Rubato Upstairs is home to a growing community of
teams and individuals working across the creative industries.


Duncan Imberger

Duncan Imberger, the founder and manager of co-working space Rubato Upstairs, is a creative producer who has spent the past 18 years working in the arts, publishing and media production sectors. Capable of driving projects both creatively and commercially, he loves bringing bold ideas to life with the help of great people. Duncan is also one half of Deeper Richer, a creative studio that designs and produces high-impact learning experiences, content, and products.

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Allara Briggs Pattison

Allara is a Yorta Yorta woman, whose love and commitment to her community and longing for social justice inspires her on every level. With a flourishing solo music career, she was awarded the First Peoples Emerging Artist Fellowship on International Women's Day 2019. The creative entrepreneur is also currently working on a documentary called Beautiful Sunshine and developing a new business called Nyini Woka, which delivers Wayapa Wuurrk workshops creating space for cultural spiritual and environmental healing on a global scale.


Scott Ashton

Scott Ashton is a digital creative, offering expertise in the hugely exciting but ever-changing creative-technical space. He honed his skills as he spent over 15 years working in the games industry. In 2011 Scott founded Lost In The Machine – a technical design consultancy specialising in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and graphical applications, working with design agencies, large corporates, museums, and digital art innovators.

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Georgina Lewis

Georgina manages Tempo Rubato, a live classical music venue opening in June 2019, located directly below Rubato Upstairs. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts’ Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Repertoire Keyboard, she is a passionate believer in diversity and inclusivity in the arts. Georgina became involved with Tempo Rubato through her work teaching with Piano Project, a Melbourne charity sponsoring piano lessons for children from refugee backgrounds. All of the profits from Tempo Rubato will go to Piano Project.

Carolin Wahnbaeck

Carolin is a freelance journalist, covering the environment, sustainability and business for various German media outlets including Der Spiegel and Die Zeit. She is with her family in Melbourne for six months – they are taking a break from their daily routine in Germany and enjoying it very much! 

Daniel Donahoo

Daniel is a learning producer and technologist who creates tools and programs to support the development of children and young people. The author of two books, Idolising Children (NSW Press, 2007) and Adproofing Your Kids (Finch, 2009), Daniel speaks about children, media, technology and the future across television, radio, and conferences Australia-wide.

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Frances Mariani

Frances is an emerging screen producer and experienced communications specialist from Melbourne. Her producing credits include the short films Kids on Fire (2018) and Kiss Me (2016). Frances has worked extensively in media and communications with organisations including the ABC, ACMI, NBCU/Matchbox Pictures, Melbourne International Film Festival, the National Gallery of Victoria and Creative Victoria. Frances is qualified in arts and journalism, and an alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts’ Film & TV Foundations course.



Vertigo is an internationally recognised design studio specialising in brand development and design, brand identity, and brand strategy. The studio works with local, national and international brands ranging from cultural and commercial to ethical and sustainable, with clients including RMIT University, Victoria Government, Museums Victoria, Sea Shepherd Australia, Moreland City Council, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Moreland. As advocates for equality, diversity, and inclusion in design, Vertigo also established and runs Womentor, a global mentorship program for women in graphic design.

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Bonnie Gill

Bonnie is a yoga teacher and freelance communications consultant, with clients spanning the lifestyle, fashion, beauty and not-for-profit sectors. Bonnie specialises in digital communications, copywriting, content creation, events, and influencer engagement and has worked in the industry for over five years. A 225-hour trained vinyasa yoga teacher, Bonnie’s yoga classes focus heavily on fluid movement, strengthening and stillness of the mind and body, with a killer playlist of chill pop, slow soul and old-school hip hop.

Paul Swain

Paul runs Foundation Audio, an agency with a mission to connect Brands with talented DJs, Musicians, Producers, Artists, Venues and Events. Creating the right atmosphere for the audience and delivering engaging and inspiring brand events. Partnering with brands to delivering events in Ibiza and Amsterdam and creating a regular series of events at the Horse & Groom and the Egg nightclub in London, the focus is now on Melbourne and bringing a blend of melodic music and unique environments to create captivating brand experiences.