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Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress - Meet the Host Team
Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress


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Meet the Host Team 

Meet the Host Team

Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress is hosted by Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia's largest performing arts center.

Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne
Michael Stevens, Program Director, Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress; Director of Programming, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tam Nguyen, Producer, Melbourne 2016 ISPA Congress

Trish Carlon, Producer, Programming
Melissa Battersby, Producer, Programming
Ellena King, Marketing Campaign Manager (Tourism & Auxiliary Services)
Sara Bergström, Manager, Corporate Partnerships
Chris Clark, Manager Trusts, Foundations and Government Grants
Cory Parfett, Manager, Communications
Lucy Day, Programming Coordinator
Jeremy Vincent, Communications and Stakeholder Advisor
Daniel Bese, Senior Marketing Campaign Manager, Marketing & Communications

Executive Group:

Deirdre Blythe, Chief Financial Officer and Executive, Operations
Sarah Hunt, Executive, Development and Audience Engagement
Sonia Lindsay, Executive Director, Human Resources
Fiona Poletti, Executive Director, External Liaison
Melanie Smith, Executive, Performing Arts

Arts Centre MelbourneArts Centre Melbourne

For 30 years Arts Centre Melbourne has played a leading role in showcasing the best local, national and international performing arts – from the worlds of music, dance and drama to comedy and cabaret.

Arts Centre Melbourne is partner and home to a flagship group of performing arts companies – The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia – who join a range of other regular presenting companies that bring its stages and remarkable spaces to life.

To complement the work of these performing arts companies, Arts Centre Melbourne presents its own program of performances, events and activities that offer audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and engagement.

In 2014/15 almost 1.2 million people enjoyed performances held across the venues, including 77,900 students who came through its growing and highly successful schools program. Arts Center Melbourne also ran 1,877 participation, education and engagement programs reaching over 227,000 people.

Adding to the depth of the performing arts experience at Arts Centre Melbourne are the Art and Performing Arts Collections. The Performing Arts Collection is Australia’s largest and most significant collection of performing arts history comprising more than 640,000 items documenting nearly 200 years of performance in Australia. The Collection evocatively tells the story and history of the performing arts in Australia. 

The community is at the very heart of all that Arts Centre Melbourne does. Arts Center Melbourne is passionate about bringing people of all cultures and ages together through art and we value the opportunity to explore new ways for audiences to see and experience live performance. It strives to ensure Arts Centre Melbourne is a place for everyone and this is reflected in its broad range of ticket prices, free events, access initiatives, daytime programming, digital projects and online experiences.

And as an arts centre in the 21st Century, not only does Arts Center Melbourne provide a comprehensive performing arts program but an all-encompassing seven-day-a-week offering ranging from fine dining and guided tours to a popular Sunday Market, exhibitions and installations. Across all of its venues Arts Center Melbourne presents works of local, national and international significance to engage, inspire and challenge its audiences.

For more information visit Arts Centre Melbourne's official website

Partner Organizations

Arts Centre Melbourne is pleased to acknowledge and thank its partner organizations including: