About Us

The principal purpose of Newcastle Fringe is to support independent artists and promote independent arts in Newcastle. The aim of the not for profit is to be the best little fringe that we can be, connecting to the global fringe movement and encouraging visitation to Newcastle by artists and audiences alike.

The goals of Newcastle Fringe are:

  • To provide leadership and a focus for the independent arts community in Newcastle;
  • To facilitate the development, production and presentation of independent art;
  • To organise, promote and present an annual independent arts festival, the majority of which is open access participation;
  • To facilitate networking and development among like individuals, organisations and collectives from around the world;
  • To develop and present professional development opportunities, activities and programs for independent artists, producers and arts workers;
  • To be a platform for acts and audiences to travel to Newcastle for this must-see event.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Phil Aughey

Responsibilities: Creative Direction, Programming, Event Planning and Judging

Phil Aughey is the Founder of Newcastle Fringe. He is also the administrator and director of Anvil Creek Theatre, author of The Red Dust published through Black Cockie Press, and a writer, actor and director of successful theatre works such as The Exchange, Chopin’s Last Tour and Islands in a Sea of Confusion. Phil also wrote, directed and acted in the Rothbury Riots Re-Enacted in 2019. He performs piano recitals for charity and is currently working on a script for tv. Phil has a BA in Communications from Charles Sturt University majoring in Performance Art (Acting).

Brooke Twyford

Responsibilities: Board Governance, Contracts, Venue Management, Event Planning and Management

Brooke Twyford is an accomplished and passionate multi-media executive with oodles of operations management experience and proven success across world-class brands and startups. She spent eight years in New York, where she was a key member of the leadership team for the News and Sports Group at Time Inc, working on iconic magazines including Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. She was featured as a distinguished graduate at the University of Newcastle’s Celebrating 50 Years Exhibition at Newcastle Museum; lucky enough to be an international leadership finalist in the UoN Alumni Awards and is a previous winner of Time President’s Entrepreneurship Award. Brooke completed Time Warner Board Assist Training in NYC and back home joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is an experienced board member focussed on the not-for-profit sector and is a founding board member of Newcastle Fringe.

Liane Morris

Responsibilities: Marketing, Communications, Promotion, Corporate Fundraising and Sponsorship

Liane works as a freelance copywriter for business, local magazines and agencies (www.lianemorris.com.au). Her background is in arts, entertainment and media marketing. She has worked on brands including Sydney Symphony, ABC Classic FM, Riverside Theatres, Time Inc. Magazines, Lifeline Australia and Canberra Glassworks as a senior marketing manager. An English and Drama graduate of University of Newcastle, Liane is an aspiring author with 3 short stories published in 2019. Liane has worked on Newcastle Fringe since 2019, heading up marketing, publicity and sponsorship as a founding board member and is passionate about putting the biggest little fringe in Australia on the world map.

Rebecca Fitzgibbons

Responsibilities: Budget and Finance, Risk Management, Grant Applications and Acquittal, Community Engagement 

Rebecca is a born and bred Novocastrian with a passion for performing arts. She comes to the Newcastle Fringe with over 15 years experience in governance, enterprise risk and operational management. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Economics with a Graduate Certificate in Risk Management and is a Fellow of The Governance Institute, Australia. Rebecca loves working with Boards to create companies that hold a strong vision with a focus on delivering tangible, successful outcomes. She is really looking forward to sinking her teeth into her new role as Director and Treasurer of the Newcastle Fringe.

BOARD DIRECTOR: Nikki Abercrombie

Responsibilities: Destination Strategy, Tourism Industry Liaison and Volunteer Engagement Program

Nikki is a newly appointed Board Member of the Newcastle Fringe and is the owner and Director of Abercrombie Management, a global events management company. Nikki has over 15 years of experience in event design and production and is passionate about creating events that connect people, inspire ideas, and improve lives. She enjoys helping build and support her local community as a Board Member of the Lake Macquarie chapter of the Awesome Foundation and is an active member of the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group.

Isabelle Hazell

Responsibilities: Board Governance, Legal and Compliance, Public Donation Campaign and Social Media

Isabelle is proud to have grown up in Newcastle where she was a part of the city’s community theatre scene, performing in several productions with Young People’s Theatre. Currently, Isabelle is a pro bono lawyer specialising primarily in advising not-for-profit organisations and charities on corporate structuring, corporate governance, eligibility for tax concessions and fundraising obligations. Isabelle is passionate about the arts community in Newcastle and has assisted a number of arts organisations in her professional role. In her spare time, Isabelle volunteers on the fundraising committee for Arts Law Centre Australia, a community legal centre that provides pro bono legal advice to artists and musicians. She is also the co-founder of triple thread, a conscious living platform publishing the latest in ethical and sustainable fashion news. Isabelle looks forward to her new role on the Newcastle Fringe board.

Marnie Kingston

Responsibilities: Board Strategy and Grant Applications

Marnie is an Investment Consultant with a multinational consulting firm, leading the investment manager research function in Australia and New Zealand. She formulates investment advice for institutional investors such as superannuation funds and charitable foundations. Her work is heavily focused on Responsible Investment strategy development and implementation, including Climate Risk mitigation and alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Marnie is an experienced community board member, previously serving as the Honorary Treasurer of a surf life-saving club (an incorporated association) recognised by its peak body for excellence in financial management. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Finance.

Support Crew

Peta-Elliotte Green

Responsibilities: Event Planning and Administration, Artist Liaison, Social Media, Graphic Design and Content Production

Peta-Elliotte has a Bachelor of Fine Art, Diploma in Business Admin and certificates in Marketing and Events Management. Peta-Elliotte is also an actor, writer and director. Her passion for the arts and her extensive admin experience makes her a perfect fit for the Newcastle Fringe.