AUSDANCE NSW TEAM
MARIE SOGHOMONIAN–MMGMT (UTS) MNFPSOCENTM (UTS) MAICD
Marie Soghomonian has 20 years professional experience as a General Manager, Director and Consultant, and has extensive senior leadership experience in business transformation and the Not-for-Profit sector. In joining Ausdance NSW, she is pursuing her passion for social impact, community building and dance.
Marie brings significant experience in philanthropic programmes and board governance, being actively involved in several charities as Non-Executive Director and Chair, including Wenona Foundation Ltd and Sister 2 Sister Foundation.
She is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of Ausdance NSW at a pivotal moment in the organisation’s history and through what is currently a challenging environment for the sector. She believes that Ausdance NSW will continue to support and contribute positively to the Dance industry, which is crucial to a thriving arts landscape, not to mention the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of the community.
Marie holds a double Masters’ Degree in Not for Profit and Social Enterprise Management, Master of Management, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMS MANAGER
Kate holds a PhD in dance theatre and disability from Macquarie University which she undertook with the supervision of Julie-Anne Long and Yuji Sone. She has six years of tertiary teaching experience – across Performance Studies and Media Studies – both at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. She has held various arts administration positions, most recently at Critical Path and prior to that, at Australian Dance institute and Australian Dance Vision. To date, one of her most challenging and exhilarating experiences was interning at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for the 2009 season in Massachusetts USA. Outside her role at Ausdance NSW, Kate continues her academic work, at the Sydney Institute for Intelligent Systems, researching dance and robots until the end of 2019, and as co-convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research’s ‘Performance and Disability’ Working Group alongside Yvonne Schmidt from Zurich University of the Arts until 2022. A dancer at heart, Kate feels strongly about fulfilling an advocacy role on behalf of the NSW dance sector and hopes to work meaningfully together with individuals and organisations, both fresh and familiar to the community.
MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT & MARKETING COORDINATOR
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Dance Performance from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts. She was appointed Membership Engagement and Marketing Coordinator for Ausdance NSW in 2021. Outside of her role at Ausdance NSW, Sarah is working across performance, choreography and improvisation as an independent contemporary dance artist. Sarah is a founding company member of DMC Youth Company ‘Future Makers’ since 2019 performing in Sydney Festival 2020 ‘The Rivoli and 2021 ‘In Situ’ choreographed by Zachary Lopez. She performed ‘Correspondence’ 2020 Kaldor Public Arts project- Art Gallery of NSW in collaboration with Nadia Odlum. She has been company member of ‘We Are Here’ under the direction of Emma Saunders since 2021. Sarah debuted her first independent work ‘Artistic Connection’ in 2018 following her second ‘What are you saying?’ in 2019.
Sarah is a passionate advocate of the arts and working alongside the sector on behalf of individuals and organisations she hopes to contribute to the growth and expansion of the arts future, specifically in dance.
Ausdance NSW is the key support & advocacy body, for the creation, presentation and practice of dance in NSW.
Ausdance NSW is part of the Ausdance National Network.
Ausdance acknowledges and respects the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work and dance and pays respect to elders past, present and emerging.
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