Alison studied Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and started her career in Perth’s small-to-medium sector, holding roles in administration, finance, project and venue management, and producing at organisations including Deckchair Theatre, Thin Ice Productions, and ARTRAGE. During this time her passion for all elements of the performing arts also saw her moonlight as actor, director, publicist, costumier, and reluctant follow spot operator for independent theatre productions.
She spent the next decade in NSW, holding a variety of roles at Sydney Opera House across the areas of event delivery, commercial enterprises, ticketing, and special events. Alison subsequently led the business management and operations for Sydney Opera House Presents, the Opera House’s internal programming and producing department, for five years.
Alison is currently the Chief Operating Officer for State Opera South Australia.
Neville is a small business owner and, with qualifications in science, computing and electronics, is the proprietor of Deniliquin Hi-Tech. He became involved in OTYP as a parent of past OTYP participants and has served as Treasurer since his appointment to the board in 2011.
He is a most recognised and respected member of the local community. His humble service to many community organisations includes, among others, ten years as the Deniliquin Club President, and more than 30 years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he is the longest serving Deniliquin Rotarian and has held every executive position on the board, including the Presidency twice. Neville has also been a key figure in the regional music community, organising Deniliquin’s monthly Muso’s Night, as well as many other community events.
In 2015 he was awarded Deniliquin’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Born and raised in Sydney, Airlie studied for a BA in Fine Art at the National Art School, before marrying and moving to a sheep and cattle station on the Lachlan River on the mighty Hay Plains.
Airlie’s long and tireless association with OTYP has seen her involved with the company since 1991. She is passionate about and dedicated to the incredible things the organisation has created for and with the youth of the region.
As a former, elected Hay Shire Councillor, Airlie was honoured for her years of service as a local government member. She was previously the General Manager of Radio 2HAYFM, the Secretary of the Isolated Children’s Parent Association, and the Director of the “Ulonga” Grazing Co. She was appointed the International Services Director for the Rotary Club of Hay, was an inaugural Board Member of Shear Outback, the Australia Shearers’ Hall of Fame, and has been both the Secretary and President of the Riverina Women’s Club.
As a proud parent and grandparent, Airlie, now based in Deniliquin, continues to be actively involved in the community as a classroom volunteer at St Michael’s Primary School and through U3A (University of the Third Age), where she has served as Committee Secretary. She brings a strong community, social and local government networking knowledge to the OTYP board, and is the current Chair of South West Arts, the Regional Arts Development Organisation for South West NSW.
Alysha Herrmann is a proud parent, daughter of regional Australia, writer, theatre-maker, creative producer and community organiser working across disciplines in the arts, education, tourism, community development, youth work, social justice and social enterprise. As a creative practitioner Alysha makes performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in public places.
Once upon a time Alysha was a disconnected and very angry high-school dropout and teenage parent who thought the arts was a waste of time and money. You can read about that story HERE.
Alysha has won numerous awards for her work using the arts to interrogate and explore community concerns and aspirations, including the 2017 Arts South Australia Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award and the 2015 Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award. Alysha is also an alumna of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s flagship leadership program ARLP, and Foundation for Young Australian’s Young Social Pioneers Program.
Alysha’s work is grounded in community arts and cultural development practice that is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the voices of young people and regional communities. Alongside independent practice and two small businesses, Alysha is currently employed full-time in a state-wide Creative Producer role dedicated to producing new creative outcomes by young people in regional South Australia. Her position is co-funded and co-managed by Carclew and Country Arts SA.
Alysha is a tea-drinker, big dreamer and thinker of confusing thoughts. You can find her on twitter as @lylyee writing #tinytwitterpoem (s) and talking all things #myriverland and #letstalkyoutharts
Based in Deniliquin, Harley has been a lawyer practicing in the Southern Riverina for almost 40 years and in 1989 became a partner of Mills Hebbard Moore, a boutique law firm, located in Deniliquin and Barham.
He is a former OTYP Board Chair and was an initial member involved in the registration of the company and its transition from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee.
As a community leader and parent of a former OTYP participant, Harley has held positions on the boards of a number of local organisations including six years as the president of Deniliquin High School’s P&C Association, eight years as the President and Secretary of the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club, as well as roles with the local junior football club, and the community services provider, Intereach.
Harley holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney.
Raina Savage, currently concluding a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from Deakin University, has over 10 years’ experience in the performing arts industry, delivering community cultural engagement and place based festivals across Australia, including 6 years managing regional arts and cultural facilities. Raina has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons- First Class), working with First Nations communities as a Native Title lawyer for many years, and also has extensive experience in contract management, negotiation and administrative law. She hold the broad portfolio of skills and expertise required to co-ordinate and manage this project.
Raina’s passion is regional Australia and delivering unique, authentic experiences grounded in a particular place and its distinct personality and culture. As the first manager of the new Goulburn Performing Arts Centre her priority is to engage the entire community in the creation, experience and celebration of the performing arts.
As Regional Arts Manager at Griffith City Council she managed three multi-disciplinary teams – running Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and Pioneer Park Museum. Raina has a strong record in community engagement and place activation, demonstrating successful collaboration with key community stakeholders to deliver ongoing community cultural benefit. Key projects include MY FEST – Murrumbidgee Youth Xtreem Arts Festival which attracts and engages over 1500 young people annually, and the world premiere of Sunshine Super Girl – a new theatre work about Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, delivered in a bespoke, purpose built venue, supported by Yarruwala Wiradjuri – a new festival co-presented with the Wiradjuri community to promote and celebrate Wiradjuri arts and culture across the Western Riverina.
We acknowledge the First Nations peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where we live, learn and work, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.