Artistic Director & CEO
Luke Rogers is a theatre director, actor and producer. He is a graduate of NIDA (Directing) and Theatre Nepean (Acting), and is also the Artistic Director of Stories Like These. His previous positions include Theatre Manager of New Theatre, Artistic Director of The Spare Room, and a Resident Studio Artist with Griffin Theatre Company.
Directing credits include: Normal, Collapse, Possibility (Canberra Youth Theatre), In Real Life (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Blink, MinusOneSister, Fireface, The Last Five Years, The Carnivores (Stories Like These), Play House (NIDA), The Pillowman, Waiting For Godot, Don Juan in Soho, Art is a Weapon, After The End, Blasted (New Theatre), 100 Reasons For War, Love and Information, Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Women, Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (AFTT), Lysistrata, The Burial At Thebes, Pool (No Water), 4.48 Psychosis, Eyes To The Floor (Sydney Theatre School), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr Marmalade (CQUniversity), Macbeth, Cyberbile, Embers (AIM Dramatic Arts) and Two Weeks With The Queen (Mountains Youth Theatre).
Tour Director: The Witches (Griffin Theatre Company). Assistant Director: Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography (Griffin Theatre Company / Perth Theatre Company), Story of the Red Mountains (NIDA), The Boys (Griffin Theatre Company / Sydney Festival), Steel Magnolias (Blackbird Productions / Australian Tour), Assassins and The Crucible (New Theatre).
Luke regularly directs and lectures at various acting schools and universities. He was a member of Directors Lab: Melbourne (Theatre Works / Melbourne Festival) and Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Program and Directors Studio. www.lukerogers.com.au
Born into a family of Theatre makers in France, Anaïs grew up in the theatre: her parents were professional actors and directors. She co-ran her own theatre company, Le Rugissement de la Libellule, producing work in Paris region, touring in the country and internationally. Anaïs has developed a passion for cultural management, particularly in intercultural settings and completed a postgraduate program in Cultural Management and Policy. In 2009, she was appointed the director of the Alliance Française of Brunei where she tripled the annual budget and successfully scaled up both classes and cultural events footprint. She has curated numerous arts festivals, residencies, exhibitions and programs, and developed corporate partnerships.
Anaïs has collaborated with QUT Creative Industries on a Brunei Cultural mapping project and became CEO of iBudaya, a Brunei based Cultural Industries consulting company in 2011. In 2014 she moved to Ethiopia and became a consultant for UNESCO Culture, running a capacity building program on the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions until 2017. Anaïs is currently completing a PhD in Creative Industries at QUT.
Marketing and Administration Coordinator
Born and raised in Canberra, Marni is a passionate theatre maker and advocate for young voices. She has written, directed, and performed in a range of theatre projects across the ACT and was thrilled to join the CYT team as Marketing and Administration Coordinator in 2019.
Her theatre credits include: Hermia/Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Shakespeare by the Lakes), Freya in Fragments (The Street Theatre 2019), Amber in Picnic at Hanging Rock (NUTS 2019), The Art of Coarse Acting (Canberra Repertory Society 2019), To Infinity and Beyond Reasonable Doubt (ANU Law Revue 2017), Snakes on a Plaintiff (ANU Law Revue 2016), Cynthia Muldoon in The Real Inspector Hound (NUTS 2015), Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Canberra Repertory Society 2015), as director: The Importance of Being Earnest (NUTS 2018), Juris Doctor Strangelaw or How Learned to Stop Worrying and Cop the 5% (ANU Law Revue 2018). She will soon be appearing as Lizzie in Echo Theatre’s 2021 production of Wolf Lullaby.
Marni has also had the pleasure of serving the theatre community in an administrative capacity as Head of Publicity of the National University Theatre Society (2017) and Founding President of the ANU Shakespeare Society (2018-2019).
She is currently completing a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics/Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University.
HELEN WOJTAS Program Administrator
Helen Wojtas joined the Canberra Youth Theatre team in January 2020 as the Program Administrator. She comes from a background of hotel administration, and is a professional costumier, graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Arts in 2015. Helen spent her childhood immersed in the youth arts scene in Canberra, as a member of the Canberra Youth Orchestra Society (formerly Canberra Youth Music, now Music for Canberra) between 1993 and 2010. She found her experience within the Canberra Youth arts scene invaluable, and understands the importance of providing the next generation of Young Artists with the experiences within the arts. Helen continues to be involved in the Canberra arts scene, both as a member of a circus training school, and a violist within the National Capital Orchestra. Helen is passionate about youth arts, and brings her unique skill set of administration and experience in the theatre industry to Canberra Youth Theatre.