Antonia brings to Arts on Tour a rich knowledge of the performing arts sector and touring, having worked at producing companies large and small, from Sydney Dance Company to Urban Theatre Projects, as well as London’s Lyric Hammersmith and Performing Lines. Over her 20-year career in the sector she has held senior roles in producing, marketing and development. An alumna of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program and Australia Council’s Emerging Leadership Program, Antonia has a deep interest in the social impact of arts experiences and working collaboratively to affect change.
"I grew up in a small town where going to the theatre meant being opened up to whole new worlds and possibilities. This potential impact is still my driving motivation, just with more questions attached: whose and what stories are we telling and who are they relevant to? What do they say about our national psyche? In a way touring is the coalface of our industry – where it really matters, or doesn’t matter at all, depending on what kind of a job we do."
Joining the Arts on Tour team in 2015, Sara is an Arts Administrator with a broad range of industry experience and a love of the performing arts. Before AOT she worked at the City Recital Hall with a range of artists and companies on the planning and delivery of productions, concerts and events, and she continues to work at the Sydney Opera House as a Theatre Manager. With a background in visual arts, Sara has also worked in the visual arts sector for festivals, galleries and site-specific projects.
"The idea of linking the country together by travelling stories to different audiences appeals to my passion for accessibility and community – ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to experience different art forms. The best thing about working at Arts on Tour is being a part of helping make this happen!"
Kate has a wealth of experience working as a freelance theatre director and producer. She has been the Festival Director of World Interplay, Play Festival Canberra, and Invisible Circus – a festival of female-led theatre. Kate’s directing credits include plays, opera, physical theatre, devised works and classics. She is also Artistic Director/Producer of Siren Theatre Co, where her passion is for text-based drama that challenges artists and audiences to have bold, imaginative experiences.
"I grew up in Tasmania and touring performing arts were extremely influential in my life and choice of career. Australian companies like Playbox and Sydney Dance Company shaped my taste and appetite for Australian stories. The shared experience of sitting in a darkened theatre and the struggle with eternal questions excites me still."
With a background in stage management and touring, Chantelle brings to Arts on Tour an embodied knowledge of what it means to be on the road. This invaluable experience informs every aspect of her work at AOT. She has toured wide ranging productions with Bell
Shakespeare, Belvoir and Force Majeure to venues across Australia, giving her a solid understanding and appreciation of the ins and outs of touring through this vast country. Chantelle’s passion is for theatre to be accessible to all Australians, and to make touring as easy as possible so that more artists and companies are encouraged to tour their work.
"I have toured with Arts on Tour through different producers and loved the care that went into orchestrating and delivering a tour. After recently becoming a mother I wanted to find a role that still allowed me to access my passion for regional touring, but without the travel. I am continuously learning and growing in the world of touring and discovering new ways to reach and touch as many audiences we can."