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Staff

Luke Rogers

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), BlinkMinusOneSisterFirefaceThe Last Five YearsThe Carnivores (Stories Like These), Play House (NIDA), The PillowmanWaiting For GodotDon Juan in SohoArt is a WeaponAfter The EndBlasted (New Theatre), 100 Reasons For WarLove and InformationSpring AwakeningA Midsummer Night’s DreamShakespeare’s Women, Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat (AFTT), LysistrataThe Burial At ThebesPool (No Water)4.48 PsychosisEyes To The Floor (Sydney Theatre School), A Midsummer Night’s DreamMr Marmalade (CQUniversity),  MacbethCyberbileEmbers (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

ANAÏS MARO

General Manager

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.

AURONI AHMED

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Auroni Ahmed joined Canberra Youth Theatre in January 2021 as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She graduated from The Australian National University in mid-2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Economics.

Auroni has worked for various start-up companies as a Marketing and Social Media Coordinator / Business Manager. She also established a partnership marketing company to engage in freelance marketing advice and graphic design. Furthermore, she won the International Business Plan Competition at the Australian National University, beating out eight undergraduate and post-graduate groups by creating a plan that a company would enact to expand internationally

Auroni is an avid visual artist, with extensive experience in drawing, painting, and graphic design. She is keen to further engage with the world of art through theatre.

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 Canberra Youth Music (formerly the Canberra Youth Orchestra Society, 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, as a member of a circus training school, and a violist within the National Capital Orchestra, and as a costumier. Helen is passionate about youth arts, and brings her unique skill set of administration and experience in the theatre industry to Canberra Youth Theatre.