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 and now looks after the operations of the company and the AWESOME Festival.
A passion for theatre lead to qualifications in Drama Studies and Education. Alex loves drinking tea, being organised and busting out the occasional interpretive dance.
Miranda Stephens: Community Cultural Development Manager
Entering her 3rd year with the AWESOME team Miranda comes from a strong visual art, arts management and community arts background with previous roles at Volunteering WA, City of Joondalup and Ellenbrook Arts.
Miranda has a passion for contemporary art, strong coffee and cheese. On the weekends can be found creating interpretive dances to Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ and eating the aforementioned cheese.
Louise Leadbitter: Marketing & Communications Manager
Louise joins AWESOME with a passion for the arts, events and lifting heavy things for recreation. After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Management, Louise worked across the USA crafting marketing copy and constructing mud pits for Red Frog Events. She then returned to Perth and its eternal sunshine, because winter in Chicago lasted far too long.
Louise’s interests include puppies, CrossFit, travel adventures, stationary and good coffee.
Brianna Wotzko: Admin, Education and Volunteer Manager
Brianna joined team AWESOME in 2015 and is delighted to come back for a full-time role! Brianna is a qualified Speech and Drama Teacher with a background in arts admin and communication and cultural studies. She has worked previously 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 encyclopedic knowledge of obscure character actors.
Megan Martin: Project and Volunteer Officer
Megan joins team AWESOME with a strong background in events, and extensive experience in festival and theatre front of house. She has a passion for literature and theatre arts, and holds qualifications in Events Management and Professional Writing.
In her free time Megan enjoys contemplating the piano musings of Tori Amos, variations of the colour purple and the whimsical nature of foxes.
Eric Sankey: Finance Officer
Originally from Canada, Eric has been with AWESOME since 2005 and has worked for many arts organisations around Perth. He has a keen interest in number-crunching, kayaking and all kinds of cake. Having worked in Film Production Accounting in Brisbane and Perth for over 20 years, Eric is a lover of cinema and photography.
James Savage: Production Manager
James is production manager to the stars! In recent years he has been production manager at the Fairbridge Festival, the Adelaide Fringe in addition to touring the world over with the Frank Woodley show ‘Possessed.’
James Campbell: Festival Photographer
The AWESOME Festival has been the annual highlight of James’ photographer life since 2013 and looks forward to its return every year. When spare time is available, James will be Kitesurfing, volunteering at his local mens shed or taking his bike out for a spin.