Dr Dimitri Kopanakis – Chief Executive Officer

With a diverse career in the performing arts, Dimitri’s portfolio extends across Arts Management, Arts Practice and Arts Education, spanning the last 20 years.

Dimitri returned to Australia from his role as Senior Manager of Entertainment at The Venetian Macau, the world’s Largest Casino and Integrated Resort. In this role, he oversaw a multi-million dollar operation, managed nearly 60 in-house events each day, and led a team of nearly 100 creative staff from 16 different countries.

As an arts manager, Dimitri has previously been involved as both a company director and partner in a number of performance agencies, supplying both small and large-scale entertainment to the corporate and private sectors.

In roles ranging from producer, to conductor, to performer, Dimitri has worked extensively across Australia, and in more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

As an arts educator, Dimitri has worked across all levels of formal education, in many metropolitan and regional institutions in Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Academically, Dimitri has completed a Professional Doctorate, a Master of Music Studies in Performance, and a Bachelor of Music Performance.

Paul Jenkins – Business Manager

Paul Jenkins is an experienced arts and cultural development program manager, with 30 years of engaging in arts and community cultural development. Paul has played a significant role in the development and management of programs such as the Queensland Regional Arts Development Fund and Commonwealth Regional Arts Fund programs, specialising in arts funding, creative programming, vocational education and cultural policy matters at local, state and national levels. Paul possesses a Masters of Arts in Cultural Policy and a Bachelor of Education, along with a workplace trainer and assessor qualification.

Throughout his professional career, Paul has maintained a focus on supporting community-based participatory arts practices, with a strong emphasis on advocating for recognition of regional arts and cultural development activity.

Brigid Lever – Finance Manager

Brigid joined ACPA in October 2016. Brigid grew up in Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane, following her father’s newspaper career. Brigid herself has lived and worked in Brisbane, Gold Coast, London and Canberra, but does not hesitate to identify as a Queenslander.

Brigid is an experienced Financial Manager in State, Federal and UK Government, universities and not-for-profit organisations. Her specific areas of expertise include managing financial operations, budgeting and management reporting, financial control, regulatory compliance, statutory reporting and audit, corporate systems development and maintenance, program and project management, treasury and investment management and has a good knowledge of corporate law and governance.

Joella Warkill – Training Coordinator

Joella was born and raised in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, until moving to Brisbane to follow her passion. Joella is a former student of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, graduating with a Diploma in Performing Arts (majoring in Dance) in 2013. She has performed in various shows at QPAC, the Judith Wright Centre and the Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2014 Joella commenced working at ACPA as a casual training assistant. She is now a full time member of the ACPA team as the Training Coordinator. Joella was awarded a place in a Youth Leadership Program with the Australian Multicultural Foundation, where she was honoured to represent both her Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander heritage.

Joella belongs to the Kuku Yalanji tribe from Far North Queensland, and descends from Ambrym and Pentecost Islands in Vanuatu.

Rosemary Walker – Publicist

Rosemary has been in the arts since starting work at La Boite Theatre in 1985, where she was PR Manager for 23 years. She started her own PR and Events Company, RAW Publicity in 2006.  In addition to promoting many small and emerging theatre companies, Rosemary is also the publicist at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) where she has worked part-time for seven years.  During this time she has secured performance opportunities for dance and music students at the Matilda Awards (Brisbane’s answer to the Academy Awards, the Victorian Green Room Awards and the Helpmanns).  

She has been instrumental in promoting ACPA to the arts community in Brisbane. Walker has worked as a publicist for 4MBS, Strut and Fret, Brides of Frank, HeartBeast, and KooembaJdarra to name a few.  She is also the Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed Matilda Awards.

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