Role of the Board of Management
The Theatre Guild Board is responsible for the ongoing health and viability of the Theatre Guild. It is the Guild's highest-level decision-making body, and has legal responsibility for the Guild's resources and activities.
The Board has ultimate responsibility for establishing the Guild's purpose, mission and vision. It oversees the management and implementation of the Guild's affairs. It fosters the Guild's progress and development, secures the support of members and friends, and promotes the identity of the Guild in the community. The Board is a working Board, and Board members have practical input into the Guild's progress towards achieving its goals.
Members of the 2017/2018 Board of Management
Tim Allan, Elected Member
Tim has had a long time love of participating in and supporting the performing arts. He started in technical production and acting at school, sang in St Peter's Cathedral Choir for several years and then went on to be involved with Burnside Players (now Red Pheonix), at one time serving as President. During this time at Burnside he production managed, lighting and sound designed and crewed (Daisy Pulls it Off, Popcorn, Taming of The Shrew, Woman in Black, The Crucible). For his first production for the Guild (The Pillowman), he designed lighting and sound. Of late Tim has been designing sound for Therry (Darling Buds of May, Lion in Winter) and the Guild (Richard III, The Effect, Henry V).
Professionally Tim has had a fifteen year career in the audio production industry, predominantly working in voice-over production. For the last nine years he has operated a commercial photography business creating branding and marketing material for local household names and national brands. Utilising his experience in business, he has recently been commissioned to mentor and motivate other business owners to grow their business through generating referrals by utilising their networks.
Joshua Andersen-Ward, Elected Member
Currently employed as a Facilities Officer with CSIRO, Joshua assists with the management of maintenance and capex for WASANTI. Previously, has has worked in numerous roles and industries, all around Australia including manufacturing, construction, higher education and hospitality, but as he and his wife now have a new member of the family, they plan on staying put in ‘Radelaide’ for the foreseeable future.
Joshua's motivation for joining the Theatre Guild stems from his love of the medium. He loves the experience of live theatre; in his mind it maintains the link between an ancient story telling medium and modernity. The opportunity to assist in the continued delivery of the Art is vocational for him.
His other interests include a passion for education as he thinks that a solid education allows for a life of great effect on a personal, community and global level. He enjoys running and reading in his personal time but generally not at the same time.
Sheridan Cox, Co-opted Member
After graduating from Arts and Teaching (Secondary English and History), Sheridan decided to remain at the University of Adelaide as an Honours student in English Literature in order to pursue her research goals. She returned to theatre in 2016 playing 'Lucetta' in the Theatre Guild's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Sheridan had previously been involved in school theatre playing 'The Singer' in Our Country's Good and 'Claudius' in an all-female production of Hamlet for the Adelaide Fringe.
Megan Dansie, Elected Member
Megan is a lawyer with Duncan Basheer Hannon, specialising in Family Law. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1985. Megan has been involved in Adelaide theatre for 45 years, starting with acting and training with the Bunyip Children's Theatre. She served on the committee as President and Treasurer of the Burnside Players for many years.
As well as acting, she has directed for several companies including Burnside Players' award winning The Crucible, Don's Party for the Adelaide Rep and Collaborators for Stirling Players. The Pillowman and Richard III for the Theatre Guild both received the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award for Best Drama, the TASA DramatiCal Award and the Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award for Megan's direction.
In 2015 she directed Much Ado About Nothing for the Theatre Guild and The Lion in Winter for Therry and in 2016 she directed The Elephant Man for the Adelaide Repertory and The Effect for the Theatre Guild. Her passion for Shakespeare is well known and in 2016 she participated in a professional development workshop in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company. While there she managed to see seven Shakespeare performances in one week. In 2017 she will be directing Henry V for the Theatre Guild.
Nicholas Duddy, Elected University of Adelaide Student Member
Nicholas is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide. He has been involved in Adelaide theatre for several years, most recently appearing in the Guild’s production of Henry V. He has also appeared in Variation on a Theme (Stirling Players), and The Lion in Winter (Therry Dramatics Society).
Nick studied acting and theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting through New York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Other theatre credits include Closer, Othello, Pericles, Lobby Hero, and All My Sons (Stella Adler/ NYU). Nicholas has long been an admirer of the Theatre Guild, and is excited to be involved with its future productions.
Katherine Edmond, Elected Member
Katherine is an alumni and staff member of the University of Adelaide. She is currently working in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences after previously working in the Graduations Office.
As a student Katherine was an inaugural board member of the Questions at The University of Adelaide Club and the Adelaide University Fringe Club. She has been involved in productions of Stoke Mandeville: Astronaut and Gentleman, The Servant of Two Masters, Over My Dead Body and the 2017 Guild production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta
Gary George, Elected Member
Gary has been performing in theatre in Adelaide for 30 years. He trained at Magill SACAE and after graduating moved into touring children's theatre. Between 1986 and 2000 he helped to create and run three professional children's theatre companies where he co-wrote, directed, performed and toured many productions to schools all over Australia. His professional acting work has encompassed theatre, television and film.
Gary first worked with the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild as the sound operator for Ibsen's Rosmersholm in 1986. The following year he had his first Guild acting role in Poor Bitos, directed by the late June Barnes. He has performed with numerous other Adelaide Theatre companies including Theatre Exchange, Marie Clarke Singers, Nomad Theatre, The Adelaide Rep and Stirling Players. In 2016 he co-directed his first Guild production, Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was Gary's 20th Theatre Guild production.
Gary is a freelance writer and editor, who also works as an historian and archivist.
Sonja Graetz, Elected Member & Chair of the Board
Sonja is a marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years’ experience, ranging from gaming to advertising, to government. Her current role with the University of Adelaide as Infrastructure Communications & Engagement Manager, is responsible for managing the Infrastructure Branch communications portfolio. The role involves developing and implementing communications plans and frameworks for projects undertaken by the Infrastructure Branch and delivery of communications campaigns for related projects.
She is a staunch advocate for the arts and an avid Adelaide (previously Brisbane) festival and fringe-goer. Sonja has embraced the challenge of being Chair of the board and involved in delivering and promoting the wonderful work of the Guild.
Melanie Hibberd, Administrator, Member ex officio
In her former life, Melanie ran her own theatrical administration business in London, and worked in various roles such as Production Co-ordinator, Casting Director, Marketing Manager and Publicist on numerous West End productions, Broadway transfers, national and international tours.
She toured as General Manager with comedy acts such as Dave Allen and Smith & Jones before eventually leaving her base in the big smoke to become Marketing Director at a regional repertory theatre. She was convinced she would remain working in professional theatre in the UK but love is a weird and wonderful thing and she now finds herself happily married and working in amateur theatre in the other hemisphere!
Rajeev Kamineni, Elected Member
Rajeev is passionate about and been actively involved in theatre for the past three decades, from his days as a student pursuing a Bachelors and Masters degree in Arts. Apart from acting as 'Prince Simon' in AA Milne's The Ugly Duckling, he was involved backstage and front of house for several productions and is one of the directors of an arts and theatrical society. He has a unique international background, with academic, film, sports, theatre and book selling experience across several international markets including Australia, India, South Africa, Japan, Singapore and Dubai. Rajeev brings to the Theatre Guild his recent experience in production, marketing and the business development of 14 movies. He is currently researching and teaching at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide and he looks forward to the responsibility of contributing and adding value to the Theatre Guild in its exciting 80th year.
Prof. Oliver Mayo, University Council Nominee
Oliver Mayo is an elderly statistical geneticist, mostly researching theoretical plant genetics and he has written books on various topics, ranging from Australian wine to evolution. He was born, educated and has mostly lived in Adelaide and he is an Adjunct Professor of Biometry at the University of Adelaide. For many years, Oliver worked for CSIRO in livestock production research.
Bonnie McAllister, Elected University of Adelaide Student Member
Bonnie is a second year student undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Adelaide. After much involvement within the drama department during high school, she decided to continue this passion in her tertiary studies. Her first role with the Theatre Guild was as 'Julia' in the 2016 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and her first involvement with the Guild was as co-director of the student production of A Domestic Autumn and Angry Love written by fellow Board member James Watson. She hopes to pursue a career within the Arts with a focus on writing and theatre.
Tania Milohis, Co-opted Member
Tania is a business and systems transformation specialist with over 25 years’ experience. She has successfully delivered major across government initiatives involving project management, contract negotiation, procurement and change management in complex and politically sensitive environments. Tania is professionally known for her business acumen and her ability to identify business requirements and formulate appropriate solutions to drive business outcomes.
In her current role at the University, she is responsible for leading and managing complex systems and related business improvement functions of the Infrastructure Branch.
Tania has volunteered on a number of different community groups and associations and is looking forward to being an active member of the Guild during the 2017/18 year.