Anne Henshall has worked in Performing Arts Marketing and Event Management with Capital Venues & Events, the Bendigo Easter Festival and Bendigo Writers Festival for over 11 years. Previously a Board Member of Variety - the Children’s Charity Victorian Tent and the Bendigo Trust, Anne was also the creator of the Bendigo Kids Character Carnival, one of the Executive Production team on NED - A New Australian Musical that premiered at the opening of Ulumbarra Theatre and produced a musical as part of a health promotion project for Bendigo Community Health. Anne and her husband Paul have two daughters Ellen and Georgey who are both heavily involved in community and professional performance and as a family they have performed together in numerous dramas and musicals with local Bendigo community theatre groups. Anne has a passion for performing arts and the very real benefits to young people’s health and wellbeing whether through participation, performance or as part of an audience.
Debra brings with her a wealth of experience in the creative industries through her work in television, film and innovative digital platforms, and deep strategic and operational management roles. She has worked extensively with start-up teams across a range of digital media businesses including an online platform for children’s creative development and expression. Debra is a long-standing member of the Vicscreen (formerly Film Victoria) investment and incentive committee having previously been a Board member for nine years, and is a former board member of Barking Gecko, Western Australia’s theatre company for children and their families.
Emily is an experienced marketing and communications professional who is passionate about growing audiences and communicating the value of the creative industries. With more than a decade of experience leading high impact strategic media and marketing campaigns, Emily is the Senior Manager Marketing & Communications at VicScreen. She has previously held positions including Theatre Marketing Project Manager at Visit Victoria, Marketing and Communications Manager at Chunky Move, and Marketing Campaign Manager at Melbourne Theatre Company. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts, Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn.
Aneke has worked locally and internationally as an administrator, producer and project manager in government and cultural organisations for over 18 years. With postgraduate qualifications in Arts Administration from RMIT, and a Diploma of Business Governance, Aneke has broad practical experience gained from working with organisations such as the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Heritage Council of Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia, Lucy Guerin Inc, National Institute of Circus Arts, Auspicious Arts Projects, City of Melbourne, City of Darebin, and City of Port Phillip. Aneke has also been a freelance producer with Seesault Projects. She is currently a Senior Project Officer for the International Education Division of the Victorian Government Department of Education.
Christian Leavesley is the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company. He studied theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining Arena Christian co-founded multi-award winning company Uncle Semolina (& friends), whose works such as Gilgamesh, Ticky Tacky and OT were known for their innovative use of playing space and theatrical form. Leavesley’s work has appeared in festivals and venues across Australia, and internationally in Asia, North America and Europe. Leavesley’s works for Arena include Starchaser, Marlin, Marlin Expedition, Point of View, The Sleepover, Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon, Trapper and Air Race.
Stan is an accomplished executive with over 30 years’ experience with several major institutions and authorities including Queen Victoria Markets Pty Ltd as CEO; the City of Greater Bendigo, Victorian Government, Federation Square and Melbourne Docklands Authority as an Executive Director; former Head of the Geelong Waterfront Development; a planning, development and local government consultant earlier in his career; and as a non-executive Board Director in the education, public and private sectors. Stan has enjoyed a career in often high-profile, challenging environments and has seasoned expertise in sectors including Business; Major Projects; Planning, Design and Development; Local Government; Arts, Tourism and Major Events; Marketing and Communications. Stan is a proud resident of Bendigo and Melbourne. In Bendigo, Stan is particularly synonymous with the development of major attractions including Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Art Gallery and Bendigo Airport.
Liahn is the COO for VicScreen, the State Government agency supporting the film, television, and digital games sectors of Victoria, where he has oversight of all strategic planning, financial, operational, risk management and governance requirements. Liahn is responsible for the delivery of high-impact and high-value operations, services, and initiatives to VicScreen’s stakeholders, leading strategic projects and allocating resources in line with corporate governance requirements. Liahn is also the CFO for VicScreen, providing strategic advice to the CEO and the Board on all finance, audit, risk, governance, and compliance matters. Previously, he held various senior finance and leadership roles within the screen, higher education, and hospitality industries. A member of CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Liahn chairs the Arena Theatre Company’s Finance and Risk Committee.
Tom has a proud history as a director and committee member of various Bendigo-based organisations, including serving as Chair of the Star Cinema Eaglehawk and President of the Bendigo Law Association. Tom has a background in composing and performing music in various contexts, including for stage and brings his enthusiasm for performance, creativity and self-expression to the board of Arena. Outside of working as a lawyer with Bendigo law firm O’Farrell Robertson McMahon, Tom volunteers across various sporting leagues and associations as a tribunal member and chairperson. Tom is passionate about Arena Theatre Company and the community it serves, and brings to the board his expertise in governance, advocacy and risk management.
Abe is an experienced arts manager and creative with specialist skills in theatrical production and operations, producing, and technical theatre. He is currently Artistic Operations Manager at Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne – home of two renowned cultural institutions: Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Previously, Abe was Production Manager at Melbourne Theatre Company. Well-respected in the Central Victorian Creative Community, Abe is a Life Member of Bendigo Theatre Company (and former President), and worked in various operational roles across the Bendigo Venues and Events team for ten years. Abe’s producing and production management work includes Torch the Place, Berlin, Summer Series, Well That Happened, Cyrano and Touching the Void for MTC; Wicked, One Man Two Guvnors, Peter Pan for BTC; Assassins for 3’s A Crowd Inc.; First Date for Pipedream Productions; and, [title of show] as an independent production. Abe holds a Bachelor of Arts (French/MediaComms), and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from The University of Melbourne. Abe studied linguistics and history at Université Paris Didérot and has a working French proficiency.