Black Hole Theatre is an incorporated association.
Black Hole’s board bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company.
Dr Alison Richards – Chairperson
Alison Richards has made an outstanding contribution to Australian contemporary performance over four decades as a performer, writer, researcher and teacher. She has a strong interest in physical, vocal and cross-disciplinary performance and is known both for her solo performance works and for her collaborations with other artists. Alison has written extensively on contemporary performance theory and practice and advises emerging companies, artists and performance makers. She has served on a range of arts industry Boards and committees, with a focus on training, strategic planning and organisational development. She is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at Monash University.
Amelia Bartak – Deputy Chair
A creative thinker and entrepreneurial manager, Amelia Bartak is the Executive Producer for Phillip Adams BalletLab, returning in 2015. Amelia was their General Manager and Producer from 2009-13. Amelia has over 20 years experience in arts management including producing live performance, large-scale public and visual arts events, and teaching at tertiary levels for Deakin and RMIT Universities. Executive Producer and General Manager of Ballet Lab since 2009. She has also worked as a sessional academic at RMIT and at Deakin University in the postgrad Arts and Entertainment Management program. She has widespread experience as an artist, curator, event manager and in marketing and development.
Cassandra Mitchell – Treasurer
Cassandra is a CPA qualified accountant currently undertaking her Masters of Business Administration. Cassandra brings a breadth of experience from her roles in local government, not-for-profit organisations, and corporate entities, to assist the board to apply best practices in Financial Management.
Nancy Black – AD of Black Hole, Secretary of the Board
Artistic Director of Black Hole Theatre. Nancy is recognised widely as writer, director, producer, teacher and dramaturg. She has worked with BHT since 2001, directing, initiating programs, and developing the company’s international work. She won awards in 2003 and 2008 for Caravan and Coop. In 2014-15 she co-devised and directed BLIND with the Duda Paiva Co., Nl. which premiered at the World Puppetry Festival in Charleville-Mézières, Fr., and recently enjoyed huge success in Melbourne during Theatre Work’s FOLA season.Outside BHT she co-produced the 2007 Festival of Australian Theatre in Beijing and Shanghai, taking 5 Australian companies to China. She also directed the acclaimed 2012 Double Bill for the Victorian Opera, and will direct 3 Saints in 4 Acts for them in 2016. She will also direct the experimental opera ###Live Nude Girls!! for the Bendigo International Exploratory Music Festival in 2016.
Rod Primrose – Director
A Puppeteer and Theatre maker, one of the co-founders of Black Hole Theatre, Rod has worked in puppetry for over 30 years as a maker, performer and teacher. He has appeared in countless shows for Polyglot, Handspan, Erth and other companies as well as Black Hole, worked across theatre, television and film, devised wonderful work for BHT and the slams, and is currently leading a workshop for the Diamond Valley Actors Theatre – a group developing the skills and presenting the work of disabled performers.
John-Paul Fischbach – Director
John Paul brings extensive experience and skills in arts management to the Board. John Paul, better known as JP, was a well known theatre director in Canada before moving to Australia in 2007. In his current role as Executive Director of Auspicious Arts Incubator, he spends his days assisting independent artists and arts organisations to improve their business and marketing skills.
Alex Prior – Director
In addition to being an experienced manager, Alex Prior is a qualified journalist, with 25 years’ as a professional writer – the last twelve years in the online environment.
The online publication that he co-founded in 2002 (ScreenHub.com.au) became the number one site by revenue and traffic for professionals working in the Australian film and television industries. Following the trade sale of ScreenHub, he became editor-in-chief of the combined artsHub.com group of publications.
He has considerable expertise in web analytics, ecommerce, marketing automation and customer relationship management system, and is currently assisting not for profits to upgrade their systems and develop digital strategies.
Tim Webster – Director
Tim is a video artist as well as having 10 years experience in technology and the creative industries. He “creates cohesive experiences – both online and offl ine – informed by user centred design principles.” He “thrives incollaborative environments with multi-disciplined, product focused teams. Some of the companies he has worked for are Senior UX, Kllective, Uber, Low Fat Love, and Someones.