The CAAP Team

Tessa Leong

Artistic Director

Tessa Leong (she/her) is the Artistic Director of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance. She is a theatre director, dramaturg and collaborator who has worked extensively across theatre, performance, dance theatre, live art and socially engaged projects. Her love of new work has led to collaborations with artists and companies across Australia, Europe and North America. She was Griffin Theatre Company’s inaugural Associate Artistic Director from 2020 until 2022 and is a founding member of Adelaide-based theatre company isthisyours?.

She most recently worked with Rainbow Chan on The Bridal Lament for the Liveworks and Oz Asia festivals and will remount Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood for Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company in their 2024 seasons.


Sandi Woo

Executive Producer

Sandi is a creative producer, community development facilitator, and teaching artist with close to three decades experience. She has collaborated with, and worked for, independent artists and small to medium arts organisations in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. 

Sandi has a wealth of arts and producing experience is passionate about the collaborative power between these two areas of practice to support organisations and artists to reach their full potential. She has developed creative, community engagement projects with marginalised communities and applies these strategies through an artist-led community centred approach to all her work. 



Elaine Chia, whose career spans music, theatre, visual arts and festivals, is a passionate advocate for the arts. Former roles include CEO of City Recital Hall, Sydney, and Executive Director, Adelaide Festival. 

Deputy Chair

Elizabeth Pakchung is a company director, lawyer, and supporter of fashion, art and architecture. She is currently a Director of H&M Australia & NZ (part of the global fashion H&M Group), Oranges & Sardines Foundation, Gallery 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.


Karilyn Brown was appointed Course Leader, NIDA MFA (Cultural Leadership) in January 2019.

Prior to that, Karilyn was the CEO of Performing Lines (2013-2018) and General Manager of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture (2009-2013).


Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants has been partner of the accounting firm, Rosenfeld Kant & Co since 1994. Gary provides accounting, audit, taxation and financial planning services to a diversified range of clients including many in the arts industry.


Linly has worked in various roles in the arts across festivals, theatre, music and dance for the past 12 years. Since 2016, she has worked at City Recital Hall initially as Marketing Manager before moving into her current role of Producer.

Prior to this, she held marketing positions at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Darwin Festival, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sydney Festival and The New Zealand Dance Company. At Sydney Writers’ Festival, Linly also programmed and managed the Festival's education, children's and young adults, and suburban and regional event programs.

George Paramananthan


George a senior corporate/commercial lawyer and an experienced General Counsel with an extensive history working across several industry sectors including commercial property, banking & finance, fintech, insurance, TMT, construction, retail (luxury and FMCG), automotive, manufacturing, logistic services, professional services, broadcasting and the arts.