Board

Tahni Froudist - Chair (NSW)

Member since March 2013, Chair since March 2014

Tahni is the General Manager of HotHouse Theatre, Australia’s leading regional theatre company telling new Australian stories. Before joining HotHouse, Tahni was the Associate Producer at Belvoir, producing new Australian work by writers and theatre-makers such as Anne-Louise Sarks, Simon Stone, Kate Mulvany, Nakkiah Lui, Kit Brookman, Michael Gow and Angela Betzien. She is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts Management, and has worked for a number of independent and professional theatre companies including Deckchair Theatre, Perth International Arts Festival as well as producing in the Blue Room and B Sharp independent seasons. As General Manager of The Hayloft Project she produced The Only Child, The Suicide and the multi-award winning Thyestes (with Malthouse Theatre). 

Janelle O'Reilly – Deputy Chair and Public Officer (TAS)

Member and Public Officer since March 2013. Deputy Chair since March 2014

Janelle is a corporate governance professional. She completed a degree in law and economics at the University of Tasmania and then moved to Melbourne and spent many years working as a lawyer in private practice specialising in corporate and commercial law including mergers and acquisitions. She then moved to Sydney to work as in house legal counsel for building products group Crane Group Limited and acted in the role as General Counsel and Company Secretary. She returned to Tasmania to take up a similar role with agribusiness group Ruralco Holdings Limited, and now works at Tasmania's electricity distributor and retailer Aurora Energy Pty Ltd as its General Manager of Governance encompassing legal, business risk, information management and compliance.  She is a graduate of the AICD directors course and a member of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Nell Bingham – Treasurer (TAS)

Member and Treasurer since March 2015

Nell is a highly experienced accountant and financial manager, whose previous positions include Director of Finance, Medicare Tasmania, several senior roles at Aurora Energy and the Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance. She has served on many boards and committees in various capacities relating to financial, business and risk management and strategic direction. Nell has a passionate interest in theatre for young people

Liz Norris (NSW)

Member since March 2014

Liz is a thought leader, strategist, business advisor and business builder whose background includes senior corporate roles in multi-media (Optus), innovation, broadband and interactive TV (Nokia). She has worked as a consultant to small business to a portfolio of clients, advising on design, strategy and business development, financial modelling, budgets and cash flow, business and digital strategy development and marketing. Since 2009, she has held the position of Managing Director of Be Learning, Australia’s leading creative learning agency combining theatre, film, digital and social media to inspire positive change and drive business results.

Angela Betzien (NSW)

Member since September 2014

Angela is a multi award-winning writer and co-director of independent theatre company, Real TV. Her work has toured widely across Australia and internationally. Her recent writing credits include Tall Man( RealTV & Magictorch) Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? (Graffiti Theatre, Ireland), Helicopter (Melbourne Theatre Company), The Dark Room (Belvoir), Girl Who Cried Wolf (Arena), War Crimes, Hoods and Children of the Black Skirt (RealTV). She received the 2011 Sydney Theatre Award for Best New Australian work, the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for Drama, the 2012 Kit Denton Fellowship and the 2008 Richard Wherrett Award for Excellence in Playwriting.  She is currently working on commissions with Belvoir/Playwriting Australia, Terrapin/Melbourne Theatre Company and the University of Wollongong.

Paul Dwyer (NSW)

Member since September 2014

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. After almost a decade of professional theatre work, mostly as an actor, animateur, director or dramaturg in the field of youth/community theatre, Paul returned to University study in the mid-1990s, gaining a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Theatre Studies from the University of Paris (8) and a PhD in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney. In addition to conventional forms of scholarly research, Paul has a strong track record of developing creative practice-as-research through his involvement with professional theatre companies such as Version 1.0 and Belvoir St Theatre. He has co-devised a number of critically acclaimed documentary theatre pieces, including The Bougainville Photoplay Project which toured nationally in 2010 and was awarded a Melbourne Green Room Award for Best Mise en Scène in Alternative/Hybrid Theatre.

Liz Norris (NSW)

Member since March 2014

Liz is a thought leader, strategist, business advisor and business builder whose background includes senior corporate roles in multi-media (Optus), innovation, broadband and interactive TV (Nokia). She has worked as a consultant to small business to a portfolio of clients, advising on design, strategy and business development, financial modelling, budgets and cash flow, business and digital strategy development and marketing. Since 2009, she has held the position of Managing Director of Be Learning, Australia’s leading creative learning agency combining theatre, film, digital and social media to inspire positive change and drive business results.

Susan Williams (TAS)

Member since March 2014

Susan is Co-Head and Senior Drama teacher at Friends High School, Hobart, where she has worked in various roles since 1984. She is an active participant in the wider community, serving on various boards and committees. Susan is currently Chair of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Foundation and Education Committee and Panel Co-Chair of Year 11 and 12 Drama/Theatre Performance practical exams, Southern Region. She holds a BA and Grad Dip in Arts Education through UTAS.

Fiona Hamilton (TAS)

Member since May 2015

Fiona is an Aboriginal writer, producer, dramaturg and artist with extensive experience in community engagement, community education, program design and evaluation, community development and technical and creative writing. She is an experienced cultural consultant with wide ranging experience in negotiating cultural permissions and approvals for projects, providing cultural briefings and undertaking historical research for projects or performers. Fiona also provides support and opportunities to a number of Tasmanian Aboriginal artists to practise their craft.