Polyglot’s Board Members are:
Sarah Hunt, Chair
Sarah is a highly experienced marketing, audience development and fundraising executive, who runs her own consultancy business serving the creative sector. Previously, Sarah was Executive Director, Development and Audience Engagement at Arts Centre Melbourne, and earlier roles include Director, Sales and Marketing at the National Theatre, UK, Press and Marketing Director at Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Marketing Director at Donmar Warehouse. Sarah is also a board member of the Flinders Quartet.
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 a Producer for Creature Technology Co. specialising in managing complex creative projects encompassing multiple creative and technical disciplines. Prior to this Kathy worked at Museum Victoria as Exhibition Producer 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.
A Canadian by birth, Sandra has over 20 years experience in fundraising for the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Melbourne Recital Centre, she held a grants management role in local government and development roles with the National Ballet of Canada and Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). She was Deputy General Manager of the Melbourne Festival. As a consultant she has provided strategic development and business planning advice to a range of Australian arts organisations. Sandra has an honours business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London (Canada) and a Masters of Marketing from Monash University. She is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. Previous board memberships include the Monash Gallery of Art and Grants Network Victoria.
Jacob is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. He is the founding Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts. Alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts, (MA in Arts – Playwriting, MA in Arts – Puppetry) Jacob is a multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for the stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. His critically acclaimed solo work Blood on the Dance Floor (2017 Green Room Award Best Production) is touring internationally from 2019. Jacob is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Calouste Gulbenkian UK Enquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations and the Ministry of Culture Taiwan South East Asia Advisory Panel. He is currently the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship.