Meet the fabulous team who work at Sport for Jove!
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.
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.
Cat Dibley | Executive Producer
Cat brings with her over 10 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.
Catnip Productions is dedicated to empowering Australia’s next generation of Producers and has been published in Arts Hub on the subject.
Bernadette Ryan | Administration and Director
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).
Hnin Yi Win | Marketing Manager
Win graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and has worked in marketing and events roles in the Performing Arts Industry for over 8 years, across a range of companies and venues in Perth and Sydney. In her free time, Win likes to dance, explore art galleries, do a bit of photography, and catch up with her friends and family.
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.
Gai Strouthos | Finance Director
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
Also on the board:
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.