AWESOME Staff

Jenny Simpson: Chief Executive Officer

Jenny joined AWESOME in 2007, bringing to the role extensive experience as a business manager,
festival director, performer and teacher. Jenny has previously held several Board positions including
Treasurer of Canberra Arts Marketing and President of KULCHA, Multicultural Arts of WA, she is
currently the Musical Director of Mosman Park based choir, the Mighty Camelot.

At AWESOME, Jenny combines her passion for presenting high quality and innovative arts with
community cultural development and working with regional communities.

 

Alexandra Biddle: Operations Manager

Alex joined Team AWESOME in 2013 as the marketing and communications manager and has since
moved into the enormous role of operations manager! She now looks after the many and varied operations
of the company as well as our annual AWESOME Festival.

A passion for theatre lead Alex to qualifications in Drama Studies and Education, becoming a teacher.

In her spare time away from the busy AWESOME office, Alex loves drinking tea, being organised and
busting out the occasional interpretive dance.

 

Miranda Stephens:
Community Cultural Development Manager

Joining the AWESOME team in 2013, Miranda comes from a strong visual art, arts management and
community arts background. She has held previous roles with Volunteering WA, City of Joondalup and
Ellenbrook Arts.

Miranda has a passion for contemporary art, strong coffee and cheese. When she is not working tirelessly
on our AWSOME Creative Challenge program, she can be found creating interpretive dances to Natalie
Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ and eating the aforementioned cheese.

 

Brianna Wotzko:
Admin, Education and Volunteer Manager

Brianna joined team AWESOME in 2015 and was delighted to come back to the team for this full-time role
in early 2017!

Brianna is a qualified speech and drama teacher with a strong background in arts admin, communications
and cultural studies. She has done previous work with the Fringe World Festival and the Speech and Drama
Teacher’s Association of WA.

Brianna loves a great joke, is a connoisseur of potato recipes, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of
obscure character actors.

 

Linden Read:
Marketing and Communications Manager

Linden has just relocated from Melbourne to join the AWESOME Team.

After studying media and film in Melbourne she spread her wings, moving abroad to live on a lake in
Canada and run camp programs. Her love of film lead her to volunteer at the Toronto International Film
Festiv
al while in Canada and her involvement in other Australian festivals (MICF, Midsummer, Melbourne
Fringe) has since pointed her towards Awesome Arts.

Linden loves to get out to enjoy the cinema when she can but is particularly looking forward to getting
outdoors and exploring her new surrounds in Perth and Western Australia for the remainder of 2018.

 

Amanda Scoble: Finance Officer

Amanda became a member of the AWESOME Team in 2017.

After many years in sport and corporate accounting, she decided to change it up and spent a couple of years
behind the scenes with The State Theatre Centre of WA. Needless to say she fell in love with the arts industry
and hasn’t looked back.

Whilst Amanda does love a great spreadsheet or a shiny new calculator, she also loves to put a smile on
people’s faces and is never short of a pun or a bad mum joke!

 

James Savage: Production Manager

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James has worked in the arts industry for many years and has worked his way up to production manager
to the stars!

In recent years he has been production manager at the Fairbridge Festival and the Adelaide Fringe Festival
in addition to touring the world over with Australian comedy act Frank Woodley and his show ‘Possessed.’

James looks forward to coming back and working on the AWESOME festival in the second half of the year.

 

James Campbell: Festival Photographer

James Campbell

The AWESOME Festival has been an annual highlight in James’ photographic career since he began working
on the project in 2013.

He looks forward to its return in October every year and loves exploring and learning what the program has
on offer in and around the Perth Cultural Centre.

James keeps extremely busy however, when spare time is available you will find the adventurous James,
kitesurfing, volunteering at his local mens shed or taking his bike out for a spin.