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Our People

Talented, hard-working, passionate and hooked on community engaged arts are just some of the ways to describe the people that keep Footscray Community Arts ticking along.

Meet our team.

Images: Some images feature Marks I in background. Marks I by Brook Andrew is a commissioned work for Footscray Community Arts, created with extensive community involvement, 2012. 

Neighbourhood Coordinator

Aamer Ahmed

Aamer is a QPOC multidisciplinary artist, producer and curator based in Naarm.

Finance Manager

Adrienne Baldwin

Originally from the UK, Adrienne has an extensive background working in hospitality management.

Schools Engagement Administrator

Alice Freeman

Alice has a background in Education Studies from Flinders University in Adelaide and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

ArtLife Engagement and Administration Officer

Amy Parker

Working with the collective spirit of ArtLife, Amy collaborates with the artists to cultivate a supportive and dynamic studio where artists can express themselves and be listened to.

ArtLife Program and Inclusion Coordinator

Amy McMurtrie

Immersed in modes of dialogue, performance and story-telling, Amy’s practice is driven by social justice and the integrity of one’s own voice.

Industry Development Manager

Asha Bee Abraham

Asha brings her experience as an artist, independent producer and her background in human ecology into her role of managing Footscray Community Arts’ artist development programs and arts advocacy initiatives.

Senior Producer

Bernadette Fitzgerald

With an extensive background in community theatre, contemporary dance, education and arts management, Bernadette has worked both as a performer in and administrator of community-based art projects.

Marketing Campaigns Coordinator – Artistic

Bridgette Le

As a Vietnamese-Australian woman, born in Footscray to immigrant parents, Bridgette has first-hand experience of the challenges and invisible barriers that come with working in the creative industry.

Marketing & Engagement Manager

Brooke Giacomin

Driven by her creative background and passion for storytelling, Brooke is inspired by authentic community engagement and intentional communications.

Senior Producer: Indigenous Cultural Program

Dan Mitchell

Festivals, circus, theatre, music and public art are some of the many mediums Dan has worked in during his 30-year career as a creative producer.

Artistic Director & Co-CEO

Daniel Santangeli

Daniel is Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Footscray Community Arts.

IT, Production & Facilities Manager

Darren Gee

Achieving over a decade of experience with digital audio studio design, and computer network design and implementation, Darren joined Footscray Community Arts as a tutor in Media Technology.

Front of House & Visitor Experience Coordinator

Gala Hingston

Gala is a passionate arts administrator and event manager who believes in the power of art to enliven community, communication and consciousness.

Receptionist

Grace Ernestine

Grace having completed her Master’s in International Development is passionate about community and connection.

Venue Hire Coordinator

Hayley Lawson

Hayley specialises in teaching and acting in the performance art industry.

Receptionist (Leave)

Iguot Mabor

Iguot was a banker before she joined the team at Footscray Community Arts.

Building Maintenance

James Santhiyapillai

James joined the Footscray Community Arts team in 2016 and works in venue and site maintenance.

Facilitating Artist

Jamie Rawls

A Melbourne-based arts practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the disability and community arts sector, Jamie’s multidisciplinary approach and Art Therapy background informs her collaborative projects.

ArtLife Manager

Louisa Carter

Louisa is passionate about the creative process and its power to help build strong communities and well-being.

Producer

Lucy Buxton

Lucy is a producer, curator and artist.

Production Manager (Activation)

Neil Cabatingan

Neil is a musician, sound engineer and teacher.

Contemporary Music Producer

Paul Gorrie

Paul (Gunai Kurnai & Yorta Yorta) is a DJ, musician, radio broadcaster at RRR, filmmaker, music programmer, music producer and educator.

Marketing Campaigns Coordinator – Activation & Industry

Rhiannon Crane

With curiosity, creativity and community front and centre Rhiannon began her career in advertising, working for a global digital agency.

Executive Director and Co-CEO

Robyn Gawenda

Robyn’s career has been driven by her passion for the role that creativity plays in fostering socially-just and economically vibrant communities.

Future Reset Project Coordinator

Ruth Nyaruot Ruach

Ruth Nyaruot Ruach is the Future Reset Project Coordinator at Footscray Community Arts.

Neighbourhood Digital Content Coordinator

Ryan Cheng

A creative storyteller and content strategist, Ryan focuses on spotlighting authentic voices to break through the noise.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Sara Asgedom

Sara recently graduated from Monash University having completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Studies and Media and Communications.

Venue Operations Manager

Tanya McLaine

Tanya comes from an Events and Arts Management and Education background, and founded start-up, Sona Productions; an events, booking and artist development agency based in Melbourne.

Senior Producer

Urvi Majumdar

Urvi Majumdar is the Senior Producer at Footscray Community Arts.