Sophie Travers, Director

Sophie Travers- Proprietor, Gallus Arts Advisory

Employment

Jan 2012 to July 2013 Project Director Australia Council IETM Collaboration Project

Based in Brussels, Belgium, running a program of collaboration, exchange and arts development for Australian performing artists. Based in the IETM network office, traveling and networking extensively in Europe and communicating with a wide spectrum of artists, presenters and producers internationally.

Oct06-Dec 2011 Arts Consultant

Consulting for dance, theatre & music clients & working with City, State & Federal government arts bodies. Strategic planning, business plan creation, application & acquital writing, tour planning & research. Moderator of policy forums & Board planning days. Clients include;

Oct06-April07 Freelance Project Manager, Sydney Dance Company

Major project with Board of Australia’s leading contemporary dance ensemble, to find new Artistic Director. Creating strategic recruitment plan, searching internationally, managing communication with media & company. Interviewing & assisting with selection process. Also consulted on 2008 AD search.

Aug04-May06 Director, Critical Path, Sydney

Developing new high profile organization from inaugural program through achievement of triennial funding, with leadership of organizational & artistic development. Creating resources for independent dance sector in NSW through workshops, residencies & research projects engaging with artists across Australia & internationally. Initiating national & international partnerships for performing arts research.

Feb-Aug04 Project Manager, Time_Place_Space, Sydney

Producing national laboratory for hybrid artists. Collaborating with curators at Performance Space, PICA & ANAT & with five Ozco Arts Boards plus State funders & other stakeholders.

Mar01-Dec 03 Performing Arts Manager, British Council, London

Developed innovative projects to meet varying objectives of operations in 29 countries. Continuously updated network of contacts with leading British & international artists & producers to bring new ideas to bear upon complex, culturally sensitive issues. Visited cutting edge presenters worldwide. Advised innovative companies on strategies for international development.

Apr 00-Mar 01 Creative Centre Director, The Roundhouse, London

Created a strategy & delivered a programme of projects for a youth arts production & training centre in iconic building, in consultation with stakeholders from social, political, education & arts sectors.

Oct 99-Apr 00 Artistic Director, Canary Wharf Arts & Events, London

Programmed & produced a rolling programme of arts events in Europe’s largest business development located within a deprived local community. Produced outdoor short film festival, large scale dance & music events & popular entertainment projects in conjunction with a range of partners.

Aug 97-Oct99 Executive Producer, Random Dance Company, London

Partnered Artistic Director in rapid growth of contemporary dance company. Produced multiple projects including webcast performances, installations, collaborations with digital & film artists & musicians. Brokered partnerships for ambitious, large scale, ground-breaking projects internationally.

Feb 97-Mar 97 Producer, Company in Space, Melbourne

Created the producer role in new media performance company, researching opportunities for productions of diverse scale & ambition. Produced work in found spaces, galleries & on the national touring circuit & internationally.

Jun 96-Feb 97 Producer, Bi Ma & Retina Dance Companies, London

Created from scratch a management infrastructure for emerging contemporary dance companies whilst producing new work & forging relationships for future expansion.

Sep 94-Feb 95Marketing Manager, Bupa International, London

Devised marketing strategy for new Italian operation. Redesigned corporate literature. Co-ordinated press & PR campaigns for Europe. Ran a large budget & dispersed team.

Feb 93-Apr 94 Assistant Brand Manager, United Distillers, London & Perth

One of 20 international graduates selected for fast-track management training. First year in Eastern Europe, 6 months in UK sales, promoted to UK Marketing. Worked with Brand Manager across the marketing mix for multi-million selling Gordon’s Gin. Led on rebranding, cinema advertising & direct marketing initiatives. Solely responsible for optimising production & marketing of Sloe Gin & bringing to market G & T in a Can.

Education

Sep 95-Jun 96 City University, London – Diploma in Arts Management

Oct 88- Jun 92 Cambridge University – Ba Hons, First Class, MA Modern Languages

Professional Training

Goldsmith’s University Professional Diploma in Youth Arts

Institute of Professional Development Business Negotiation & Intelligent Leadership Diplomas

Independent Theatre Council Senior Dance Manager Development Programme

Theatre Management Association Tour Management & Arts Finance courses

United Distillers Management Time Management, Presentation & Communication Skills, Finance & Team-building courses

Chartered Institute of Marketing Profitable Product Management & Effective Advertising Professional Certificates

Guardian Business Services Print Buyer’s Certificate

Positions of Responsibility and Leadership

Convener of International Network Victoria 2010 ongoing

Australian Dance Theatre Artistic Council 2009 ongoing

Tony Yap Company Artistic Council 2010 ongoing

City of Melbourne Arts Panel 2010 ongoing

Ivanhoe Children’s Community Cooperative Director 2009 ongoing

Peer Assessor for Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board 2006

Arts Queensland Industry Expert Advisor 2007-2009 ongoing

Advisory Counsel Member for Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne 2008 & 2009

Founding Selection Panel Member for Tanja Liedtke Foundation 2008 & 2009

Dance Awards Australia, Curatorial Committee 2008, presenter 2006

APAM, APAP, Arts Market Asia, Edinburgh Showcase- international arts market networking

AD2004 national conference for Australian Artistic Directors; Ballarat

Informal European Theatre Meeting; networking internationally, planning UK meeting

Dance Board, London Arts; assessing applications to Dance Fund & advising on policy

Board Member, Dance East; National Dance Agency specialising in audience development

Board Member, Claire Russ Ensemble dance company; mature independent choreographer

International Dance & Technology Conference Arizona; representing UK new media artists

Arts Council of England, Decibel Multi-cultural Arts Festival programming panel 2002

Demarco Arts Foundation, Edinburgh; Edinburgh festival producing

Ekonom, Prague; developing support for new arts festival in Czech Republic

Arts Journalism

Editorial Board member of Dance Theatre Journal UK.

Freelance journalist for: Realtime, Dance Theatre Journal, Dancing Times, Dance Europe, International Arts Manager & Animated

Languages

Fluent Spanish, French, Italian, German; some Dutch

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