Dervishes – A film by RJ Muna
Choreographed + performed by Katherine Helen Fisher + Jaime Verazin
© RJ Muna

Our Team

It takes amazing individuals to support our members and enable arts and culture to flourish; meet the faces behind the IMZ!



Max Beckham-Ortner

Secretary General

"Culture is a way of seeing. I like to think that through the IMZ, the performing arts sector has a chance to grow, find new audiences, and rediscover itself on a constant basis. After all, the meaning of life is the unfinished."

PROJECT Management

Max Güntert

Market Access + Professionalisation

"The breadth of events the IMZ stages for its members seeks to adapt the industry to current developments. This interdisciplinary approach appeals to my eagerness to foster ongoing projects at the IMZ, and thereby support the performing arts as a whole."

Kerttu Piirto

Network + EU + Funding

"As funding manager at the IMZ, I help the performing arts sector thrive in a fast-changing audiovisual sector. I feel privileged to be working for our mission: reaching new audiences and making the achievements of the past and present available for future generations."

Leonie Bartels

Market Access

"Culture and the performing arts create connections between people and encourage people to break free from their usual routines and discover new things. At the IMZ, I strive to create and organise events that empower emerging and established creatives and help them make meaningful connections with other cultural enthusiasts in the performing arts sector."

Alisa Bovsunovska

Project Assistant

"As a project assistant at the IMZ, I'm excited to be part of an organisation that connects diverse cultures in the world of performing arts. I enjoy planning projects that promote cultural exchange and artistic expression."

Marketing + Communications

Sarah Schöllhammer

Marketing + Sponsoring

"With a background in media and a passion for arts and culture, I feel strongly aligned with the values the IMZ represents. It is my responsibility to visualise the dialogue between performing arts and media, carrying our message out into the network and beyond."

Martin Bagnol

Marketing + Communications

"With a passion for music and a background in media and communications, I’m here to bring the IMZ, its activities, and its members into the spotlight for the world to see."

Bogdan Brkic

Communications + PR

"Culture is more than entertainment; it is more than art. Culture forms the very fabric that binds our society together, and I am privileged to contribute my small part in upholding it."

Office + Membership Management

Sara Battalova

Office + Financial Administration

"Culture is a perspective through which the world can be understood, and I'm delighted that my work at IMZ helps bring performing art and culture closer to a broader audience. By managing the office and financial aspects of IMZ, I can turn my passion for music and culture into reality."

on leave

Claudia Kruzik

Audience Development + Market Access

"All sorts of cultural fields - from visual art to history, music and dance - have always been of great interest to me! It enriches your life, broadens your mind and brings people together. Working at the IMZ means to combine those interests with your daily business.”

Sophie Schneider


“It is my privilege and pleasure to support both young and established professionals through the IMZ Academy, and to connect industry experts via the Avant Première conference programme. It is amazing how much talent, knowledge and inspiration can be found within our network and industry!”


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1070 Vienna

Phone: +43 (0)1 889 03 15
Email: office@imz.at


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