Kaj Lofgren – Festival Director
Kaj (pronounced Kai) is the Director of The School of Life (TSOL) Australia, which includes branches in Melbourne and Sydney. Prior to this Kaj served as the Director of Strategy at Small Giants. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Trained as a Civil Engineer, Kaj has also worked with Engineers Without Borders and Engineers Australia. He lives in Newport with his wife and young son.
Anna Schoo – Program Producer
Anna is a producer, program manager, production manager and arts professional with broad experience across the arts industry. Anna has worked with White Night Melbourne, Melbourne Festival, Big West Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Dark Mofo. She also produces Field Theory, an award winning collective of artists committed to making and supporting art projects that cross disciplines, shift contexts and seek new strategies for intervening in the public sphere. She lives in Melbourne’s north with her partner and young son.
Megan Sheehy – Festival Coordinator
Megan is the Director of The School of Life Melbourne. An historian and curator by training, Megan wants to create a better future by energising and inspiring people with the power of beauty, art, thought, history, culture, music and philosophy. For over ten years Megan has worked with museums, cultural institutions, heritage organisations, artists, musicians and in private industry. She has developed award-winning interpretation, innovative engagement strategies, curated challenging exhibitions and programs and even co-founded Thornbury Records–an independent vinyl record store and record label. If Megan could take any philosopher out for dinner, she would choose Friedrich Schiller.
Zoe Stark – Program Host
Zoe’s career began on Australian television as nurse Sheena Wilson in Neighbours and Ukranian asylum seeker Katya in Blue Heelers back in the naughties. Beyond her acting experience, Zoe’s deep appreciation for the somatic led her to qualify as a shiatsu practitioner and a decade of yoga teaching. Zoe is an ‘enlightened’ host as well as a seasoned corporate facilitator and has worked extensively in Australia and overseas for the past fourteen years. Zoe brings honesty, her experience as a performer and body worker, and a passion for a deepening engagement with life to her work at The School of Life.