Who’s Making the Festival

The team behind Adelaide French Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre Trustees

Michael Abbott AO QC (Chair)
Jim Hazel (Deputy Chair)
Jo Chapley
Mary Hamilton
Phil Hoffmann AM
Carolyn Mitchell
Kate Thiele
Sandy Verschoor

Adelaide Festival Centre Senior Management

Douglas Gautier AM – CEO & Artistic Director
Carlo D’Ortenzio – Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Liz Hawkins – Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales
Michael McCabe – Director of Venue Operations
Danielle Watts – Director, Marketing
Greg Adams – Director of Ticketing & Digital Projects
Rebecca Pearce – Associate Director of Programming
Ruth Sibley – Head of Public Affairs
Robyn Brown – Manager Philanthropy
Christine Dunthorne – Manager Finance and Business Support
Claire George – Manager Human Resources
Carolyn Laffin – Manager WHS & Risk
Peter Morelli – Manager Food & Beverage
Yolanda Sulser – Manager, Marketing & Customer Experience


Terri Dichiera – Programming Executive
Steph Walker – Riverdeck Stage Coordinator
Georgi Paech – Programming Coordinator
Ming-Lei Wang – Programming Assistant
Soraya Rankine – Steel Ryan Fellow
Kathryn Sproul – French Festival Designer
Charissa Davies – Senior Exhibitions Curator

Marketing, Publicity and Corporate Communications:

Yolanda Sulser – Marketing Executive
Genevieve Meegan – Publicity Executive
Sophie Gardner  Publicity Executive
Clare Axford  Publicity Coordinator
Paige Mulholland – Marketing Coordinator
Meral Nieman – Marketing Coordinator
Melissa Centofanti – GreenRoom Coordinator
Josh Osis – Graphic Designer
Tiana Beatrice – Marketing Administration Assistant
Simeon Nikolaidis – Marketing Assistant


Ralph Varricchio – BASS Client Services Executive
Dace Howard – Digital Content Officer
Dale Menz – Digital & Database Projects Executive
Matt Redmond – Senior Web Developer


Priscilla Barletta – Development Executive
Clare Mansfield – Development Coordinator


Paige Goodwin – Production Coordinator
Chris Searle – Head of Lighting
Jane Rossetto – Head of Sound

Stage Managers:

Jess Nash – Dunstan Playhouse
Sam Marchetti – Space Theatre
Danielle Mullins – Riverdeck Stage

Venues and Bars:

Mary Coventry – Food and Beverage Operations Manager
Rachel Marcus – Food and Beverage Events Coordinator
Darren Sparks – Function Sales Manager

Front of House:

Cathy Barrett – Retail Buyer – Merchandise/Commercial Operations
Kate Hagan – Operations Coordinator – Patron Services

Venue Sales:

Lucja Dolatowski – Venue Sales Executive