Formed in 2013, SAPA is a state association representing South Australian performing arts presenters. SAPA develops and maintains networks in the performing arts industry and supports and assist members with programming within their venue.
As a support mechanism SAPA looks to increase the professionalism of the management and operation of South Australian performing arts venues and fosters cultural leadership across the state.
Being part of a larger association enables the development of collaborative approaches and builds strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, promoting the value and needs of members to Local and State Governments.
Meet our Committee
Sussan Baldwin is a highly experienced arts leader with broad arts industry experience which includes Work Health and Safety, Community and Audience Development, Managing Venue Operations, Event Management and Arts Programming.
She currently manages the Hopgood Theatre in Noarlunga and oversees Country Arts SA’s four regional venues in her role as Art Centres Manager.
Sussan is the Chair of the Department of Premier and Cabinet WHS Coordinating Committee for the Arts sector.
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.
Prior to 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, City of Onkaparinga Noarlunga Council Office and Colonnades Shopping Centre.
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.
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!
Georgina Shirley is the Coordinator of the Nautilus Arts Centre for the City of Port Lincoln (COPL), which comprises of a 504 seat theatre and two art galleries. Her role is to ensure year-round activation of the Centre’s spaces, and to strive for diversity in theatre and visual art programming to assist with entertainment and cultural experience opportunities for the Eyre Peninsula.
Georgina’s career has evolved over the past five years since completing her formal studies in Adelaide with a degree in Environmental Management to moving to her partner’s farm in Kimba S.A, where she co-instigated the Igniting Kimba Arts Program which brought a silo art mural to the town as well as a successful Art Prize. A sea change to the regional centre of Port Lincoln landed her the role of Coordinator at the Nautilus.
Georgina is passionate about sustainable community development and believes the arts to be an effective vehicle to drive positive connections and growth within regional communities.
On top of her role with COPL and SAPA she is a committee member for SALT Festival, a Port Lincoln curated arts and innovation festival in its 3rd successful year in April 2019.
David is a local government management professional with strengths in arts, business and marketing. David has led commercial change within traditionally community focussed business units delivering increased revenue, productivity and efficiency whilst enhancing community outcomes. 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 – local government.
During his local government career, David has worked as Advisor, Performing Arts for the City of Tea Tree Gully; Unit Manager, Cultural Facilities for the City of Marion; Executive Director for The Art House Wyong; and is now Manager Business Enterprises and Communications for the Town of Gawler.
Matthew Button currently works for the Rural City of Murray Bridge as the Venue Coordinator at the Murray Bridge Town Hall Theatre.
Matthew has always had a passion for the performing arts and after studying as a performer he began his career in the industry on stage as a freelance musician and instrumental teacher. His interest in the technical aspects of production led him to pursue work in the sound and lighting field as a freelance technician.
In 2014, Matthew took up the position as full time theatre technician at Murray Bridge and in recent years undertaking the role of Venue Coordinator.
As well as being a committee member of the South Australian Presenters Association, Matthew is also a sitting committee member for Out of the Square.
Along with interests in music and production, Matthew is passionate about his community and the opportunities for arts development within his Town and the Region.