Stephen Foster - President
(President since March 2017; Secretary since June 2015; Committee Member since 2015)
Stephen has had a 28 year long career in the Performing Arts industry with his first job at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre at age 16, moving on to roles at the Boondall Entertainment Centre. Stephen’s passion for contemporary music saw him work in many roles within the music industry in recording, records labels, promoting, touring and major events. Bringing together his passion for the Australian independent sector Stephen took on the role as Label Manager for the Australian Independent Records Label Association in both an industry and export advisor capacity. Stephen followed on with the role of Executive Producer of Australia’s leading contemporary music conference and showcase event BIGSOUND. Moving to North Queensland saw Stephen take on varied consultancy roles for major promoters and events before returning to the broader Performing Arts sector at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns. Stephen is now the Manager of Cultural Services for Cairns Regional Council overseeing the entire Arts and Cultural portfolio of the region, inclusive of the management of the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Performing Arts Centre development project and the Cairns Festival.
Rod Ainsworth - Vice-President
(Vice-President from March 2019; Committee Member since 2016)
Rod is a creative producer, writer, director and now venue manager having been at the helm of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre since May 2016. He was co-founder and long-time Creative Producer/Executive Officer for Creative Regions, a not for profit arts production company based in Bundaberg. Rod has worked as Creative Producer on many of the State’s major regional arts development projects in the last decade including Regional Stages (Bundaberg), Creative Generators (Central and South Western Queensland) and Creative Capricorn (Rockhampton). He is Chair of the Regional Arts Working Group through the Queensland Chamber of Arts and Culture which suits as he’s always banging the table about the merits of making art in regional Queensland.
John Webb - Secretary
(Secretary from March 2019; Vice-President June 2015 - March 2019; Secretary March - June 2015; Treasurer 2010 - 2013; Committee Member since 2010)
John started his career as a musician and went on to complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing while working as a casual theatre technician. John toured extensively throughout the US and Europe with a youth arts organisation and returned to Brisbane where he performed on the local club scene and was part of the initial set up team that opened the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. John worked at QPAC culminating in an integral role in the development of internet ticketing at QPAC as Administration and Systems Manager for Qtix. This period was punctuated with a stint as producer’s assistant on the original tour of Boy from OZ. In 2003, John joined Brisbane Powerhouse as Box Office Manager and progressed through the positions of Theatre Hire Manager, Producer – Jazz, and Operations Manager, including management of technical and production services and the functions and events business. John managed the practical aspects of the venue’s six-month refurbishment period in 2007. His subsequent appointment as Precinct Director saw him assume responsibility for the overall management of the Brisbane Powerhouse precinct, its resources and commercial tenancies. After 10 years at Brisbane Powerhouse, John was appointed to the role of Venue Manager, Program Leader for Logan Entertainment Centre and Community Venues in 2013 and is now Coordinator - Major Venues for Rockhampton Regional Council.
Kerry Saul - Treasurer
(Treasurer since March 2020; Secretary 2018; President 2017; Treasurer 2015; Committee Member since 2014)
Kerry has been active within the Stage Queensland circuit since 1982, when he worked for New Moon Theatre Company in North Queensland and has worked in or toured to most of the Stage Queensland venues. In 1987 he opened Mackay Entertainment Centre as Technical Manager and in 1997 moved to Toowoomba to open The Empire Theatre in the same role. Kerry has been General Manager of Empire Theatres since 2011. He is a member of VMA and APACA and holds a diploma in Theatre and Events. Kerry has been active with Stage Queensland over many years as a member of the Technical Committee, as Technical Representative for the Management Committee, as well as serving as Treasurer, Secretary and President.
(Technical Liaison Committee member since Nov 2016)
David has worked in the Production industry since the age of 16, turning a hobby into a fulfilling career, and working on a wide range of productions and with an even wider collective of artists throughout Australia. Throughout this time David has continued to develop his skills as an audio engineer/designer and production manager. David took up the Theatre Technical Manager role at the Ipswich Civic Centre in 2009 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Technical and Operations Manager in 2011 and Theatre Operations and Services Manager in 2016. David served on the Technical Managers sub-committee from 2013 to 2015.
(Committee Member since August 2018)
Rebecca is a highly skilled arts and culture professional with 20 years experience with all aspects of multi-disciplinary non-profit administration and leadership, including strategic planning, critical analysis, conceptual development, research, consultation, programming and evaluation. She is Director, Public Engagement & Learning at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Editor of QPAC’s Story magazine. She is a Board Member of Business South Bank. Her professional history includes work with performing arts centres, literary festivals, visual arts, youth programming and education, libraries and museums. Rebecca was the first Australian arts manager accepted as an International Fellow of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Originally training as a journalist at The University of Queensland, Rebecca has a Master of Arts in Cultural and Media Policy from Griffith University.
Box Office and Marketing Network (BOMNet) Sub-Committee
Kain is currently the Marketing, Communications & Ticketing Manager of Cultural Services at Cairns Regional Council, a role that incorporates marketing of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Festival as well as the Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 and associated programming. His role also includes managing Ticketlink which tickets events at Council and external venues across the Cairns region. Kain’s career within the arts started in the Melbourne film and television industry at the end of the 1980’s. By the late 90’s a move to Darwin provided opportunities to work in a variety of television production companies on arts projects, documentaries and advertising. A relocation to Cairns in 2005 prompted the launch of his own business which for ten years specialised in providing marketing, design and video production to the arts and cultural sector.
(Technical Committee Chair since February 2018)
Jon has been actively involved in the Arts from an early age. As well as undertaking study in the Performing Arts during High School, Jon undertook casual work for local hire companies and Cairns Civic Centre. After leaving school, he started full time work as a Stage Manager for the Tjapukai Dance Theatre in Kuranda, toured extensively with the award-winning company and worked on the opening of the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Theme Park near Cairns. Achieving qualifications including rigging, WH&S Officer, EWP’s and communication courses, Jon then returned to the Cairns Civic Theatre as the casual Lighting Designer, Head of Lighting and then Acting Technical Manager. After a working holiday to the UK, Jon started his own business working with venues to apply for grants for facility upgrades and technical training. From 2002, Jon consulted on technical requirements during construction of the Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) and was then employed by JUTE as Lighting Designer/Production Manager. Jon is now Technical Coordinator for the Cairns Regional Council and is responsible for production requirements across council’s performing arts venues. Jon has been with the NARPACA/ Stage Queensland Tech Committee for many years in various roles including Safety/Training sub-committee member, Host Venue Representative, Vice President and now President.
(Stage Queensland Executive Officer since 2010)
Suzan has worked as a performer, producer, and manager in the performing arts industry for 30 years. With a background as a professional dancer and choreographer, Suzan has toured the state extensively and is passionate about providing communities, regardless of their location, with access to high-quality and inspirational arts experiences. Previously, Suzan was Queensland’s Blue Heeler (national performing arts tour coordinator) and developed and delivered state and national tours for Queensland companies and independent artists. In this role, Suzan was a key advocate for performing arts touring and heavily involved in extending and refining touring networks and coordination mechanisms. Suzan has served on numerous boards including a five-year term as a member of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board, and for almost two decades as a committee member of Cecchetti Ballet Australia - Queensland Branch. Suzan was Chair of Ausdance Qld from 2015-2017 and was an Ausdance Qld Management Committee member for almost ten years. Suzan is currently the Executive Officer of Stage Queensland, the peak body for professional performing arts centres in Queensland.
(Accounts Officer 2014 - current; Executive Assistant 2009-2014)
Helen has over 20 years bookkeeping and administration experience and has been Executive Assistant and Bookkeeper of Stage Queensland since 2009 and General Manager/Proprietor of DDIY Services since 2000. Helen’s previous experience includes: Wedding photographer for Gary Rampton Photographics in Gladstone 1982 to 1992 and retail photographic sales 1982 to 1985; Secretary at Anthony Black Solicitors & Craig Woodhouse Accountants 1985 – 1986 in Perth; Receptionist at Gladstone Optical 1986 to 1990; Financial controller/administrator and co-director of Express Auto Electrics for 10 years until 2000. Helen has been the Treasurer of the Talara Primary College P&C since 2007 and holds a Certificate IV Accounting, Certificate IV Bookkeeping and is a registered BAS Agent (ATO Tax Practitioners Board).
(Communications Officer since 2017)
Liz has over 15 years experience in the arts industry and has previously held positions with Flying Arts, Queensland Arts Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council. Her experience includes roles in regional program delivery and development, grants management, performing arts touring, and community cultural development. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from the Queensland University of Technology.