Tony Mack is an actor, writer, director and arts consultant specialising in Australian and international youth arts.
He is also a Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Write Local. Play Global (WLPG) and organises WLPG events in countries like Sweden, Denmark, Japan, USA, Austria and Poland. He was a lecturer in Drama at the University of Adelaide from 1993-1999, Editor of Lowdown magazine from 1999-2007 and as a Vice-President from 2002-2008 of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, ASSITEJ, he was responsible to ASSITEJ for the delivery of the 2008 ASSITEJ World Congress in Adelaide, Australia. He has been recognised for his contributions to youth arts by being appointed a life member Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA), an ASSITEJ Honorary Member and Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
As an actor, presenter and voice over artist, Tony has worked for many of Australia’s top companies as well as acting in feature films such as The Babadook, Oranges and Sunshine and Esther Blueberger. Recent arts consultancy clients include Brink Productions and the Arts Industry Council of South Australia.
Angela Allison is a CPA, Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy.
Prior to forming her own management consultancy business in 2013 Angela had an extensive career in the South Australian government holding senior executive roles in corporate services, marketing and state immigration services including Director Corporate Services at the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy.
Key skills include financial management, business innovation and improvement, governance and risk management. She continues to occupy key oversight roles with Government audit and risk management committees and is a board member of Education Adelaide, the Catalyst Foundation and Slingsby Theatre Company.
Gillian Mercer has over twelve years of experience working within corporate environments in sales, business development, grant procurement and sponsorship seeking/servicing.
For the past seven years Gillian has specialised in arts partnerships, building relationships with corporate, media and government stakeholders both locally, nationally and internationally. Currently employed as the Business Development Director at Adelaide Festival her responsibilities include the planning and management of business development activities for the Adelaide Festival Corporation and particularly its primary activity, the annual Adelaide Festival.
Previous employments at senior levels include a corporate partnerships management position at Adelaide Fringe and a business development and senior sales roles at Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Formal qualifications include an Advance Diploma of Business Tourism and Gillian is a current external student undertaking her final year studying a Bachelor of Management (Tourism) at University of South Australia.
Gillian has held board positions with Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s Young Business Forum (2003 – 2005), Meeting Events Association Australia (SA Branch) (2005 – 2006) holding the position of Sponsorship Committee Chairperson (2006 – 2008), a member of the Australian Event Awards Review Panel (2009 – 2011) and is a current Board Member at Slingsby Theatre Company (2013 – present).
Gillian also volunteers with community organisation SA Dog Rescue as a Foster Career and is a member of their Event and Fundraising Committee.
Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, winning 14 industry awards along the way.
Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Most recently Andy directed Vigil, written by Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo and starring Christie Whelan-Browne for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017 (4.5 stars, Limelight). Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Andy is respected nationally and internationally for creating moments of human intimacy and emotional truth in both intimate one hander productions and in large operatic and orchestral scale works, for child, family and adult audiences.
In January 2016 Andy became the first Australian to join the Board of Management of Philadelphia-based IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth).
Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide with their three school-age sons and retired greyhound.
Kelly is the Dignity Party representative in the South Australian parliament and has served in the Legislative Council since 2010. She is the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament and the first Australian to be elected on the platform of disability rights.
Magdalena is Director, Strategy & Business Development at Blue Sky Thinking TM
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