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’s arts management career has included positions within government and the arts sector including General Manager roles with 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 number of senior executive roles and on secondment as the Minister for Culture and the Arts’ Policy Advisor. In 2014, Shane re-established his arts management consultancy. He is also the Secretary of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture.
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.
EMMA-JANE MORCOMBE – Board Member
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management / Public Relations
Board member since 2018
Emma-Jane is a journalist-turned-media-and-PR-advisor, currently working for Anglicare WA. EJ specialises in working with not-for-profit organisations to grow their brand, having previously advised the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA, RSPCA and St John Ambulance amongst others. Emma-Jane started her career in radio, including a five year stint at MIX 94.5 and 92.9. During this time EJ began to tinker in PR, promoting friends’ theatre productions in Perth (including at The Blue Room Theatre) and Edinburgh Fringe.
Since being elected in 2018, Emma-Jane has brought a new perspective to the Board with her insights and knowledge of media and communications. She has generously shared her media contacts and knowledge with the 2019 cohort of theatre-makers and supporting The Blue Room’s marketing – it was EJ who organised for Nine News’ to broadcast from The Blue Room Theatre on opening night of Fringe World 2019. EJ is keen to continue on the Board for a second term, adding her PR expertise as The Blue Room Theatre enters an exciting new era of growth and development.
LIESBETH GOEDHART – Secretary
Key Skills + Expertise – Philanthropy / Arts Management / Marketing
Board member since
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 goedhARTconsulting 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.
MONICA KANE – Board Member
Key Skills + Expertise – 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 enables her to lead CAN to create positive social change through the arts, building inclusion and understanding between people. Recently, she has 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 and recently extended this work alongside creatives of colour establishing intercultural dialogues through self-determined programs. It’s these achievements that Monica is most passionate about.
As an arts leader, Monica has extensive experience and strong relationships with national peers, and local, state and federal government bodies across many sectors. 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 this experience Monica brings a level, focused, and strategic perspective over governance, strategy, financial analysis, funding and partnerships, and community engagement. She also holds a double degree in BA Arts (Communication and Cultural Studies), and BSocSc, (Sociology).
ZAINAB SYED – Board Member
Key Skills + Expertise – 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 & 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.
IAN WILKES – Board Member
Key Skills + Expertise – 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.