OUR BOARD

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Bel Macedone

Bel has over twenty years experience in the Circus Arts and has been working with Aerialize since 2004, in various roles as instructor, performer, director and project manager and is currently Secretary of the Board. Bel's background is as a Physical Theatre/Circus Performer and Youth Theatre Director with a Bachelor of Creative Arts & Masters of Teaching (Theatre). For over a decade, Bel directed the Aerialize Youth Performance Troupe, notably winning the 2015 Directors Award. Bel is a fierce advocate for Circus Arts and recently completed a three year position on the Circus Advisory Board for the Sydney Festival under the direction of Wesley Enoch. Bel currently teaches Theatre and Film at the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Sydney and works as a Projects Manager with Nat Harris Entertainment

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Rebecca Conroy

Rebecca Conroy is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher working across site, community engagement, and performative interventions through artist led activity. Her work has been presented in Australia by Performance Space (NSW), Campbelltown Arts Centre (NSW), Tin Sheds Gallery (NSW), Vitalstatistix (SA), HOTA (QLD), Urban Theatre Projects (NSW), RMIT (VIC), Monash University (VIC) among others. She has designed and facilitated artist labs with Splendid Arts Lab (National), Artist Wants a Life (NT), Critical Path (NSW) and VitalStatistix (SA). For the past fifteen years she has also worked as a producer and curator as well as consultatnt and grant writer for the small to medium art sector and a professional editor for Word Surgeons. 

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Dino Dimitriadis

Dino Dimitriadis has worked extensively as a producer and curator of live performance, live art events, visual art and experimental practice. His broad skill-set encompasses planning and budgeting, financial control, curatorship, artist services and stakeholder management. He is an award-winning freelance theatre director, creative producer and dramaturg and is committed to the development of new work, and to creating new pathways for fearless contemporary performance makers. He is currently the Artistic Director of Apocalypse Theatre.

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Kylie Simpson

Kylie is a passionate teacher who has taught in a range of fields from academia to the performing arts. With over twenty years of teaching experience and a number of articles published in scientific peer-reviewed journals, Kylie has taught workshops and classes around Australia and finds joy in seeing her students achieve their goals! Kylie has performed internationally as a circus artist, choreographed and performed in shows such as LaLuna Cirque and Sun Magic Circus, performed at the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony and has a number of TV and screen credits including Golden Globe Winning Show Top of the Lake and Dance Academy: The Comeback. In 2020, she choreographed directed and performed in Duo Akita's show "Cirque Di Solation" created during her residency at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Her tumble coaching contributed to two National Championship titles in 2019.

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Melanie Cicchini

Melanie Cicchini has been working professionally as a dancer, and circus artist for over twenty years, throughout Australia and internationally. She has performed in many prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Town Hall, Star City and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. She has trained with top mentors and coaches over the years ranging from Cirque du Soleil artist/trainers, Fruit Flys and Aerialize. She has been teaching and mentoring for over fifteen years and is focused on creating future circus artists.

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Sarah Rawlings

Sarah Rawlings is the founder and director of Secret Estate, a cultural placemaking consultancy based in Sydney. Sarah is passionate about the role of creative industries and cultural producers have in engaging audiences, connecting communities and transforming urban spaces. Sarah has over twenty years domestic and international experience in the arts and cultural sectors. Formerly an Arts and Culture Manager for Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the City of Canada Bay Council, she has been responsible for the strategic planning, policy and management of cultural programs and services, public art and integrated design, cultural facilities and heritage assets. Sarah has advised a diverse range of not-for-profit community and cultural organisations on the development and implementation of strategic and sustainable business planning. She has provided consultancy and curatorial services for private, corporate and government clients and delivered over 60 public artworks, cultural programs and exhibitions.