(L – R) Karen Connolly, Sally Martin, Ryan Sandilands, Samantha Nerida, Harriet Roberts, Roger Miller, Alexa Taylor and Julian Hobba. Image by Simon Pynt.
JULIAN HOBBA – Executive Director
Julian brings a range of theatre making and producing experience to the role of Executive Director. He has previously been Program Manager: Arts and Culture for the Centenary of Canberra – a yearlong city-of-culture style festival under the creative directorship of Robyn Archer AO – and Company Manager at Malthouse Theatre. Julian has maintained a playwriting practice throughout his career with work performed independently in Melbourne and in Canberra with Aspen Island Theatre Company, which he established in 2013.
HARRIET ROBERTS – Producer
A graduate of WAAPA’s Arts Management course as well as Arts (Communication Studies) at the University of Western Australia, Harriet worked as an independent producer and publicist prior to joining The Blue Room Theatre as Associate Producer in April 2016. Just over two years later, she stepped into the role of Producer and is thrilled to continue to work with The Blue Room Theatre in championing and supporting independent artists at both a local and national level.
ROGER MILLER – Venue and Operations Manager
After completing a year 12 certificate in Canberra in 1979 and attending the Victorian College of Arts in 1981, Roger worked as a stage manager for the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney for 2 years where his work included lighting and sound design and operation as well as stage management. In between operating sound for touring productions he worked as a lighting operator at the Sydney Opera House until 1985. After national tours as sound operator, he returned to the Sydney Opera House as a Sound operator and worked with companies like the Australian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Roger moved to Perth in 1994. Since relocating to Perth he has worked as a lighting operator and designer, sound operator and designer, and stage manager at venues including His Majesty’s Theatre, Playhouse, Concert Hall, Subiaco Theatre Centre, Regal Theatre, Pica, Rechabites’ Hall and for companies such as Black Swan, Perth Theatre Company, Yirri Yaakin, Tura New Music Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Barking Gecko, Awesome Festival and Skadada. Roger has also taken tours to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne as well as to Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Shanghai (China).
RYAN SANDILANDS – Marketing and Communications Manager
After graduating from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Communications, Ryan went on to work in a number of marketing and communications roles across the arts sector. He has previously worked for Perth Concert Hall, The Bird and as Perth editor for retired publication The Thousands. Ryan joined The Blue Room Theatre in August 2017.
SAMANTHA NERIDA – Associate Producer
Samantha graduated from WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2015, and has since worked with The Blue Room Theatre as a producer, director, and performer. Samantha is a pioneering member of SimLab @ Murdoch University, for which they are a digital puppeteer and Simulation Specialist. Samantha is also a founding member of Static Drive Co, alongside Timothy Green and Haydon Wilson. They recently worked as The Blue Room Theatre’s Marketing Assistant during Summer Nights 2018, before joining the team full time in May 2018.
SALLY MARTIN – Office and Front of House Manager
Sally studied classics and languages at the University of Western Australia, became an Associate of the Trinity College of London and gained her Performer’s Shield in dance before going on to do the theatre course at WAAPA. After graduating, Sally worked extensively as an actor and wine promoter and formed the co-operative Actors Waiting and the all female, smoking, drinking and tap dancing group Veuve Click-O. Sally finally got a proper job at Boffins Bookshop in 2000 but was enticed away by Jansis O’Hanlon to join the Blue Room team in 2007 where she lives happily ever after. Sally is a wine baron and a Scrabble master. True story.
ZAL KANGA-PARABIA – Project Coordinator
Zal is an artist with a passion for community engagement, diversity, science communication and storytelling. He was born in Sydney and moved to India at a young age, later to Perth where he has been back and forth since. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art and Physics at Edith Cowan University. Some previous works include, Walk With Me – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 2018, Topographs – The Blue Room Summer Nights 2017, Perth International Arts Festival – The Midnight Run 16 Tone Piano and Spectrogram, Ru (//) Cercle Flaming Locomotive 2017 (Martin Sims – Best New Work Nominated), Waste Less WAAPA 2nd Year Dance Production 2016, Queen Leah Riptide 2016 and Red Tree Riptide 2015. He was the Creative Coordinator for the KickstART Festival 2018 and was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year 2018 for his work with young people.
KAREN CONNOLLY – Accounts
Karen has been working as a freelance bookkeeper and administrative assistant since 2000. Karen is an arts graduate from UWA and a qualified secondary school teacher. As well as maintaining The Blue Room Theatre’s accounts, Karen is a freelance proofreader and also writes film reviews on The Boomtown Rap.