Joanne Kee – Executive Producer


Joanne Kee is responsible for the artistic and strategic pathway of the Company. She was co-Artistic Director and founder of the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival, Artistic Director at Sydney Improvised Music Association, General Manager of The Song Company, Business Manager of Programming Sydney Opera House, ran a national contemporary music touring project, Sound Travellers, set up creative development and performances residencies for artists and has also worked at the Arts Council of England and Carnivale, multicultural arts festival. As a producer she tours internationally award winning work. She is on the Create NSW Theatre board and was on the board of Music Australia, Sydney Fringe Festival, Glebe Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of Ausdance NSW and chair of the working group that set up Critical Path.


Cara Woods – Associate Producer – Production

Cara Woods has joined as Associate Producer and Production.  Cara is an emerging young producer with a background in stage and company management. Cara has recently toured nationally with shows such as Calamity Jane, an independent Musical from Hayes Theatre Co, the beloved child’s show The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers Live. After working for several theatre companies she has brought her experience to Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta to excel in production management and assisting in programming and producing the coming seasons.


Monikka Eliah – Company Coordinator

As well as bringing her expertise to us from her experience working as an Editorial Assistant at NewsCorp and team member at Riverside Box office.  Monikka is also an active Western Sydney artist. She has presented work at the NSW Writers Centre, Studio Stories, Wollongong Writers Festival, Sydney writers festival, Playwriting Australia Festival and WITS Festival Fatale. She was involved in Girls Write Up Sydney event and Digital Writers’ Festival. Her work is published in The Big Black Thing Chapter 1 & 2, SBS Life and The Lifted Brow. Currently a member of SWEATSHOP, she has participated in Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta’s Page to Stage program and Curious Works Breakthrough Program. She was a recipient for the Southlands Emerging Artists Award 2018.

Cassandra Bayley – Administrator and Fundraising

Cassandra Bayley has been the Administrator for Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta for four years where she thrives on creating an environment where artists can create their best work. Cassandra was recently Event Coordinator at The Concourse for Century Venues, Project Coordinator at BPP and Administrator at The Song Company, Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices. Account Executive for film Production Company’s, Production Manager at Virgin Vision for Australia and New Zealand and production manager for various Film/Video production companies. Film Studio Manager for Ultra Art Studios where she toured shows throughout Australia and Manager at Production Techniques, a crewing agency for Sound & Lighting technicians and roadies. Cassandra graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Industrial & Clinical Psychology.

Leigh Russell – Community Engagement

Leigh Russell has a background in arts administration, marketing and is a producer of community initiatives. She has worked for the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), Screenwise, Short and Sweet Theatre Festival and the Eastern Suburbs Children’s’ Festival. She is the industry and jury liaison for the Academy accredited Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and programmer for the SAE FlickerUp youth strand. She is the co-founder and editor of Film in Revolt; a platform for youth in Australia to explore film and editor of the Music Australia e-newsletter. Her community initiatives include Hello Bookcase, Hello Library, Project remake and Arts Rocket. Leigh was on the jury for the 2017/2018/2019 SAE ATOM Awards and has been on the selection committee for Flickerfest, the 2018/2019 Scout Film Festival and the 21st WOW Film Festival. You can also find her co-hosting the arts program Cannonball on Orbital radio.  Leigh graduated with a Bachelor of Communication – Media Major.

Arran Munro – Volunteer

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, as the producing arm of Riverside, is supported by a team of technical, marketing, finance and administration staff. 


Director Robert Love AM
Business Manager Justin Ankus
Program Manager Catherine Swallow
Operations Manager Mike Brew
Marketing Manager Nina Frykberg

National Theatre of Parramatta acknowledges the contribution of its founding Directorate
July 2015 – June 2017: Annette Shun Wah, Shakthi Shakthidharan, Wayne Harrison July 2015 – November 2016: Paula Abood