The faces behind the organisation



Katrina Douglas, Coordinator

Katrina Douglas is a director and producer passionate about developing new work in collaboration with artists and communities that re-imagine the possibilities of live performance. Current projects include directing and co-writing ‘Being Debra’, an immersive virtual reality film creatively led by Debra Keenahan, and ‘R We Ok’ a verbatim performance exploring mental health created in collaboration with the Lithgow community. Recent company positions include Artistic Director / CEO of PACT centre for emerging artists; Director of Performing Arts at Penrith Performing & Visual Arts; and Artistic Director of PYT | Fairfield. Katrina has also worked as a creative producer, director and program manager for companies such as Interplay Kenya, Information and Cultural Exchange, Metro Screen, Sydney Theatre Company and Shopfront Contemporary Arts.





Board of Directors

Nick Atkins, Chairperson

Appointed May, 2019

Nick Atkins is a Playwright and Director. He graduated from UNSW with a BA Media and Communications with 1st Class Honours in practice-based research. He is currently Director, New Work for Penrith Performing & Visual Arts where he leads the Q Theatre programme at The Joan. For Q Theatre he has directed Daisy Moon Was Born This Way, Frankenstein & Teacup in a Storm. He has completed residences with Blacktown Arts Centre, Urban Theatre Projects, Performance Space, PACT, UNSW and Centre D’Art Marnay Sur-Seine. He we awarded ATYP’s Foundation Commission for his play Wonder Fly, his one-man show, A Boy & A Bean (PACT, Q Theatre) was awarded Best Performing Arts event at Mardi Gras and he recently presented his new work Boom at the National Play Festival with the support of PWA and National Theatre of Parramatta. Nick has worked as an Associate Producer and Co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Panel and was Board Member of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

Imogen Gardam, Deputy Chair

Appointed August, 2018

Imogen Gardam joined Bell Shakespeare in 2015 as Executive Assistant, and has since been appointed Artistic Administrator, supporting General Manager Gill Perkins and Artistic Director Peter Evans. Imogen works across casting and contracting for the Company. Imogen is a graduate of Media and Communications from the University of Sydney, and has previously worked for Hopscotch Features, Entertainment One Australia and The Festivalists. Imogen also runs and produces for independent company Montague Basement, which she co-founded in 2014. Imogen is the 2018 winner of the Rose Byrne Scholarship for an Emerging Female Leader in the Arts.

Dr Jane Kreis, Treasurer

Appointed June, 2019

Dr Jane Kreis has over 20 years experience in the Australian arts & cultural industry and academia. She lives in Grafton on NSW's North Coast and travels extensively in her role as Director, Theatre Network NSW which focuses on research & advocacy, networked support, resourcing & development of NSW's theatre sector. Jane has considerable knowledge of and has worked across all arts sectors in both regional and metropolitan Australia. She consults for other organisations including Regional Arts NSW, Grafton Regional Gallery, & Arts Mid North Coast and thrives on being part of a dynamic, supportive community. Jane specialises in sustainable, creative practice in Australian arts. Her 2010 research entitled "Together Alone: Conditions for Sustainability in Australian Independent Theatre"​ was carried out with the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong.

Ben Kay, Public Officer and Secretary

Appointed December, 2016

Ben is Co-founder and Partner of Kay and Hughes Art and Entertainment Lawyers. Having grown up surrounded by the influences and characters of the Australian theatre industry, Ben also has an intimate understanding of the processes behind the scenes of theatrical and musical productions and an ability to form lasting working relationships with actors, directors, producers, agents, managers, and crew.

Fraser Corfield, Board Director

Appointed May, 2019

Fraser Corfield is the Artistic Director and CEO of Australian Theatre for Young People. He has been managing programs with funded theatre companies since 1997. Throughout his career Fraser has been actively involved in arts management and advocacy and has participated in advisory bodies at all levels of the industry including the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Arts Queensland, the South Australian Youth Arts Board, Regional Arts NSW, Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group, Queensland Theatre Company, the Sidney Myer Foundation, Metro Arts and Young People in the Arts Australia. He has over 16 years’ experience as the Artistic Director/CEO of small-to-medium arts companies.Fraser is best known for his work taking 'Youth Theatre' onto the national stage. He has developed and staged new work involving young people in partnership with many of Australia's leading companies and his productions, commissions and programs have received many of Australia's leading industry Awards including AWGIES, Helpmann, Sidney Myer, Sydney Theatre, SA Great and Matilda Awards amongst others.

Maria Mitar, Board Director

Appointed May, 2019

Maria Mitar has extensive creative producing, events and community arts and cultural development experience, working across theatre, music and multi-artform programs in local government, contemporary arts organisations and the community sector. Her work is embedded in Western Sydney, working with artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and minority groups. She is currently the Performance Curator at the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, supporting and developing small scale independent works to large-scale site specific cultural programs. She is also the co-founder of the Cultural Arts Collective, an indie arts business developing cross cultural music and festival events inspired by grass roots conversations and engagement with culturally diverse communities.

Penny Watts, Board Director

Appointed December, 2016

Penny Watts became the founding General Manager with Monkey Baa Theatre in 2012. Penny came to that role having worked from 2007 to 2011 for Really Useful Company as 'Cats' General Manager and then as Executive Producer of Really Useful Company. Prior to that Penny was General Manager for Perth Theatre Company; General Manager at Riverina Theatre Company; Tour Coordinator at Arts on Tour NSW and Production Manager for Railway Street Theatre Company.

Pippa Bailey, Board Director

Appointed May, 2019

Pippa Bailey grew up on Gadigal Land in Sydney, starting her career as a performer and reporter/producer with SBSTV. Pippa spent many years in the UK where she was Artistic Director for The Museum Of on London’s South Bank and for oh!art @Oxford House, a community arts centre in East London. As Associate Director with The World Famous – innovate company of pyrotechnicians 2001-13, Pippa created and toured large-scale outdoor shows including signature events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Pippa produced the Total Theatre Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007-12 and from 2007 has developed BiDiNG TiME, an international participatory theatre project highlighting the vital need to empower women and imagine new systems that respond to environmental crisis. Pippa returned to Australia in 2013 and joined Performing Lines as Senior Producer working with extraordinary independent artists including Ghenoa Gela, Nakkiah Lui, Amrita Hepi, Martin del Amo, Branch Nebula, The Climate Guardians and Sandra Thibodeaux. Pippa was senior producer at Sydney Festival 2019. She is on the Advisory Board of IETM – International Performing Arts Network (Brussels) and a board member of Theatre Network NSW. Pippa is passionate about culture leading on climate action to create a fair and sustainable future. 

Peta Downes, Board Director

Appointed May, 2019

Peta Downes is a theatre director, producer and arts educator of over twenty-five years experience. She is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Sydney and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing (QUT), a Bachelor of Arts – Honours -1A in Directing and Educational Drama (QUT) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management (UTS). She was an associate artist with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company from 1996-99, where she trained in the Suzuki and Viewpoints methods and performed the role of Lady Macbeth in the 1998 inaugural production of "Macbeth: As Told by the Weird Sisters". In 1999 Peta was the only Australian invited to train in the Suzuki and Viewpoints Method and work with director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company at their Summer Intensive in Saratoga Springs, New York. Peta was the Course Manager - National Short Courses for NIDA's Open Program from 2010-11 and Executive Coordinator - Creative Industries for University of Western Sydney from 2011-14. She is currently Program Leader for AIM Dramatic Arts.