Sabine Kock has been working as a cultural manager and researcher in Vienna since 2000. She was the managing director of the IG Freie Theaterarbeit (Association for independent theater work) until 2015 and co-founder of the international network European Off Network. From 2005 to 2012 she was head of the board of the Cultural Council of Austria, participated in the EU Commission Working group Cultural Industries and is a member of ARGE UNESCO Austria. She initiated the development of Smart in Austria and is together with Andrea Wälzl co-managing director of Smart Austria
Angela Vadori started out her professional career as an artist and she studied Philosophy before completing commercial training and taking up studies in Tax Law and Business Administration. She has worked as a producer and production manager in the independent dance and theater scene for many years. Angela joined Smart in 2018 and took over the management of SmartAdmin in 2019. She also dedicated herself to the digitization roadmap and the creation of sustainable working structures within Smart. In 2021, Angela follows Andrea Wälzl as CEO of Smart Austria for the areas of finances and operations.
Lisa Pointner studied law at the University of Vienna and specialized in copyright and artist contracts. During the time of her studies she founded InTension Music in 2009, a music publishing and artist management agency. Since 2014, she has been working for Smart where she is primarily responsible for the field of music.
Andrea Wälzl has professional training in commercial and tax law, has worked for various publishers and event organisations as well as filling the position of office manager at the IG Freie Theaterarbeit (Association for independent theatre work). Due to her years of consulting experience in the IGFT, she is very familiar with the problems that freelance artists often face – for example, labor and tax issues, social security, accounting, association law, promotion and project organization.
Robert Eichhorn first completed his studies in business before he was free to change his focus to theater. After working as assistant director, scenic and costume designer in Germany and Austria, he found his calling as head of production for many years. After a long stint as advisor at Team 4, he brought his know-how to SMartProduction in 2018. “I would certainly have been a Smart user if Smart had been around while I was active in the theater myself. I like the ‘smart’ idea that everyone can participate in a cooperative effort to build their own protective roof.”
After gaining initial professional experience as an office clerk, Hanad Jouja studied Arabic literature and then raised her children. When she moved from Syria to Austria, she picked up her previous commercial training and trained as a certified accountant, focusing on tax and business law, cost accounting, bookkeeping/accounting, and payroll accounting. She joined the Smart team as an accountant in June 2021.
Xenia Kopf is a researcher in urban studies, cultural policies and theatre studies, as well as a graphics and communications designer. She joined the Smart Austria team in June 2019 to take care of public relations. She’s also currently working on her dissertation on autonomous cultural centers in European cities.