Staff and Management Committee


Brad Spolding, Artistic Director

Michaela Coventry, Executive Producer

Emma Stevenson, Marketing Manager

Rob Sowinski, Production Manager

Audrey Thomas-Hayes, Company Manager

Sean Miles, Front of House Coordinator

Marisa Fiume, Events & Program Manager - on leave till 2022

Curators at Large


Amber Stuart, President

Amber Stuart is currently the Festivals Program Producer at Moreland City Council, where she leads and oversees strategic direction, programming, marketing, stakeholder and staff management of 11 multi art-form festivals and events each year. These festivals include small community engaged festivals, and high profile events such as the Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party. 

James Lockyer, Treasurer

James Lockyer is Arts Centre Melbourne’s Director of Finance - leading the financial operations, compliance, reporting, business partnering, payroll and procurement functions of Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. James will be participating in the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Leaders Program 2019.

Hilary Sadek, Secretary

Hilary Sadek is a Melbourne-based marketing and brand strategist with over 15-years’ experience in marketing roles across the education and art sectors. As Head of Marketing and Communications at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Hilary leads the development of marketing and communications strategies that meet ACMI’s commercial and strategic objectives.

Dominic Arcaro

Dominic Arcaro is currently the Director at NAVIRE. Dom is a lawyer by training who began his career in 1994 at international commercial law firm Minter Ellison before moving on to in-house corporate counsel and general management roles across the public and private sectors with companies including the Docklands Authority, Gascor, Spotless, Healthscope and VicUrban (now Development Victoria).

Susan Van Wyk

Susan van Wyk is the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria. Susan has previously also served on a number of advisory boards for the Bay Trail Public Artworks and the Arts Master Plan for the City of Hobsons Bay. She has served on the Exhibitions Committee at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the RMIT School of Art and the Photography Advisory Committees.

Luke Issacs, Community Ambassador

Born, raised and still living on Boonwurrung Country, Luke Isaacs is a Wadandi (salt water person from the South West of Western Australia) First Nations person who brings a breadth of lived and professional experience to the newly-created Substation Community Ambassador role. Luke is passionate about the practice of connecting contemporary and traditional culture through the medium of electronic music and bringing the community along for the journey.


Gabriella Bortolot

Andrew Gilbert

Anna Krien

Heather van Heerwaarden

Dean Linguey

Nancy Black

Sebastian Diaz-Gasca

Susan Kukucka

Myly Nguyen

General Enquiries

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T: (03) 9391 1110

In addition to our staff, The SUBSTATION also relies heavily upon the tireless efforts of our volunteers.

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