I am the daughter of Greek migrants who arrived at Station Pier, Port Melbourne in 1956. My mother hailed from Athens and my father from Lidoriki, a small rural village near Delphi in central Greece. Mine was a traditional Greek childhood, living on top of a milk bar and sharing a bedroom with my yiayia. I was a good Greek girl throughout high school until university when I discovered my rebellious side and abandoned nine-tenths of an economics degree for a career in the theatre.

Lidoriki, my father’s village in Greece

I managed a number of theatre companies including Anthill, Theatreworks and Arena Theatre Company. I then became an independent arts management consultant and theatre producer, touring shows to Asia, Europe, and South America.  After a decade in the arts, I decided it was time for a career change and became a bureaucrat, joining the Victorian Public Service. 

In 2008, I experienced a severe episode of depression and was hospitalised for over a month. I now live with an ongoing mental illness and have become a vocal advocate for mental health. I am a beyondblue Ambassador and a consumer advocate with Mental Health Australia.

In my day job, I am a senior executive in the Victorian Public Service and also teach policy design and implementation at the Melbourne School of Government, Melbourne University. I have a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I studied creative writing at the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and have spent two magical residencies at Varuna, the Writers House in the Blue Mountains. My writing has been published in The Age, The Guardian and New Paradigm.

I live in Melbourne with my portly puss. In my spare time, I lift weights, potter in the kitchen and hang out with my nephews and niece. Not always in that order.