Suzanne has responsibility for the Village Festival programming, visual arts, community engagement and looks after catering and food issues. Suzanne has worked on a wide range of theatre and festival projects in Australia and overseas, as a designer, community workshop leader and performer. Suzanne is expert in community engagement and visual design. She has taught design at Ballarat TAFE Theatre Arts and has been integral in Castlemaine Circus, Snuff Puppets and Alice Springs Desert Festival.
Festival Director (Management, Design and Logistics)
Stuart is in charge of all production, logistics and the building program. Stuart is primarily a visual artist, with a keen interest in mechanics, people-powered machines and large-scale design. Stuart was a founding member of Snuff Puppets, and has extensive expertise in fabrication and installation of sets, props and machinery. Stuart and Suzanne have designed the look of The Village.
Ariel has responsibility for the overall management of the organisation, focusing on building sustainable partnerships and creating structures that allow the creative ideas to flourish. Ariel Valent is an experienced arts manager, both in the not for profit and government sectors. He has extensive festivals experience at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Boite, and has developed a range of creative programs for the City of Melbourne. He is also a performing musician.
Founding Artistic Director
Co- Artistic Director 2004-2015
The Board of The Village Festival recognise Ian’s extraordinary work with The Village Festival. See the announcement of Ian’s departure here
Ian Pidd is a Melbourne based freelance director of theatre and festivals. His theatre credits include his Artistic Directorship of Back To Back, including the green room award nominated Minds Eye, plus ten years of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions have travelled throughout the world. With Snuff Puppets Ian created large-scale theatrical works in Japan, Singapore, Brazil, and in many parts of Europe and Australia. Ian has directed shows for The Business, Barry Morgan, Polyglot and many others. Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for The Malthouse in late 2013. Ian has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works and served as the Chair of Melbourne Fringe for 6 years. He was co-founding artistic director of boutique festival The Village and the director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston. Link to Ian’s website