BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Angela Driver - Chair
Angela graduated from the University of Tasmania with a bachelor of Performing Arts in 1999. Since then she has continually worked in the arts as an arts administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. She worked for six years with Tasdance as the Administration Manager. She was the artistic coordinator for Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival in 2003 and returned in 2006 as the co-executive director with Kim Schneiders. Most recently she was General Manager for the inaugural Junction Arts Festival and the 2011 Regional Arts Australia national conference. Currently she is the General Manager with Tasmanian Leaders Inc. In 2007 she completed a Churchill Fellowship researching performance events for social change and is a graduate of the 2009 Tasmanian Leaders Program.
Jane Forrest - Deputy Chair
Jane is an experienced business and project manager with experience in the corporate, small business and not-for-profit sectors, including time in the media, charity, retail, and performing arts industries. Jane loves nothing better than getting to the heart of a challenge and finding solutions that work. Through working in the theatre, Jane has perfected the art of bringing a vision from a concept, to a plan, into a reality.
David Kewley - Treasurer
David is a well respected tax accounting professional, with over 8 years of industry experience. David has an background in small business and start-up entities, and has extensive expertise in training new business owners to use business software packages, such as Xero, MYOB, Banklink and Reckon (aka Quickbooks). David remains abreast of developing tax policy, specialising in the areas of business structures, goods and services tax and capital gains tax. Having finishing his bachelor of accounting degree through the University of South Australia back in August of 2011, David went on to complete his Diploma of Chartered Accounting, becoming a certified member of Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand back in October of 2013. David has recently completed his Applied Masters of Taxation via correspondence through the University of New South Wales
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. She is a current participant in the Tasmanian Leaders Program.
Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tasmania in 2008. She then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2009. Anna currently works at Bishops Barristers and Solicitors where she specialises in family law. Anna also appears in the Magistrates Court on criminal law matters, Family Violence and Restraint Order Applications, and Care and Protection matters. Anna has previously held the position of President of the Northern Young Lawyers Committee and sat on the committee of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Tasmania. She is currently a member of the Northern Young Professionals Network.
Leigh graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Master of Fine Arts – Theatre in 2007, following on from first class honours and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in 2004 and 2003 respectively. Leigh currently works extensively in the not for profit governance space through his role with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and regularly facilitates governance, reviews, strategic plans and board assessments in tasmania's sporting sector. Australian Institute of Company Directors trained Leigh has a rich history in the Northern Tasmanian theatre community having worked with Launceston Musical Society, CentrStage, Next Stage, Launceston Players, Encore, Three River Theatre and Ulverstone Rep as either a Director, actor or designer. When not immersed in theatre Leigh is also the President of Gymnastics Tasmania and can often be found all over the world coaching and judging Australian Gymnastics Teams.
Gerard is a graduate company member of the 2007 Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, achieving both a Bachelor of Dramatic Art - Acting (BDA) and a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA -2003) at Monash University. He has worked professionally as a director, writer, actor and singer in theatre, musical theatre, opera, cabaret, comedy, film and TV. Television credits include guest roles on City Homicide, Offspring and Winners and Losers. Gerard is an active and proud equity MEAA member, and has worked with many various companies in Victoria and Tasmania. Gerard has recently joined the Boards of Mudlark Theatre Company, Three River Theatre Company (TAS), Complete Works Theatre Company (VIC) and is the Manger of the newly formed Studio Space Theatre Company - creating theatre courses for Tasmanian's of all ages and abilities. For Mudlark Theatre company Gerard has appeared in One Day Redux, collaborated on two One Day projects as an Actor and recently directed U L G by Lyndon Riggall for Junction Arts Festival 2017. Gerard is also known as one half of Launceston's punniest Mexican musical duo Emergency Poncho who debuted their Melbourne Comedy Festival Show "Going in Dry" in 2017.
DARREN WILLMOTT - Artistic Coordinator
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.
PREVIOUS BOARD DIRECTORS
Lauren Bartlett 2009 - 2015