Our Staff

Executive DirectorFiona Dorrell

Since 2015 Fiona Dorrell has dedicated herself to delivering NT Writers’ Centre programs and events across the Northern Territory. In 2020 she was Artistic Director of the NT Writers Festival in Darwin and steered the event through a major Covid-related postponement to present a heart-warming four-day October program in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Development Manager, Dr Sandra Thibodeaux

Dr Sandra Thibodeaux was previously the Executive Officer of the NT Writers’ Centre, 2006-2010, and she loved the organisation so much, she decided to come back for another round. In-between times, she’s been building her own body of work, notably collections of poetry and a number of award-winning plays, including The Age of Bones, Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets), and – more recently – Calls to 1194. Sandra is well-known as a teacher of creative writing, and has taught Literary Studies and Creative Writing units at Charles Darwin University over the last six years. In 2011, Sandra was Australian Poetry’s national Poet-in-Residence.

Festival Artistic Director, 2022 NT Writers Festival – Darwin, Dr Rita Horanyi

Rita Horanyi holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and was a recipient of the Copyright Agency/Sydney Review of Books emerging critics fellowship in 2018. She was previously Communications and Administration Officer at Darwin Symphony Orchestra and  Editorial Assistant at Off the Leash. She has worked for the NT Writers Centre since 2019.

Festival Program Producer, 2022 NT Writers Festival – Darwin, Tash Brennfleck

Tash Brennfleck holds a double degree in Arts and Visual Arts, from Monash University, specializing in Art History and Curating. Tash is a passionate program producer, creating accessible, diverse, and engaging programs for arts and literary organizations, such as Melbourne Art Library and Connection Arts Space. As a returning Territorian, Tash is looking forward to empowering NT (and Australian) writers to share their stories in a post-Covid environment.

Alice Springs, Program Officer, Jacyn De Santis

Acclaimed playwright, director, actor and multi disciplinary creative practitioner and performer, Jacyn De Santis has over twenty years of arts industry experience both on stage and behind the scenes. With connections from the desert to the sea, Jacyn belongs to Tiwi, Jawoyn, Katyeyte and Warlpiri Country. They are fluent in the Tiwi language and English. Their vast skill set arises from national experience across remote and urban settings in festival and theatre production, writing, performing arts, puppetry, television, film, First Nations community service delivery and more. Jacyn has been widely recognised for being “a real talent” (The Australian) and their nationally acclaimed theatre production, ‘Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui’, is the first ever piece of Tiwi contemporary theatre to be written and produced and was shortlisted for two Helpmann Awards in 2014. Jacyn currently lives in Mparntwe Alice Springs, NT.

NXT Gen ARTS intern, Skye Lavelle

Skye Lavelle is a Darwin freelance artist with a love for digital illustrations and academic research. After graduating with a Dean’s Scholarship for a Bachelor of Arts in 2021, she is making her first steps into the local arts industry through a NXT Gen ARTS internship with the NT Writers’ Centre.

Bookkeeper, Fiona Carter

Fiona Carter holds a Masters in Management and Cultural Policy from the University of Warwick (UK). She has been a manager at several arts organisations in the NT, including Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. She is passionate about Asia and completed an Asialink Management Residency in Indonesia in 2003. Amongst other things, she now produces independent arts projects, linking Asian and NT artists.