Our Staff

Meet the fabulous team who work at Sport for Jove!


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Damien Ryan | Managing Director and Artistic Director 


Managing Artistic Director of Sport for Jove theatre is the multi award winning director Damien Ryan, who is at the forefront of directing classical and contemporary theatre in Australia. He founded the Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park and The Leura Shakespeare Festival. He has acted and directed many plays across Australia, celebrating over 20 years in the industry. He has also worked heavily in the Australian education sector, and bringing Shakespeare and theatre to young audiences is his life’s ambition.

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Francesca Savige | Artistic Associate


Francesca trained in acting and directing at the Queensland University of Technology, and furthered her studies at RADA (UK), and Shakespeare & Company (US). She was a 2017 recipient of the Sandra Bates Directors Award, a 2015 Globe International Actors Fellow (Shakespeare’s Globe, London), and a 2010 Churchill Fellow to investigate Shakespeare & Community Theatre.


Christopher Tomkinson | Shakespeare Carnival Director


Christopher has worked as an actor, director, producer and writer in theatre, radio, TV & film. He has worked with Sport for Jove in over a dozen productions, and performed with STC, Bell Shakespeare, Monkey Baa, Sydney Opera House, CDP, Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera, and in the musical Eureka.

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Cat Dibley | Executive Producer

Cat brings with her over 11 years of experience in theatre nationally and internationally. Cat has worked at leading theatre companies in Australia and overseas, with some of Broadways biggest literary agents and founded Catnip Productions in 2012.
Cat is dedicated to empowering Australia’s next generation of Producers. In 2020 she initiated our Diverse Producer Mentorship Program, designed to amplify voices in the BIPOC, First Nations and CALD community. Cat also teaches Producing at NIDA and has been published in Arts Hub on the subject.

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Bernadette Ryan | Director and Administration

Bernadette has worked in the theatre industry for 18 years, across a range of companies and plays. She most recently played the roles of Jodelet and Lise in Sport for Jove Theatre’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac.  She has also played the roles of Maria in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and the Duchess in As You Like It (Sport for Jove Theatre).

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Fiona Boidi | Communications Manager & Assoc Producer

Fiona is a Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate with a wealth of experience in marketing, theatre and events producing, media, PR, and event management. Fiona has over 14 years' experience working in the theatre and the arts industry, having worked for some of Australia’s leading arts companies such as Sydney Theatre Company. 

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Nix Stewart | Marketing Assistant


Nix is a self-described Shakespeare and Theatre nerd, and has been in and around the theatre industry for many years. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Performing Arts and Entertainment Industries at Macquarie University, and has completed a variety of courses with NIDA. She was one of the original members of Sport for Jove’s Second Age Project – the youth theatre project which sparked her love of Shakespeare. 


Our Board


Sport for Jove's


Gordon Stalley | Chairman

Gordon is an engineer and the owner and CEO of Premier Fire Protection which operates from five offices in NSW and Queensland. He is a long time supporter and contributor to Sport for Jove.

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Gai Strouthos | Finance Director

Gai has a Bachelor of Business Major in Law and Accounting, CPA with over 22 years industry experience gained as a Corporate Accountant, Company Secretary, Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of national and multi-national corporations, including TCN Channel 9 Sydney & Melbourne & TV production companies Burke's Back Yard, Studio Sets and TVC

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Also on the board: 

Damien Ryan

Bernadette Ryan

Terry Karabelas | Director

Terry Karabelas is Co-Artistic Director  of Sport For Jove theatre. In 2011, Terry co-directed The Libertine at the Darlinghurst Theatre, which was nominated for 5 Sydney Theatre Awards, winning Best Production, Best Actor and Best Actress, along with Winning Timeout People’s Choice Award for Best Production.