Staff

Management of both centres is coordinated by a small team of dedicated professional arts workers. We are passionate about the arts and feel privileged to work on behalf of a unique community of artists and organisations.  We are dedicated to the creative transformation taking place at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and aim to strengthen their position as sustainable, professional and truly innovative arts centres.

DIRECTOR

Joseph Falsone

joseph[at]agac.com.au Joseph joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in 2012. As an arts manager, Joseph is committed to ethical leadership and believes arts centres can and should empower artists and communities to work together to achieve lasting change. Joseph previously worked as Executive Director at M16 Artspace, where he led organisational renewal and oversaw the redevelopment of the Blaxland Centre in Griffith as well as a significant exhibition program. His wider arts sector experience includes working for the ACT Community Arts office, in the arts development team at artsACT, as exhibition officer for the Australian Institute of Architects and as a curatorial intern at the National Gallery of Australia. Joseph has also served on the boards of numerous arts organisations, including Arts Access Australia and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Joseph writes regularly about the visual arts and in 2013 was ACT Art Notes correspondent for Art Monthly Australia. Joseph is also an experienced social researcher, having worked as a senior research manager for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, TNS Social Research and Eureka Strategic Research. He has consulted on a wide range of projects for not-for-profit, public and private sector clients, including a strategic review for the Gallery of Australian Design. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from the University of Sydney, where he studied art history and literature, specialising in twentieth-century Italian poetry.

BUSINESS MANAGER

Adelin Chin

adelin[at]agac.com.au Adelin has diverse experience in the fields of architecture, design and arts management. She has worked on design and cultural projects with local government, arts organisations and artists in Australia and the USA. Prior to calling Canberra home, Adelin provided strategic and capital advice and support to the cultural community in New York as well as liaison to elected officials and private-industry professionals. As the Arts Centres’ Business Manager, Adelin strengthens our mission, developing and maintaining relationships with our tenants and greater arts community as well as ensuring smooth operations. Adelin teaches design at the University of Canberra and continues to provide strategic planning assistance to local arts organisations.

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ADMINISTRATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICES OFFICER

Lachlan Johnson

Lachlan is passionate about creativity and is excited to work in a space that helps support and foster creativity in the ACT. Lachlan studied Literature and Art History at the Australian National University and recently completed an Honours project that examined the role of the internet in enabling and fostering amateur creativity in the 21st century, this project particularly focused on how internet technologies could influence the study of literary texts in the digital age. Though he is particularly passionate about poetry, Lachlan is interested in all artistic and creative endeavors and would always welcome a chat about whatever it is you’re currently working on.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Dolly Prajapati

dolly[at]agac.com.au Dolly is detail oriented. At the Arts Centres, Dolly ensures the smooth flow of our business and is responsible for finance management. She started her journey in Australia as a customer representative in various industries and assistant accountant. Dolly responds to day-to-day enquiries at the Arts Centres main office and greets visitors and residents. Dolly already holds a double masters – Masters of Commerce and Masters of Professional Accounting – but it’s not pens down yet, she’s currently studying for a degree in Leadership and Management.

PROGRAM MANAGER

Adelaide Rief

adelaide[at]agac.com.au Adelaide is an arts producer, keen conversationalist, curious cook, committed bicycle rider and fiercely proud resident of Canberra. As Program Manager at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres she works to facilitate artist development across a range of artforms and career stages through program and policy development, grant applications and partnerships with the wider local and national arts sector. Her role also encompasses providing access to the Centre’s beautiful heritage listed facilities for creative communities through venue hire and public programs. Adelaide has particular interests in experimental artistic processes, inclusion and diversity, public art, and cultural democracy. Adelaide holds a degree in Creative Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Minister’s Creative Council and has sat on grant assessment panels for National Association for the Visual Arts and the City Renewal Authority. From 2014-2017 she was a Managing Producer for the You Are Here Festival and has worked on a range of projects with arts, activist and community organisations including Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Amnesty International Australia, 2XXFM, Scissors Paper Pen, 3CR Community Radio and Right Now.

CREATIVE PRODUCER

Rochelle Whyte

rochelle[at]agac.com.au Rochelle has worked as a performer, theatre director, dramaturge, writer, educator, producer, event manager and tour manager. Rochelle’s experience ranges from main stage to independent theatre – across different cultural communities in different locations around Australia and abroad. Rochelle is delighted to have the opportunity to support emerging and established artists at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, and to be working as part of an innovative team to help develop and deliver a fantastic arts program. Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Performance) with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney, and a Grad Dip (Directing) with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Business, from the University of Technology, Sydney.  

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MARKETING MANAGER

Kristi Monfries

kristi[at]agac.com.au Kristi has maintained parallel career paths in marketing and creative producing, having worked in design studios in Melbourne, not-for-profit organisations and charity sector alongside the arts, she is interested in how marketing and communications can be implemented in creative and innovative methods using good data and integrated campaigns filtered through an arts lens. Kristi holds a BA in Photography and Grad Dip in Electronic Design from RMIT.

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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Rebecca Worth

rebecca[at]agac.com.au Rebecca Worth is a proudly born and bred Canberran with a background in Photo-media and film-making. Over the years she has worked as an artist-in-residence, photographer, darkroom demonstrator, gallery installer, and film crew member. Beginning her art journey in 2011 at the ANU School of Art and Design, Rebecca has specialised in darkroom and alternative process photography and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2014. As the Marketing Coordinator Rebecca keeps the residents informed of the day-to-day happenings of the arts hub and provides social media content to the public on behalf of the Ainslie Gorman House residents, programs and festivals. Having worked in the book industry for the better part of a decade, Rebecca has worked with authors, illustrators and booksellers on book promotions, reviews and events. Her love of storytelling in all its forms has been always been at the centre of her work and is what continues to inspire her to work in creative communities. She is also an aspiring green thumb and enjoys the odd sea shanty sing-a-long.

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PRODUCTION MANAGER

Bec Poulter

rebecca.poulter[at]agac.com.au Bec is a graduate of NIDA (Production). She has been working consistently in Production and Stage Management roles for over 10 years since graduating. During this period she has toured to over 100 theatres in every state and territory in Australia, many on multiple occasions, as well as working in Europe and South America. As Stage Manager: My First Time (Kay & McLean Productions/Sydney Opera House), The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – (Sydney Opera House, La Boite Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre) Senior Moments – 144 performances in 21 venues including: Comedy Theatre, QPAC, State Theatre Centre WA, Canberra Theatre Centre, Songs for the Fallen (Arts Centre Melbourne), Splinter (Griffin Theatre Company), Lord of the Flies [Sydney season 2013] – Directed by Kip Williams, Brett and Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art (Theatre of Image/Sydney Festival), A Town Named Warboy (ATYP), Luna Gale, Unqualified, Buyer and Cellar, Two, Relatively Speaking, The Good Doctor, Mothers and Sons, Educating Rita, Dream Home, Blue/Orange, Richard III, Clybourne Park, Camp (Ensemble Theatre). Also for: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Arj Barker, Dead Puppet Society, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Performing Lines, The Hayloft Project, Critical Stages, Sydney Chamber Opera, Parramasala. As Assistant Stage Manager: Dance Better at Parties, Australia Day [Sydney Opera House], Blood Wedding, ZEBRA! [With Bryan Brown & Colin Friels], True West [Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman], The Comedy of Errors (Sydney Theatre Company), Interplay-International Tour, CounterMove (Sydney Dance Company), Strange Interlude, Thyestes (Belvoir), Blood Wedding (Malthouse Theatre), ACYF Concert – The Domain (The Epic Team). As Production Manager: Diplomacy – Directed by John Bell (Ensemble Theatre Tour), Encounter (FORM Dance Projects/Sydney Festival/SYO), Out of Earshot (KAGE/Chunky Move/Adelaide Cabaret Festival), 91-Storey Treehouse (CDP Theatre Producers). Also for: MTC Neon, Sport for Jove, fortyfivedownstairs, Little Ones Theatre, TheatreWorks. As Event Coordinator for Sydney Festival – SAtheCollective & Stay by S. Shakthidharan and with Yakkazoo. Bec has also been a Stage Management mentor at NIDA.

VENUE HIRE COORDINATOR

Elizabeth Curry

elizabeth[at]agac.com.au Elizabeth joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre with a wealth of experience in arts administrations, having worked as the Arts Administrator at both M16 Artspace and Australian National Capital Artists (ANCA). A woman with many interests, Elizabeth holds qualifications in Business Administration, Interior Design, Event Management and Fitness, and if they weren’t enough, Elizabeth has recently completed the Honours year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art and Design majoring in Gold and Silversmithing. Elizabeth is responsible for all venue hire across both Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

VENUE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Sia Ahmad

sia[at]agac.com.au Sia is well known on the Australian artistic landscape as a musician, curator and facilitator but has led a double life as an arts admin professional at a number of key ACT arts organisations including the Street Theatre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and now Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres. As Venue Development Officer, she’s on a mission to engage new stakeholders who can add their little bit of magic to our vibrant and thriving community and spread the good word about our beautiful facilities for everyday hire. Outside of work hours, Sia’s creative practice has focussed on bringing an outsider’s eye and punk aesthetic to the way she brings communities together, be it through collaboration, producing performance programs or her work running the highly respected hellosQuare label. Her practice has seen her commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Sydney’s Parramasala festival and the You Are Here festival in Canberra to create mixed-media works while also performing throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the SE Asian region. Sometimes, her creative and admin life will intertwine, most notably when collaborating with Goethe-Institut Sydney, being a member of the inaugural Ministers’ Creative Council and having a place on the board for the Australian Art Orchestra.

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WEDDING & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Jenni Curry

jenni[at]agac.com.au Jenni began working at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in 2016 as an event casual, so she could get back to her creative roots. Having spent much of her childhood at Gorman Arts Centre, Jenni wanted to once again connect with the performing arts scene in Canberra. It was here that she found her passion lay in working weddings and ensuring that a couple’s big day is their best day. With an eye for detail, and a head for organisation, Jenni looks after weddings and corporate events at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

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Governance Officer

Lara Kissin

lara[at]agac.com.au Graduating from the ANU in Art History and Curatorship, Lara has worked within the financial sector and for the Property Council of Australia before returning to work for the arts- something she is passionate to see grow and strengthen within the nation’s capital. Having gained wonderful experience working with the Gallery of Australian Design for two years, Lara now joins the AGAC team in the governance role.

FACILITIES MANAGER

Mauro Aviles

mauro[at]agac.com.au You may call it destiny, luck, or life … after completing a diploma in applied Chemistry at the University of South Australia, Mauro worked in Adelaide Brighton Cement’s Angaston laboratories in the beautiful Barossa Valley and on to Port Adelaide to be maltster and plant chemist at Joe White Maltings . It was here where his love affair with building maintenance began. Life threw a curved ball – so Mauro relocated to Canberra, which greeted him with a -5⁰C nights. Once the shock of the moving was over and he’d thawed out, Mauro settled at Boral working as Laboratory Supervisor and honing his skills in dealing with tradies, derelict buildings and untimely breakdowns.  In 2018 Mauro was up for a new challenge and in April he started at the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres as the Facilities Maintenance Officer. An eagle-eyed reader will ask themselves, “But isn’t Mauro’s position called something else?” Well, that’s a story for another day.

MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Jason Burgess

jason.burgess[at]agac.com.au Jason Burgess joined our team in November 2018 as the maintenance officer for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. As a qualified landscape horticulturist Jason has over 15 years of experience in the Landscape construction industry. Jason is also an experienced project manager with extensive knowledge in all facets of landscape construction. Jason has been involved in many iconic projects around Canberra such as the National Museum of Australia, National Arboretum Canberra and Australian War Memorial. His keen eye for detail enhances beautiful spaces and ensures they are safe and accessible for all walks of life. In addition to Jason’s work with the arts centres he operates as a professional airbrush artist. Jason’s primary focus is on the upkeep of our centres, to the highest standard. In co-ordination with our facilities manager, Jason continues to work on improving the aesthetics and functionality of the Art Centres. Jason also contributes to venue support helping ensure the smooth running of both centres for residents and visitors.