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Teaching & Learning

Behind the scenes of 'FLESH DREAM' | Dir. Kane Gaundar | Photo: Robbie Walcott

The Teaching & Learning team comprises teaching faculty and professional support staff who work together to deliver four course streams – online; short & industry courses; undergraduate (BA); and, postgraduate courses (Graduate Diploma and Masters). The division is responsible for the design, development, scheduling, delivery and continuous improvement of AFTRS curriculum to ensure that AFTRS is fulfilling its remit to provide industry with the highly skilled graduates it needs to thrive now and into the future.

AFTRS is one of only three fully self-accrediting Higher Education Providers. the Teaching & Learning division bridges its industry best practice curriculum with the highest level of academic quality assurance. Teaching staff drawn from industry and supported by ongoing professional development and a research program focussed on creativity and innovation, deliver courses that are future-focussed, industry current and, delivered according to AFTRS unique, practice-based pedagogy. Externally, the team works to ensure the ongoing strength of AFTRS’ reputation for excellence through partnered research projects, conferences, symposia and International film and broadcast school networks.

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    David Balfour

    David Balfour joined AFTRS in 2014 as the Head of Teaching and Learning an...

    David Balfour

    David Balfour joined AFTRS in 2014 as the Head of Teaching and Learning and has since moved on to the role of Director of Curriculum & Student Registrar. Prior to…

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    Director of Curriculum & Student Registrar

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Joe Hepworth

    Joe has been a content creator and screenwriter for film and television fo...

    Joe Hepworth

    Joe has been a content creator and screenwriter for film and television for over 15 years, with writing commissions spanning companies such as the BBC, Eon Productions and Screen Yorkshire.…

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    Course Leader – BA

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Susan Danta

    Susan Danta is the Postgraduate Leader at the Australian Film, Television ...

    Susan Danta

    Susan Danta is the Postgraduate Leader at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), overseeing the Master of Arts: Screen, Master of Arts Screen: Business Leadership and Graduate Diploma…

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    Course Leader – Postgraduate

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Cameron Patrick

    Cameron Patrick is an Annie Award nominee and AGSC Screen Music Award winn...

    Cameron Patrick

    Cameron Patrick is an Annie Award nominee and AGSC Screen Music Award winner whose screen experience spans 30 years. He is an accomplished composer and orchestrator of music for film…

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    Head of Music

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Fyona Smith

    Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio ...

    Fyona Smith

    Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the development and delivery of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses. With over 20…

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    Head of Radio

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Igor Nay

    As a successful and recognised art director and production designer in fil...

    Igor Nay

    As a successful and recognised art director and production designer in film and television for over 20 years, Igor Nay has established expertise and practical application in Screen Design and…

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    Head of Production Design

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Kim Batterham ACS

    Kim Batterham has been a director of photography for over 25 years. Kim ha...

    Kim Batterham ACS

    Kim Batterham has been a director of photography for over 25 years. Kim has shot features, mini-series, TV series, independent dramas and documentary. He has been recognised for the high…

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    Head of Cinematography

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Krista Jordan

    Krista Jordan has over twenty years professional industry experience in cr...

    Krista Jordan

    Krista Jordan has over twenty years professional industry experience in creative and commercial filmmaking. Her professional film credits include The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, Rabbit- Proof Fence, Moulin Rouge and the Academy…

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    Head of Animation

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary f...

    Lyn Norfor

    An experienced producer, Lyn’s credits encompass drama and documentary film and television productions. She produced the feature film Undertow (2018) which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Hot…

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    Head of Producing and Production

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Matthew Campora

    Dr. Matthew Campora is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Telev...

    Dr. Matthew Campora

    Dr. Matthew Campora is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney. Matthew completed his PhD in Film Studies in 2009 at the University…

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    Head of Screen Studies

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Peter Herbert

    A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and internat...

    Peter Herbert

    A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and international companies, among them Crawford Productions, PBL Productions, Taffner Ramsay, Beyond International and Granada, Peter began his career writing…

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    Head of Screen Business

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Pieter Aquilia

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has ...

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia

    Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in academia. Formerly an Associate Dean and Associate Arts Professor for…

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    Head of Screenwriting

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Richard Welch

    Richard Welch is an experienced documentary curator, lecturer and filmmake...

    Richard Welch

    Richard Welch is an experienced documentary curator, lecturer and filmmaker, with over 20 years’ experience in the screen media industry. As Festival Co-Director and a founding member of the Antenna…

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    Head of Documentary

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Roland Gallois

    Roland Gallois is a film and documentary editor with over 20 years experie...

    Roland Gallois

    Roland Gallois is a film and documentary editor with over 20 years experience. He is best know for his work on the feature film Samson and Delilah which won the…

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    Head of Editing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Rowan Woods

    Rowan Woods is an AFTRS alumni and award-winning director of TV and featur...

    Rowan Woods

    Rowan Woods is an AFTRS alumni and award-winning director of TV and feature films. As Head of Directing he concurrently directs international TV series and feature film projects and is…

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    Head of Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Stephen Murphy

    During his childhood Stephen Murphy developed a fascination with film, tel...

    Stephen Murphy

    During his childhood Stephen Murphy developed a fascination with film, television and sound that has been with him ever since. On leaving high school he made this his life work,…

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    Head of Sound

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Wendy Gray

    Wendy Gray currently runs the short course and industry certificate progra...

    Wendy Gray

    Wendy Gray currently runs the short course and industry certificate programs at AFTRS. Over the last seven years she has been Head of the Open Program, Head of the TV…

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    Head, Industry Program

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Alejandra Canales

    Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with an ex...

    Dr. Alejandra Canales

    Dr. Alejandra Canales is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with an extensive career in directing, producing, curating and programming, and teaching and curriculum development. She holds an MA Hons from AFTRS…

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    Senior Lecturer – Documentary

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Alicia Gleeson

    Alicia Gleeson is an Editor, VFX Editor and Mentor. After training and ...

    Alicia Gleeson

    Alicia Gleeson is an Editor, VFX Editor and Mentor. After training and working in broadcast at Channel Four UK, she moved back to Australia to work in Editorial on Feature…

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    Senior Lecturer – Editing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Cody Jarrett

    Cody has gained both industry and teaching experience since completing a B...

    Cody Jarrett

    Cody has gained both industry and teaching experience since completing a BA in Communications at Macquarie University and an MA in Film, Television and Theatre Studies from the University of…

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    Senior Lecturer – Producing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dani Torresan

    Dani Torresan has been working in Commercial Radio for over 20 years, as a...

    Dani Torresan

    Dani Torresan has been working in Commercial Radio for over 20 years, as an Announcer, Producer and Voice-over Artist. She completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Media Studies (Radio,…

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    Radio Lecturer and Tutor

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    Tutors, Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Duncan McLean

    Dr. Duncan McLean is a senior lecturer in Screen Studies. A passionate tea...

    Dr. Duncan McLean

    Dr. Duncan McLean is a senior lecturer in Screen Studies. A passionate teacher, Duncan has over a decade of experience teaching film history and theory to undergraduate students and has…

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    Senior Lecturer – Screen Studies

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Dr. Gerald Mair

    Dr. Gerald Mair was born and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. In ...

    Dr. Gerald Mair

    Dr. Gerald Mair was born and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. In 2004 he relocated to Melbourne in Victoria. As a sound practitioner his career has involved…

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    Senior Lecturer – Sound

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Gerard Reed

    Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian Film...

    Gerard Reed

    Gerard Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and has experience in economic development with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and…

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    Senior Lecturer – Screen Business

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Jane Newton

    Jane is the Curriculum Manager at AFTRS, where she has designed and facili...

    Jane Newton

    Jane is the Curriculum Manager at AFTRS, where she has designed and facilitates a program of professional development and support for teachers across all of the AFTRS course offerings. Jane…

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    Curriculum Manager

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    Teaching & Learning

  • Link to Jess Campanaro
    Jess Campanaro

    Jess Campanaro is a Radio and Podcasting professional with 20 years experi...

    Jess Campanaro

    Jess Campanaro is a Radio and Podcasting professional with 20 years experience. An accomplished Radio journalist, News reader and editor, Jess spent 10 years at Sydney’s No. 1 talk station…

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    Senior Lecturer

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Justine Kerrigan

    Justine has worked for many years across award-winning films, documentarie...

    Justine Kerrigan

    Justine has worked for many years across award-winning films, documentaries, TVCs, and music videos. Originally a stills photographer, she graduated in cinematography from the Australian Film Television & Radio School;…

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    Lecturer – Cinematography

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Mark Parry

    Mark Parry is an award-winning learning designer, teacher and digital cont...

    Mark Parry

    Mark Parry is an award-winning learning designer, teacher and digital content producer with over 30 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and educational media production. Mark is an Instructional…

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    Instructional Designer

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    Teaching & Learning

  • Link to Megan Simpson Huberman
    Megan Simpson Huberman

    Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, scri...

    Megan Simpson Huberman

    Megan Simpson Huberman is a writer, director, development consultant, script editor, story producer and senior development, production, and creative executive in the Australian screen industry. She has written, directed, and…

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    Lecturer - Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

  • Link to Michael Philips
    Michael Philips

    After qualifying as an architect, Michael worked for the Zimbabwean Minist...

    Michael Philips

    After qualifying as an architect, Michael worked for the Zimbabwean Ministry of Housing before entering the film industry in the 1980s as a set designer. Thirty years on he has…

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    Lecturer – Production Design

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more r...

    Milena Romanin

    Milena Romanin is AFTRS Alumni from both the Editing department and more recently the Producing department. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the Editing department as First…

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    Lecturer - Editing and Post-Production Coordinator

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and dir...

    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films with a focus on diversity. She was named one of…

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    Senior Lecturer – Directing

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – D...

    Robbie Miles

    Robbie Miles is an AFTRS alumnus (Graduate Certificate: Screen Drama – Directing & Screenwriting, 2009) and an experienced producer and development executive. Robbie spent several years working in Los Angeles…

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    Lecturer – Production

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    Production & Operations, Teaching & Learning

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    Simeon Bryan

    Simeon Bryan is an accomplished cinematographer who has worked with great ...

    Simeon Bryan

    Simeon Bryan is an accomplished cinematographer who has worked with great success across the full spectrum of film and broadcast industries. His training began in London in 1984 working as…

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    Senior Lecturer – Cinematography

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Taryn La Fauci

    Taryn La Fauci is Radio Program Coordinator at The Australian Film, Televi...

    Taryn La Fauci

    Taryn La Fauci is Radio Program Coordinator at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the coordination of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses. With over 14 years’…

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    Radio Program Coordinator

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Tony Rasmussen

    Tony is an experienced radio professional with a rich and varied experienc...

    Tony Rasmussen

    Tony is an experienced radio professional with a rich and varied experience in broadcasting and multimedia across a 40 year career at the ABC. With a Bachelor of Arts in…

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    Senior Lecturer

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    Teaching & Learning

  • Link to Louise Hajjar
    Louise Hajjar

    A people focused Timetabling Manager with an eye for detail, Louise naviga...

    Louise Hajjar

    A people focused Timetabling Manager with an eye for detail, Louise navigates the complexities and nuances of arts education to deliver and maintain the scheduling requirements for the school. With…

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    Timetabling Manager

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    Teaching & Learning

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    Fiona Whalley

    As the AFTRS’ Timetable Resource Coordinator, Fiona is able to share her...

    Fiona Whalley

    As the AFTRS’ Timetable Resource Coordinator, Fiona is able to share her passion for collaborating with others to problem solve, improve processes and develop new procedures with tangible results. Fiona…

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    Timetable Resource Coordinator

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    Teaching & Learning

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    EO Gill

    EO Gill’s professional objective is to help foster diversity, equity, ex...

    EO Gill

    EO Gill’s professional objective is to help foster diversity, equity, experimentation and risk-taking within the creative arts sector. In their capacity as Timetabling Resource Coordinator at AFTRS, EO is responsible…

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    Timetabling Resource Coordinator and SDIN Project Officer

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    First Nations & Outreach, Teaching & Learning