Matilda Awards Executive Committee
Chair | Deb Wilks
Secretary | Hamish Clift
Treasurer | Sharondell Grennan
General Member | Paul Adams
Executive Producer | Rosemary Walker
DEB WILKS has been working for over 20 years in the Arts Sector, and is known as a driving force in Australian Circus. She worked with many emerging and established artists and has a passion for improving the business skills of Artists and building the value of the arts to non-artists. This passion is the impetus behind Cluster Arts.
HAMISH CLIFT is a Brisbane barrister with a background in performing arts where he specialised in lighting design and production management. He has over fifteen years experience in the performing arts sector across Australia. Hamish is also the Chair of Flipside Circus.
SHARONDELL GRENNAN has worked in business management and leadership for more than 25 years. Sharondell brings to the Matilda Awards financial management experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity.
PAUL ADAMS brings twenty years experience working in management positions across retail, training and the arts, and has worked in the performing arts and events industry for more than 10 years. He is currently the General Manager of the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble. An award winning actor Paul also works as a writer, producer and director for his independent company Small Crown Productions. He was a Matilda Awards judge for three years before relinquishing that role to take up a position on the Executive Committee.
ROSEMARY WALKER worked for La Boite for 22 years as their PR Manager. She left in 2007 and started RAW Publicity. Since then Rosemary has been publicist for many creative and emerging arts companies and festivals, including Short + Sweet Festival; Strut’n’Fret, Radio 4MBS; Metro Arts; THAT Production Company; La Boite Theatre's Indie Season, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Arts; Circa; HeartBeast Theatre Ensemble; Melissa Western to name a few. Rosemary also mentors young people in public relations who are wanting a career in the arts.
ELISE GREIG Elise has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honors and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work. During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York. Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing and was longlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) 2018.
JAMES HARPER writes reviews for The Courier-Mail and The Australian. He has been an orchestral musician, theatre company administrator, arts bureaucrat, editor of educational publications, and business journalist, and has held positions in policy development, community services and venue management in local government.
CATARINA HEBBARD holds both Arts (Acting) and Education degrees from QUT and Griffith respectively and works as a freelance director, actor, voice-over artist, mentor and teacher. Catarina is the Co-Artistic Director & Co-Founder of indelabilityarts, is an alumni of the Women Directors’ Program, Melbourne Theatre Company (2015), and was Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite (2015), Creative Director of Harvest Rain’s Incubator Season (2015) and Creative Associate at QT(C) (2011).
SUSAN HETHERINGTON is a journalist and journalism educator who has a passion for the performing arts and arts reporting. She reviewed theatre for ABC Radio Brisbane with Spencer Howson for a decade and more recently with Fairfax. She is a theatre reviewer for Brisbane Spectrum with Damien Lee. In addition, she is a three-time Logie Awards judge and last year was a judge for the Beenleigh One Act Theatre Festival. She is the co-owner and reviewer of the Brisbane-based theatre review and creatives interview podcast RideHomeReview. Each year she sees more than 100 theatrical productions at all the major venues as well as frequently attending community and student theatre.
LEWIS JONES has many years of experience as actor, singer, director and producer, directing over sixty productions across the genres of music theatre, cabaret, circus, Shakespeare and drama. He has been Executive Producer of Circa, Artistic Director of Toowoomba’s Empire Theatres, directing seven musicals and commissioning April's Fool by David Burton and Program Manager – Judith Wright Centre. He is joint Director of WIV Presents, the producer of Women in Voice and #FirstWorldWhiteGirls: Botox Party!, which had seasons at Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Comedy Festival as well as 12 regional Queensland venues in 2017.
NASIM KHOSRAVI was born in the south of Iran. Nasim has a background spanning almost twenty years in theatre; devised performance, playwriting and directing of theatrical productions. Nasim migrated to Australia and founded Baran Theatre, in Brisbane, 2013. The first production of the group, Vis and Ramin was performed at FCAC Melbourne, Nov 2017, premiered in 2016 at Metro Arts. Where Nasim also presented Thin Air Brush in June 2017 and is developing The Tower of Babel. Nasim is theatre graduate from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts.
TROY OLLERENSHAW is the creator of Del Artè Charts, a book that has been published every year since 1990 to celebrate Brisbane and Australian theatre as seen through the eyes of the general public.
NATHAN SIBTHORPEis a contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; and an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012. Nathan is currently the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company, and the Co-Director of Counterpilot Transmedia Performance Collective. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and where he is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.
YVETTE WALKER is a First Nations creative arts professional that has been in the Australian Performing Arts industry for sixteen years as a playwright, programmer, producer, actor and agent. Yvette is presently residing in Cairns where she is engaged as Creative Producer at JUTE Theatre Company and is Artistic Associate at the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF). She is also Co-founder (with business partner Lisa Campos) and Agent of Queensland based boutique talent management company Walker and Campos, specialising in Indigenous talent and talent of diversity backgrounds.
ANNA YEN is a performer, theatre maker, director, teacher and independent producer. Performance credits include: It All Begins With Love Creative Regions 2015; The Serpent’s Table Sydney Festival 2014 Griffin Theatre/Performance4A; Living in Hope Creative Development 2014; A Creation Myth-tunCLOUD; Waterwheel Installation Igneous; Phoenix Rising Woodford; Wicked Bodies La Boite/Zen Zen Zo, Fortune La Boite, Load-ed Stories QTC-Ed; and was in Rock'n'Roll Circus (now CIRCA) performing ensemble for 4years. Anna received a Matilda Award Special Commendation for her one-woman show Chinese Take Away (QPAC / GumYi), and toured its film adaptation (commissioned by SBS) with a performance excerpt to Asia, Europe, and USA. Anna received a Best Actor (Female) Award Qld Short Film Festival, a Churchill Fellowship, Creative Partnerships Art and Health Award (Qld) 2014 with The Lamingtons / Wesley Mission / Griffith University.