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The Blue Room Theatre has been the creative hub of Western Australia’s independent theatre scene for nearly 30 years, centrally located at the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

If you haven’t been to our venue, you have probably heard of our shows. Helpmann-nominated The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, Letters Home and Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor all began here, as did the careers of Matthew Lutton, Kate Mulvany, Tim Minchin, Claire Hooper, the members of The Last Great Hunt and many more.

We foster new talent and new work through a year-round program presenting and developing the best new independent contemporary performance from Western Australia and further afield.

We present an annual season of works between April – December, a massive Summer Nights program, which won FRINGE WORLD’s Best Independent Program Award for seven years running, and Winter Nights, a two-week mid-year festival of theatre research and development in late July.

With a 30+ year legacy of providing the resources, advocacy and space to make independent performance happen in Perth, we’d love for you to come and visit us and check out a show.

What is this place?
We are a live performance venue. We have two theatres and a bar upstairs. We are also a not-for-profit membership organisation and we have two rehearsal rooms downstairs.

What do you do here?
We co-present an annual program between April – December, a massive program in January/ February called Summer Nights, and Winter Nights, a two-week mid-year festival of theatre research and development in late July.

How do you go about getting a show on here?
Applications for the annual season, Summer Nights and Winter Nights are called for once a year. The best way to find out when applications are open is to become a member. You can check out key dates, information packs and selection criteria on our website under ‘Artists.’

Do you hire out your theatres?
We rarely have space available for hire of the performance venues. Our season shows occupy our performance spaces for nine months of the year; one month of the year is our Summer Nights program; and we also need to carry out maintenance of equipment and venues when we are dark. Our rehearsal rooms are available to hire for 11 months of the year but preference is given to performing arts-related hires.

I am interested in auditioning for one of your shows. What do I need to do?
The Blue Room Theatre is not a theatre company. The producing company of each show is in charge of its own casting. If they call out for auditions, we notify our members in our Member’s News.

How long has this been here?
The Blue Room Theatre started in 1989 (incorporated as the Performing Arts Centre Society) and we have been in this building since 1990 (initially trading as the WA Actor’s Centre). The Blue Room Theatre Seasons started in 1994. The foyer, bar and balcony were all new in 2006. The bar was renovated in 2021.

What did this building used to be?
Originally it was the senior school building of Perth Central School, built in 1905. Then it was science labs, and from the 50s-80s Perth Technical College (TAFE). In the past we have shared the building with Kaos Theatre, Australian Society of Writers, the Photography Gallery of WA, and now Propel Youth Arts WA.

KATT OSBORNE – Executive Director
Katt brings a range of experience as an arts leader, creative producer and artist to her role as Executive Director. She has been a part of the WA independent arts scene since the beginning of her career in 2008. Katt’s contributions to WA 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). In her previous roles, Katt was a co-founding artistic member of The Last Great Hunt and its inaugural General Manager, a 2018 Resident Artist (Director) with Black Swan State Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Mandurah’s Riptide Youth Performance Company for the last five years.

Katt is passionate about advocacy for WA independent artists and fostering a rich ecology to create and share exceptional new work and diverse stories. She is particularly interested in forging collaborations between arts organisations and supporting opportunities for emerging artists. Katt continues to maintain her performing arts practice as an independent director and performance maker.

MITCHELL THOMAS – Operations Manager
Mitch started his career as a Stage Management graduate from the WA Academy of Performing Arts and worked locally and internationally as a Stage Manager and Mechanist on a variety of productions, before landing at the then yet to be opened State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in 2010. In 2012 Mitch was appointed as the Assistant Technical Manager and then the Manager Venue Operations in 2017. In 2020 Mitch left the State Theatre Centre to take on the role of Venue Manager for a new theatre in the Perth CBD, but due to COVID-19 this venue was unable to open as scheduled. This window closing led to another door opening and the opportunity for Mitch to join The Blue Room Theatre.

Rose is an artist and organiser (often simultaneously) operating on unceded Whadjuk Noongar boodja. She graduated Arts Management at WAAPA in 2012, following a programming internship at Sydney’s Carriageworks. Over the past ten years, Rose has worked across various Perth arts organisations (including The Bird and Gelo), as well as independently producing and performing under her moniker Mummy’s Plastic. Last year she devised a cryptocurrency inspired by social capital, ran a 24-hour immersive karaoke room and created experimental performance series ‘Bin Night’. Rose’s practice onstage and offstage is centred on bringing people together, nurturing a sense of collective care and sharing a laugh. She is always up for a conversation, although the term “guilty pleasure” does not exist in her repertoire.

CARO DUCA – Community Engagement Producer
Caro is a theatre maker, producer and inclusivity advocate who lives and plays on Noongar boodja. They have a passion for supporting artists and communities telling their stories. They are the creative director of Teatro Latinx Perth, an artist collective that shares Latinx Australian experiences in unconventional ways. They are also part of WAAPA’s Equity and Inclusion working group and the City of Perth’s LGBTQAI+ advisory group. When they are not working in theatre or advocacy, you can find them watching or playing soccer. They will make a huge effort not to gush about Argentina winning the Copa America 2021!

AMY HOWELL – Program Coordinator
Amy has a special interest in using her communications and project management skills to help folks make their art and tell their stories. Over the last several years, she has worked with Telstra and ARTRAGE in marketing roles before going agency-side in client services, landing her current role with The Blue Room Theatre in late 2020. Amy holds a Graduate Diploma in Marketing, has completed Award School and is an Honours candidate in English and Literary Studies at UWA. She’s also recently ventured into independent producing and publicity, and would love to keep learning those ropes. Otherwise you can find her rock climbing (mostly without ropes) a few times a week.

RUBY SHORT – Front of House & Ticketing Coordinator
Ruby is a freelance performer working on Noongar Boodja. She completed a Diploma of Music Theatre at WAAPA in 2019 and is featured in the new musical 107 premiering at the Summer Nights 2022. She is extremely passionate about diversity in the arts and is super excited to be a part of The Blue Room Theatre team.

RYAN KOK – Technical Coordinator
Ryan has been working in the tech industry for many years. He has had extensive on the job training from his employment at Perth concert hall and various educational communities and other community projects. He stared his passion for theatre working in schools and has worked on numerous theatrical performances and looks forward to the further opportunities The Blue Room Theatre presents.

AMANDA LUKE – Senior Finance Officer
Amanda is a CPA qualified accountant with extensive experience. Originally from Queenlsand Amanda’s career has taken her around the country and the world working in diverse locations from Manhattan to Jigalong Aboriginal Community. Having spent nearly nine years as Finance Manager with Black Swan State Theatre Company Amanda brings a valuable understanding of finance in the arts. Amanda is currently working with WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Amanda enjoys novels featuring gruesome serial killers while regarding the only unforgivable act is to confuse stationery with stationary.

The Blue Room Theatre is the trading name of The Performing Arts Centre Society, which was incorporated as an association in 1989.

Click here for the current version of the Constitution for the association.

The Board of Management maintains a suite of policies that govern the management of The Blue Room Theatre. Here are a number of the key policies of interest to members and audience.

Click here for our Bullying and Sexual Harassment Policy
Click here for our Sustainability Policy – View Here
Click here for our Ticketing Policy
Click here for Sponsorship and Philanthropy
Click here for the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice

Here’s a copy of the Purpose, Vision and Values that drive The Blue Room Theatre.

Click here to read out Purpose, Vision and Values

Arts Industry / Arts Leadership / Social Change
Board Member since 2020

Monica’s day job is co-CEO of Community Arts Network (CAN). She is also a Board member of SCOOP Foundation, which works to break the poverty cycle of children living on the streets in Varanasi, India. Monica is in the final months of completing her Masters in Human Rights Education at Curtin, with a specific focus on Indigenous and children’s rights.

Having been in arts leadership positions for over ten years, Monica’s current role at CAN enables her to create positive social change through the arts. Recently, she successfully steered the organisation through volatile times, developed an empowering culture, and established a financially viable organisation that can flourish beyond the ebbs and flows of government cycles. Most importantly, her experience at CAN has created opportunities to work with Elders on First Nations programs across Noongar country.

Previous to the arts, Monica was a sole trader, providing facilitation and training services for management and business qualifications across sectors, cultural groups and countries including Pakistan and Turkey. With her combined experience Monica brings a level, focused, and strategic perspective over governance, strategy, financial analysis, funding and partnerships, and community engagement.

Her passion for The Blue Room Theatre comes from knowing its significant place in the ecology of arts and culture in WA. And believing in how it connects stories and people and the possibility of truly reflecting the plurality of voices that make up Australia. As a young girl growing up in Perth watching productions at The Playhouse, The Blue Room, Octagon and Dolphin theatres she was mesmerised by the visceral transformation into someone’s story. The Blue Room Theatre has a special place in Perth’s history, and for emerging creatives, it brings critical opportunities that must be maintained and expanded for many years to come.

ZAINAB SYED – Deputy Chair
Arts Industry / Arts Management / Community Engagement
Board Member since 2020

Zainab is a poet, producer and educator. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Brown University, USA. From 2014-2017 she toured as a performance poet across the US, UK, Middle East, South Asia and Australia and facilitated art therapy workshops for incarcerated women, trauma victims and migrants and refugees. She is co-founder of Pakistan Poetry Slam and illUMEnate, a collective of diverse artists and humanitarians in WA.

In 2017 Zainab joined Performing Lines WA as a Producer, where she has worked on/toured: Whoosh! by Sensorium Theatre, Layla Majnun by illUMEnate, Small Voices Louder and Dear Hope Street by Maybe Together, Fully Sikh by Barking Gecko and Black Swan, Minneapolis by Will O’Mahony, Black Brass by Mararo Wangai, Children of the Sea by Jay Emmanuel and 5+5 (Sydney) with the SweatShop and Playwriting Australia. Zainab is a PAWA Judge, Member of CAN Diversity Working Group and a 2020 Churchill Fellow. With PLWA she regularly attends APACA/PAX, Dance Massive/ATF and WA Showcase.

My passion is in curating and facilitating opportunities for intercultural collaboration between independent artists and re-imagining the frameworks around inclusion. I believe theatre has the power to forge transformative experiences and connections between people and communities. I really look forward to being involved in developing the Blue Room’s access and inclusion strategies and initiatives during my term as well as bringing my experience in creating new pathways for emerging and diverse artists, championing the independent arts sector, and supporting WA artists and stories to tour regionally, nationally and internationally, to benefit The Blue Room Theatre’s membership, and community as we embark on an exciting new chapter together.

TANYA PAYNE – Treasurer
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.

Philanthropy / Arts Management / Marketing
Board member since 2018

Liesbeth holds a degree in Fine Arts from Curtin University and has worked in the arts and cultural sector in Western Australia for 18 years. 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 WA office of Artsupport (now Creative Partnerships Australia) for the Australia Council for the Arts.

Since 2010, her firm GoedhART Consulting has specialised in strategic planning, community and stakeholder consultation, philanthropy and brokering corporate-arts partnerships. As a consultant, Liesbeth has worked with many 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 and energy to add value to arts organisations and their boards. She has been a Board member at the Blue Room Theatre Board since early 2018 and previously served on the Boards of Strut Dance (2011-2017) and Tura New Music (2014-2019). She is also a founding committee member of Impact100 Fremantle, a community giving circle.

Liesbeth is passionate about helping to build a truly inclusive arts sector, free from barriers, where people of all abilities and cultural backgrounds bring their own unique perspectives to the creative process and participate on an equal basis. She is excited about continuing to bring her wealth of fundraising experience in the arts, skills in strategic planning and her wide network of relationships in WA to benefit the Blue Room Theatre and its members.

Artist (Director / Dramaturg)
Board member since 2020

Emily McLean trained at WAAPA and is a founding member of Red Ryder Productions. She has directed for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Deckchair, Red Ryder, WAAPA, Curtin, Maiden Voyage Theatre Company and others. Last year Emily directed Water by Jane Bodie (BSSTC), assistant directed The Torrents by Oriel Gray (BSSTC), and directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (Red Ryder). In the last eight years she has directed ten new Australian works. In 1996 Emily directed her first ever show at The Blue Room Theatre, Dancing with the Fabulous Rat Girl by Tom Horne. Since then she has directed over ten shows there (including Grounded by George Brant, Toast by Liz Newell, Fat Pig by Neil LaBute and Slut by Patricia Cornelius). She has mentored Blue Room directors and writers, sat on the selection panel, been in the audience and occasionally had a drink at the bar. She would love a chance to give back to this company that has given her (and all of us) so much over the years.

Artist (Performance Maker / Writer / Producer)
Board member since 2020

Sam Nerida is a theatre maker, producer and award-winning playwright, working and living in Boorloo on Whadjuk Noongar boodja. They are also the Producer and co-founder of Static Drive Co, a Digital Puppeteer for Murdoch University, and an arts-educator for young people. In 2020 Sam was commissioned to contribute to Playwriting Australia’s ‘Dear Australia’ project, was a KISS Club and Perth Festival Lab artist, developed several Winter Nights projects and is currently directing The Jellyman. Their play ‘See You Next Tuesday’ was awarded Best New Writing (The Blue Room Theatre), Best New Work and Best Independent Production (PAWA Awards) for 2019. They have worked for The Blue Room Theatre as their Associate Producer (2018 – 2019), and their recent performance credits include The Wolves (Red Ryder, 2019).

Sam’s love for The Blue Room Theatre has grown with each new way they have engaged – as an artist, an audience member, a staff member – and will bring a fierce passion for both the organisation itself and the WA arts sector at large. Recently their practice has moved away from performance projects and towards the facilitation of professional and sector development, specifically in areas of youth engagement, disability and cultural diversity, always with values of self-determination and inclusivity at the forefront. Sam believes that The Blue Room Theatre always is and will continue to be an industry leader in both performance and process, and would honour the chance to be a part of that journey for the coming years.

Multi-disciplinary Performer and Artist / Emerging Leader
Board Member since 2020

Ian Wilkes is a proud Noongar man of the Wadjuk and Balladong people. He graduated from WAAPA (Aboriginal theatre) in 2008. Theatre credits include Honey Spot, Kaarla Kaatijin, So Long Suckers and Hecate for Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and The Long Forgotten Dream for Sydney Theatre Company. In 2015 Ian performed at the Opera House with the long running WA show Binjareb Pinjarra.

Ian has also developed skills in directing and writing. Productions directed by him include Kep Kaatijin, Songbird (The Blue Room Theatre collaboration). Boodjar Kaatijin (also written by Ian) and Djinda Kaatijin (2019) for Yirra Yaakin, and Hobo (2016) for The Blue Room Theatre. He was also assistant director of Yirra Yaakin’s 2014 production King Hit.

Amongst Ian’s acting and directing career he is also a talented dancer. He teaches traditional and contemporary dance to the younger generation by combining his knowledge of culture, theatre and performance.

Communications Coordinator

We are looking for communications professional who is passionate about connecting local artists and their work to the audience and community. You will be an exceptional communicator who can build bridges with a broad community of artists and audiences. You are a strong collaborator who excels in a small team with a can-do proactive attitude. Download the application pack here.

Casual Technicians – EOI ongoing

We are accepting applications for Casual Technicians. Download the application pack here.

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