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Artists & MGMT

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STAFF

Artistic Director
TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN

Production Associate
EMILY EDWARDS

Financial Consultant
COREY REYNOLDS

Literary Associate
VANESSA FRANCESCA

Creative Associate
DR TOM PAYNE

Creative Associate
RUBY DONOHOE

Artistic & Community Associate
KERITH MANDERSON-GALVIN

Artistic Associate (Composition)
JULES PASCOE

Artistic Associate (Writing)
DAVID UNWIN

BOARD

Chairperson
DR TOM PAYNE

Public Officer
COREY REYNOLDS

Secretary
TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN

Community & International Engagement
KIM SIMPSON

Youth Affairs
JANE GRIMLEY

Archives & Programming
CARLY GODDEN

Corporate Strategy & Public Relations
VERONICA FIL

MKA’s Committee of MGMT is made up of international and local artists, academics, and arts workers. If you’re interested in the governance of the company, and/or if you’d like to be involved, please be in touch at info@mka.org.au

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Tobias Manderson-Galvin
Artistic Director
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Dr Tom Payne
Creative Associate
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Vanessa Francesca
Literary Associate
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Ruby Donohoe
Creative Associate
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Jules Pascoe
Artistic Associate
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Kerith Manderson-Galvin
Community Associate

Biographies

TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN is a creative leader, artistic director, performance maker, writer, dancer, and cat-sitter from Melbourne, Australia.  He first appeared on a federal terrorist watch list at the age of 19.

He’s ‘s best known as Artistic Director/CEO/Co-Founder of MKA | Theatre of New Writing. He’s also Director General of UK/Australian live performance company Doppelgangster – a company focused on climate change, globalisation, and forced migration.  His best known works include ‘The Economist’ (about the Utoya Island Massacre), ‘dogmeat’, and ‘Doppelgangster’s TITANIC’.  In 2016 he was co-founder and co-festival director of the recently launched Hot!Hot!Hot! ​Climate Arts Festival.

He twice played a combination of Adolf Hitler and David Hasselhoff called ‘Hitlerhoff’. He tours regularly internationally as a performer/actor/hero. He is a graduate of VCA with a Master of Writing for Performance.
He lives in Richmond, Victoria.

TOM is Co-Director General of Doppelgangster, a UK/Australian performance company with an explicit focus upon climate change, forced migration and globalisation.

He is an environmental arts researcher affiliated with Bath Spa University; where he is currently working part-time with an artist led team on an AHRC funded project entitled Towards Hydrocitizenship. This participatory arts research aims to engage individuals and communities around the UK in dialogues about water and the eco-social.

He lives in mid Wales with his young family at Ty’n yr Helyg Barn. In 2013 he worked with community groups and other collaborators in order to transform part of the barn into a performance space, Ty’n yr Helyg Theatre. The barn is the site of a participatory handmade performance practice that explores questions of ecology, environment and sustainability.

Ruby Donohoe is a Sunshine Coast based producer, performer and performance maker. From September 2016 – June 2017, Ruby will be one of 14 International and American actors accepted into the biennial SITI Company Acting Conservatory in New York where she will be training and working with the company as an intern. She is currently facilitating and directing a show with Queensland disability arts organisation, Access Arts, with whom she has worked with since January 2015.

Ruby graduated with distinction in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and minoring in Scenography at the Queensland University of Technology and has had the privilege of working with Dairakudikan (Japan), Egil Kipste and Max Lyandvert (NIDA), Hayden Spencer, Kokoro Dance (Canada), Leaky Heaven (Canada), Margi Brown Ash, MKA:Theatre of New Writing (Melbourne), Sarah Winter, SITI Company (New York), Strings Attached (Sydney), The Dead Puppet Society, The Only Animal (Canada),  Vancouver Burlesque Centre (Canada), Younis Bachir (La Fura Dels Baus) and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.

Ruby’s producing credits include Brisbane Anywhere Festival (2014 Producer In-Training; 2015 Festival Directing Producer), MKA: Theatre of New Writing (2015 subtxt Festival, Senior Producer) and The Only Animal (2013 Producing Intern, Canada).

Ruby is currently collaborating on new work Emu Wars with MKA:Theatre of New Writing & Doppelgangster (UK/Australia). Most recently her self-directed  interactive projection dance-theatre work Eye Resolution and installation An Act of Intimacy both enjoyed full-houses/sold-out seasons as part of the 2016 2high Festival (Backbone Theatre)

Vanessa Francesca has written poetry, fiction and theatre for venues including Melbourne University theatre and publications including The Age. Her interest in arts administration has been facilitated by volunteer work coordinating the Melbourne ARTillery festival with Amnesty International and her experience in event planning and grant-writing stretches across several NGOs and committees. She is currently on a diversity scholarship to study improvisational comedy at The Improv. Conspiracy in Melbourne, which is near the studio where she lives and works. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, where she was offered a scholarship, and later won the Percival Searle Prize in English Literature. In her spare time, she tries to entertain her Nonna, who is a very tough crowd.

JANE makes theatre and contemporary performance. She collaborates regularly as a performer, most recently with Australian Performance Exchanges’ music theatre work Caylee’s Ukelele. She’s a regular collaborator with ShopFront Theatre in NSW; a contemporary performance company for under-25s. She directs devised interdisciplinary works with the Deconverters, and her fascination with science feeds into their current site based project Emergency Crach Landing, an interactive performance adventuring into Deep Space. She has a Bachelor of Performance Theatre Theory and Practice from UWS (2004), and developed her practice through the ImPACT ensemble (2006). She’s has completed further education in Dramatherapy through the Dramatherapy Centre of NSW and is passionate about people telling their stories.

Composer; musician; founder of ‘Clairey Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’; member jazz outfit ‘The Conglomerate’ & ‘JazzParty’; documentary ‘Beyond Our Ken’ (composer, 2004); film ‘The Rage in Placid Lake (contributing composer, 2003), ‘Titanic’ (composer, Doppelgangster, 2015-16), ‘Baby’ (composer, MKA/Doppelgangster, 2016).

KIM is an artist, producer and cultural manager working in Scotland and internationally across the arts, screen and creative industries. Founding director of Shift, her clients and collaborators include creative individuals and companies from a broad range of disciplines from dance and performance to film, design, science and technology.

Kim’s particular skills and interests relate to exploring creativity, the ecology of the arts and creative sectors, organisational and individual development, effective communication and collaboration. She enjoys the duality of working on strategy, structure and organisation as well as creatively on the development of ideas, concepts and artistic process. She is also committed to her own continued professional development and sharing learning with her community through collaboration.

Kim has worked within a range of international contexts and has built relationships across Europe, Australia and Asia.

Prior to her career in arts management, Kim was a music promoter, band manager and Architecture student.

Kim has Hypermobility Syndrome, a complex multi-systemic genetic condition affecting connective tissues. This informs her practice in immeasurable ways.