Co-Founder and Director
Caroline Wood has has held senior management positions at the University of Western Australia and has served on the boards of Amnesty International Australia, Small Publishers Network and Margaret River Augusta Tourism Association. She was Chair of Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival and is also the Co-Founder and director of Margaret River Press. Caroline is responsible for advancing the vision and direction of the Centre, leading and managing people, financial control and management, fund-raising and sponsorship development, fostering new opportunities, and cementing the Centre’s reputation as a leading creative organisation nationally.
Head, Storytelling and Training
Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has been a regular storyteller and facilitator for The Moth and TED, and is currently the Literature and Ideas curator for Perth Writers Week 2020. Sisonke is responsible for setting direction of oral story projects, implementing policies around ethical standards for story collection, designing and delivering story training that is client-specific, running workshops and supervising story-training workshops, and ensuring quality delivery of service and stories.
Robert Wood is the author of three books and has a PhD in Creative Writing. He has edited for Cordite Poetry Review, Peril Magazine, and Overland Journal, and has worked for Australian Poetry at The Wheeler Centre. In 2017/2018, he was a Copyright Agency Emerging Critic with the Sydney Review of Books and an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University. Robert is the current Chair of PEN Perth. He is responsible for identifying and developing partnerships with local, national and international arts organisations and creatives, designing and delivering a program of activities, quality control of all creative outputs, and developing and implementing best-practice service delivery models.
Program and Communications Officer
Logan Griffiths is a professional writer who has held positions in client services, administration and communications at Curtin University and Margaret River Press. She was the Festival Manager for the Australian Short Story Festival in 2018, and has assisted and managed projects for WA Museum, Ruah, Curtin University, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Denmark Festival of Voice. Logan manages the team of interns and provides essential support for the delivery of expected project outcomes. She is also responsible for overseeing social media updates, updating the news page and sending out the monthly newsletter.
Producer and Events Coordinator
Claudia Mancini is a producer and facilitator who is passionate about using the arts for social impact. She has managed and assisted on major events and projects with a variety of organisations through the Centre for Stories, including City of Stirling, Office of Multicultural Interests, City of Perth, and Community Arts Network. Claudia has hosted and facilitated discussions for KickstART Festival, Collision Festival, Conversations Perth, and Camp Doogs. Her responsibilities include supervising and coordinating all aspects of an event as well as collecting and producing stories for website and for podcasts.
Myrna Hyde is a professional accountant and a tax agent. She was a high school teacher in The Philippines, before migrating to Australia. She was working for Westpac for over ten years while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Murdoch University and Taxation at Curtin University. After qualifying in Accountancy & Taxation, she worked at multiple accounting firms in Perth before forming her own business in 2006, MDH Accounting & Tax Services, which she currently operates.
Michael Abercromby graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ (WAAPA) Acting course in 2013. He has supplemented his acting by developing his skills in theatre making, and building a profile as a writer and director with his company JackRabbit Theatre. He is currently undertaking his Masters in directing at WAAPA.
Emily McLean has worked in theatre as a director, dramaturg and teacher for the last twenty two years. She has worked with Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Deckchair, WAAPA, Curtin, and runs Red Ryder Productions collaboratively with Alison van Reeken and Benj D’Addario. The majority of her recent work has been directing the first production of new local works.