Ali Clinch – President
Ali has a Bachelor of Applied Theatre (Honours) from Griffith University. She enjoys performing, production and drama education equally. Ali currently works as a drama and dance tutor for the Education Faculty at the University of Canberra. She previously worked as the Canberra Director for Acting Antics along with varies freelance acting, directing and stage management projects. Her directorial credits include High School Blues(Acting Antics, 2011), The Burnt Out Stage, The Art of Living (Acting Crazy Theatre Co. 2009, 2010), Soaking in It and The Quick & the Dead (Short + Sweet, 2009 & 2011) and Choreographer for Pirates of Penzance and The King & I (Qld Musical Theatre, 2006 & 2008). Ali is passionate about the benefits of the creative arts for healing and community engagement.
Vice President: Kirsty Budding
Kirsty is a producer, playwright and teacher. A graduate of the Australian National University (BA, MSt), she facilitates education programs and produces events through her company, Budding Theatre. As a writer, Kirsty has penned The Fairytale Channel (CAT Award winner, Best Original Work 2014); Bitchin’ Soul (Currency Press, 2015); The Art of Teaching Nothing (Free Rain Theatre Company, 2015); and Brexit (Winner Best Script, Short+Sweet Canberra, 2016). She is currently working on her first collection of monologues to be published by Blemish Books in 2017. Kirsty is passionate about combining artistic vision with business sense to create sustainable arts initiatives.
Barbi Jones – Treasurer
Barbi is a chartered accountant with over 10 years experience in preparing financial statements for a number of industries, including the public and private sectors. In addition to her graduate diploma in Chartered Accounting, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Management & Marketing) from the Australian National University.
Assistant Treasurer: Lèa Giacomelli
Léa moved from France to Australia 3 years ago, where she has continued pursing her passion for the arts, in particular film, music, theatre and performance. She has a Master’s degree in Arts Management from the Paris School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Film Studies from UNSW. She has previously worked at Paris Opera, Alliance Française , Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra and Canberra Multicultural Fringe.
Judith Peterson – Secretary
Judith Peterson comes to the committee with experience in social justice and believes in supporting the Arts in Canberra.
Ian Dudley – Media and Engagement Officer
Ian is a student at the University of Canberra. He is currently completing his final year of Web Design & Production, to compliment a Diploma of Graphic Design from the Canberra Institute of Technology. He has several years of experience in events and enjoys applying his skills to contribute to the local design community. In 2015 he was President of the University of Canberra Graphic Design Club and was the recipient of the Blues & Leadership Awards for ‘Club Person of the Year’ and ‘Off-Campus Event of the Year’ for a successful group exhibition of digital artwork by club members. In 2015 he was a student representative of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). He is also active in the art community, having exhibited at festivals and venues such as Art, Not Apart (New Acton), Sancho’s Dirty Laundry, The Front Gallery & Cafe and the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Ordinary Member: Sache Fawkes
Sacha Fawkes spent the past 10 years as a Circus professional performing for festivals, cruise ships, and corporate events with the majority spent in non-profit arts organisations teaching circus skills and creating performances with young people. Over this time he has had several periods as an itinerant and moved homes 6 different times including to urban, regional, and remote Australia. He believes strongly in recognising the creative collaborative capital that surrounds us and that leadership for society in this is provided by the Arts. To expand his passion and potential to inspire new generations he completed a BA in Anthropology and English from the University of Western Australia followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education from La Trobe University. Earlier this year he was teaching Circus elective classes in a Canberra high school until being poached by the National Museum of Australia where he currently works in the Education department with K-12 students. His current creative passions include Hip Hop, Capoeira, and sensuous bohemian bliss.
Ordinary Member: Stephen Crossley
Friends of Playing Field Studio
Previous Board Members
Renald Navilly – 2011-2012
Aj Beiga – 2011-2012
Ning Tan – 2011-2012
Sarah McMurray – 2011-2012
Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe – 2011-2012
Justine Harper – 2011-2013
Annette Fisher – 2011- 2013
Zsuzsi Soboslay 2012 -2013
Andrew Hoar 2013 -2014
Leigh Haversakara – 2011 – 2013
Justyna P – 2012 – 2014
Nisrine El – Mogharbel- 2012 – 2015
David Maloney – 2012 – 2014
Ben Harris – 2013 – 2015
Meliisa Gyrlewska – 2013 – 2015
Gael Menzies – 2013 – 2015
Royston Rodriges – 2014 – 2015