Artistic Director

Jonathan Holloway

Jonathan joined Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2015 after four years as Artistic Director of the Perth International Arts Festival. His time in Perth culminated with the Australian exclusive presentation of Royal de Luxe’s The Giants, one of the largest arts events ever seen in Australia, playing to audiences of 1.4 million people over three days.

He came to Australia after six years as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and from 1997–2004 established and headed the National Theatre’s events department and founded and directed their Watch This Space Festival. In 2003 was Creative Director of Elemental, a large-scale theatre, music and spectacle event at Chalon-sur-Saône festival in France.Jonathan started out as a theatre director (working under the name Jack Holloway), including cowriting / directing Robin Hood for the National Theatre in London. 

Executive Director

Kath M Mainland CBE

Kath joined Melbourne International Arts Festival as Executive Director in 2016 from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, where she had spent seven years as Chief Executive.  She has worked in and around Festivals for over 25 years and acted as a trustee on a number of arts boards including chairing Festivals Edinburgh, the high-level organisation created to take the lead on the festivals’ joint strategic development. 

Over her tenure at the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival grew in size by 52% with audiences increasing by 27% breaking the two million ticket sales barrier for the first time in 2014.

A card-carrying arts administrator, originally from Orkney, Kath was awarded a CBE for services to Culture in Scotland in 2014.

She is passionate about the arts, their place in society, and particularly passionate about the unique alchemy that happens at festivals and how this experience is applicable across the world.


Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator    Michelle Tyson Clark


Head of Programming and Production   Mark Burlace
Senior Program Manager   Brett McCallum
Program Manager   Melanie Burge
Artistic Administrator   Rose Harriman
Assistant to the Artistic Director   Jessica Rupert
Technical Administrator   Victoria Woolley
Production Manager   Emma Anderson
Production Manager   Glenn Dulihanty
Program Associate—Music   Matthew Hoy
Consultant—Contemporary Music   Bryn Ormrod
Artist Liaison   Lillian Birch
Risk Management   Coleby Consulting 


Head of Marketing   David Geoffrey Hall
Marketing Manager   Dani Ricciardi
Marketing Coordinator   Joel Thompson
Senior Graphic Designer   Kate Francis
Ticketing and Data Manager   Bec McGuinness
Ticketing Coordinator   Sarah Brett
VIP and Patron Ticketing Coordinator   Rachel Echols
Customer Services Assistant   Anastasia Ryan
TS Publicity   Tatia Sloley
    Mary Thompson
    Ali Webb
    Blaise Marshall
Website   Bravo!


Head of Development   Nathan Reynolds
Development Manager   James Ralston
Philanthropy Consultant   Sarah Thompson


Head of Finance & Corporate Services   Brenda Fisher
Financial Accountant (to October)   Athena Nguyen
Financial Accountant (from November)   Andrew Cook
Finance Officer   Louise Roncon
Reception & Office Administrator    Emily Goad

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