Polyglot’s Board Members are:
Tom Gutteridge, Chair
Tom is one of Australia’s leading directors and artistic directors of theatre and was most recently Artistic Director of Union House Theatre at Melbourne University. Previously, Tom was Artistic Director at Black Swan State Theatre
Company in Perth, and he has held senior positions at MTC and QTC.
Mario Agostinoni, Treasurer
Mario has been the Finance Manager at Melbourne’s leading contemporary theatre company, Malthouse Theatre, for over 12 years. Starting when the company was the Playbox, Mario was a theatre maker in Italy before arriving in Melbourne.
He has worked closely with government agencies and key stakeholders to ensure Malthouse’s financial robustness over the last decade, and brings a wealth of experience as a previous board member at Arena Theatre Company.
Belinda has spent the last eight years working in financial services after studying Commerce/Media & Communications. She currently works in Investor Relations at National Australia Bank, requiring both financial acumen and the ability to
communicate with external stakeholders. Outside of work, Belinda has always had a strong interest in the Arts and performance. She spent time at university as a volunteer with Melbourne Fringe, has been involved in Short+Sweet
as a writer and attends plays and events as often as possible.
Kathy is an Exhibition Producer for Museum Victoria, specialising in developing complex long-term exhibitions at Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks. She has an ongoing interest in collaborative creative processes; and the
potential of design to communicate ideas and create meaningful experiences for diverse audiences. Kathy holds a Master of Design (by Research) RMIT University; a Bachelor of Industrial Design, RMIT University; and a Bachelor of
Science, University of Melbourne (Double major – Physiology and Biochemistry).
Dr Mark Williams
Mark is a solicitor in private practice with specific expertise in the arts, innovation and technology transfer. His clients include state and independent theatre, dance and arts companies and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. He has served on the boards of Viscopy Limited, Currency House, Inc., The Green Room Awards, Inc. where he was President from 2005 to 2010. Mark holds qualifications in law, arts and intellectual property law from the University of Melbourne and a D Phil in English dramaturgy from the University of Oxford (1990). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University.
As Arts Centre Melbourne’s Executive, Development and Audience Engagement, Sarah Hunt is responsible for the Development, Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience teams. Before joining Arts Centre Melbourne, Sarah was Director of Marketing, Communications, Ticket Sales and Retail at the National Theatre of Great Britain. Prior to the National Theatre, Sarah held the positions of Head of Marketing, Development and Press at the UK’s oldest working theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Marketing Director at the Donmar Warehouse; Marketing Manager at the Tricycle Theatre; and Marketing & Press Assistant for English Touring Opera.
Award-winning business woman Vanessa Cox is co-founder and CEO of Long Tail Property, an apartment utilities company which creates a long term revenue stream for the community. Vanessa has crafted her leadership skills through work opportunities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Holland, Hungary and Australia. She was previously Managing Director of The Necessary Group, an industry and economic development consultancy with a strong Australian Government department client base. In 2004 Vanessa was Artist-in-Residence at the International Ceramic Studio in Hungary after studying Fine Arts at university, being the third Australian to be accepted at the world-renowned studio. Based in Hobart, she is a previous board member of Terrapin Puppet Theatre.