STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Communications & Social Media Officer

 
View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

 
View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

 

 

 

    CO-CURIOUS STAFF

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

CEO & Stage Program Manager

 
View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

Andy Ko

Andy Ko

Administration & Finance Assistant

 
View Andy's bio

 A life-long resident of Western Sydney, Andy was Creative Producer at PYT Fairfield from 2010 to 2012 mentoring young artists, theatre technicians and event producers. Prior to joining CuriousWorks in 2017, Andy worked in customer service operations for commercial events, and as a freelance event coordinator for community arts and cultural development projects. 

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

 
View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
Andy Ko

Andy Ko

Administration & Finance Assistant

 
View Andy's bio
 
Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Communications & Social Media Officer

 
View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

 

 

 

    CO-CURIOUS STAFF

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

CEO & Stage Program Manager

 
View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

 
View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

Andy Ko

Andy Ko

Administration & Finance Assistant

 
View Andy's bio
 
Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Communications & Social Media Officer

 
View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Co-Curious Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

Co-Curious CEO & Stage Program Manager

 
View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

BOARD

 
Melinda Muth

Melinda Muth

Chairperson

 
View Melinda's bio

Melinda is an experienced Management Educator and Facilitator who specialises in personal and team effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She combines her practical and academic experience to help people and companies innovate, solve problems and develop leadership capability. Melinda is also an experienced company director and currently also serves on the board of HCA Philanthropy.

Andrew Maiden

Andrew Maiden

General Member

 
View Andrew's bio

Andrew Maiden is an accomplished leader in public policy, advocacy and communications.

After completing degrees in law and economics, Andrew served as an adviser, press secretary and chief-of-staff to senior Australian political figures including the federal Minister for Finance.

In 2000 he joined Telstra, leading the company’s international regulatory team as the telco expanded in the region and acquired media assets. He later headed group communications, leading a team of 100 responsible for public affairs, media relations, employee communications, corporate responsibility and reputation.

In 2013 Andrew continued his media sector career as chief executive of ASTRA, the peak body representing subscription television in Australia. He worked closely with the CEOs of large media companies, senior political figures, regulators and journalists, achieving significant regulatory reform.

Andrew now offers strategic counsel to boards, chief executives and senior executives, helping them manage regulatory, reputation and political risks. He has provided trusted advice to clients in media, technology, infrastructure, professional services, the arts, transport, resources, sport and healthcare.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Easha Ranasinghe

Easha Ranasinghe

Treasurer

 
View Easha's bio
Easha has more than 18 years experience in accounting and auditing in Australia, The Cook Islands, New Zealand, Botswana & Sri Lanka. Over this time she has worked as Finance Manager for some of the largest and well respected companies in the world – AON, Lloyds International, Westpac, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Easha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance and financial management to CuriousWorks.
Josh Butt

Josh Butt

General Member

 
View Josh's bio

Josh is a multi-award winning producer of television, commercials, comedy and audio. In June 2017 Josh began as Head of Program Formats and Development at The Story Lab focusing on bringing global and local television formats to Australian Networks and brands.

Formerly, Josh was head of production at Mediacom Advertising (MBA), leading production of brand funded TV (Air Rescue, Firies, Storm Season), TVCs and commercial films for major brands including Westpac, Duracell, Foxtel, Transport NSW, Mars and others. He previously worked at ABC, Fairfax, Triple M, taught 2nd year Film Producing, regularly performs voiceovers and spent four years as a stand up/sketch comic. Josh studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and is a judge of the Cast Away Podcast awards.

Rachel Kerry

Rachel Kerry

Public Officer

 
View Rachel's bio

Rachel is a philanthropic and social responsibility expert who has worked in the industry for more than 12 years. She brings to CuriousWorks an excellent understanding of governance, business processes and strategic management as well as experience in making meaningful connections between the private, corporate and charitable sectors.

Melody Ng

Melody Ng

General Member

 
View Melody's bio

Melody is a dedicated lawyer who works at Telstra as a legal counsel, providing end to end commercial legal advice and consultancy. Melody has also had experience working at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and brings expertise to the organisation in the areas of contractual advice and intellectual property.

BOARD

 
Melinda Muth

Melinda Muth

Chairperson

 
View Melinda's bio

Melinda is an experienced Management Educator and Facilitator who specialises in personal and team effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She combines her practical and academic experience to help people and companies innovate, solve problems and develop leadership capability. Melinda is also an experienced company director and currently also serves on the board of HCA Philanthropy.

Easha Ranasinghe

Easha Ranasinghe

Treasurer

 
View Easha's bio
Easha has more than 18 years experience in accounting and auditing in Australia, The Cook Islands, New Zealand, Botswana & Sri Lanka. Over this time she has worked as Finance Manager for some of the largest and well respected companies in the world – AON, Lloyds International, Westpac, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Easha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance and financial management to CuriousWorks.
Rachel Kerry

Rachel Kerry

Public Officer

 
View Rachel's bio

Rachel is a philanthropic and social responsibility expert who has worked in the industry for more than 12 years. She brings to CuriousWorks an excellent understanding of governance, business processes and strategic management as well as experience in making meaningful connections between the private, corporate and charitable sectors.

Josh Butt

Josh Butt

General Member

 
View Josh's bio

Josh is a multi-award winning producer of television, commercials, comedy and audio. In June 2017 Josh began as Head of Program Formats and Development at The Story Lab focusing on bringing global and local television formats to Australian Networks and brands.

Formerly, Josh was head of production at Mediacom Advertising (MBA), leading production of brand funded TV (Air Rescue, Firies, Storm Season), TVCs and commercial films for major brands including Westpac, Duracell, Foxtel, Transport NSW, Mars and others. He previously worked at ABC, Fairfax, Triple M, taught 2nd year Film Producing, regularly performs voiceovers and spent four years as a stand up/sketch comic. Josh studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and is a judge of the Cast Away Podcast awards.

Melody Ng

Melody Ng

General Member

 
View Melody's bio

Melody is a dedicated lawyer who works at Telstra as a legal counsel, providing end to end commercial legal advice and consultancy. Melody has also had experience working at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and brings expertise to the organisation in the areas of contractual advice and intellectual property.

Andrew Maiden

Andrew Maiden

General Member

 
View Andrew's bio

Andrew Maiden is an accomplished leader in public policy, advocacy and communications.

After completing degrees in law and economics, Andrew served as an adviser, press secretary and chief-of-staff to senior Australian political figures including the federal Minister for Finance.

In 2000 he joined Telstra, leading the company’s international regulatory team as the telco expanded in the region and acquired media assets. He later headed group communications, leading a team of 100 responsible for public affairs, media relations, employee communications, corporate responsibility and reputation.

In 2013 Andrew continued his media sector career as chief executive of ASTRA, the peak body representing subscription television in Australia. He worked closely with the CEOs of large media companies, senior political figures, regulators and journalists, achieving significant regulatory reform.

Andrew now offers strategic counsel to boards, chief executives and senior executives, helping them manage regulatory, reputation and political risks. He has provided trusted advice to clients in media, technology, infrastructure, professional services, the arts, transport, resources, sport and healthcare.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

PARTNERS

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Australian Film, Radio & Television School

Miller Technology High School

Fairfield Museum and Gallery

Riverside Theatre Parramatta

Micro Galleries

Settlement Services International

PYT Fairfield

Youth off the Streets

Fairfield Intensive English Centre

Phoenix Eye

Moogahlin Performing Arts

Blacktown Arts Centre

WOW Festival for Children

Sydney Latin American Film Festival 

Granville Youth and Community Centre

Mt Druitt & District Reconciliation Group

FUNPARK Coalition

Bidwill Uniting

The Learning Ground Bidwill

North St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre

Diversity Arts Australia

Sweatshop

Q Theatre  - Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

SUPPORTERS

CONTACT US

 

contact@curiousworks.com.au

02 9602 9568

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Level 3, 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula NSW

PO Box 112 Liverpool NSW 1871 Australia

ABN 49 717 992 269

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. 
Our office is located on Tharawal country. Our work takes us across Tharawal, Dharug and Eora lands. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

Our office is located on Tharawal country. Our work takes us across Tharawal, Dharug and Eora lands. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.