Staff and Board


Phillip Adams, Artistic Director

Phillip Adams' career in dance and performance spans over 25 years as a vital contributor to the richness of Australian performing arts. Adams' works provide a crucial point of differentiation: an alternative modality, fearless choreographic practice and risk-taking approach to creation and presentation.

Adams’ process draws on collaboration through hybrid mediums of music, design, fashion, architecture, cinema, visual arts and photography engaging with the unorthodox, queer and popular culture. Phillip's process defines a model and a psychologically generative, collaborative environment that continually extends the parameters of dance and visual art-based practise to produce bold artistic choreography and artworks.

Adams is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1988 and thereafter spent a decade performing and working in New York with many companies and independent choreographers.  Adams returned to Australia in 1997 and established his company Phillip Adams BalletLab. Adams has created 18 major works for BalletLab presented internationally and leading Festival and venues in the USA Europe and Asia. Commissions include: The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Lux Boreal (Mexico) Guongdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Nederland’s), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Niteroi City Ballet (Brazil). Adams works have been presented  by Museum of Old and New Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria, and awarded a design for the Melbourne Art Tram series. Recently Phillip won the 2018 Australia Council Award for Dance.

Kristy Ayre, Executive Producer

Kristy is Executive Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab, a member on the Board of Next Wave and Head of the Green Room Awards Association Dance Panel. She previously Co-Produced the 2015 National Dance Forum, alongside Kath Papas, 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 a curatorial advisor for Ausdance Victoria and Next Wave's Kickstart program. As a performer, 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 previously 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. Kristy teaches contemporary dance workshops and masterclasses to all levels from beginner to professional including regularly teaching for Chunky Move's Public Class Program. Kristy is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts.

Kristina Arnott, Associate Producer

Kristina Arnott is a producer and arts manager with experience working in arts festivals, community arts organisations, and as an independent producer. Kristina joins Phillip Adams BalletLab and Temperance Hall after two years working at the Melbourne Fringe Festival as Creative Projects Coordinator, where she managed the delivery of Melbourne Fringe’s flagship exhibition of contemporary and experimental design, Fringe Furniture, along with other creative programs and events. With particular interests in contemporary dance, live art and participatory arts projects, Kristina also worked as an Assistant Producer at the 2016 Festival of Live Art, as Production Manager for The Boon Companions' Everybody Is Going To Die, and as Associate Producer on Ashley Dyer's Tremor (Arts House, November 2016).


Company in residence, Phillip Adams BalletLab is a vital part of Temperance Hall. BalletLab’s Board brings specialised skills to augment the management team, providing oversight and governance across all company operations.

Phoebe Dunn - Chair

CEO, Amy Gillett Foundation

Phoebe Dunn is the CEO of the Amy Gillett Foundation. She has extensive legal, policy and strategic advisory experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Phoebe has held senior legal roles with leading international law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson), and with the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. Phoebe has also held senior leadership positions and strategic advisory roles in the not-for-profit sector, most recently in the visual arts as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association and as a Director of the Melbourne Art Foundation.

Aimee Dixon – Treasurer

Head of Strategic Customer Insights and Data, Australia Post

Aimee Dixon is a qualified chartered accountant, member of CA and has over 15 years accounting experience having worked with both PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Accenture. Most recently Aimee has expanded her remit moving into strategy for five years and into marketing where she currently works for Australia Post managing their Marketing strategy, customer data and insights and market research team.

Phillip Adams – Secretary

Artistic Director, Phillip Adams BalletLab

Phillip Adams is the founder and Artistic Director of BalletLab, forming the company upon his return home from New York in 1998. Phillip is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and his performing arts background spans a 25 year career in contemporary dance. Phillip lived and worked in New York for a decade after being awarded the ANZ International Fellowship Award in 1988. He was a member of several leading dance companies and worked with many independent choreographers including BeBe Miller, Trisha Brown, Irene Hultman, Sarah Rudner, Amanda Miller, Donna Uchizono and Nina Wiener. He has since been commissioned by numerous companies in Australia and overseas.

Emily Westmore - Board Member

Manager Governance and Accountability and Board Secretary, Museums Victoria

Emily Westmore has extensive engagement, governance and strategy experience across public, private and creative sectors. Emily worked for over a decade in the screen production industry, including seven years with Film Victoria facilitating the attraction of international screen production to locate in the state and also with AusFilm, the federal screen production attraction agency in their Los Angeles office. Emily has also held senior advisory and corporate governance positions in the Victorian state government departments of Justice and Regulation and Education and Training, and for the professional services firm KPMG. Emily is currently with Museums Victoria as Manager Governance and Accountability, leading the organisation’s Board Secretariat, governance and performance reporting functions.

Nicola Stein - Board Member


Nicola is a Director of THIS IS NO FANTASY, a contemporary art gallery located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. She was previously a Director of Helen Gory Galerie and prior to entering the arts was a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison law firm. Nicola has successfully developed strategies to navigate a rapidly changing art market, expanding the gallery’s reach and building its international profile, including through participation in key international art fairs. She is active in the not-for-profit visual arts sector and has served as a Voluntary Guide at the National Gallery of Victoria and on the Visual Arts Committees of Bialik College and the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Tony Harding – Board Member

Senior Production Manager, Arts Centre Melbourne

After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Tony has worked locally and internationally as an event, production and stage manager. He has a long association with Phillip Adams and BalletLab starting in 2000 with the international tour of Amplification to Manchester, Beijing and Mongolia. Outside of this work with Arts Centre Melbourne, Tony is currently producing a new theatrical work with Michael Lynch (Smartartists) and Robyn Archer.

Donna Aranyi – Board Member

Philanthropy Executive, The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Donna Aranyi is a Philanthropy Executive at The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects related to fundraising and has enjoyed a successful career in the not for profit sector over 20 years. Her primary focus has been related to donor development, community and major gifts fundraising. Donna's donor relationship management and engagement skills are profound and she prides herself on her excellent stewardship. She is passionate about philanthropy and brings incredible experience at every level as well as extensive event management and PR skills having working previously for Warner Music Australia.

Randal Patterson – Board Observer

Executive Director, Infrastructure and Utilities, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

At Commonwealth Bank, Randal is responsible for providing clients with strategic advice and customised financial solutions. Infrastructure and Utilities is a major part of the Institutional Banking and Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank, which delivers financial and risk management services for major corporate and government clients, as well as institutional investors. Over more than 20 years, Randal has developed deep experience in financing major infrastructure, utilities, energy, and natural resources businesses across Australia, Europe, the UK, and North America. Outside of work, Randal is passionate about history, social justice, creative arts, and is a keen follower of sports including tennis and Aussie rules football. Randal holds Bachelor of Economics and Master of Applied Finance qualifications and is a Fellow of Finsia.

Finance and Governance Subcommittee 

Emily Westmore (Chair), Aimee Dixon (Treasurer), Kristy Ayre (Executive Producer), Randal Patterson (Board Observer)

Artistic Subcommittee 

Nicola Stein (Chair, Director THIS IS NO FANTASY), Serena Bentley (Curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Matthew Bird (Senior Lecturer, Monash Art Design and Architecture and Architect), Gregory Lorenzutti (Independent Artist), Rebecca Jensen (Independent Artist), Briony Galligan (Independent Artist), Phillip Adams (Artistic Director), Kristy Ayre (Executive Producer)