Member & Chair since March 2012
Van was born in Sydney and began her writing career as a playwright, staging her first professional play at 15. Her plays have appeared in Australia, the UK, Germany, the USA, Iceland, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland. She has been staged at the Royal Court Theatre, was the first Australian playwright selected for New York’s Summer Play Festival, has won a Queensland Premier’s Award and the NSDF International Playscript Competition and written for BBC TV and radio. An award-winning critic and screenwriter, she also writes for music theatre, and was until recently employed as Literary Manager of the celebrated Finborough Theatre in London. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Malthouse Theatre. In 2010, Van became a novelist, and her first book, Burnt Snow was published by PanMacmillan in 2010. Publication of the second volume of the paranormal saga, White Rain, is imminent. Van's plays include The Gabriels, Nikolina, Bedtime for Bastards, Letters to W, Black Hands/Dead Section and Petrograd.
Member since October 2008, Deputy Chair since March 2010
Canadian by birth and now Tasmanian by choice, Lisa Harris completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music at King’s College, University of London, and a Graduate Diploma, Library and Information Studies, at the University of Tasmania. Her first full-time job was in the Development Office at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, where she stayed for three years. Various jobs in administration, marketing and management have led her to the TSO as Manager, Philanthropy and Special Events where she is responsible for the management of the TSO’s philanthropy programs, fundraising events and the TSO Foundation.
Member since April 2009, Treasurer since April 2009
Diane is a partner and co-founder of Macquarie Accounting with some 23 years’ practical experience in public accounting firms. She has a Public Practice certificate and is a Fellow Practising National Accountant with the National Institute of Accountants. Diane is also an arts enthusiast with an outstanding record of philanthropic support to arts and community causes.
Member and Public Officer since March 2013
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.
Member since May 2008
David is a well-known creator of animated cartoons. He created, produced and directed Australia's first fully 3D animated television series, Hoota & Snoz which has sold into over 100 countries. David is a prolific developer of cartoon characters and concepts and with his partner Alicia Rackett, runs Blue Rocket Productions, an award winning cartoon studio based in Hobart, Tasmania. David is also involved in the creation of Blue Rocket’s mobile entertainment, which is sold by over 30 carriers worldwide. he is currently Executive Producer and Director of Pixel Pinkie Series 2, a 26-episode animated television series.
Member since March 2013
As the daughter of a teacher and a musician, Tahni's passion for lists and the arts led her to a bachelor degree in Arts Management from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a career in producing. She 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 Thyestes (with Malthouse Theatre). Since 2010 she has worked for Belvoir where she is currently Associate Producer.
Member since March 2013
Finegan Kruckemeyer has had 52 commissioned plays performed on five continents, and was an inaugural recipient of the $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
In 2012 20 works by Finegan (including nine premieres) will play worldwide, with seasons in Argentina, Australia, China, England, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland – and the United States, at invited programmes New Visions New Voices (JFK Center for the Arts, Washington), New Plays for Young Audiences (New York University), and the IPAY American Showcase (his fourth consecutive IPAY work).
Finegan and his work have received the 2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, 2010 Best New Work Ruby Award, 2009 Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for Best Children’s Play in Australia, 2009 Mystate Young Tasmanian Artist Award, 2009 Ruby Award For Innovation, 2008 Best Children’s Theatre Playwright Oscart, 2007 Best Playwright Oscart, 2006 Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, and 2002 Colin Thiele Scholarship.
Finegan has spoken at conferences and festivals in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Scotland, Sweden, the UK and the US, with his paper 'The Taboo of Sadness' published. He was one of 21 selected worldwide for the ASSITEJ Next Generation (international group of young leaders in children’s theatre), and sits on Arts Tasmania’s Assistance to Individuals Panel, and Write Local, Play Global’s (an international TYA network) Playwrights Advisory Committee.
Finegan was born in Ireland, and came to Adelaide at eight. In 2004, he moved with his wife Essie to Hobart, Tasmania. He is committed to making strong and respectful work for children, which acknowledges them as astute audience members outside the plays, and worthy subjects within.
Member since March 2013
Jane Griffiths’ career combines academic teaching and research with professional theatre practice.
She had an extensive career in UK theatre as an actor and director, and recently returned to professional practice, performing with Bell Shakespeare Company in King Lear, Malthouse Theatre in Sappho…in 9 fragments and Wild Surmise, Fraught Outfit in Elektra and Persona, and for ABC Radio National in Sectioned and Sappho. She has directed text based work at Harrogate Theatre, UpFront Theatre Company, Cambridge Arts Theatre (as Director of the Cambridge Greek Play), and Red Stitch Actors Ensemble. As writer, her plays include Sappho…in 9 fragments (Malthouse Theatre, ABC Radio National; Greenwich Theatre, London), which was nominated for the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards, An Ox Stand on my Tongue (winner of an R E Ross Award and PWA dvelopment place), Sectioned (ABC RN), and the libretto for the opera Razing Hypatia (3 Masks; Opera Nova), and an adaptation of Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise (Malthouse Theatre).
Her practice and research actively fosters interdisciplinary links between Classics and performance, and her current research projects investigate affective ways of interpreting classic/al texts through performance. Her teaching practice includes positions in Classical Studies and Drama departments in universities in the UK and Australia. She was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Lecturer in Drama (1998, King’s College) and the inaugural Leventis Fellow in Greek Drama (2001, Peterhouse) at the University of Cambridge, and has also taught at Bretton Hall, York St Johns, La Trobe and University of Melbourne. She a Senior Lecturer in, and from 2013 will be Director of, the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash.
Member since March 2013
Kyle has been involved in the theatre industry since the age of eleven, with a role in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of Waiting for Godot. He has since worked as an actor with companies such as Deckchair Theatre, Barking Gecko, Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Corporation and Sydney Theatre Company. As a Director Kyle’s credits include In the Nyitting Time, Muttacar Sorry Business (Yirra Yaakin), and as Assistant Director Yibiyung (Company B Belvoir), Memmie Le Blanc (Deckchair Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Sydney Theatre Company) and The Female of the Species (Black Swan). In 2009 Kyle was appointed as Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin and in November this year he will direct Robert Merritt's The Cake Man for Belvoir's Downstairs Theatre.