CEO and Executive Producer
Helen Hristofski is Barking Gecko Theatre’s fervent and determined CEO & Executive Producer, bringing her extensive knowledge and experience in Australia’s performing arts sector to Barking Gecko Theatre for the past 5 years.
She has renewed and revitalised Barking Gecko’s strategic plan, securing federal, state and corporate funding, re-establishing national and international touring partnerships and cultivating a thrivingcompany culture. Helen started her career at Edith Cowan University and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, with degrees in Education and Arts Management, and was also an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney.
From 2005 – 2013, Helen took up the position of Education Manager at Sydney Theatre Company, produced the annual Education program and formulating their strategic direction. At Sydney Theatre Company Helen produced six seasons of theatre productions, teacher and student workshops, premiering Australian plays for schools and families. While at Sydney Theatre Company she co-founded the highly respected School Drama program with Professor Robyn Ewing AM.
Helen also worked at Bell Shakespeare as Marketing Coordinator and later Education Manager, developing and implementing the annual Education programme, School Bell, achieving national reach and increasing the overall participation figures by 50,000 students in three years. Having co-produced, presented and commissioned theatre works with numerous companies over the years, Helen has strong connections with national and international presenters.
She was an active Board Member for the peak body Young People and the Arts Australia for the past 6 years, and was one of three Australian delegates to ASSITEJ in Adelaide (2008) and Copenhagen (2011). Helen was an international guest at New Visions/New Voices at The Kennedy Centre, Washington in 2010. She was also awarded The Shark Island Foundation Scholarship – Arts for her studies in a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and the Australian School of Business, UNSW.