Melbourne Fringe is not greater than the sum of its parts – we rely on those dedicated, hard-working parts (aka people) to put on one epic Festival and support artists year-round through our ever-increasing range of programs and initiatives.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of hard-working volunteers who give up their time in the name of independent work, critical thought, bold ideas, brave art and one hell of a good party.

Melbourne Fringe Staff

Creative Director & CEO – Simon Abrahams

Business and Operations team
General Manager & Deputy CEO – Will Dawson
Business & Systems Manager – Lucy Pitt
Venue Manager – Simone Porter
Executive Assistant – Ciaran Frame
Technical Manager – Ian Corcoran

Marketing and Development team
Head of Marketing & Development – Miranda Borman
Marketing Campaigns Manager – Dan Beacom
Funding Strategy & Evaluation Manager – Pauline Cady
Communications & Partnerships Manager – Caitlin McNaughton
Mascot and Office Pet – Mao Mao

Programs and Projects team
Head of Programs & Projects – Danny Delahunty
Producer (Artists, Venues & Events) – Tom Browne
Producer (Major Projects) – Eilysh Toose
Access & Inclusion Coordinator – Carly Findlay


Auslan Training – Auslan Consultancy – James Blyth and Luke King
Bookkeeping – Sam Ryan (S.A.Y.S.O. Pty. Ltd.)
Branding & Creative Agency – Raft Studio
Deadly Fringe Mentor – Erica McCalman
Pro Bono Legal Advisers – Baker McKenzie and Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers
Professional Development Consultant – Laura Milke-Garner
Photography – Jackson Grant and Sarah Walker
Publicity – Zilla & Brook
Registration System – Eventotron
Risk Management – Tracey Wall, Safety in Numbers
Sponsorship Consultant – Abby Elisha
Ticketing – Red61
Trades Hall Venue Marketing Strategy – Luke McKinnon, Common State
Video Production – Lachlan MacLeod
Website and social media – efront and Design by Wolf

Thank You
Nicole Beyer, Joel Bray, Sarah Buckley, Charlotte Christie, Dan Clarke, Jan Cochran-Harry, Max Coffman, Bill Coleby, Fiona Cook, Holly Cooper, Jane Crawley, Tara Ellis, Madeleine Flynn, Roshelle Fong, Rinske Ginsberg, David Gonzalez, Luke Hilakari, Damien Hodgkinson, Matt Jones, Luke King, Matt Kunkel, Monica Lim & Konfir Kabo, Tabitha Lovett, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Erica McCalman, Candy Mitchell, Antony Moore, Caroline Moore, Rupert Myer, Alice Nash, Kalinda Palmer, Jake Preval, Pooria a Sadr, Rupert Sherwood, James Shuter, Jill Smith, Tim Stitz, Laila Thaker, Sue & Ted Woodward, and all of our Auslan interpreters.

Thanks to Arts House and Lithuanian Club for giving us an amazing home and a lifetime of memories in North Melbourne. Special thanks to Hadley Agrez for his role in laying the foundations to realise the vision of our new home at Trades Hall. Massive shout out to our outgoing Chair Gideon Obarzanek for his strategy and vision in planning this next chapter. And a big thank you to our families, friends, partners, parents, children, children-to-be, lovers, ex-lovers and heart-breakers, who have forgiven our absences and accepted our sacrifices to the gods of Fringe.