Board & Staff
Chris became Artistic Director of Brink Productions in 2005. His productions have been presented by most major theatre companies in Australia. Works commissioned, developed and directed for Brink include The Aspirations of Daise Morrow (an adaptation of Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump), Thursday by Bryony Lavery, When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (a collaboration with visual artist Hossein Valamanesh), Land & Sea by Nicki Bloom, Skip Miller’s Hit Songs by Sean Riley, Harbinger by Matthew Whittet, Beetle Graduation by Susan Rogers, The Clockwork Forest by Doug MacLeod, This Uncharted Hour by Finegan Kruckemeyer as well as reimagined classics The Hypochondriac (adapted from the Moliere) by Paul Galloway, and Drums in the Night (adapted from the Brecht) by Finegan Kruckemeyer.
For the State Theatre Company of South Australia Chris has directed Babyteeth by Rita Kalnejais, drowning in my ocean of You by Fiona Sprott and The Merchant of Venice. Chris co-adapted Robert Dessaix’s much cherished novel Night Letters with Susan Rogers for STCSA, for the the 2004 Adelaide Festival and Playbox. His acclaimed production of The Flying Dutchman for the State Opera Company of South Australia was nominated for a Helpmann Award for best director.
Chris’ productions have received numerous awards including Victoria Green Room, Sydney Theatre, SA and ACT Critics Circle, Ruby and Curtain Call Awards. In 2010 the ABC’s Limelight magazine nominated Chris as one of the top 50 players in the arts in Australia.
Karen Wilson hails most recently from her role as General Manager of the Come Out Festival, and has held senior roles with the Adelaide Festival Centre, BASS, and Ticketek, working with many of Australia’s major arts organisations throughout her career.
Since graduating from NIDA Lee-Anne has worked with a diverse range of companies and artists in theatre and dance, from Nimrod and Belvoir to Lighthouse, Australian Dance Theatre to the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre, in festivals and events, and in Australian and international touring.
She was Executive Touring Manager for Australian Dance Theatre from 2002-2006 and again 2014- 15. In this time ADT became known as the Australian Ambassador of Dance, touring internationally more frequently and extensively than any other Australian company.
For 7 years until the end of 2013 she was Executive Producer for Arts Projects Australia, responsible for a diverse range of international touring projects as well as the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2008 -12, Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 2007-12 and The World Youth Arts Congress and Festival (ASSITEJ) 2008.
In addition to the exciting range of Brink projects in development, she is currently producing Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan’s new collaboration Ancient Rain, in association with Brink.
She is also producer for Ade Suharto and Peni Candra Rini’s Australia-Indonesia collaboration Ontosoroh, Lina Limosani and Al Seed’s Australia-Scotland collaboration The Spinners, Casey van Sebille’s Lake’s Angel Quartet and Gideon Obarzanek’s theatre version of I Want to Dance Better at Parties.
CHAIR - Stuart Symons
Stuart is Public Affairs and Community Manager with People’s Choice Credit Union. He has extensive international experience managing corporate communications, brand, stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility programs for global entities such as ExxonMobil, Santos and King’s College London. Stuart has 20 years’ experience spanning the financial services, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, diversified industrial, health and higher education sectors. Holding MBA, Grad Cert in Energy & Resources and BA (Hons) qualifications, Stuart has managed many of Australia’s leading business-arts partnerships, recognised with 10 state and national partnering awards.
DEPUTY CHAIR - Bill Allert
Bill is a Transformation consultant, and also serves as a General Manager of Adelaide’s corporate co-working space, Intersect. Previously a professional actor, he was an ensemble member of Brink Productions for ten years and performed in productions such as The Ecstatic Bible, Killer Joe and Drums in the Night. He now writes, speaks and consults to individuals and organizations on transformation and identity, particularly in regards to turning crisis into chrysalis. Bill holds a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a Bachelor of Business, and a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television.
TREASURER - Martin White
Martin is a director of Edwards Marshall, a significant accounting and advisory firm in Adelaide. He has worked in both its audit and assurance and business advisory divisions, and currently specialises in forensic accounting and business valuations. Martin has extensive experience in business and commerce having enjoyed exposure to a broad cross section of industries and advised on a large variety of commercial scenarios. Martin is a Chartered Accountant, holds degrees in commerce and law, and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
DIRECTOR - Mimi Crowe
Mimi is an arts manager and Producer of TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Mimi was previously the Head of Development & Strategy at State Theatre SA and held senior positions in The Office for Design & Architecture (General Manager) and Arts SA (Manager, Cultural Heritage), as well as brief stints working in Youth Arts (the ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People and Come Out). Originally from Seattle, Washington, Mimi's initial studies were at Central Washington University and she continued her career in the theatre in both the US and Ireland before moving to Adelaide in 2001. She has a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and an MBA from the University of South Australia.
DIRECTOR - Amy Cooper-Boast
Amy is Special Counsel with Lipman Karas and has over a decade of experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes and on crossborder insolvency and corporate restructuring projects. Her experience includes advising on claims in Australia, Asia and Europe, involving directors’ duties, audit negligence, contract, trade practices and issues generally arising in the context of corporate collapses.
DIRECTOR - Rory Walker (Artist Rep)
Rory has appeared in many of Brink’s productions and works regularly in Adelaide, interstate and abroad including: State Theatre Company of South Australia (The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, Drowning In My Ocean of You, Third World Blues, How I Learnt to Drive, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Department), Patch (The Lion in the Night), Windmill (Afternoon of the Elves - Adelaide, Sydney and Seattle U.S tour, The Sad Ballad of Penny Dreadful and Boo), The Border Project (Disappearance) Flying Penguin Productions (Translations – Adelaide and Melbourne – Malthouse tour, The Birthday Party) and Slingsby (The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy – European tour).
ARTISTIC ADVISORY PANEL
Supporting Brink's strategic artistic direction
In 2014 Brink created an Artistic Advisory Panel with the aim to create a panel that would be positioned to have a satellite overview of the company’s strategic artistic direction, and would offer a sounding board on concepts, collaborators, partnerships and presentation opportunities. Additionally it is intended that the panel take on an advocacy role for the company, particularly beyond the South Australian border. There are three panel members:
Robyn Archer AO
Robyn is currently the City of Gold Coast’s Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture. Before that she was the Creative Director for the Centenary of Canberra (2013) and was formerly Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre, the Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island (which she created for Tasmania). She continues to direct The Light in Winter which she created for Federation Square, and in 2014 won the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer. She is one of Australia’s most respected leaders in arts and culture.
Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Katrina was formerly Head of Arts at ABC Television in Sydney and founding Festival Director and CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival. Katrina’s notable experience, industry-wide connections and stellar reputation as an entrepreneurial and collaborative creative leader marks her out as one of Australia’s most admired media and arts executives. She has held artistic leadership roles at the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Come Out Festival.
As Chief Executive of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Kate was instrumental in shifting Australia’s major Arts Festival from a biennial to an annual event. She was the winner of her category of the 2009 Telstra Business Women’s Award (SA), and in 2012 lectured in the MBA program at the University of South Australia. From 2009-14 she was Chair of South Australia’s Premier’s Council for Women. Kate Gould is currently a Director on the Board of the Adelaide Football Club (AFL – the Crows), and is Principal Consultant at Hobart’s Museum of Old & New Art (MONA). In 2014 Kate was named by Adelaide’s media as one of South Australia’s most influential women.