Natalie De Vito

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Natalie De Vito

PhD Candidate, School of Social Sciences, CALE; Sessional Lecturer, School of Management and Marketing, COBE

Room 175 , L (Arts)

Natalie is a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Sciences (College of Arts, Law and Education) and a Sessional Lecturer in the School of Management and Marketing (College of Business and Economics). She held an Adjunct Lecturer position in the School of Creative Arts and Media (College of Arts, Law and Education) from 2017 to 2019.

Natalie brings her creative practice and professional experience in the international contemporary artworld to her interdisciplinary research and teaching. Her interests include conceptualising and measuring the social value of art; cultural policy, the creative industries, and the role of festivals and events; socially-engaged art and site-specific art in public spaces; and the perceptions, experiences and precariousness of being an artist.


Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles in the visual arts, theatre, and festivals, developing and presenting performances and exhibitions internationally in over 20 countries. She consults for government, tourism bodies and small-medium festivals and arts organisations on festival and event development and management, community engagement and city activation, and economic development and place-making strategies through arts and events.

Natalie relocated from Toronto to Tasmania in 2011 to establish the Junction Arts Festival, one of Tasmania’s signature arts events. Prior to moving to Australia, her roles included Artistic Producer of the performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex; Deputy Commissioner for Canada at the 51st Venice Biennale 2009; Acting Media and Visual Arts Officer and following as Artistic Producer of their inaugural participatory arts festival of the Ontario Arts Council. Natalie also worked as Head of Development and Marketing at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and Co-Director of Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, Canada.

Career summary


  • MA (Art History), York University, Canada, 1999. Thesis: Museums and Mausoleums: Catherine Widgery’s Lost Sense
  • BSc (Double Programme: Anatomy and Cell Biology and Art History), McGill University, Canada, 1997

Languages (other than English)

Elementary proficiency in French and Italian


Professional practice

Member, European Sociological Association – Sociology of the Arts Research Network (ESA-RN02)

Member, Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)

Committee associations

President and Member of the Board of Directors, Theatre North, Tasmania (2013-present)


Prior to becoming an academic and throughout her professional career, Natalie has served on several boards in Canada, supporting the management and growth of not-for-profit arts organisations. Since moving to Tasmania, she has held positions on the boards or committees of the Theatre Council Tasmania, University of Tasmania Northern Advisory Board, CityProm Launceston, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra Northern Advisory Group, and a member of the Artistic Reference Panel of Tasmania Performs.

Administrative expertise

Natalie has extensive expertise directing and managing large-scale international art projects, festivals, arts organisations, and government arts funding programs.


Teaching expertise

Natalie’s teaching focuses on providing industry and practitioner perspectives to theoretical understandings on festivals and events management, creative industries and cultural policy, site-specific art and art in public spaces, participatory and community-engaged art practices, audience engagement, and the value and impact of the arts and festivals on individuals and communities.

Teaching responsibility

Natalie is the Unit Coordinator for:

School of Management and Marketing (College of Business and Economics)

  • BMA236 Festivals and Events Managements

Natalie has also taught as part of teaching teams and as a guest lecturer/tutor in various units in the School of Social Sciences and the School of Creative Arts and Media:

School of Social Sciences (College of Arts, Law and Education)

School of Creative Arts and Media (College of Arts, Law and Education)

  • FFA192 Theory Basics
  • FFA193 Theory Practice: Body, Audience, Documentation
  • FFA248 Design: Theatres and Exhibitions
  • FFA269/369 Art, Site, Performance
  • FPB255 Writing for Performance

Natalie regularly writes consultancy reports for government related to festival and events. She has written about artists or arts practices in book chapters, art magazines, exhibition essays and festival programs.

Natalie’s PhD is funded under the Commonwealth Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

In her previous work in the arts industry, over her career Natalie has raised over AUD$10m from arts funding bodies, government agencies, foreign governments, philanthropic trusts, corporate sponsors, donors and through fundraising events.