about us




Kate Denborough

Artistic Director and CEO

Kate Denborough is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost choreographers and directors of dance- theatre. She is an award-winning creator of multi- disciplinary works that cross the mediums of film, television and live performance. She has devised, directed and/or performed in all of the Company’s seventeen works. Most recently she directed SUNDOWNER and FORKLIFT for KAGE. In March 2013 Denborough performed alongside Gerard Van Dyck in FLESH AND BONE, and has been nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer. In 2013 she was acknowledged by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence Awards.


Gerard Van Dyck

Creative Director and CEO

Gerard Van Dyck’s career in dance has spanned 20 years. His training and performance experience includes contemporary dance, slapstick, acting, puppetry and motion capture performance. Gerard currently performs, choreographs, teaches and critiques dance and is respected nationally for his work within the artform. As Creative Director of KAGE he has performed in and contributed choreography to most of KAGE’s award winning works. In 2001, Gerard created his first solo work THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN and through touring regionally and nationally he clocked up 50+ performances. He has toured extensively with BalletLab and Polyglot Puppet Theatre, and worked with artists such as Nat Cursio, Danielle Micich, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, and desoxy Theatre. Gerard has choreographed and performed in music videos, directed circus and comedy, and provided dramaturgy for ballet. Gerard also teaches dance and movement across Melbourne, is a regular dance segment host on Triple R’s Smart Arts program, he is a Marriage Celebrant, and is a dance panel member of the Green Room Awards Association.


Clare McKenzie

Executive Producer

Clare has a wealth of knowledge, passion for and experience in the arts sector having most recently held the position of International Programming Manager at Circus Oz. An avid lover of dance and theatre, Clare completed an internship at Chunky Move whilst completing her studies in Masters of Arts Management at The University of Melbourne. Clare also has experience in music and literary management, having worked as administrator for acclaimed vocal group Coco’s Lunch. Clare also worked at one of Australia's most well established bookstores, Readings Booksellers as their Marketing and Events Assistant.

Ruth Blythman

Company Manager

Ruth is a passionate and experienced performer and producer. Having trained in classical voice and theatre in London, Ruth went on to tour Australia with The Ten Sopranos for two years before undertaking a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Marketing. Previous to her appointment at KAGE, Ruth worked in Communications at boutique marketing firm; Create and Communicate 2C before managing design company Mister Moss Pty. Ltd. In addition to her work with KAGE, Ruth also runs her own production company, Release Creative. Ruth’s most recent credits as a producer include The Your Theatrics International Cabaret Contest which was presented across Australasia and Amelia Ryan’s A Storm In A D Cup for Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Tasmanian Cabaret Festival and Fringe World in Western Australia. 


Lisa Gorman


The Gorman brand is now 16 years old (in 2015). Lisa has a team of around 150 staff across 18 Gorman stand alone retail stores nationally and in New Zealand, as well as a thriving online store. She has an experienced retail partner with whom she works with daily to keep Gorman at the top of the industry. She participates in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival annually and has done for the last 13 years. Lisa Gorman is a great supporter of the local arts, collaborating seasonally with local artists such as Rhys Lee and Rachel Castle and working closely with RMIT on a mentorship program.

Eddie Perfect


Eddie Perfect is an actor, composer and comedian. Best known for his role as Mick Holland in Ten's Offspring, Eddie also wrote and starred in Shane Warne The Musical (2009 Helpmann Award Best New Work, 2009 Victorian Premier's Literary Award Best Music Theatre Script). Other television credits include Kath and Kim, Blue Heelers, Stingers and MDA as well as performing his own brand of dark satirical music comedy on ABC TV's Standup, The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Good News Week and The Sideshow. On stage, Eddie has played Alexander Downer in Keating! The Musical (Company B Belvoir, for which he won a Green Room award in 2008), Macheath in The Threepenny Opera (Malthouse Theatre) and has toured both nationally and internationally in numerous successful one man shows including Angry Eddie, Drink Pepsi Bitch, Songs From The Middle (with The Brodsky Quartet), The Big Con (Malthouse Theatre, with Max Gillies) and most recently Misanthropology (Sydney Festival) for which he won the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer. In 2012 Eddie performed the role of Luther Billis in the Opera Australia production of South Pacific.


Fabienne Michaux


Fab is Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific (ex-Japan) and Australia/New Zealand Country Head for Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.  She also chairs the Market Building Working Group of the Australian Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce.  She was a national committee member for Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) and the inaugural chair of WiBF’s Victorian sub-committee (2011–2013), establishing WiBF’s presence in Victoria.  She was a National Committee member on the Australian Securitisation Forum (2000–2010) and subsequently awarded a fellow in 2013.  

Fabienne holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Distinction) in Economics and Finance from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, diploma in Treasury Management from the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers (later the Finance and Treasury Association) and is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Fab enjoys singing and chairs Rhythm ‘N Soul community choir based in Hawthorn. 

Hugh Crosthwaite

Vice Chair

Hugh is a lawyer and composer. He completed a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2004. In 2010 he completed a Bachelor of Law at La Trobe University with Honours. He was awarded the 2010 Victorian Law Foundation Chief Justice's Medal for Excellence and Community Service for his leading role in the creation of both the educational website The Gist of It and the charity and refugee awareness albums The Key of Sea. In 2014 Hugh took up a position on the board of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

In addition to his professional and charitable work Hugh is an active member of the Melbourne music community. His most recent long form work "Mountain Ash" was premiered by contemporary music ensemble Plexus at the launch of their 2014 series at 45 Downstairs

Sarah Connelly


Sarah has been a management consultant for more than a decade in Australia and the USA. She is a Principal at Nous Group in the Strategy and Public Policy practice, and was previously a Senior Manager in Strategy at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sarah has worked with some of the world’s largest organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to improve their performance by improving their strategy, structure, operations and people management. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing her MBA.

Adalene Pandeli


Adalene is a Tax Manager for Asia at BHP Billiton. She previously worked in the corporate tax division of KPMG for 12.5 years. Adalene is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduated from the University of Melbourne (1997) with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Carol Benson

Board Member

Carol’s career spans Commercial and NFP sectors as Chief Financial Officer,  Operations Director, Company Secretary and related roles.  Carol was Chief Financial Officer at The Australian Ballet from April 2009 to August 2014. 

Prior to 2009, Carol spent 8 years at Standard & Poor’s Australia holding positions of Financial Controller, Director of Operations, Company Director, and Company Secretary. She has also held senior finance roles within the legal profession, Health and Insurance industries.

Her qualifications include FCPA; B.Bus (Acc); Gd Dip Bus; Gd Dip Company Secretarial and MAICD. 

Carol sits on the Board and is Treasurer for Melbourne Youth Music and is assistant Treasurer for Glenferrie Rotary.

Jayne Lovelock

Board Member

Jayne's career in the arts spans a wide range of media as a practitioner, producer and creative director. After completing a degree in classical music performance, Jayne received her Master of Arts & Entertainment Management. With career expertise in strategic business development and arts programming, her background includes festival direction, marketing and communications, major events management, and corporate and philanthropic fundraising. Jayne has worked across organisations in both the major and small-to-medium sector, with international commercial arts experience.
Jayne is currently Development Manager at Malthouse Theatre, and holds positions on the City of Yarra Room to Create Committee, the Pozible Advisory Board, KAGE Board and Acland Street Projection Festival Board. In 2015, Jayne was selected to participate in the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Development Program.


Rory Killen

Board Member

Rory’s contribution to the arts industry is digital leadership and creative innovation in business practices. Rory has previously held positions at The Australian Ballet Company and Queensland Theatre Company. At Museum Victoria Rory has begun a strategic process to integrate disparate business retail functions (tickets, shop, memberships, philanthropy) into a single system to provide the sought for ‘single view of the customer’. At Queensland Theatre Company, Rory facilitated the organisation’s break out of the ticketing agency monopoly by building an internal ticketing function, directly improving ticket revenue yield and augmenting the organisation’s ability to own fully its relationship with its customers and supporters.


Vanessa Puopolo

Board Member

With over a decade of marketing and events experience, Vanessa has developed a multifaceted and enviable skillset. Vanessa has held management and executive roles at Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne international Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Festival Corporation and currently runs her own arts marketing company, Work the Crowd.