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. 


Aamer Ahmed

Aamer is a multidisciplinary artist, producer, curator and Dj.

Schools Program Producer

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.

General Manager

Allie Stapleton

Allie Stapleton is an arts administrator with over 15 years experience in the arts and culture industries in Australia and the UK.

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.

Artistic Program 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.

Executive Director and Co-CEO

Bec Cole

Bec is a champion of creating access to contemporary art and performance for everyone.

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 & Engagement Manager

Brooke Giacomin

With a design communication and strategic marketing background, Brooke is driven by creative development and storytelling.

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 Santangeli 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.


Grace Ernestine

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

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.

Finance & Payroll Manager

Jason Tran

Jason is a certified Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) with a background in professional practice.

Marketing Campaign Coordinator

Jeevika Rajagopal

Jeevika is a multimedia & communications specialist and video/projection artist who uses digital storytelling to explore identity and belonging.


Lucy Buxton

Lucy is a producer, curator and artist.

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.

Future Reset Producer

Ruth Nyaruot Ruach

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

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.

Creative Workshops Producer: Kids & Schools

Sara Kerr

Sara is a producer, educator and visual artist.

Production Manager (Artistic)

Reuben Cummings

Reuben Cumming is an artist, technician and production manager living and working on Wurundjeri Country.

Content and Communications Coordinator

Ryan Cheng

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