The Board provides purpose, leadership, direction and overall strategy for No Strings Attached. Board members ensure that finances are sound, that the operations are legal, that procedures work, that assets are safeguarded and that all tasks are carried out in the public interest.

Jill Gael - President

Jill has joined our Board of Management as President in 2013. She brings a love and experience in the arts and to the leadership of the Board. Jill is a State Councillor Creative Partnerships Australian, former Chair of Vitalstatistix Women’s’ Theatre Company, Board Member and Deputy Chair of Patch Theatre.  She is an experienced business person who heads up her own consulting and training businesses.

Jill has works extensively with arts organisations SA and NT; facilitating improved governance, Board self evaluation, strategic and business planning, functional reviews and work and job analysis and redesign. She joins NSA when it is poised to grow, building on its great strengths and achievements.

A seasoned traveller, Jill has ventured to places as diverse as the outback and Antarctica, Argentina and Liechtenstein. She is also the proud mother of two adult children and is relishing being a hands on Granny to 2 of her own and 5 of her partner’s grandchildren.


Georgina Goodrich - Vice President

Georgina has served on the Boards of both the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) and the Adelaide Eastern Childcare Centre.She is a trained Social Worker and currently works in the SA Government in Emergency Management (managing spontaneous volunteers after disasters).


Alexis West

Aboriginal performer, dancer, tutor. I am a Birra Gubba, Waka Waka, Kanak and Anglo Australian woman from Queensland. In colloquial terms I am an Aboriginal, South Sea Islander and Caucasian woman. I was adopted into a multi racial family: my parents, older brother and younger sister are Anglo Celtic Australian, and my younger brother is Torres Strait Islander. My younger sister has multiple disabilities and my family has fostered children at risk and children with special needs. I am a single mother of two very beautiful and talented boys. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Aboriginal Studies. I have studied Indigenous dance, both traditional and contemporary (Aboriginal Dance Theatre of Redfern and NAISDA National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association) as well as studying acting (Eora College of Performing Arts). I have worked as a performer in both professional and in amateur productions. I am currently developing scripts for short films and writing a one woman stage production, working title Removal. I have worked as a tutor with No Strings Attached since February 2007 and find the work rewarding, challenging and exciting. It is an honour to work with the participants, and it is always inspiring and fun developing exciting new works.


Catherine Hall

I joined the board of management as the performer representative in 2013. I have a love of the arts and I have been a performer with No Strings Attached since 2009 where I have been a member of NSA's Mixed Doubles ensemble. When NSA decided to do a creative development with Urban Myth in 2011 I was lucky enough to be offered a part. Through the development we have come up with a script titled, "The Shelter is a Trap" which explores concepts of communication in a heavily industrialised, novel dictatorship. I am looking forward to resuming work on this project in the near future. I am studying towards a Certificate 3 in Venues and Events which I plan to complete at the end of 2013. I have previously spent a year as a support tutor creating performances with the members of the Northlink Day Options program. I loved working collaboratively with other performers and would have stayed in the position if PJ had not given me the opportunity to do a Certificate 3 in Arts Administration. I was able to do my placement at NSA where I sat in on board meetings. These qualifications help me understand what I vote on so I make decisions that will benefit the company. I volunteer at the City of Tea Tree Gully's Gallery 1855 where I greet customers and show them around the gallery. I want to give something back to the company which has supported my career. I hope to use my unique point of view as both a performer and an arts worker to help shape the future of NSA.

Joan O'Connor

I have many years’ experience in sustainable program design & development with NGO’s. I have corporate knowledge & experience globally & locally, including a working knowledge of management structures; and holistic strategic thinking and innovation.


Susan Benham-Page



Dr. Ionlanda Principe

I have extensive experience in information and knowledge management, research and reporting, organisational performance management, Government funding and Government & Community engagement. My background includes arts policy development and funding, board experience with disability organisations and executive leadership and management roles in health and community services. I have a PhD in Social Sciences with key areas of interest in access and equity and cultural diversity.


Alirio Zavarce - Artistic Director

Alirio Zavarce /Director, Writer, Performer & Musician

Alirio was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Australia in 1992. He graduated from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2000 and, for the next 15 years, generated performance credits with theatre companies across Australia including Windmill, State Theatre of SA, Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne’s The Malthouse. Alirio is a founding member of the Border Project and has performed in and co-created all of its productions.

A multi-award-winning director and theatre maker, Alirio has developed and directed projects with companies across Australia, including Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, SYTE, Urban Myth, The Multicultural Community Council of SA, Flinders University Drama Centre and the Community Arts Network.

In 2013 Alirio wrote and performed “The Book of Loco”, winner of two Fringe Awards: Best Theatre Production and the Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE Development Award. He also wrote and directed “The Migration Project”, presented as part of Come Out Festival 2013.

Alirio is the Artistic Director of AJZ Productions and True North Youth Theatre Ensemble. For the 2014 and 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Alirio produced and curated “Live From Channel 9 Studios”, an interdisciplinary venue at which he created and performed "The Chapel of Love", “The Bureau of Complaints” and the debut performance of True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’s "A Sense of Home". The latter won the 2014 Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award.

Alirio performed the role of Geppetto in Windmill’s “Pinocchio” at both the Sydney Opera House and The New Victory Theatre in New York City in March 2015. In the 2015 Come Out Festival, he directed “A Kid Like Me” which was selected to represent Australia in the 2016 World Festival for Children’s Theatre in Ontario, Canada.

Alirio has been a tutor and director with NSA since late 2004. In addition to annual showcase productions, Alirio has also directed, written and performed “Trapped” (winner of the inaugural Graham Smith Peace Foundation Award) and “Sons & Mothers” (winner of four 2012 Fringe Awards including Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award and the Adelaide Festival Centre inSPACE Development Award). In 2014, the touring production of “Sons & Mothers” won an SA Ruby Award for Community Impact and was nominated for a Helpmann Award as Best Regional Touring Production.