The STACC Consultative Committee provides advice and feedback on programming and strategic direction. Cr Victoria Borg is the chair of this committee.
Julie Amos is General Manager of Orchestra Victoria and one of the youngest major performing arts company leaders in Australia. Raised in New South Wales, Julie studied flute from an early age and went on to graduate with a Bachelor in performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Through her studies, a love of theatre was born and a further Bachelor ensued in Technical Production from the Queensland University of Technology. Moving to Melbourne in 2007, Julie joined the management team at Orchestra Victoria and in 2010 commenced with The Australian Ballet as Music Operations Manager and played a key role in the acquisition of Orchestra Victoria by The Australian Ballet in 2014.
Thuy Dang is a St Albans resident and a founding director of Australian Vietnamese Arts Incorporated Thuy Dang is a resident of St Albans. She is a founding director of Australian Vietnamese Arts incorporated which is based in St Albans. She has previously been a volunteer chair for Cairnlea Advisory Committee and is involved in many other community committees. She is passionate about building a stronger community through the Arts. Thuy’s strong connections and understanding on how to program to the Vietnamese community is of significant value.
Tracee Hutchison is an Australian TV/radio broadcaster, journalist, commentator, producer, director and author with a national and international media profile. She boasts a wide ranging media career including presenting. A former network executive producer for ABC’s International Australia Network her experience includes Program Director for Australia’s largest community radio station and opinion columnist for the Saturday Age. A passionate advocate for social justice issue and equally passionate about the Arts, Tracee was recently appointed CEO of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.
Carmen Maddison holds a Masters Degree in Community Cultural Development Practice from the Victoria College of the Arts & Music and has an Honors Degree in Performance Studies from Victoria University. She has strong experience and qualifications in both community cultural development and Performing Arts. She has expertise in planning and facilitating community education and arts programs and has experience running community centres. Her work with diverse cultural and social groups and impressive career in providing arts experiences for young people and for people with disabilities would ensure a voice for accessible, vibrant and culturally rich projects, programs and partnerships at STACC. Carmen currently works with Westside Circus and has a long history working on performing arts projects with local Councils.
Lisa Maza (Meriam/Yidindji/Dutch) has twenty years’ experience working as a professional actor and singer and professional MC. Lisa recently received a two-year Fellowship for Producing from Australia Council and is currently a participant in the Blakstream Producers Program at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Keen to see more blackfella’s tell their story, Lisa began co-writing Sisters of Gelam in 2007, which then premiered at Malthouse Theatre in November 2009. She then co-wrote and performed in the Black Sheep Comedy Show Glorious Baastards (Melbourne International Comedy Festival/Ilbijerri) in 2010.Lisa completed a Certificate III in media at Open Channel, Co-directing her first documentary Living in Two Worlds, which premiered at St Kilda Film Festival in May 2009. Going on to direct and edit short documentaries Pomonal and Better than Money at Open Channel, for RAV’s “Home is where the Hall is” website, her last documentary Mazas Got Talent premiered on NITV in 2014. She is now working on a documentary to be completed in 2017. With a strong belief in Self-determination, Lisa completed a Cert IV in Business (Governance) in 2011 and is currently a member of Ilbijerri Theatre’s Board, the VIPAA panel and Malthouse Theatre’s Indigenous advisory panel and for many years was Chairperson of the recently disbanded Indigenous Arts Advisory Panel at City of Melbourne.
Daniel Schultheis has over ten years’ experience in the Arts as a training manager, predominantly in nationally accredited training within the screen sector. He is an innovator who has achieved many new business development outcomes in the community based Arts sector as well as developing programs that drive industry growth. He has 15 years’ experience in film and television in production and screen education. Additionally, Daniel has production and theatre experience. He is keen to contribute to the development of local independent theatre projects that are community led and in the development of diverse uses of the Bowery and STACC. He has previous experience as a committee member for industry groups and review boards.
Rita Seumanutafa is currently a PhD Candidate with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne). She is the Director of the Melbourne Samoan Choir, Pasefika Vitoria Choir and Director of Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia Inc. Rita has strong experience working with youth in Brimbank and is considered by her Pacific Island Community to be a young leader and mentor. She is an active creative arts practitioner and academic. She is an advocate for the engagement, creation and enjoyment of Pasefika creative arts and is a passionate advocate for the engagement, creation and enjoyment of performing arts in order to provide for more opportunities for multicultural communities to participate, share, learn and enjoy the Arts. Rita is a founding board member of BridginWorx (a mentoring organisation). She is a festival committee member at Immigration Museum and an advisory committee member at Melbourne Museum.
Mary Winchester is a resident of St Albans. She has strong experience as a performer and arts administrator and working with community arts organisations. Mary has performed and toured in Australia and overseas. She has coordinated international performing arts and writers conferences and large festivals. She has experience in sourcing funds through sponsorships and fundraising programs. She was formerly a community representative with the Melbourne Museum and has a long history in community board work. She has a particular interest in Maori culture. Mary is a proud advocate of the benefits of the arts especially around education, employment and self-development for young people.