Christian studied directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and playwriting at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the USA. He is a co-founder of Melbourne independent theatre company Uncle Semolina(& friends), a company whose primary goal is to generate new theatrical form and new styles of artistic collaboration. Uncle Semolina’s award winning works have been programmed in the Melbourne International Festival, the Malthouse Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, the London Barbican Centre, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Beijing Chao Yung Cultural Centre, the Adelaide Festival Centre, and ASSITEJ World Youth Theatre Festival.
Lee comes to Arena from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she held the role of Marketing and Sponsorship Director. She has ten years experience in arts management, theatre and events having worked for a number of major cultural institutions across operations, marketing and sponsorship including Melbourne Festival and Southbank Centre in London. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts.
As a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts [WAAPA] Jolyon has spent 20 years working both nationally and internationally as a performer in film, television, theatre and musical theatre. Alongside his acting career, he has developed a significant arts practice and has exhibited across the country. Most recently, through his own company BILLIEJEANISNOTMYLOVER, he was nominated as one of the top 10 emerging Australian photographers and was a finalist in the prestigious National Portrait Prize. Holding a Bachelor of Education, he maintains a strong connection between young people and creativity. He has written and directed numerous works for young adults and is currently producing his own dynamic television series for children.
Alexandra is an emerging playwright and arts administrator. She was the General Manager of literary organisation Going Down Swinging from 2014 – May 2015, having originally joined the team as an intern in 2012. In 2014 she was awarded a RE Ross Trust Script Development Award for her play Peripheral Damage. She is a graduate of the Australian Theatre for Young People’s (ATYP) Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and National Studio for emerging playwrights. Her work has been read at Courthouse Arts and produced as part of ATYP’s show The One Sure Thing. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. She has previously worked with Arena on The House of Dreaming, Starchaser and Cautionary Tales for Children before taking on her current role.
Virginia Lovett (Chair) - Executive Director, Melbourne Theatre Company
Liz Grainger (Treasurer) - FCA, Consultant
Darren Fewster - Executive Director, Shared Services and Strategy & Human Resources, Telstra
Christian Leavesley - Artistic Director, Arena Theatre Company
Lee Casey - Executive Producer, Arena Theatre Company
Ruth McMullin - Counseller, Sienna College Camberwell
Dr Richard Sallis - Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
Emily Sexton - Head of Programming, The Wheeler Centre