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 Centre, and aim to strengthen their position as sustainable, professional and truly innovative arts centres.

DIRECTOR

Joseph Falsone

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.
joseph[at]agac.com.au

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BUSINESS MANAGER

Adelin Chin

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. 
adelin[at]agac.com.au

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Strategic Planning 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.
lachlan.johnson@agac.com.au

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PROGRAM MANAGER

Rochelle Whyte

Rochelle has worked as a performer, theatre director, dramaturge, writer, educator, producer, event manager and tour manager. Rochelle’s experience is broad traversing main stage to independent theatre and performance, festival management and curation, dramaturgy, and creative development for different cultural communities across Australia. Rochelle has worked for the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre (Besen Family Artist Program Recipient), Chamber Made Opera, La Mama Theatre (Melbourne), Melbourne Fringe Festival (6 Greenroom Award nominations including Best Director and Production in the Independent Theatre category), Playwriting Australia, the University of NSW School of Arts and Media, the University of Western Sydney (Theatre Nepean), Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Playwriting Australia, Tim Woods Entertainment, The New Theatre, and The Street Theatre, Canberra. She is a current board member of You Are Here Canberra, and was festival producer of You Are Here from 2016 – 2017.As Program Manager, Rochelle is delighted to continue to support emerging and established artists at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres as part of an innovative team that aims to develop, present, and promote the work of ACT artists. Rochelle has managed A+G’s flagship artist development programs since 2016 in her previous role as A+G’s Creative Producer and is passionate about empowering ACT artists in building sustainable and meaningful creative careers. Rochelle works closely with A+G’s resident organisations to create accessible opportunities for artists, audiences, and communities to engage in culture and the arts more broadly. 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.  
rochelle[at]agac.com.au

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MARKETING MANAGER

Kristi Monfries

Kristi has maintained parallel career paths in marketing and creative producing, having worked in both in Australia and Indonesia, for not-for-profit organisations and the charity sector alongside the arts. Kristi has extensive experience working in community settings, and in diverse cultural communities supporting and guiding artist led practice. As Marketing Manager, she explores models for how marketing and communications can be implemented in creative and innovative ways through both the lens of artist and producer. Kristi holds a BA in Photography and Grad Dip in Electronic Design from RMIT.
kristi[at]agac.com.au

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PRODUCTION MANAGER

Jeremy Christian

Before moving to Canberra Jeremy was Head of Sound and AV at the Sydney Opera House for close to 10 years, there he worked on a wide variety of productions and led a team of 35 Sound Engineers and Supervisors. As Head of Sound and AV he set out his strategic plan for the Sound AV department and worked on many projects to renew the technical systems in all of the theatres and performance spaces. Jeremy worked very closely with the in-house production arm Opera House Presents and commercial hirers to revitalise the theatres and make the systems at the Opera House fit for purpose well into the future. Jeremy also worked very closely with the key resident companies Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia, AOBO, ACO, Bell Shakespeare and Sydney Theatre Company to make sure the Sound AV department would cater for and remain a relevant service provider for these key partners.
Jeremy.christian[at]agac.com.au

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CREATIVE PRODUCER

Sia Ahmad

Sia is well known on the Australian artistic landscape as a musician, curator and facilitator. Over the last decade, she has brought an outsider’s eye and DIY punk aesthetic to the way she brings communities together, be it through creative collaboration, producing eclectic performance programs or her work running the highly respected hellosQuare label. She has been 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.
Following on from previous roles at key ACT arts organisations The Street Theatre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Sia begun her time at A+G as Venue Development Officer and now steps into the Creative Producer role. Along with her board positions for the Australian Art Orchestra and Girls Rock! Canberra, Sia is the current chair of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards. Between 2018-2021, Sia was a member on both the Ministers’ Creative Council and LGTBIQ Ministerial Advisory Council for the ACT. sia[at]agac.com.au

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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Rebecca Worth

Rebecca Worth is a proudly born and bred Canberran with a background in Photo-media and film-making. As the Marketing Coordinator Rebecca keeps the residents informed of the day-to-day happenings of the arts hub, and communicates to the public on behalf of the Ainslie Gorman House residents, programs and festivals. Rebecca works on graphic design projects, delivering signage and wayfinding projects as well as A+G publications. Over the years she has worked as a photographer, darkroom tutor, gallery installer, bookseller and crewed for short-film projects. 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. 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.
rebecca[at]agac.com.au

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VENUE HIRE COORDINATOR

Elizabeth Curry

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.
elizabeth[at]agac.com.au

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WEDDING & EVENTS COORDINATOR

Jenni Curry

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.
jenni[at]agac.com.au

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FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Janam Shah

Janam is responsible for the day-to-day financial administration here at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Janam.Shah[at]agac.com.au

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Arts Administration Officer

Lara Kissin

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 joined the AGAC team as the Governance officer engaged to transition the two cultural spaces to a contemporary governance structure to support future growth long-term sustainability. We are pleased to advise that the Governance project was successfully implemented in March 2020. Lara now works in an Arts Administration role at Ainslie Arts Centre.
lara[at]agac.com.au

Arts Administration Officer

Isabelle Sheppard

Izzy is one of our customer service officers at Ainslie Arts Centre, answering queries and helping with the day to day office needs. They are currently studying Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University where they would like to focus on Inclusivity and representation in gallery spaces. In their free time they enjoy learning baking bread and playing Roller derby. You can catch them skating under the name ‘Hi Hungry, I’m Dad’ in the near future.
isabelle[at]agac.com.au

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FACILITIES MANAGER

Mauro Aviles

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.
mauro[at]agac.com.au

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MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Jason Burgess

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.
jason.burgess[at]agac.com.au

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MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Matthew Kristaly

Matthew and his wife Kath have just recently moved to Canberra having spent the last 40 years on the Northern Beaches. Before you ask why, Matt lived here many moons ago and is an old St Eddies boy and his wife lived here for 30 years before moving to the big smoke. Matt is a mechanic by trade having worked for Mercedes-Benz for the past 35 years. Matt is a jack of all trades and admits, there is not much he cannot do. Matt gained a lot of his skills and knowledge having been a member of both the RFS and SES for over 20 years. Matt is passionate in whatever he does and has an eye for detail. Matt’s role here is as a maintenance officer working alongside Jason and Mauro to help keep both building in tip top condition and to help keep our residents and guests safe.
Matthew.Kristaly[at]agac.com.au