SAPA - Where performing arts meets audience
Formed in 2013, SAPA is a new state association representing South Australian performing arts presenters.
SAPA aims to develop and maintain networks in the performing arts industry and to support and assist members with programming within their venue.
As a support mechanism SAPA will look to increase the professionalism of the management and operation of South Australian performing arts venues and foster cultural leadership across the state.
Being part of a larger association will enable the development of collaborative approaches and build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, promoting the value and needs of members to Local and State Governments.
Meet our committee
Andrew Russo is the Operations Coordinator Civic Venues for the City of Playford (South Australia). Andrew is a passionate industry professional who has worked within the events, entertainment and arts industry for over 15 years. He started at a young age studying Film & TV in Queensland, finally returning home to Adelaide where he worked for some years on Feature Films and TV Commercials.
Andrew then began a career at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Food & Beverage and Events – with experience ranging from managing large conferences, banquets, functions to international touring artists, concerts and arena spectaculars. After 10 years at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Andrew decided to expand his wealth of knowledge and gained experience with shorter stints at Adelaide Oval and the Port Adelaide Football Club.
However, his passion for the events industry brought him back to a new position at the City of Playford. Managing the Playford Civic Centre which includes the iconic Shedley Theatre, Café and Function Centre. Currently, Andrew is the Chairperson for the South Australian Presenters Association and Secretary for the Out of the Square Matinee series (a network of suburban performing arts centres that plan, package, programme and present local Adelaide artists outside the CBD).
Michael Treasure is Facility Manager Arts for the City of Tea Tree Gully (CTTG). His role encompasses management and programming of the Golden Grove Arts Centre. The centre comprises a 329 seat theatre and large foyer with gallery hanging space available. Michael’s career has grown over the past five years at the CTTG moving through the ranks starting as Venue Operations Officer to Performing Arts Officer and now his current role. Prior to this he worked as a casual technician for many Adelaide companies including AJ Sound, Allpro Audio and Novatech Productions as well as running his own business. Michael’s formal qualifications are as an audio engineer and he has recently gained his Diploma of Management. Michael is a passionate supporter of the arts industry and on top of his role with CTTG and SAPA is the Chairperson of Out of the Square Inc a network of suburban theatres in South Australia who plan, package and present high quality arts and entertainment experiences for all South Australians.
Jo Buck is the Venue Manager for the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre in Tanunda. Opened in 1997 the venue boasts the 1000 seat Brenton Langbein Theatre and the 170 seat Eckermann Theatre and is on site of Faith Lutheran College.
A teacher by trade, Jo taught for 20 years in Lutheran Secondary Schools in Queensland and South Australia before being given the opportunity to work part-time within the BACC beginning in the role as Director of Operations in 2000. Within 2 years this role grew into a full-time position and when the position of Venue Manager became available soon after Jo readily accepted the opportunity to manage this purpose built facility. Along with the normal duties of a Venue Manager Jo also assists in local theatre productions, stage management, general event management and programme development. A highlight in recent years was touring overseas throughout Europe and Singapore with a Melbourne based Youth Theatre Company.
Jo has recently completed her studies in a Masters of Business Administration.
Sussan Baldwin is a highly experienced arts administrator with specialist skills in venue and events management. She currently manages the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga and oversees Country Arts SA’s four regional venues in her role as Art Centre Co-ordinator.
She was the venue management consultant for the 2010 Regional Centre of Culture in Murray Bridge and the 2012 Regional Centre of Culture in Goolwa. In this capacity she oversaw the setup of the Murray Bridge Town Hall and Centenary Hall as performing arts venues with ticketing systems and promotor booking systems.
Prior to managing working in Adelaide, Sussan managed the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mount Gambier.
Sussan is also the Chair of Activate Ramsay Place, an Onkaparinga Council initiative charged with invigorating the unique public space located between the Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga TAFE, Noarlunga Library, City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Council Office and Colonnades Shopping Centre.
Tammy Hall works for Country Arts SA and is based in Port Adelaide. Over the last 5 years, her role as Audience Development Coordinator has seen her working with over 20 regional volunteer presenter groups who support live performances in their communities through the Shows on The Road Program.
Along with supporting tour coordination and audience development initiatives for Country Arts SA’s season shows she is also keen to support the development of more regional presenter groups to help build their capacity to host and support more arts activities for their community.
Previously Tammy worked for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as their Education Coordinator.
She loves to travel and has a penchant for vintage & retro craft!
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