General Manager Carmel Schenke

Carmel is a producer based in Sydney with 25 years of experience working across the performing arts with some of Australia’s leading arts organisations. Carmel has substantial experience producing and presenting theatre, dance and festival events, as well as expertise in music presentations, across jazz, world music, classical and contemporary genres. She has worked within government, commercial, major performing arts and small not-for-profit organisations. In recent years, Carmel has moved into organisational leadership roles, including working her work as Managing Director of InPlay Arts from 2011 to 2017, as Interim CEO for Sydney Improvised Music Association in 2018 and Business Manager for Gondwana Choirs in 2017.

Alongside a strong understanding of multiple art forms and a love of working with artists and the artistic process, her talent lies in a shrewd understanding of the business side of presenting performance, finding the best way to make commercial sense of extraordinary artistic work. While being an accomplished programmer herself, Carmel has a particular talent for working alongside artistic directors to realise their artistic vision.