Lesley has been active in dance and dance education for over 35 years. She was shortlisted for the Australian Dance Awards – Services for Dance Education in 2017, and until recently worked as Senior Project Officer – Performing Arts (Tasmanian Department of Education). She has been an Assistant Principal, Curriculum Area Leader and taught dance at all levels including at University of Tasmania and Queensland University of Technology. As well as the Chair of DRILL, Lesley is on the Education Advisory Group for Sydney Dance Company. She writes and reviews for Dance Australia, Limelight and Arts Hub, has sat on the Australian Dance Awards panel, and served as an art form Panel Peer for the Australia Council of the Arts. Lesley mentors several artists, undertaking rehearsal direction and dramaturgy, as well as teaching contemporary dance technique, ballet and choreographic practice.
Frank is a chartered accountant and Director at Macquarie Accounting in Hobart. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Information Systems, and worked in various IT positions in Tasmania before becoming an accountant. Although new to the world of dance, Frank is passionate about supporting opportunities in the arts for young people.
Ayame is currently a final year medical student at the University of Tasmania. Throughout her degree she has enjoyed teaching junior medical students, and has had a strong focus on heart research, which has been presented and published internationally. Since joining DRILL in 2012, Ayame has been a dedicated company member and has performed in both major and minor seasons. Outside of DRILL, she has also performed at Dark Mofo and Mona Foma festivals, and recently with Launceston’s youth contemporary dance company, Stompin, in their major season. Ayame graduated from public schools around Hobart, and is also serving as an Ambassador for Public Education in Tasmania. As an intelligent, articulate, and passionate young woman, she serves the board as Secretary.
Carin is the Executive Director of the Australian Script Centre/AustralianPlays.org. Since moving from the UK 20 years ago, she has worked in a range of leadership, program and policy development roles for the Australia Council for the Arts, including Director of Dance. Carin makes use of her significant networks and experience to keep DRILL connected to the national dance industry.
Sally has a lifetime of experience working in roles in the education and community sector including QVMAG, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Ten Days on the Island, and has served on multiple boards. Her extensive involvement and connections within the community help her serve as an ideal adviser and advocate for DRILL.
Sammie has been a company member with DRILL since 2012, performing in almost every major and small-scale season over the last eight years. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Design at the University of Tasmania.