Following a series of professional adventures and happy coincidences – after training as a lawyer – Rina co-founded RGM Productions with Garry in 2011. She is the RG in RGM, head of business development and marketing, office den mother and resident birthday cake-maker. She also oversees the UK and international tour-booking arm of the business.
In one of her previous lives Rina was Publicity Director at Random House for several years where she promoted a roster of bestselling authors and celebrities. Her achievements were recognised with a Nibble at the British Book Awards (the UK publishing industry’s gold standard for best publicist). She went on to be a driving force in establishing two successful publishing start-ups and was a founding member of the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Literary and Arts festival in London.
Rina has an honours degree in English Literature and practiced law in Sydney, Australia for a brief spell. Her legal lowlight was being barred from court after a judge discovered her sketchbook full of incriminating caricature portraits. Her highlight was resigning from her city law firm and getting on a one-way plane to London armed with nothing more than a desire to work in the arts.
She still takes doodling seriously and amongst other hobbies enjoys boxing, lifting weights, cooking curries from scratch and hanging out with her six year old daughter and mentor.
What is your secret superpower?
Creative energy and constructive chit chat.
What has been your proudest career moment since joining RGM?
Working with my local library to bring underprivileged kids from local schools to see our kid’s show, The Hunting of the Snark on the West End.
What has been your most memorable theatre experiences?
Seeing Tony award winning Alice Ripley off-Broadway in Next to Normal. I remain fundamentally altered by the experience.
In equal first place, I’d have to put my coming of age theatre experience, the original 1979 Australian production of Evita starring Jennifer Murphy (who by some wondrous quirk of fate is now a dear friend). Up till that moment, I had only ever known goodies and baddies in children’s theatre until suddenly one summer I was introduced to a multi-dimensional badass survivor with an attitude as fierce as her wardrobe.