Michelle Silby, Executive Director
Michelle has an extensive 20 year career in dance in both creative and administrative functions. Recently, Michelle produced iOU projects, who performed in Spring Dance Festival 2012, Sydney Opera House and Anton’s work Supermodern Dance of Distraction at Riverside Theatre’s Parramatta. Many of you may know Michelle who was formerly the Program Manager for Dance at the Australia Council for the Arts where her responsibilities included; working with the board, policy and strategy, dance funding programs, key dance initiatives, such as Tasmanian Community Dance Project and Young Emerging opportunities e.g JUMP. During her 15 year professional dance career in the UK and Europe, Michelle worked across a variety of contexts as performer, educator, choreographer, director, festival director, company manager and consultant. A particular highlight of her career in the UK included making a significant contribution to the dance infrastructure for the North East of England, through the formulation and delivery of a dance development plan with secured funding. Michelle was born in the UK, where she studied dance at Arts Educational Schools London, followed by a post graduate year at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place.
Kate Maguire-Rosier, Program and Projects 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.
Lauren Vassallo, Marketing Manager
Lauren Vassallo’s role focusses on media, marketing, and communications for Ausdance NSW. Lauren leads on the design of engaging sector collateral through all marketing channels such as social media platforms, website and e-news, support material for projects & programs, both digital and print and the organisation’s overall visual presence.