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Karen Vickery joined the National Portrait Gallery in late 2011 where she is Director of Learning and Visitor Experience. Karen has had a long career in the performing arts in which she has worked as an actor for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir and Q Theatre, and as a translator and dramaturg of Russian play texts.

Karen lectured at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 1996 and was Head of Performance Practices there for five years specialising in history of performance along with the history of visual art, architecture, literature and music before moving to Canberra. Since joining the National Portrait Gallery, Karen has focussed on broadening audience participation and, in particular, extending early childhood and family programs creating opportunities for informal and cross generational learning. Karen has a strong interest in the relationship between cross platform performance and visual art along with a passion for communicating about the arts to as wide a public as possible through arts education.  Karen is an award winning actor and director in Canberra theatre and a founder of Pigeonhole theatre company. She has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and First Place from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from NIDA, and an MA in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of New South Wales.


Chris is currently the Head of Communications and Marketing at the Australian War Memorial. Chris has over 15 years’ experience in the communication sector, working in ministerial offices, government departments and for a number of not for profit and corporate organisations.

A former journalist and CYT participant, Chris has a background in matters of the arts, governance, mental health, suicide, criminal and civil justice, national security and emergency management, as well as grassroots community liaison, amongst others. He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador, married to a fellow communicator and a father of two very talkative kids.


Peter Hoolihan, (LLB(Hons), BFor, GDLP) is a solicitor currently managing the property law and conveyance division at Griffin Legal, a law firm in Canberra. Peter is a registered solicitor in the Supreme Court of the ACT and in the High Court of Australia and is a current member of the ACT Law Society.

Peter has been involved in a wide range of legal matters including corporate governance matters for multiple not-for-profit and charitable organisations, residential and commercial property transactions, government advisory matters, business transactions and intellectual property matters. Peter previously worked in government in the regulatory and advisory sectors, before moving into private law.

Peter has a background in the creative arts, performance and drama having been involved in multiple productions both on stage and off. His connection with Canberra Youth Theatre goes back to 2013 and ever since he has been an avid supporter of CYT. He is honoured to be a part of the CYT Board contribute to the valuable role CYT plays in the community and youth culture.


Tessa Hammond is a HR Analyst with Tailored HR Solutions. Tessa is currently working on a diverse range of engagement types, including the collection, compilation and use of a variety of technologies to analyse and report on data trends and outcomes.

Previously, Tessa worked as a Senior Consultant with BellchambersBarrett where she was involved in a wide range of audit engagements including external audits for not-for-profit and charitable organisations, including risk management engagements and financial controls assessments.

Having grown up in the Ainslie area, Tessa looks forward to submerging herself in the CYT community.


Gabrielle Affleck is a performing Arts Publicist and Arts Marketing specialist. She has worked in the arts in Canberra since 2011, and joined the Canberra Theatre Centre as their Publicist/Assistant Marketing Manager in 2016.

Gabrielle has experience managing campaigns for small to medium arts organisations, independent artists, and some of the largest performing arts companies in Australia. These projects span a diverse range of art forms, including Dance (Bangarra, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre), Circus (Circus Oz, Circa, Circus 1903), Music (Dan Sultan, The Whitlams, Kate Miller-Heidke) Theatre (Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, State Theatre Co SA) and Physical Theatre (Crazy Horse Paris, Blanc de Blanc).

Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications; with a major in Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University.

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