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Board & Management


Artistic Director
Rafael Bonachela
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Executive Director
Lou Oppenheim

Executive Assistant to Rafael Bonachela and Lou Oppenheim
Amy Burrows
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Director of Programming
Brendan O’Connell
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Senior Producer
Dominic Chang
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Associate Producer – Ensemble 
Kerry Thampapillai
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Associate Producer – Wharf
Michael Sieders
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Chief Financial Officer
Sean Radcliffe
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Financial Accountant
Melissa Sim

Payroll Assistant
Carina Mision

Director of Training and Education
Polly Brett

Head of Open Programs and Learning
Samantha Dashwood

Dance Class Manager
Ramon Monteverde Doringo

Learning Manager
Justine Turner

Learning Coordinator
Jacqueline Cooper

Learning Administrator
Eugenie English

Head of Training
Linda Gamblin

Training Associate
Juliette Barton

Learning Associate
Lexy Panetta

Pre-Professional Year Course Coordinator
Tobiah Booth-Remmers

Conditioning Studio Manager
Felicity McGee

Customer Experience and Venue Manager
Sue Neilsen

Customer Service Assistant
Laurance Corbett

Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships
Alan Watt

Head of Philanthropy
Katharine Seymour

Philanthropy Manager
Lachlan Bell

Trust and Foundations Manager
Madeline White

Philanthropy and Partnerships Coordinator
Bianca Mulet

Director of Market Development
Olivia Blackburn

Marketing Manager
Natalie Zagaglia

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Vivienne Crowle

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Gabriella Lay

Head of Media Communications
Alexandra Barlow
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Head of Strategic Communications
Natalia Carozzi

Head of CRM and Business Intelligence
Louise Davidson

Ticketing Specialist
John Calvi
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Resident Multimedia Artist
Pedro Greig

Rehearsal Director
Richard Cilli
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Rehearsal Associate
Charmene Yap

Balnaves Foundation Artist in Residence
Jasmin Sheppard

Technical Director
Guy Harding
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Company and Resident Stage Manager
Simon Turner

Production Coordinator
Tony McCoy

Head of Wardrobe
Annie Robinson

Board of Directors


Emma-Jane Newton

Emma-Jane Newton is a seasoned investment banking professional, currently serving as a Head of Investment Banking Coverage for Australia and New Zealand for Deutsche Bank. She has extensive experience over two decades advising corporate and private equity clients onmergers, acquisitions, and capital raisings having worked in Australia, New York and London. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Emma-Jane was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Emma-Jane also held several senior executive positions at Telstra including as a Divisional CFO and leading Corporate Development.

Emma-Jane has a deep passion for culture and the arts and was appointed to the Sydney Dance Company Board in 2018 and also served as Chair of Audit and Risk, and as the Deputy Chair.

Emma-Jane is a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel and Chief Executive Women. Emma-Jane holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Monash University.


David Baxby
Larissa Behrendt AO
Jillian Broadbent AC
David Friedlander
Emma Gray
Alexa Haslingden
Mark Hassell
Sandra McCullagh
Paris Neilson
Bianca Spender

International Patron

Dame Darcey Bussell

Ambassadors’ Council

Sarah Myer, Chair
Victoria Balnaves
Pam Bartlett
Judy Crawford
Jaycen Fletcher
Mandy Foley
Bradford Gorman
The Hon. Don Harwin
Kellie Hush
Samuel Joyce
Alexandra Knights
Skye Leckie OAM
Amelia Liveris
Jules Maxwell
Andrew Muston
Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM
Peter Reeve
Ruth Ritchie
Keinwen Shephard
Stephen Thatcher
Bee Wood
Adam Worling
Susan Wynne
Mary Zuber