Our People

Our People


President  Anne-Marie Heath, Wyong NSW
Vice President Kerry Saul, Toowoomba QLD
Treasurer  David Barrett, SA
Secretary Caroline Stacey, Canberra ACT
Public Officer Caroline Stacey, Canberra ACT
Board Members Rob Lines, Crawley WA
Robyn Birrell, Melbourne VIC
Sue Donnelly, Brisbane QLD
Greg Leong, Launceston TAS
Peter Owens, Rockhampton QLD
Michelle Pearce, Orange NSW
Observer Peter Owens, Rockhampton QLD
Executive Director   Rick Heath
Program Manager & Event Producer Katherine Connor




Anne-Marie Heath

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Anne-Marie Heath was the General Manager of City Recital Hall Angel Place, a 1200 seat purpose built, world class concert venue in Sydney.

Prior to this Anne-Marie was the General Manager at Merrigong Theatre Company and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre a performing arts centre that both presents and produces theatre. The Manager at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, a freelance arts administrator and the Business Operations Manager at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne.

She has extensive experience in arts administration and has worked in venue management, festivals and with a diverse range of companies. Anne-Marie has served on a range of arts organisation boards and committees and currently is the President of APACA, the APACA representative on the Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA) and a Board Member of Performing Lines and Critical Stages.


Vice President

Kerry Saul

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Kerry Saul is the General Manager of Empire Theatres Pty Ltd in Toowoomba, operating the Empire Theatre Precinct.

Kerry has been active with NARPACA over many years and is currently Treasurer of NARPACA. He is the Queensland representative on the Board of Management of Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA).

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. He has recently overseen the completion of the new 350 seat Armitage Centre within the Empire precinct. Kerry has been General Manager of Empire Theatres since 2011.

Kerry has a particular interest in encouraging the growth of production and performance within his region and in maintaining an effective touring network.



David Barrett 


David Barrett (South Australia) is Unit Manager, Cultural Facilities for the City of Marion. His role encompasses management of the Marion Swimming Centre, Council’s commercial leases and (most importantly) the Marion Cultural Centre. The Centre comprises of a theatre, meeting rooms, art gallery, café, outdoor plaza and library. Prior to working at Marion, David was Advisor, Performing Arts for the City of Tea Tree Gully where he managed the Golden Grove Arts Centre. David has worked professionally within the performing arts and outdoor events industries since 2001 as General Manager Entertainment for the 20th Australian Jamboree, Theatre Technician for the Shedley Theatre and Technical Assistant for Apollo Lighting. His involvement in South Australia’s amateur theatre scene stretches back to 1989 with many appearances in front of and behind the curtain.

David’s formal training is Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and Bachelor of Commerce but it didn’t take long for him to see the light and pursue a career in an area that he is passionate about – performing arts.

David was also a Chair of the South Australian Presenters Association (SAPA), the state-based presenter association, a presenter representative on the PATA Council and Treasurer of Out of the Square Inc, a network of suburban performing arts centres that plan, package, programme and present the best possible arts and entertainment to audiences outside Adelaide’s CBD.


Secretary & Public Officer

Caroline Stacey 

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Caroline Stacey is the Artistic Director/CEO of The Street Theatre, Canberra’s  creative hub for professional and independent artists and the ACT’s leading producer of contemporary live performance.  Prior to that appointment she has held a number of roles in the arts including:  Artistic Director of Castlemaine State Festival, VIC; Artistic Director of Melba Festival, VIC; Cultural Planning and Development Manager Knox City Council; lecturer at the VCA Opera School; National Artistic Directorate member of Chamber Made; and Artistic Director of Outback Youth Theatre, NSW. Currently she is the Chair of Kultour  – a national organisation advancing cultural diversity in the arts in Australia;- and has been a Director of More Than Opera Ltd and the Rotary Acclaim Awards.  Caroline has an extensive career as a stage director of theatre and opera and has created work from Hay to the Sydney Opera House and everything from grand opera to solo work.  Caroline has a Master of Theatre Arts and BA in Sociology.

In 2012 Caroline received the Canberra Artist of the Year Award for cultural leadership. Other awards include: Canberra Centenary 100 Great Women Award, MEAA Green Room Award, and an ACT International Womens Day Award for her outstanding contribution to the performing arts.


Board Member

Rob Lines

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Rob Lines is the Manager of University Theatres at the University of Western Australia, running 3 theatres, two studios, an open-air cinema and the State’s primary ceremonial space, Winthrop Hall.

Rob is originally from the UK, where he ran a range of Edinburgh Fringe venues before moving in to regional theatre in marketing and then management. After taking 4 years to run multiplex cinemas for Warner Brothers he became General Manager of UK Arts International, touring culturally diverse theatre and dance into the UK and similar UK shows overseas.

This led to 7 years as Producer for C&T Theatre Company, a digital theatre company working with children, young people and people at risk of social exclusion. C&T’s practice takes digital technologies and places them at the heart of drama, giving young people the skills and confidence to know that they can make a creative contribution to make to their community and to the world around them.


Board Member

Robyn Birrell

Robyn Birrell began her professional arts industry career as a founding member of the Mill Theatre Company in Geelong and later, within that community, undertook the joint roles of Program Manager for Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Executive Officer of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres for over a decade. In 2006 she moved to NSW and assisted in the establishment of The Glasshouse, a new multi-art form cultural centre in Port Macquarie. In 2010 she returned to Melbourne, taking on the role of Artistic Producer, Performing Arts at Gasworks Arts Park and in 2012 she joined Arts Centre Melbourne’s (ACM) programming team working as the Producer on the Hamer Hall re-opening as well as programs such as Carnegie 18; New Music Theatre Program, Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Season, Full Tilt and the long running Morning Melodies Season. By 2014 Robyn had crossed to the commercial side of the ACM business and took on the newly developed position of Venue Sales Manager. In this current role she maintains the relationships with the key resident companies and drives the hiring revenue for the main theatres and the Hamer Hall.

Robyn has held Governance roles with Geelong’s Courthouse Inc., The Arts Industry Council of Victoria and Queenscliff Music Festival as well being on panels for Arts Victoria’s Regional Arts Development Fund, Community Liaison Officers and Professionals in Residence Development Fund and the Organisation’s Investment Program over a number of years. While working in regional NSW Robyn was a panel member for the Arts NSW Touring Fund Panel and NSW Dance Fund Panel and an Executive Board Member for INAPAC.


Board Member

Greg Leong 

Greg photo 2 - CopyGreg completed a postgraduate qualification in arts management (Polytechnic of Central London) in 1976. Career highlights include: Marketing Officer, Youth & Music (London), Head of Programs Hong Kong Arts Centre, Director Tas Regional Arts, Arts Tasmania Executive Officer for the visual arts & design, lecturer (arts management and textiles) University of Tasmania. He also freelanced as a curator and visual and performing artist before returning to venue management and programming in 2008 as Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre/Burnie Regional Art Gallery. In 2013 he became the General Manager of Theatre North Inc and Artistic Director in 2017.


Board Member

Michelle Pearce

Michelle has been the Manager of the Orange Civic Theatre since 2001 michelle-pearce-2and has worked professionally in the arts and venue management for over twenty years.  Michelle has had significant involvement with the delivery of events, festivals and public programs for local and regional audiences during this time. This includes producing and supporting, advocating, developing touring initiatives, sitting on funding boards and establishing presenting initiatives. Orange Theatre won the APACA Drover Award for Best Presenter in 2016 and for Outstanding Production Services by a Presenter in 2009.  In 2012 Michelle complete the Masters for Arts and Entertainment through Deakin University where she was presented with the Deans Award.



Peter Owens

Peter Owens (Queensland) is the Manager Arts and Heritage for Rockhampton Regional Council.

Previously APACA President and formerly President Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centres Association (NARPACA), Peter has an extensive knowledge of performing arts touring in regional Queensland having also chaired the Arts Queensland Performing Arts Grants Committee and has been a member of the Playing Australia Committee.

Peter was the first presenter to be awarded the Drovers Award for Touring Legend and was inducted as a Life Member of APACA in 2016.


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Rick Heath

Rick has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for some 25 years. He is the Director of Push Management Pty Ltd, an arts management company that undertakes strategic business planning for creative organisations.

Most recently Rick was Executive Producer for the Perth International Arts Festival. He has fulfilled roles such as Event Operations Manager at the Sydney Opera House and General Manager of Buzz Dance Theatre. He has co-produced work with Black Swan Theatre Co and worked with companies such as WA Theatre Company, Dance North (Townsville), Chrissie Parrot Dance Company, Country Arts WA, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company and Australian Dance Theatre. Rick graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Stage Management and also holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

Rick was Chair of Steps Youth Dance Company for eight years, he was also Chair of AusdanceWA, and in 2009 & ‘10, was Project Facilitator for the Contemporary Dance Model Development project [Future Moves], a $1.6M state government initiative for the development of Contemporary Dance in Western Australia. Rick was a member and Chair of the Dance and Physical Theatre panel for the Helpmann awards from 2004 to 2013 as well as a member of the Regional Touring panel for four years. He is  currently Chair of the Helpmann Panel for Best Children’s Presentation.

Rick is an authority on performing arts touring in Australia, having been intimately involved in national touring through his work as a ‘Blue Heeler’, whilst Touring Consultant at Arts on Tour NSW and as both a Councillor and interim Executive Officer of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance [PATA]. Together with Harley Stumm, Rick wrote Australia’s first National Touring Framework for the Australia Council for the Arts. Rick is currently working for CircuitWest developing a 5-year touring strategy for Western Australia.

Rick is a champion for cultural advocacy, particularly strategic audience development and engagement.

Rick works and lives in the Perth hills with his two teenagers and Molly the dog.

You can contact Rick directly at ed[at]apaca.com.au


Program Manager & Event Producer

Katherine Connor

Katherine Connor has worked as a performing arts presenter, a producer 29-dec-219and an arts planning consultant in Australia for over 15 years.

Katherine was previously a director at a private venue management and consulting firm where she was also the venue manager at The Hills Centre for the Performing Arts (2002-2005), a senior consultant for many business planning and feasibility projects and the Project Director, responsible for business development and the roll out of venue management contracts.

She was also on the management board of City Recital Hall Angel Place and the Hills Cooperative Limited, was a director of Theatre Services for seven years and an Associate Producer at Leader Entertainment where her projects included the Sydney and Melbourne productions of Leader of the Pack: The Ellie Greenwich Musical among others.

In 2015/16 Katherine toured the production Connected throughout Sydney and Melbourne and was the Event Producer for APACA’s Performing Arts Exchange and annual conference, a role she is thrilled to continue into 2017.