Polyglot’s Board Members are:
Sarah Hunt, Chair
Sarah is interim Executive Director of The National Theatre Melbourne. As a Creative Industries freelancer, Sarah’s work has included Director of Marketing and Development at Bangarra Dance, Theatre; Senior Marketing Consultant for Opera Australia and GFO; Marketing Consultant for the Adelaide Festival Centre, Cranlana Ethics Centre, and Art House Melbourne. Until 2018 Sarah was Arts Centre Melbourne’s Executive, Development and Audience Engagement, leading the Development, Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience teams. Before moving to Australia, Sarah was Director of Marketing, Communications, Ticket Sales and Retail at the National Theatre of Great Britain. And before that, 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. Sarah is also on the Board of Flinders Quartet.
Mario Agostinoni, Treasurer
Mario was the Finance Manager at Melbourne’s leading contemporary theatre company, Malthouse Theatre, for 20 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.
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.
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).
Greg has worked in the post-disaster community and government nexus in Victoria for nearly twenty-five years. Working for both not-for-profit organisations and government, he has been involved with the recovery from most of the significant disasters in Victoria over this period. Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, he was a Principal Adviser within the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and subsequently worked supporting Victorian communities impacted by the 2010/11 floods, 2012 floods, 2013 bushfires, 2013 North-East tornado and 2014 bushfires including the Hazelwood Mine Fire. In 2014, Greg moved to the University of Melbourne to take on the role of managing the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. In 2017, he was appointed as the Business Development Director for the newly formed Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education continuing in this role until April 2019. Most recently, Greg has been appointed to an academic role within the University as the Enterprise Fellow – Disaster Recovery within the Melbourne School of Population of Global Health. He is undertaking a range of disaster related research as well as commencing his PhD investigating the impact of disasters on child development.
A Canadian by birth, Sandra has over 20 years experience in fundraising for the not-for-profit sector. Sandra is Fundraising Director for Breast Cancer Network Australia and was previously Director of Development at Melbourne Recital Centre for over eight years. 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.
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 Arts Access Society Inc., Chandrabhanu’s Bharatam Dance Company, Viscopy Limited, Currency House Inc., and 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 was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University from 2009 – 2019.