Bagryana Popov - Chair, Joined in 2013
Dr. Popov is an award-winning theatre director, who has worked in theatre and music for over 20 years in Melbourne and across Australia. She has initiated collaborative projects with theatre institutions in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Her recent work in theatre has explored themes such as human rights, imprisonment and the plight of refugees. She established and directed for 10 years, the Melbourne Women's Bulgarian Choir, Petrunka who recorded two CDs. She has introduced hundreds of Australians to the beauty of traditional Bulgarian singing. She recently completed a PhD through the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Bagryana Popov was a peer assessor on the Community Cultural Development Board and the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Australia Council 1999-2002. Her association with The Boîte has been extensive as an artist, an advisor and now on the Committee of Management.
Alannah Sheridan - Secretary, Joined in 2002
Alannah Sheridan worked for more than 30 years for the Victorian Education Department as an Art Teacher. She has since retrained as a silversmith and jeweller. Alannah is a civil celebrant, she sings with the Melbourne Millennium Chorus, various community choirs, has toured to Georgia twice and is a very able organiser and long time generous contributor to the work of The Boîte. Alannah brings considerable wisdom to the committee as well as valuable networks of supporters. She is the child of migrants and recognises the necessity of multicultural policies and practice in giving a place to community members with diverse backgrounds and experience.
Deidre Egan – Treasurer, Joined in 2011
Deidre Egan joined the Committee as treasurer in 2011. She currently works as the Group Manager, Legal Advice, Litigation and Prosecutions in the Legal Services Branch of the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. With over 20 years experience in the Victorian public service she has demonstrated expertise in leadership, sound administration and accountability for public funds. Deidre acts in a manner consistent with the public service values of responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership, and human rights. Deidre has an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. She has been a member of The Boîte for over ten years. Deidre has sung in the Melbourne Millennium Chorus and at the World Music Cafe in the choirs Borboleta, Why Not! and the Melbourne Georgian Choir.
Mardi Stow - Joined in 2004
Mardi is Manager of the North Team and Capacity Building Program at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, a non-government organisation providing assistance to refugees who settle in Melbourne. Previous areas of work include child and family welfare, foster care and video production. Mardi was born and grew up in Fiji and has lived in the USA, UK, Japan and Australia. Through her own experiences of migration, Mardi has experienced a wide range of music and seen the capacity of music to build bridges between people and to contribute to individual and community well-being. She has instigated some of The Boîte's projects with refugees where music contributes to the journey of healing. Mardi also loves being part of a community choir.
Judy Turner - Joined in 2012
Judy is an arts worker, fundraiser and violinist who currently works in Philanthropy for Melbourne University. Her passion is community arts. She founded, and then for 16 years led, the highly successful community music group the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, and currently performs with her husband Neil Adam at music festivals around Australia and New Zealand. Judy has worked in the museum sector, in local government, in fundraising for a major hospital and as a professional fiddler and violin teacher in schools and community. As an arts project manager she has conceived and managed festivals, public art projects, youth groups, theatre groups, heritage projects and much more.
Therese Virtue - Joined in 1984
Therese Virtue taught in the Western suburbs of Melbourne for more than 10 years before working as a singer and then an organiser with The Boîte. She has sung with some of Melbourne's most adventurous folk ensembles including Il Gruppo Folcloristico Italiano and the award winning Petrunka. She has been involved with The Boîte since 1984, and as Boîte World Music Cafe Co-ordinator for the past 22 years has organised and presented over 1500 intimate concerts featuring artists from 35 communities. For 20 years she has been a presenter of the Boîte World Music radio programs on 3PBS and 3CR. A warm and approachable person with a formidable knowledge of the Australian music scene, she is highly respected by artists from many communities.
Pam Creed - Joined in 2013
Pam Creed is the Founding Director of the National Institute of Circus Arts, based in Prahran at Swinburne University. In that role and her preceding positions at Swinburne's Department of Performing Arts, Pam has made major contributions to performance art in Australia and through collaborative projects internationally. The Boîte welcomes her to the Committee of Management.
Roger King OAM - Director
Involved with The Boîte since 1984, Roger has been full time co-ordinator since 1993. He has performed, recorded and toured to Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria with various groups, currently Gorani. Born in Melbourne, he has lived in Malaysia and South Africa. He has initiated and nurtured many Boîte projects through their development stages including the World Music Cafe, Boîte Singers' Festival, the Melbourne Millennium Chorus and the Boîte Schools Chorus and the Boîte recording program.
Therese Virtue OAM - Boîte World Music Cafe Co-ordinator
Therese Virtue began programming the Boîte World Music Cafe (1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy) in 1990. Prior to that she had worked as Boîte Co-ordinator and managed various projects. Now her main focus is the programming and publicity of approximately 80 concerts each year at the World Music Cafe, although she takes a lively interest in other projects, particularly the Millennium Chorus. Therese also runs a number of community choirs, and loves singing.
Katrina Wilson - Special Projects Manager (Maternity Leave)
Katrina Wilson AMus, BMus (hons), DipEd Katrina has a background of studies in piano performance and accompaniment, choral performance and conducting, Ethnomusicology, Arts Marketing, Czech language and horticulture. A passionate believer in the importance of community participation in the arts, she enjoys meeting and working with artists, teachers, school students, singers and participants at the Boîte who get involved in the singing projects and attend the performances. She is the President and assistant conductor of Squawkestra, an orchestra for amateur musicians and has been known to offend cats and small children with her violin playing. She is also fanatical about all things Czech and has been known to grace the stage as her alias Katska Vlcek, sharing with audiences, songs and stories from the old country. At The Boîte she is Project Manager for Melbourne Millennium Chorus, Boîte Schools Chorus and The Boîte Singers' Festival at Daylesford.
Leah Healy - Office Administration
Leah started working at The Boîte in 2009, on completion of a Bachelor of Music Industry at RMIT in 2008. She has a background in event organising and working on outdoor festivals. At The Boîte she enjoys working on the Boîte Singers' Festival, World Music Cafe and Melbourne Millennium Chorus events.
David Windlow - Finance Officer
B.Com. CPA Has extensive experience in book retailing and fundraising.
Boîte World Music Cafe Managers
Holly de Jong
Holly studied trumpet and ethnomusicology at the University of Melbourne, and is currently completing her Masters about Ethiopian music. Holly plays the trumpet, shakuhachi and krar (Ethiopian lyre). Working at the Boîte since 2007, Holly organises, promotes and manages events in the World Music Cafe Concert Series, and has the venerated role of "chai wala" - the maker of tea in the Boîte office. The Boîte staff love their tea.
Ilka has been involved in The Boîte for many years. She is a talented textile artist who created the colourful Boîte banner that brightens up the Mark Street Hall at World Music Cafe events. In recent years Ilka has worked at RMIT as a lecturer.
Michelle has worked for the Boîte in a range of roles, first as Administrator and now as Cafe Manager. Michelle is a photographer who has a passion for documenting and photographing everyday and special moments.
Nina studied Indonesian and Spanish languages at the University of Melbourne, and is currently undertaking a Music Performance course at NMIT. She has studied Indonesian Art and Culture in Yogyakarta in 2007. She performed with local musicians at community concerts for the 2012 Makassar International Writer's Festival, in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. She started working as a Cafe Manager with the Boîte's World Music Cafe in 2011.