Our Team

Our team comprises a diverse group of creatives and arts workers, each bringing unique perspectives and talents from various disciplines. While we have just three full-time staff, our collaborative approach amplifies the impact of our mission, empowering artists with disability, creating transformative opportunities and fostering an inclusive, thriving artistic community.

Gabrielle Mordy - CEO/Artistic Director

Gabrielle Mordy - CEO/Artistic Director

Gabrielle is fascinated by the ways individuals and communities use art to express their relationship with the world. She is inspired by the power of art to translate experiences and stories across cultures. Sometimes with grace, sometimes with ferocity but always with a touch of magic.

A passionate advocate for the rights of all people to access the arts, Gabrielle leads the Studio A enterprise and has over ten years’ experience working with artists with disability.

Gabrielle holds a Masters of Fine Arts & a First Class Honours degree in Anthropology. In 2014 Gabrielle was awarded a Churchill Scholarship and an Australia Council Career Development Award to undertake international research into the supported studio sector. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts. Gabrielle is also a practicing artist and writer working with a range of media including textiles, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Emma Johnston - Principal Artist

Emma Johnston - Principal Artist

A passionate maker, Emma works directly with Studio A artists and is driven to support them in realising their creative visions. Emma is a driving force behind all Studio A’s collaborative projects, and is particularly enthusiastic about creating custom made, commissioned decorative sculptures for events and functions with the Studio A Props Collective.

Emma holds a Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Plant and Wildlife Illustration and has won several significant art prizes. In 2011 she received a Curatorial Mentorship Initiative award from the National Association for the Visual Arts for her work with Studio A.

Christopher Haysom - Digital Solutions Manager

Christopher Haysom - Digital Solutions Manager

Christopher is a fervent advocate of merging the arts with technology; utilising photography, film, animation and other digital mediums to amplify dynamic and diverse voices within communities. He leads our Digital Art program, our Online Program and ensures beneficial and accessible systems are in place on all fronts at Studio A.

With foundations in film and television production, he was honoured ‘Best Young Australian Filmmaker’ at the Byron Bay International Film Festival for his documentary ‘Better on the Inside’, which explores human rights for people with disability. His films have been invited to play festivals across Australia, North America, Europe & the UK and have received awards for Directing, Cinematography, Editing & Design.

Karla Hansen - Marketing and Communications Manager

Karla Hansen - Marketing and Communications Manager

Karla is a passionate maker and art-lover with a professional background in creative sales and marketing. Before joining Studio A she worked as the go-between for professional fashion and art photographers and Australasia’s most popular magazines and newspapers. She also enjoyed a brief stint as a baker, making very fancy cakes.

Karla loves a creative challenge and is keen to help develop Studio A’s unique artists and explore the intersection between artistic endeavours and their commercial success.

Karla holds a Master of Design from UNSW College of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies from Macquarie University.

Katrina Dunn-Jones - Projects Coordinator

Katrina Dunn-Jones - Projects Coordinator

Katrina is an exhibition organiser with an interest and focus on interdisciplinary and cross-art form practice, and art in the public domain. In the fifteen years that she has worked in the arts, she has worked with artists, architects, academics, choreographers and filmmakers.

Currently, along with Studio A, Katrina works with artist Agatha Gothe-Snape. Previously, she has held positions with public art curator Barbara Flynn, Performance Space, Shaun Parker & Company and Art Gallery of New South Wales.

She holds degrees in Art Theory and Psychology and her writing has appeared in Runway Journal: Australian Experimental Art.

Lise Anderson - Collection and Sales Coordinator

Lise Anderson - Collection and Sales Coordinator

Lise has a passion for art. She has been working at Studio A from its conception in 2017 

The combination of Lise's creative flair for colour and design and her previous experience in sales in commercial galleries enables Lise to now manage Studio A's comprehensive and diverse art collection, exhibitions, commissions and sales.

Lise holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University with a Major in Fine Arts and Psychology as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from COFA, University of New South Wales. She has also worked in interior design.

Lise also brings to Studio A her own personal experience of having a family member with a complex developmental disability. This experience has enriched her life. 

As a result Lise has a greater understanding of the challenges that face individuals with disability and a desire to see people with disability succeed and flourish.

Sam Kalis - Administration Assistant

Sam Kalis - Administration Assistant

Whether in film, television or literature, Sam is passionate about telling stories. Since beginning his working career, this has become more of a focus for him as he has pivoted from the legal industry into a much more creative one at Studio A. 

Sam has a strong writing background and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and Film. Since then, Sam has garnered five years of experience as a paralegal at BCP Lawyers and Consultants, specialising in technical writing, contract law, and administrative assistance. Additionally, Sam has worked at a social media agency to manage clients, create content and write copy. 

After almost a year of volunteering at Studio A, Sam hopes to use his technical writing, creative writing, and administrative skills to continue to write and facilitate the artists' stories at Studio A.

Clare Eunjin Choi - Artist Facilitator

Clare Eunjin Choi - Artist Facilitator

Clare Is a passionate and multifaceted individual with a love for all things artistic.  Her creativity spans various mediums, she is a textile artist, painter, drawer, and fashion designer. 

Clare discovered a fulfilling avenue for her artistic passion when she joined Studio A.  She found a sense of joy and purpose in supporting fellow artists, facilitating their artistic needs, and witnessing their growth. Clare cherishes the opportunity to contribute to Studio A, where artists come together to create exceptional art and pursue their dreams as professionals.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Clare holds a Bachelor of Fine Art at Ewha Womans University. She further studied and gained a Bachelor of Design, First Class Honors in Fashion & Textile Design at University of Technology Sydney.  She worked in the fashion industry for years, and had her own boutique fashion label.  She shared her artistic passion by running Kids Art classes for many years.

Cassilda Parkinson - Artist Facilitator

Cassilda Parkinson - Artist Facilitator

Cassilda is a costumier , prop fabricator and puppet maker. She has attained multiple accreditations in fashion technology, costume for performance, graphic arts and digital printing for multimedia, winning national and international gold medals for her textile design and digital printing. She has qualifications in Training and assessment and is also a commonwealth registered marriage celebrant.

After a two year traineeship through the costume/prop workroom for Creative Works Australia, she has worked in many roles throughout the industry, from opera, fashion, and theatre, to events, dance, styling, film & TV. Cassilda spent six years working for Erth visual and Physical, pattern making, sewing, building and maintaining Erth’s large scale puppets.

Cassilda believes in inclusivity, equality for all, and worked for companies such as the Sydney Mardi Gras and Ultimo TAFE as a qualified Trainer and Assessor. She loves working with the artist at Studio A and supporting all of their artistic pursuits.

Yesmin Hassarati - Artist Facilitator

Yesmin Hassarati - Artist Facilitator

Before moving to Australia in 1996, Yesmin completed a Bachelor of Human Communication at The University of The Americas in Mexico City.

She also holds a Diploma in Teaching Aid, and has completed various textile (sewing, embroidery, patchwork) and art courses.

Yesmin started volunteering with Studio A in 2014 before entering the Art Facilitator role in 2016.

Yesmin enjoys facilitating the members artistic expressions and hopes to positively impact their experience as artists.

Kathie Najar - Artist Facilitator

Kathie Najar - Artist Facilitator

Kathie is an artist and visual arts facilitator that creates immersive site-specific visual experiences that are informed by her continual drawing and watercolour works. Referencing histories, patterns in nature and in particular Islamic geometry, her visual language can attract, provoke and challenge spatial and relational perceptions.

Kathie has attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s of Art Administration, both at UNSW Art & Design. She has worked in curatorial, collection and gallery management, created and facilitated extensive public programs. She has won art awards and residencies nationally, most recently selected for Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, and Glamfest Residency and Laneway Festival, Broken Hill NSW.

Tim Bell - Studio Assistant

Tim Bell - Studio Assistant

Tim Bell began his journey at Studio A as a collaborating artist in the Studio A Props Collective. In 2015, Studio A received funding to provide a specialised training program for Tim to develop his skills in photographic documentation of artwork and in digital inventory. In 2017 with the assistance of funding from the ING Direct Dreamstarter Crowdfunding Initiative, Studio A were able to employ Tim part-time as our Archivist and Gallery Assistant.

Emilio Cresciani - Artist Facilitator

Emilio Cresciani graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2012 in photo media. His own art practice explores the intersection between our modern consumer lifestyle on the natural environment looking at redundancy, transition, abandonment and altered landscapes, finding beauty in places of repulsion, neglect or obsolescence.  

He has been a finalist in Earth Photo Award London, Kuala Lumpur Photo Award, Bowness Photography Prize, Northern Beaches Environment Award, Du Rietz Award, Mandorla Art Prize, International Monochrome Awards, National Youth Self Portrait Prize, and Semi Finalist Head On Portrait Prize. He has worked at Studio ARTES as an arts facilitator and the Powerhouse Museum as educator. 

Emilio loves supporting the creative and professional development of Studio A artists. In his spare time Emilio is a keen surfer.

Lily Ehrlich - Artist Facilitator

Lily is a visual artist based in Sydney who works across painting, textiles, sculpture and text art. In her work she is interested in the natural world, eternal love and magic powers. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design and has exhibited across Sydney and interstate at galleries such as Firstdraft, Goodgrief and Prop gallery.

Tanja Bruckner - Artist Facilitator

Tanja Bruckner is a photographer, filmmaker, and art director specialising in fashion, portraiture and advertising. Her bright, avant-garde imagery aims to disrupt homogenous narratives and encourage inclusivity. Bruckner has always been driven by a strong focus on social justice and women's and LGBTQI+ rights. She has been involved with many non-profit and social enterprise projects as well as exhibiting her photographs and films nationally and internationally.

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