Staff of Brand X Read the profiles of our staff at Brand X. Expand JAMES WINTER – Director James graduated from the Centre for the Performing Arts (Adelaide) in 1993. As a Theatre Director, James has worked for the State Opera Company of South Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Restless Dance Company, D Faces of Youth Arts, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, AIT Arts, Shopfront, Ashfield Youth Theatre, Belvoir Youth Express and The Studio at the Sydney Opera House. James co-founded Brand X in 2005 and since then has worked on 17 re-purpose projects with the company and consulted for the private and public sectors on cultural infrastructure. He currently sits on the board of Darlinghurst Business Partnership, the Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel for the City of Sydney and the Inner West Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. PASH OSTOVAR – Facilities Manager Pash is a DJ and house music producer who graduated from Bretton Hall College of Arts & Education in the UK in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in popular music studies. By day he worked in the music industry in London from 2001-2015 specialising in music publishing for PRS for Music, Chrysalis Music Ltd, BMG-Chrysalis UK, & BMG Rights Management UK. By night he has worked professionally as a DJ since 1996 and has toured northern Europe, central America and Australia. He also has a long working relationship with Freerange Records in London and as a deep house producer has released solo EPs and remixes on multiple UK and US record labels. AESHA HENDERSON – Program Manager Aesha is a visual artist, freelance theatre designer, and project manager. She holds an honours degree in Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and has spent over 10 years working extensively in theatre and events as a lead artist, installer, project manager, creative director, and community artists. Her speciality has become making large-scale puppets, puppeteering and installation-making for performers. Aesha has created work for Force Majeure, ERTH, Studio A, Tropfest, Cementa, MCA, Sydney Mardi Gras, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney Opera House, National Theatre of Parramatta and Redline Productions. Her passion is in creating and facilitating creative projects that enrich community experiences and support artists practice and ability to experiment. MORGAN HOGG – Program Coordinator Morgan is an emerging artist based on unceded Darug land. She is a recent graduate of Sydney College of the arts with a double degree in Visual Arts and Film Studies, and is currently completing her Honours year in Visual Arts. Through her installation and performance practice, she explores the identities of Indigenous Moana perspectives and the cultural impact modern day has on traditional standards. Morgan has created works for First Draft, Beirut Art Centre, Performance Space, PICA, Suite 7a and SCA. CHRISTINA MISHELL – Marketing Coordinator Christina has an interest in photography, film, and set building. Having studied art and completed her Masters in film, she'll talk your ear off about films. On the side, she runs an open mic short film night called Kino Sydney, which showcases a diverse range of films in a non-competitive setting, building on film community and inclusivity. When she gets the chance she enjoys creating short film claymations to screen, combining her interest in set building and still life photography. JAMIE EXWORTH – Theatre Technician Jamie has been kicking around theatre and live events for a good part of two decades. He fell into the tech side of events while studying Theatre Studies and English Literature at UNE, Armidale. In addition to working on countless student and community productions in Armidale, Jamie also gained a Diploma in Film and Media from the Armidale Film School. From there it was a blur jumping into the Sydney Community Theatre scene working a range of productions from Short n Sweet to Technical Managing the Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre company and their venues at The Old Fitzroy and Bondi Pavilion. Since then he has worked just about every role across a range of theatre and live events from theatre, festivals, exhibitions and TV Award shows. Jamie is a qualified rigger, lighting technician, mech, and Technical/Production manager. DOUG WALKER – Audio Technician Doug graduated from the Australian Institute of Music during which time he became involved with BalconyTV Sydney as Audio Recording Engineer from 2013–2019. During his time with this team he helped local musicians from all over Australia in reaching a wider audience for their music via social media platforms. After BalconyTV, Doug continued recording live music in many of Sydney’s most well known venues including Manning Bar, Crowbar, and The Vanguard, for local and international acts such as We Lost The Sea, Phantogram, Stick To Your Guns, and Dee Snider. RAUL VALLEJO – Digital Media Technician Raul is a senior audiovisual technician, videographer and drummer from South America, now based in Sydney. He graduated in Digital Media Arts: Film, TV, Video and Multimedia from UNAB University (Autonomous University of Bucaramanga) in Colombia. Raul has established a high profile for his work in the entertainment industry, leading him to work around the world. He is comfortable working in entertainment audiovisual sets, design and post-production studios. Raul is a natural collaborator who specialises in crafting powerful work with proven impact to bring art and culture to the community. Adaptable yet detailed orientated in everything he does, his passion and focus are an invaluable asset to those he works with. JOHANNES MULJANA – IT Technician Johannes Muljana graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hon) from Sydney College of the Arts in 2010, majoring in Electronic Arts. He has worked as a visual and installation artist producing media, transmission, sculptural and interactive works over the past 15 years. He has also been working as an educator, mentor and lecturer in the fields of programming, app and web development, and project management. SOPHIE DAVIS – Administration Coordinator Sophie Davis is a Northern Rivers bred, Sydney based stage and screen writer. She has a bachelor’s degree from QUT in stage and screen production and a Masters degree from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Writing for Performance. Since graduating she has written and produced new works with NIDA, Old 505 and Sydney Fringe and she has recently been commissioned by Fruit Box Theatre and NORPA to create new Australian stage shows. Her masters thesis Silly to Think and never question the Absurd: integrating the female heroine in Absurdist Playwriting is published in Etudes journal for theatre practitioners and emerging scholars. She’s a bit of a nerd, but like a cool nerd. JOHN PALMERI – Facilities Coordinator John is a creative/dramatic individual. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Performance from AIM Dramatic Arts, he developed a rounded education of theatre-making, both on and off stage, then going on to both work with and take various short courses at other schools and companies around Sydney. With a background in live events, design, improv, stage, screen, film, tech, crewing, theatre, performance, customer service and sales… He has a strong work ethic. A passion for the arts all while making himself and others laugh or smile. When he’s not working you’ll find John dancing to the beat of his own drum or laughing extremely loud to some kinda film or show. DAN GRAHAM – Access Consultant Dan is a theatre director and disability rights and LGBTQ+ activist. His directing credits include Sam I Am, an autobiographical solo show co-created with deaf actor/performer Sam Martin, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Hilary Bell’s Wolf Lullaby. He is on the Board of Arts Access Australia and Co-Chair of Artists With A Disability Committee for the Media and Entertainment Alliance (MEAA). His particular passion is access to employment opportunities for artists with a disability.