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.
John Webb - Vice President
(Vice-President since June 2015; Secretary March - June 2015; Committee Member since 2010; Treasurer 2010 - March 2013)
John started his career as a musician in his teens 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 the Queensland Performing Arts Centre developing extensive ticketing experience 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. John was previously a member of the Performing Arts Committee of the International Association of Venue Managers.
Kerry Saul - Secretary
(Secretary since March 2018; Committee Member since 2014; President 2017; Treasurer 2015)
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 and as Technical Representative for the Management Committee, prior to becoming President in March 2016.
Geoffrey Ko - Treasurer
(Treasurer since March 2018)
(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.
(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 March 2018)
(Committee Member since Sept 2015)
Lea Schuster has more than 30 years' arts industry experience, working in a variety of roles and capacities. In addition to being a practising arts worker herself, she was a retail gallery owner/manager representing more than 75 artists from across Australia for more than 12 years. Lea held the positions of financial and program officer with both the Australian Network of Clay and Glass Artists and Ausdance Queensland, peak bodies providing professional support for their members, for more than 8 years and has also served on the Board of Ausdance Queensland. Lea has had extensive experience with grants and funding organisations and has been a previous peer assessor for Arts Queensland on the panel for Small to Mediums and Programs and Projects. In 2007 Lea joined the Scenic Rim Regional Council in Cultural Services where her work has included project delivery, event management, venue operations, cultural programming and the coordination of the RADF program for Council. Lea is currently the Team Leader for Scenic Rim's two dynamic cultural centres which operate with a strong focus on community engagement and inclusion, as well as developing local and professional industry partnerships and audiences across a diverse region.
(Committee Member since Sept 2016)
Zane Trow is a manager of arts centres, festivals and arts programs and Creative Arts Manager at Redland City Council and also serves as Chair of Media Arts Asia Pacific (MAAP), a Brisbane based not-for-profit art organisation with an Asia Pacific focus specially dedicated to Internet, interactive, digital and screen-based art practices integrating new media technology. MAAP supports a community of visual artists with Media Bank equipment loans. Since 1998, MAAP has produced 7 international media art festivals across Brisbane, Beijing and Singapore. Formally Professional Development Coordinator for Access Arts Inc., Associate Professor of QUT Performance Studies, Artistic Director of the South Bank Corporation, Chairman of Youth Arts Qld, Artistic Advisor at Metro Arts Centre & inaugural CEO/Artistic Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts.
Box Office and Marketing Network (BOMNet) Committee
(BOMNet Chair since August 2017)
Kat’s passion for all things performing arts began at age 4 when she started dance and drama lessons- she joined the Friends of the Theatre at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre when she was just 15 and experienced both the performing & FOH sides of an entertainment venue. After completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts at CQU in 2004, she moved to Brisbane to complete a Certificate IV in Business and has held various positons in Ticketing, FOH & Admin for QLD Arts Council, QPAC, Brisbane Entertainment Centre & QLD Theatre Company. Kat joined the BOMNET Ticketing Committee in 2015 as the Box Office & Admin Coordinator at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre and has participated as a member of the committee at all 3 conferences since. She is currently the Patron Services Team Leader for the Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton and is excited to step into the role of Committee Chair.
(Stage Queensland Executive Officer since 2010)
Before joining Stage Queensland, Suzan was Queensland’s Blue Heeler (national performing arts tour coordinator) at Queensland Arts Council for five years where she developed and delivered over 20 state and national tours of a mix of Queensland’s major and small-to-medium companies and independent artists. In this role, Suzan was a key advocate for performing arts touring and heavily involved in extending and refining existing touring networks and coordination mechanisms (Cyberpaddock web site, Long Paddock product showcase, annual NARPACA Showcase). From 1999-2005, Suzan was Business Development Manager and Web Coordinator for ToadShow Pty Ltd, a Brisbane-based creative communications company specialising in graphic design for print, web and multimedia. She has been a professional dancer and choreographer and toured the state extensively working with Queensland Ballet, Darc Swan Contemporary Dance Company and with her own touring dance-education programs for Queensland Arts Council’s School Touring Program. Suzan has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from QUT and is a qualified ballet teacher in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. She 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. Until 2017, Suzan was Chair of Ausdance Qld and had been an Ausdance Qld Management Committee member since 2008.
(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).