Dance Panel


Kristy Ayre - Panel Chair


Kristy Ayre is Executive Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Chair of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum and was an Associate Producer for the 2012 and 2014 Next Wave Festivals. Kristy has been a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave's Kickstart program. Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move for over a decade (2001-2012) mostly in works by founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. She has also performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D'ath, Itoh Kim, Prue Lang, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George, appearing in numerous prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide.

Marco Cher-Gibard


MARCO CHER-GIBARD is an artist working with sound to explore contemporary culture and art. His practice foregrounds live process and often employs DIY approaches and custom software solutions to sound making process. He is a constant collaborator in performance contexts and an occasional performer. Marco currently teaches Studio Production for the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Jenny Hector


JENNY HECTOR is a Melbourne based lighting and set designer. Her career spans 20 years working in contemporary theatre, music, installation and dance. She is known for her strong collaboration skills and desire to push form, and has worked in community driven projects and with independent artists and professional companies. Jenny has received three Green Room awards including the 2017 Technical Achievement.

Jo Lloyd


JO LLOYD is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over particular durations and circumstances. A VCA graduate, she has presented work in Japan, New York, Hong Kong, Dance Massive, Biennale of Sydney, Liveworks and Dark MOFO. Jo was the Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. 2016, developing OVERTURE, which has an Arts House CultureLab in 2017. Recent projects; 'Confusion for Three' (Arts House, 2015), 'Mermermer' with Nicola Gunn for Chunky Move's Next Move 2016 (Helpmann and Green Room Award nominations) and choreographing Gunn's 'Piece For Person And Ghetto Blaster’ (COIL NYC, 2017). Jo has worked with Gideon Obarzanek, Shelley Lasica, David Rosetzky, Shian Law and was the recipient of two Asialink Residencies (Japan) and the Dancehouse Residency.

Shaun McLeod


SHAUN MCLEOD is a dancer, choreographer and academic who lectures at Deakin University, Melbourne. As a dancer he danced with Australian Dance Theatre, Danceworks and One Extra Co as well as dancing in independent projects. He has choreographed a number of works including the Green Room Awards winning work Chamber (2001). His work the weight of the thing left its mark was presented as part of Dance Massive 2011. Shaun also has long-standing interest in the ways improvisation can be practiced and performed. He holds a practice-led PhD which examined the use of Authentic Movement for participatory performance.

Kath Papas


KATH PAPAS is a creative producer with special passions for contemporary dance and intercultural work, especially in Asia. With her business Kath Papas Productions, she works with a small group of artists from concept and development through to presentation and touring nationally and internationally. She is also Associate Producer with acclaimed performance company, Finucane & Smith. Previously, Kath was Director of Ausdance Victoria from 2003 to 2009, and Administrator there from 1999-2002. Kath has been Creative Producer of the Green Room Awards Ceremonies in 2016 and 2017, and was Head of the Dance Panel from 2014-2016.

Jerry Remkes


JERRY REMKES is Performing Arts Programmer at Arts Centre Melbourne and Executive Producer of Countertechnique. He is a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and for Creative Victoria. Prior to coming to Australia in 2012, he was based in Amsterdam. His roles in the Netherlands included Executive Producer and Dramaturge of dance company anoukvandijk dc, Co-Curator Dutch Dance Festival and Manager International Projects at the Theatre Institute of the Netherlands.

Nina Veretennikova


NINA VERETENNIKOVA’s career spans the areas of performance, choreography, direction and pedagogy in both dance and film. An Australian Ballet School graduate, Nina was a founding member of the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under Graeme Murphy’s direction for 13 years. During this time Nina developed her own choreographic works for SDC and the Australian feature film The Everlasting Secret Family. Nina holds a BA degree in film and television from AFTRS specialising in direction. Credits include Tales from a Suitcase and Body of Evidence. A certified teacher, Nina has worked with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, NAISDA, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia and Chunky Move. Since 2002 she has taught classical ballet and various somatic practices at the Victorian College of the Arts.