Core Team



Lizzie Schebesta is the creator of Festival Fatale, co-founder of WITS and a highly acclaimed actor and director for both screen and stage. She graduated from WAAPA in 2009 and since then has performed for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Sport for Jove, Griffin Independent and starred in TV series and features such as Catching Milat, Felony and Sleeping Beauty, which was nominated for the Cannes Palm D’Or. She has received three Sydney Theatre Nominations for her work as a stage actor and was shortlisted for the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship in 2014. Lizzie’s directing credits include Shakespearealism (SFJ) and the short film Standing Up. Lizzie is also a founding member of Sport for Jove Theatre Company, co-founder of Variety Fair and a proud member of Equity since 2009.


Maryann Wright is an actor/singer with a communications background. Maryann has a BA (Media and Communications) from The University of Sydney and worked as a journalist in Seoul, London and Sydney before becoming an Arts Publicist working on Australia’s biggest musicals for AB Publicity. A 2013 Brent Street graduate, Maryann now works professionally as an actor/singer. Recent credits include The Voice on Team Delta, TV pilot Subject To Change, The Aurobindo Project (Merrigong Theatre Company), Eight (Sydney Fringe Festival/Edgeware Forum – an indie company she co-founded), Good Omens (workshop, Hayes Theatre), and a range of cabaret performances around Sydney. A co-founder of WITS, Maryann produced Think Tank 3 at Carriageworks. Maryann is the 2016 recipient of the Equity Atlantic Scholarship and is a proud member of Equity.


Erica Lovell’s performance background is diverse and eclectic, having worked in theatre, musical theatre, film, television, and even performance art. She has worked with Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre Company/Squabbalogic, Kookaburra, and Sport For Jove. Recent credits include Merchant of Venice (SFJ), and A Place To Call Home. Erica is also an experienced educator. She runs a private singing studio, teaching students of all ages, from beginners to professionals. She has worked as an audition coach for Gordon Frost Organisation, and coached voice for The Ensemble Theatre. She works extensively in schools, providing extra curricular and extension drama and music classes. Erica holds a BA in Media and English with distinction from UNSW. Erica is a proud member of Equity and a co-founder of WITS.


Matilda Ridgway is an award winning actor, theatre-maker and arts educator. Theatre credits include Jasper Jones (Belvoir), Hamlet, Henry 4 and The Players (Bell Shakespeare) Crucible, Midsummer Nights Dream, A Doll’s House and Much Ado About Nothing (SFJ) Cock and Sprout (Old Fitzroy Theatre) Proof, Seminar, My Wonderful Day and Brooklyn Boy  (Ensemble) Platonov (ATYP). Film and television credits include, Hiding (ABC) and 1919 (ABC) and the Cannes Palm D’Or nominee The Guests. Matilda trained at the Ensemble Studios Sydney, Atlantic Theatre Company NYC, SITI Company NYC and L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier Paris. Matilda is a proud member of Equity.


Michela Carattini is an international, award-winning actress, singer, dancer, writer, director & producer. Performance highlights include the internationally televised Street Scene (Houston Grand Opera), Cabaret (Off-Broadway), Angels in America (NYC), Godspell (NYC), Alice In Wonderland (US Tour), Pride & Prejudice (FSTC, Sydney), Goodbye Charlie (FSTC, Sydney), Hamlet (EHP, Q Theatre) and The Student Prince (Heidelberg Castle, Germany). Recent films include 54 Days (Grimm Entertainment, UK), for which she was nominated 2015 Best Actress in a Feature Film,  Le Matinal, for which she won 2016 Most Outstanding Performance at Idyllwild International in L.A., and the soon-to-be-released Aus/Italian co-production Tendenza ad Amar. Michela is a graduate of AMDA (NYC), Columbia University (BAPsych) and Sydney University (MCrim) and a proud member of Equity.


Ildiko Susany is an actor and playwright. In 2015, Ildiko was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship to train at the Atlantic Acting School (NYC), The Second City (Chicago) and Bramon Garcia Braun (LA). Notably among her acting credits, Ildiko has worked with Bell Shakespeare, Riverside theatre, Fragments of Friday (Endemol Productions) and Shakespeare: Unbound (Bell Shakespeare and ABC Splash). Her play, The Day the Galaxy Inevitably Exploded and Died was shortlisted for QTC’s Young Playwright’s Program and played at Backbone Youth Arts’ 2high Festival (2009) and the Sydney Fringe Festival (2012) where it was nominated Best of Theatre Award. Ildiko is also a teacher and workshop facilitator, having worked with Bell Shakespeare, La Boite Theatre Company, Brainstorm Productions, ACE Education, USQ and Mt St Michael’s College. She graduated with distinction from a Bachelor of Theatre Arts – Acting degree from USQ. Ildiko is a proud member of MEAA and a member of the Equity Diversity Committee.


Libby Munro has a Bachelor of Business at QUT and graduated from NIDA in 2008. Libby has starred in mainstage productions for Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, The Ensemble and touring nationally in commercial theatre. In 2014 she won the Matilda Award for Best Actress in the Australian premiere of ‘Venus in Fur’ and the John Dommett Medal for Outstanding Industry Achievement. Recently, she finished a sell-out extended season of the one-woman show Grounded at QTC to rave reviews and another Matilda win for Best Actor. Libby has been working consistently on screen, notably in the feature films Eight and Bullets For the Dead and many TV shows. Libby has also been a film reviewer for Salt Magazine, a member of the FCCA and AWG. She writes and creates her own work with her first feature film shooting in NZ later this year. Libby is also currently studying screenwriting at AFTRS.


Julia Newbould is co-founder and head of The Stella Network, an inclusive female network founded by BT Financial Group in October 2013 to increase the number of females working as financial advisers.In less than a year, the Stella Network attracted more than 1300 members and is recognised as the pre-eminent network for gender change in the financial planning industry. There are now more than 2000 members. Julia is well-known throughout the Australian financial services industry thanks to her 20-year plus career as a senior editor and journalist writing for the leading consumer and trade publications in this sector. She has worked at leading publishing houses including Fairfax and Reed Elsevier and in 2005 was headhunted by Morningstar to manage its publications and to launch its Australian retail website. In 2010, Julia joined BT Financial Group as Marketing Communications Specialist, further utilising and developing her extensive communication and publishing skills. Julia’s role in Stella harnesses her twin passions for working towards better workplace diversity as well as her belief that good financial planning can make a huge difference to many Australians lives. Outside work Julia is a passionate supporter of the arts. Julia is currently Vice President of the Sydney University Business School Alumni Network. She is also on the advisory committee of 1 Million Women.


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