A Chartered Accountant, Tobias brings a wide range of professional business, finance and systems expertise to Echelon. Over the last 20 years, Tobias has worked with a number of large organisations in the financial services and mining industries, including the National Australia Bank, Perpetual Trustees, Ernst & Young, Western Mining Corporation and Mayne Group.
Tobias has also worked extensively in the commercial Arts & Entertainment industry, through his own production company Echelon Productions, as well as being a financial consultant, production accountant and producer with several independent theatre and film production companies both in Australia and overseas. Tobias is the past Honorary Treasurer for the Victorian Green Room Awards Association Inc.
IN THE OFFICE
Meg Hoult - People & Culture Manager
Jack Sumner - Graphic Design & IT Manager
Alec Levy - Accounts Manager
Ian Rae - New Zealand Office Manager
Sarah Barker- Schools Communications Coordinator
Alicia Attwood, Megan Kozak, - School Communications Supervisors
Meg McKibbin, Finn Alexander, Andrew Coshan -School Communications Representatives
Kaya Byrne -Communications Assistant
Graham Pages - Head of Directing
Laura Dunnington - Costume Designer
Jolyon McDonald - Production Designer
Tim Minturn - Production Consultant
As Creative Director, Amanda draws on wide experience in both education and performing arts in Australia and overseas.
Professionally trained at WAAPA, Amanda has spent over 16 years performing in professional musical theatre, theatre and television throughout Australia and overseas, in cities such as New York, Seoul, Singapore and Edinburgh. Amanda has received three Green Room Award nominations for Best Female Artist in a Musical and her performance credits include the Australian Premiere of Sunset Boulevard with Hugh Jackman, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Annie with Anthony Warlow, the Australian Premiere of The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, Prodigal and Virgins by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank as well as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Satisfaction.
As a teacher in some of Melbourne's most established performing arts schools (The Children's Performing Company of Australia, the Johnny Young Talent School) Amanda began to observe the power of theatre as an educational tool. This led to the establishment of Perform! Educational Musicals, which has grown to become an award winning Educational Theatre Company for schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. As Creative Director of Perform!, Amanda has overseen performances of shows to millions of students, empowering children in areas such as Literacy, Cyber Bullying, Energy Sustainability, and Financial Literacy.
Amanda continues to be inspired by the power of theatre to entertain and empower children - simultaneously!