Meet the Rebus Theatre Board
Evelyne Meier joined the Board unofficially in November 2018 and as an official director in February 2019. Evelyne loves art as a communication medium be this design, dance or theatre. She has experienced the impact of theatre in changing people’s attitude when she was director of the Australian Institute of Family Centred Care.
She was keen to engage with people who are promoting social change, advocate for people with disabilities and are inclusive.
Evelyne has served on several boards. Her background spans nursing, international banking, government, education and the not for profit sector. She has a strong governance, grants and policy background and would like to apply these skills at Rebus.
More background on Evelyne can be found here.
Noonee Doronila joined the Rebus Board in October 2016 taking up the position of Treasurer. She has served on a number of local boards and committee’s including the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, the Performing Arts Advisory Committee, the ACT Cultural Council and the Multicultural Women’s Advocacy Committee.
Noonee is a Filipino Australian multicultural artist and has a 30-year career in social work with the Australian Public Service. Since moving to Canberra in 1996, Noonee has been involved in workshops for the development and production of plays, poetry publications and performance poetry focussing on issues of migration and cross-cultural identity.
Noonee has also written several plays and edited two community poetry books. She was a recipient of an Asialink Literature Residency in the Philippines. In 2007, she was an International Women’s Day awardee by the ACT Government, for her contribution to multicultural arts. She is also a recipient of the Canberra Critics Circle Award 2007 for Theatre for writing and directing “Manila Takeaway”. In 2015, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through social welfare and cultural organizations.
Alana Foster - Treasurer
Alana Foster joined the Rebus Board in November 2019 taking up the position of Treasurer. Alana has 30 years’ experience as an accountant, auditor, senior executive and consultant working with public sector agencies and boards supporting their people to deliver quality outcomes that make a difference, through strong governance, planning, financial management, legal compliance, transparency and accountability.
She currently mentors students with challenging life circumstances studying drama and humanities at the Australian Catholic University through the St Vincent De Paul’s Clemente Program.
Alana is a passionate supporter of the theatre and advocate for the cast and stories representing the wider community including those with a disability. Alana is keen to support and work collaboratively to promote Rebus Theatre and help build and grow thee business to secure ongoing long-term funding arrangements.
Mili joined the Rebus Board in May 2018 and is currently the HR Manager at Belconnen Community Services. Mili has over 20 years’ experience in human resources in both the corporate and the not-for-profit community sector particularly with local disability support and aged cared organisations. This together with extensive executive and administration experience gives Mili an exceptional ability to build excellent relationships at all levels.
Mili also previously held the role of Executive Manager with the Board of the Community Banks in Canberra, which returned profits to the community through local sponsorships and charity events, bringing together community leaders and businesses. Mili is passionate about supporting the development of community services with likeminded and meaningful organisations that make it possible for people to feel engaged and connected in the community.
Daniel Savage joined the Rebus Board in June 2019. Daniel has been a practicing visual artist based in Canberra for over a decade, exhibiting nationally and has developed a reputation for creating dynamic, engaging, and conceptually rigorous work. His practice is often self-referential, employing his individual experience of disability as a point of difference to engage audiences in exploring and reassessing established ideas and preconceptions that exist within society.
Daniel is also an active advocate for disability access, inclusion, and representation in the arts, having worked alongside major arts festivals, organisations and institutions to increase awareness and engagement.
He brings to the board his extensive knowledge of art and disability, his broad connections within both the contemporary art and disability community, and his passion for developing the skills, reputation and critical discourse of artists with disabilities.
Simone joined the Rebus Board in October 2016 and has been President since early 2017. She has a strong history and wealth of experience in the Arts and Community sectors in Canberra. Having worked for Canberra Youth Theatre and Canberra Arts Marketing in the 90's and Naughties, Simone took up the role of Arts Officer at Belconnen Community Service (BCS) in 2009. She has since thrived in a number of roles in at BCS, most recently Communications and Community Development Manager.
Simone's unique and valuable perspective, keen business sense, and knowledge of governance systems and protocol have been invaluable to the company over her tenure on the board. Her stalwart leadership and guidance has helped us through a time of much change and growth and the Rebus management team would like to Simone for her sage advice and ongoing support for Rebus' vision.
Craig has been involved in Rebus from the very beginning through his work at Nican, a disability information and referral service that acquired the initial funding for the project that led to our development as a company. He joined the Rebus board in October 2016 and took on the role of Vice President in 2017.
Craig also works as the Policy Manager at ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) and has led work on policy, campaigns and advocacy around housing, income support and employment, urban planning, transport, citizen engagement and investments in quality services for the Canberra community.
With a background in the Australian Public Service including housing policy, leading a community housing association, working in a business chamber and as the President of a national peak disability rights body, Craig is passionate about social justice, human rights and the importance of affordable and accessible housing. Craig has a disability and uses a wheelchair.
Emma Gibson joined the Rebus Board in May 2017. Having previously collaborated with other Board and management team members on community arts projects, she was eager to take up the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of like-minded people to support the excellent work Rebus does as a mixed ability, inclusive theatre company.
Emma is a writer, theatre-maker and poet with a focus on place-based work. Her work has been staged internationally, including in Iceland, Sweden, USA and the UK. Recent work includes Tourmaline at the Street Theatre in Canberra. Her site-specific audio tour Someplace That I Used To Know was part of Canberra's You Are Here Festival In 2017.
Emma’s previous plays include Bloodletting (Bread and Roses Theatre Award, London 2015), War Stories, Johnny Castellano is Mine (Canberra Critics Circle Award 2014), Widowbird and Love Cupboard. Her play The Pyjama Girl, was produced by Hothouse Theatre and is published by Australian Plays.