Our Staff



Sport for Jove


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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Bernadette Ryan | Wardrobe Manager, Director

and Administrator

Bernadette is a founding member of Sport for Jove and her recent acting credits include the feature film Venus and Adonis (Agnes Hathaway), Queen Elizabeth in Rose Riot: Shakespeare’s History Cycle, Cyrano de Bergerac and the 2018/2019 Education season. She has a lifelong love of costumes and is also the Wardrobe Manager at Sport for Jove. Costume design credits include the feature film Venus and Adonis, Romeo and Juliet 2019/2020 and Macbeth for our 2020/2021 Education season.

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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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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 Officer


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.