JANE JOHNSON - Artistic Director
Jane is an actress and director and has worked with organisations including; Archipelago Productions, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Blue Cow Theatre, Mudlark, Tasdance, Theatre North, Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania Performs, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, The Unconformity, Tasmanian Regional Arts, The Australian Script Centre and JUTE. Jane was a founding member and co- artistic director of Mudlark Theatre, and the founder of Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble.
Acting credits include; The Winter’s Tale (Blue Cow) The Bleeding Tree (Archipelago/Blue Cow), The Mares (TTC/Ten Days on the Island), The Tree Widows, Two Pairs of Shorts (TTC), Caravan Boat Treehouse, The Sea Project, Beautiful: a Ghost Story, Cross, Voices from the Grave, Rooted, What is the Matter with Mary Jane?, One Day Projects (Mudlark), Dancing Back Home (Mudlark/JUTE), Ghosts of the Olympic (Jane Woollard/Junction Arts Festival), Our Path (Theatre North/Ten Days on the Island), Timon of Athens (independent), F:emails, Hit and Run, Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House (CentrStage), Cosi, Little Murders, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dead White Males (TRT), The Coming of Stork, Leaving (SSTP), Romeo and Juliet (LC), as well as countless creative developments and script readings.
Directing credits include: I Am A Lake, Café (Mudlark), Chasing a Sound Like Rain (Ten Days on the Island/LYTE), A Number (CentrStage), Our Path (associate director: Theatre North/Ten Days on the Island), assistant director to Paige Rattray for The Midlands (Mudlark), and as rehearsal director for Happy Me (Tasmania Performs).
Other significant theatre experiences include: an international theatre residency with Artistic Fraud and Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Newfoundland, Canada), a Tasmanian theatre residency with acclaimed (New York based) Elevator Repair Service, and as co-director of an international youth theatre tour, The Island Exchange Project (touring an original Tasmanian theatre work to Canada in 2011).
Jane was the joint 2020 recipient of the Tasmanian Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance in Professional Theatre for The Mares (Tasmanian Theatre Company and Ten Days on the Island).
COREY ACKERLY- General Manager
Corey holds a Degree in Commerce, and completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tasmania in 2004. Corey has career experiences in a number of managerial and operational positions in both private and public sector industries.
Corey’s experience includes over 10 years branding and marketing experience with the iconic Boags Brewery. During his time his responsibilities included developing the extremely successful national advertising campaign “Who is James Boag?”, managing sponsorship partnerships of events such as Festivale, Victorian Beer and Wine Festival, Moonlight Cinema’s and Good Food & Wine Shows nationally.
After leaving Boags Corey worked for Tourism Tasmania on Destination promotion and wholesale tourism product development before moving to the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development , Export and Trade Unit. Corey worked with Tasmanian enterprises to increase their internal capacity and opportunities to export interstate and overseas. Corey developed and managed trade missions to overseas markets to support businesses in the agricultural, mining and Food & Beverage sectors.
Most recently Corey was employed as the Operations Manager for the Launceston Tornadoes Basketball Club where he oversaw all operational aspect of this highly visible, community supported professional sporting club.
Corey has also been extensively involved in a variety of local community organisations in administrative and volunteer roles.
KRISTY FAIRBAIRN - Finance Manager
Kristy Fairbairn is the CEO and founder of The Business Oasis.
Kristy and her team are passionate about supporting organisations to have the best financial systems and processes to ensure smooth financial management. They love getting into the detail so are a natural fit to provide bookkeeping and support services.
JANE FORREST - Chair
MEGAN JOLLY - Deputy Chair
IAN DICKINSON - Treasurer
Jane Forrest, the founder of Vim Arts & Events has been fully immersed in the arts as a performer, administrator, technician, manager, director, writer, planner, and enthusiastic patron her whole life. Jane is an experienced arts administrator with an eclectic background encompassing marketing, human resources, events, stage management, project management, governance, strategic planning and grant writing. With a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Management, plus 10 years of corporate, not-for-profit and arts industry experience, Jane has a unique mix of skills which allows her to understand the creative process and how to develop the inherent creativity of an arts organisation into strong management practices.
Megan studied theatre and education at UTAS then taught Drama, English and Dance in Australia and England. Following time in London she moved to the United States and worked as an event planner for several years. She returned to Tasmania in 2008 and in 2009 graduated from UTAS with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Theatre. In 2010 she worked as the Program Manager for Junction 2010, the Regional Arts Australia national conference that was held in Launceston. The conference included the inaugural Junction Arts Festival. In 2011 she graduated from UTAS with a Master of Contemporary Arts in Theatre. She has been actively involved with local community theatre companies as an actor and director since her return to Tasmania. She currently works as an Electorate Officer for Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.
Ian is a semi-retired Chartered Accountant who joined the Board in 2022. With over forty years working in the accountancy profession and industry, in both England and Australia, Ian brings a wealth of experience in the areas of finance and governance.
A lifelong volunteer Ian has served on several boards and committees in the not for profit sector and has also assisted in organising competitions, events and coaching.
MAEVE MCKENNA - Secretary
Maeve is currently a Social Media Content Creator at The University of Tasmania. Her professional background has centred around media communications in Tasmania and her homeland of Ireland.
She has worked as a journalist at The Examiner, where she covered arts and events and built-up connections in the theatre and arts community in Launceston. Maeve is very much a lover of the arts from afar, apart from a brief stint on stage as Tybalt in her school production of Romeo and Juliet.
With more than ten years of experience, she brings a unique blend of skills from digital communication and social media management to newsroom experience.
Zoë is a local artist who has a rich involvement with the Tasmania Theatre scene. She completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of Tasmania in 2014 and has gone on to stage manage, design, direct and perform for many of the local theatre companies. Most notably having stage managed for Mudlark’s 2015 production of The Possum.
In 2017 she worked with Launceston Christian School on their ‘Musical of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, and as stage-manager for Three River Theatre Companies production of The Season at Sarsaparilla. More recently she has performed with Encore Theatre Company, Launceston Musical Society and Three River Theatre. She also has directed for a number of Mudlark’s One Day productions. Her experience as a theatre maker and her professional work in various management roles gives her a great foundation for working in creative development.
Sheryl-lee is a partner in a local boutique law firm. Originally hailing from Brisbane, she moved with her young family to Launceston in late 2002 for a change of pace and climate. She began her career in Crown Law in Brisbane then worked in a number of government departments in legal and policy roles. Upon arrival in Tasmania she had a slight change in career, working for two Tasmanian Senators before returning to the law and eventually setting up her own firm.
Outside of the office Sheryl-lee is passionate about yoga, bushwalking, her garden and family. Whilst she says she does not possess an ounce of artistic talent she has always had a great love of the arts, particularly art house and foreign films, theatre, ballet and music of many genres.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre) from the University of Tasmania, Brooke has spent over 15 years working in the Arts across Australia. Brooke has worked as an actor in theatre and film and television, including for Mudlark Theatre in their 2015 work, The Possum. Brooke has taught acting to people of all ages (in particular to children and young people) in Tasmania, Queensland and Romania. She was Artistic Director of Riverland Youth Theatre, SA, in 2014. For 7 years Brooke worked in Outback Queensland as Program Manager and Festival Director for the Shockwave Program, mentoring rural young people in event management and creative practice. Currently, Brooke works in Philanthropy for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and is completing her Masters in Primary Teaching at UTAS.
Brooke has experienced first-hand the life changing impact creativity has on our health, wellbeing, and sense of belonging – no matter who we are or where we're from. She’s thrilled to be part of the Mudlark board.
Darren has worked extensively in theatre production as stage manager and operator, production and operations management, lighting, set and sound design. Darren is currently the Production Manager and a Lighting Designer for Tasdance, recent productions including, Voltage, Identity , Cross Currents, Artery, Image, Heart Matters, and Pulse, and has toured to extensively Victoria and NSW, Regional Tasmania, Bass Strait Islands and New Zealand. Darren is also an artistic associate for Mudlark Theatre and recent productions include The Sea Project, Beautiful, Dancing Back Home, Action and Cross. Previous roles include, Scotch Oakburn College’s Performing Arts Centre Coordinator, Production Manager (UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts), Head Technician/Operations Manager (Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre,) Production/ Company Manager (Ten Days on the Island), Lighting Design and Technical Direction (Slipstream Circus, Circus Risque, Three River Theatre, Launceston Youth Theatre Ensemble, Musical Society and Encore). Darren is a graduate University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Performing Arts.