The current PACS Inc Board
SHANE COLQUHOUN – Chair
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management / Government
Board member since 2014
Following a career as a professional dancer overseas and in Australia, Shane Colquhoun’s arts management career has included positions within government and in the arts sector including General Manager roles with Western Australia’s Deckchair Theatre (1987-89), West Australian Ballet (1992-96) and most recently Black Swan State Theatre Company (2009-14).
From 2000-09, he worked at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts in a range of senior roles, including Director Arts Funding and Development and extended periods as Acting Executive Director of the Development & Strategy Directorate. For 16 months in the lead up to the 2005 State General Election, Shane was seconded to the Minister for Culture and the Arts as Policy Advisor. Shane established himself as a freelance arts manager in 1996 consulting and working with a range of Western Australian arts organisations. He was the National President of the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance until 2006 and in 2014, established his own arts management consultancy in Perth. He is also a Board member of Country Arts WA and a sessional lecturer in Arts Management at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
PHILIPPA MAUGHAN – Deputy Chair
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Administration / Regional Touring
Board member since 2012, Deputy Chair since 2013
Philippa is manager of Performing Arts Touring at Country Arts WA having joined the organisation in 2007. She is responsible for national and state touring and tour funding programs, the strategic direction of the touring program, as well as for sourcing funding and reporting to funding bodies. Prior to returning to study and achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies) at Curtin University in WA, Philippa worked extensively in corporate administration.
TANYA PAYNE – Treasurer
Key Skills + Experience – Finance / Accounting
Board member + Treasurer since 2010
Tanya has worked in finance at various firms for over 20 years while completing a Bachelor of Business (double major in Accounting and Management) at Edith Cowan University. She has held board positions with various other not-for-profit organizations including the Finance Committee of The Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Duncraig Senior High School, and sat on the Perth Theatre Company board for six years.Tanya’s insight into financial management and dealing with government comes from 12 years with Marketforce, a leading WA advertising agency, and having recently joined Volunteer Task Force, a government funded community organization assisting the frail, aged and disabled.
DR VANESSA RAULAND
Key Skills + Expertise – Sustainability
Co-opted to the Board in 2014
Vanessa Rauland is a lecturer and research coordinator at Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute. She recently completed her PhD, which focused on mainstreaming low carbon urban development. Her areas of research include Decarbonising Cities, Low Carbon & Regenerative Urban Development, Climate Policy, Low Carbon Schools and Green Prisons. Dr Rauland is also the co-founder of SimplyCarbon, which helps organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their operational efficiency, while saving them money. Together with a colleague, Vanessa assisted South Fremantle Senior High School to become the first certified Carbon Neutral school in Australia.
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management
Katt Osborne is a director, creative producer and theatre maker. She has been a vibrant part of the WA independent arts scene since 2008. Her contributions have been recognised through receiving the 2016 WA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts) and an Edith Cowan University Chapter’s Golden Key Honorary Membership (Leadership).
Katt was a founding member and inaugural general manager of The Last Great Hunt. She is the Artistic Director of youth contemporary performance ensembles in Mandurah and Bunbury and a Resident Artist (Female Director) at Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Katt has a wealth of experience in fundraising, financial management, and raising capital for projects and organisations. She is passionate about advocacy for WA independent artists and fostering a rich ecology to create and share exceptional new work. She is particularly interested in forging collaborations between arts organisations and supporting opportunities for emerging artists.
Katt has been associated with The Blue Room Theatre for over ten years as an artist (producer, director, stage manager and lighting designer) and staff member. She worked front of house and behind the bar for three years, and – most proudly – as ‘Friday Sally’. She is excited about the possibility of serving The Blue Room Theatre as a Board member and securing a bright future for WA independent artists.
ISABELLE (IZZY) MCDONALD
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management
Izzy McDonald is a 23 year old emerging writer, director, performer and Co-Artistic Director of the award winning company Rorschach Beast. Izzy graduated from the University of Western Australia with a degree in English and Cultural Studies in 2015, during this time she performed with and was on the board for the West Australian Youth Theatre Company.
In 2015 she co-founded Rorschach Beast and directed the company’s premiere show Girl in the Wood, which won Fringe World’s Best Emerging Artist and the Melbourne Fringe Ready to Tour Award, allowing for an interstate tour to occur in 2016. In the same year she participated in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s National Studio for young writers. Her piece Dive was performed in Sydney and published by Currency Press.
The following year she wrote, produced and performed in Bus Boy which went on to win Fringe World’s Martin Sims Award, Theatre Award and Best Emerging Artist. Bus Boy is travelling internationally to Brighton Fringe this year and will be having a third return season later this year.
Izzy has performed in shows at The Blue Room Theatre such as TANK (2016) and Tamagotchi Reset (2017). This is not where her journey began with the Blue Room however. In 2013 Izzy first started working in the Box Office as a wide eyed 18 year old, every person she now makes with is thanks to this opportunity she was granted. She experienced firsthand what the Blue Room Theatre does for young makers, it gives them a space to have a voice, meet other makers and be bold in the choices they make at the beginning of their careers because they know they have the support of a wonderful organisation.
Izzy will always be an artist first, however also wears the hat of a Union Organiser for the Community Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association. She campaigned on the 2017 State Election with the Save Our Services campaign, was the 2017 May Day Coordinator and is a true advocate for workers’ rights. Her experience in the union movement bleeds over to her passion as an artist. Being a member of MEAA’s National Independent Theatre Committee showed her how much work needs to be done for Independent Artists in WA. Making sure the arts sector is sustainable and safe for WA artists, as she believes our artists are the hardest workers out there, is her main focus. She believes in supporting organisational structures that focus on putting the artist first and ensuring young people have a voice in decision making processes.
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management / Public Relations
“I still remember popping into the original office at the Blue Room – when Jansis O’Hanlon was Executive Director and I was moonlighting as a publicist for friends’ shows. Geez we’re talking nearly 20 years ago. The Blue Room was the place to be for cutting edge and up-coming artists. It’s great to see that not much has changed, apart from the architecture.” Emma-Jane is a communications and PR strategist with gtmedia, where she is currently working with the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA on one of the most significant pulse checks on arts engagement undertaken in this State. EJ has flittered on the outskirts of the Perth arts scene for nearly two decades, most memorably managing media relations for shows during the 1999-2002 Perth International Arts Festival in between handling PR for locally produced shows at the Blue Room and Edinburgh Fringe.
Emma-Jane moonlighted as a publicist by afternoon and evening, while working as a breakfast radio news reader, before being appointed as RSPCA WA’s PR Manager. This has provided EJ with an invaluable understanding of Perth’s local media scene, managing major public relations and marketing campaigns and the complexities of working within the not-for-profit sector. As an elected member to The Blue Room board, Emma-Jane would bring this wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as her enduring passion for the growth of local arts and culture, to provide a fresh perspective to board decisions and assist the theatre to grow its brand awareness with a larger and more diverse section of the WA community.
Key Skills + Expertise – Philanthropy / Arts Management / Marketing
Liesbeth has worked in the arts and cultural sector in WA for 18 years since graduating with a fine arts degree from Curtin University. She has held a range of senior roles, including Director of Marketing and Development for the Perth International Arts Festival (2000-2005). In 2008, she established the Western Australian office of Artsupport Australia (now Creative Partnerships Australia) for the Australia Council for the Arts.
In 2011, she started her own firm, GoedhART Consulting, specialising in business planning, community consultations, arts and health, arts philanthropy and corporate partnerships. As a consultant, Liesbeth has worked with organisations across all art forms throughout the State, from small to medium to major cultural institutions.
An enthusiastic collaborator who thrives on empowering people and encouraging emerging creative talent, Liesbeth enjoys using her experience, passion and energy to add value to arts organisations and their boards. Board memberships have included: Strut Dance (2011-2017) and Tura New Music (current). She is also a founding committee member of a local community giving circle.
While her home is based in Fremantle, Western Australia, she has a deeply engaged international perspective. In 2015 this saw her becoming a founding member of the group DrawnTogether Bangladesh, when she lead a participatory arts program for communities affected by HIV and AIDS in Dhaka, Bangladesh in partnership with UNAIDS.