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 2018/2019 Board of Management
Amy Barnett, Elected Member
Amy is an enthusiastic tech and digital specialist, currently working at the University of Adelaide as a digital project officer. Amy has a passion for all things technology, media and design with a particular love for creating beautiful websites and interactive media. She has previously studied at Flinders University, graduating with a Bachelor of Information Technology in computer programming and digital media. Presently, she is undertaking a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Marketing.
Amy is a huge supporter of the Arts and has been involved in theatre for as long as she can remember; performing in many productions throughout her school years.
Scott Cleggett, Co-opted Member
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.
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.
Lani Gerbi, Co-opted Member
Sonja Graetz, Elected Member
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.
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 Chair
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 as its Chair.
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.
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 2018/2019 year.
Jayden Redden, Elected Member
'jden' (sic) is a producer and magic consultant for his production company Fascinating Lies. His critically acclaimed production The Expert at the Card Table — How to Cheat at Cards won the BankSA Best Magic of Adelaide Fringe Award in 2018.
Previous productions include SUBCONSCIOUS (2018), SUPERHUMAN(2017), and Reading Minds and Other Fascinating Lies (2016). In 2018, jden will be directing L’Importance D’Être Constant (The Importance of Being Earnest) written by Oscar Wilde and adapted by him for the University of Adelaide French Club.
jden is a 2018 Green Room Advocate for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Green Room program, promoting arts for 18-to-30-year-olds. He is also currently completing a Masters in Management (Arts and Cultural Management) at the University of South Australia, where he takes part in the Executive Partners Program and is mentored by Adelaide Fringe CEO and Artistic Director, Heather Croall.
As someone with minimal previous experience with the Theatre Guild, jden hopes to bring in a breath of fresh air to the governance of the Board. Drawing on his cross disciplinary skills to boost audience numbers, continue the daring and exciting artistic programming decisions, and help navigate the Guild through the increasingly competitive entertainment landscape of Adelaide.