Kylie McRae is a creative producer and arts manager specialising in interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships in live and online performance. She holds a BA Honours degree in Art History and History, and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne.
As founder and Creative Director of Spoke Productions, Kylie has built partnerships to investigate new models for live and online performance and fostered collaborations between some of Australia’s most engaging artists. In 2017 she co-founded Seed Cinema, a filmmaking program for children in regional Australia as part of the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture.
Kylie has been General Manager of Castlemaine-based live arts organisation Punctum Inc., and Artistic Administrator of Victorian Opera during the company’s initial years, where she worked with Richard Gill AO to build an ensemble of principals, a chorus, to stage over 20 new productions in Melbourne and regional Victoria and manage the commission of new Australian operas. In other roles Kylie produced a national concert tour for Opera Australia featuring Yvonne Kenny and David Hobson, worked for Chamber Music Australia as Philanthropic Development Manager for the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and was Grants Administrator for The Ian Potter Foundation.
During five years as Resident Director at OA, Kylie was assistant director on many productions, including The Rake’s Progress, La Traviata, Der Rosenkavalier and Salome. In 2005 she received a Goethe Institut Key Positions in the Arts scholarship to study in Berlin and work at Komische Oper. She has also worked for Melbourne Festival of the Arts, in Company Office at Opera Australia, Playbox, the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), Battersea Arts Centre (London) and Heide Museum of Modern Art.