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Artistic Director

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan joined Melbourne Festival in 2015 after four years as Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival. His time in Perth culminated with the Australian exclusive presentation of Royal de Luxe’s The Giants, one of the largest arts events ever seen in Australia, playing to audiences of 1.4 million people over three days.

He came to Australia after six years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and from 1997–2004 established and headed the National Theatre’s events department and founded and directed their Watch This Space Festival. In 2003 was Creative Director of Elemental, a large-scale theatre, music and spectacle event at Chalon-sur-Saône festival in France.Jonathan started out as a theatre director (working under the name Jack Holloway), including cowriting / directing Robin Hood for the National Theatre in London. 

Executive Director

Kath M Mainland CBE

Kath joined Melbourne Festival as Executive Director in 2016 from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, where she had spent seven years as Chief Executive Kath began her career in the arts in 1991 when she first joined the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as administrative assistant. Originally from Orkney,
Scotland, she has worked in around Edinburgh’s Festivals as a production coordinator and event producer of many of Scotland’s major festivals and events.

In 2005 Kath became general manager of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and was administrative director there until 2009 when she took up the newly created post of Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. In 2014, Kath was awarded a CBE for services to Culture in Scotland.

Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator    Michelle Tyson Clark


Head of Programming and Production   Mark Burlace
Senior Program Manager   Brett McCallum
Program Manager   Melanie Burge
Artistic Administrator   Rose Harriman
Technical Manager   Aaron Hock
Technical Administrator   Victoria Woolley
Assistant to the Artistic Director   Jessica Rupert
Artistic Associate   Gideon Obarzanek
Program Manager—Contemporary Culture   Danni Colgan
Producer—Visual Arts   Anabelle Lacroix
Producer—Classical Music   Matthew Hoy
Producer   Julia Valentini
Producer   Jenny Vila


Head of Marketing   David Geoffrey Hall
Marketing Manager   Dani Ricciardi
Marketing Coordinator   Stephanie Pirrie
Ticketing and Data Manager   Bec McGuinness
Ticketing Coordinator   Austen Ljiljak
Senior Graphic Designer   Kate Francis
TS Publicity   Tatia Sloley
    Tiki Menegola
Festival Website   Bravo!


Head of Development   Nathan Reynolds
Senior Philanthropy Manager   Rupert Sherwood
Development Manager   James Ralston
Events Coordinator    Ciara O’Donnell


Head of Finance & Corporate Services   Brenda Fisher
Financial Accountant   Athena Nguyen
Finance Officer   Louise Roncon
Reception & Office Administrator    Emily Goad

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IMAGE | Triptyque, Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Alexandre Galliez, 2016 Melbourne Festival.