Executive Producer of the inaugural Platform Hip Hop Festival; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival for which she commissioned the celebrated opening event, Tubowgule and Bangarra’s Skin, both directed by Stephen Page; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Arts Festival; Artistic Administrator/Education Manager of Bell Shakespeare; and Associate Director of Barrie Kosky’s iconic 1996 Adelaide Festival.
Loretta has also worked in sponsorship, fundraising and events for a children’s cancer charity.
In 2012 Loretta produced Sydney Festival’s ground breaking and comprehensive contemporary Indigenous festival program, Black Capital at Carriageworks which featured the premiere season of I Am Eora, directed by Wesley Enoch; and in 2014 the world premiere of critically acclaimed, Black Diggers by Tom Wright and directed by Wesley Enoch at the Sydney Opera House. While at Sydney Festival she created, developed, implemented and launched the Sydney Festival Reconciliation Action Plan, which was subsequently recognized by Reconciliation Australian as an innovative and influential RAP within the arts sector.
Loretta has worked with a number of Australian companies including Australia Council for the Arts, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, NIDA, Underbelly Arts, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (now Bangarra), Force Majeure, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival, Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Loretta currently holds the following positions: Board member of Force Majeure; Board Member of Ensemble Theatre; Member of the Seymour Centre Artistic Advisory Panel; and Member of the ATYP Parent Advisory Group.
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 (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.