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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. 

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 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.

Production Manager (Artistic)

Ash Buchanan

Ashley was appointed Artistic Production Manager in 2021, after a three-year stint as a technician and Project Manager.

Industry Development Coordinator

Asha Bee Abraham

As an artist and creative producer, Asha draws on her MSc in Human Ecology and background in sustainable community development to examine the relationships that make up our human ecologies – relationships with each other, with our place, and with our selves.

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.

Digital Content Producer

Cheralyn Lim

Cheralyn is an artist and emerging conservator.

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.

Facilitating Artist

David Pennay

A Footscray local for over 10 years, David owns and operates 3Hand Studios, an animation production studio.

Community Liaison – Indigenous Cultural Program

Hannah Morphy-Walsh

A self-described engagement artist, Hannah sees herself as a storyteller that primarily explores and questions artistic interactions and lived experiences.

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.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jessica Ankomah

A content creator with a knack for strategic storytelling, Jessica honed her skills in Toronto, writing for Yahoo Canada, before returning to home soil to develop her expertise in SEO and digital marketing.

ArtLife Manager

Louisa Carter

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

Lead Engagement Worker

Lucy Buxton

Lucy is an illustrator and creative facilitator who has made Melbourne’s inner-west her home for a number of years.

Front of House Coordinator

Luke Ison

Luke has worked casually at Footscray Community Arts for over a decade, providing support in ArtLife and Cultural Facilities team, as well as Front Of House management.

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.

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.

Senior Producer

Tamsen Hopkinson

With extensive experience within the contemporary arts sector as an artist, curator, producer and teacher, Tamsen’s (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) practice is an expression of Indigenous Sovereignty and considers ideas around materiality, language and access.

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 Program Producer

Urvi Majumdar

Urvi Majumdar is the Creative Workshops Program Producer at Footscray Community Arts.

Marketing and Engagement Manager

Vyshnavee Wijekumar

With an extensive background in marketing and fundraising within arts and film space, Vyshnavee’s previous roles include working at Village Roadshow, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.