Michelle O'Brien


I am an arts and cultural program manager, curator, creative producer and event director for international cultural organisations, specialising in large-scale arts, music, technology and digital culture festivals.

I have delivered international festivals, summits and strategic campaigns for acclaimed cultural institutions across UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and Cambodia. These include Sydney FestivalEdinburgh International FestivalEdinburgh Festival Fringetransmediale festival for art & digital culture Berlin, Digital Art & Sound Weekend Berlin, Ableton’s Loop Summit & Festival for Music Makers, Brooklyn Academy of Music: BAM New York City, New Forms Festival Vancouver, International Symposium of Electronic Art [ISEA] Sydney, Underbelly Arts Lab & Festival Sydney, FBi Radio Sydney, SUPERMARKT creative resource centre Berlin and Our City Festival Cambodia. My current position is Executive Producer for TOA Festival, Berlin, and TOA’s WorldTour spanning Tokyo, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Mexico City and beyond.

I am a Fellow of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders Development Program and an Alumnus of the European Festival Academy’s Atelier for Festival Managers. I am a jury member for apexart New York’s international curatorial grant program apexart Franchise. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communications [Public Communications] and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies [Italian & International Relations Major] from University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Arts in Media Studies [Hons], from University of Brighton. I have trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction [MBSR] & Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT], Communication in Stressful Situations, and Buddhist Psychology Principles. I am also Co-Founder & Production Lead of CYPHER international arts collective and interdisciplinary creative platform, our debut project launching at Burning Man 2018, USA.

With expertise in arts programming, curating, creative producing, creative project strategy and delivery, large-scale event production and audience development, my passions lie in facilitating community-focused cultural initiatives and establishing sustainable interdisciplinary collaborations between local and international creative communities.

Born in Sydney Australia, I have been based in Berlin since 2010.