Stage Queensland is governed in accordance with the Association’s Constitution by a Management Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting by current financial members. Executive and Management Committee members serve one-year terms. Appointments to fill any arising casual vacancies are made from time to time as required, against areas of need identified by the Management Committee. Stage Queensland also has two specialist sub-committees (Technical Sub-Committee and Box Office & Marketing “BOMNet” Sub-Committee) that report to the Management Committee. These sub-committees were established as working groups to assist with the development of content for the annual Technical Managers’ and BOMNet Conferences.

Management Committee

Brad Rush – President

President since March 2024; Secretary 2023 – 2024; Committee Member since March 2021

Brad is a Music/Arts/Business alumni from QUT and has balanced a business career along with a deep connection and passion for community arts practice. He is an established innovative cultural leader with extensive executive management level experience. Through the lens of Senior Management, Programming, Executive Producing and Artistic Cultural Leadership he has worked for Qld Arts Council, HOTA, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Geelong Arts Centre. After returning home to SE Qld in late 2020, he is now posted at Redland City Council and manages Redland Performing Arts Centre, Redland Art Galleries and the region’s Cultural Strategy, and is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for The Empire Theatre Trust. At his core, is his spiritual home on a piano stool.

John Webb – Vice-President

Vice-President since March 2024; Secretary March 2019 – March 2021; Vice-President June 2015 – March 2019; Secretary March – June 2015; Treasurer 2010 – 2013; Committee Member since 2010

John started his career as a musician and went on to complete a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing while working as a casual theatre technician. John toured extensively throughout the US and Europe with a youth arts organisation and returned to Brisbane where he performed on the local club scene and was part of the initial set up team that opened the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.  John worked at QPAC culminating in an integral role in the development of internet ticketing at QPAC as Administration and Systems Manager for Qtix. This period was punctuated with a stint as producer’s assistant on the original tour of Boy from OZ. In 2003, John joined Brisbane Powerhouse as Box Office Manager and progressed through the positions of Theatre Hire Manager, Producer – Jazz, and Operations Manager, including management of technical and production services and the functions and events business. John managed the practical aspects of the venue’s six-month refurbishment period in 2007. His subsequent appointment as Precinct Director saw him assume responsibility for the overall management of the Brisbane Powerhouse precinct, its resources and commercial tenancies. After 10 years at Brisbane Powerhouse, John was appointed to the role of Venue Manager, Program Leader for Logan Entertainment Centre and Community Venues in 2013 and is now Coordinator – Major Venues for Rockhampton Regional Council.

Andrew Bobledyk – Treasurer

Treasurer and Committee Member since 2023

Andrew’s love of theatre started in Townsville as a child with him performing in Eisteddfods and small parts in musicals as he grew up.
Andrew is a passionate venue and events professional who believes leadership and education across the entire performing arts sector within regions is the best way to lift and create a wonderful self-reflecting community.
Andrew is currently the Manager of Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and Event for Mackay Regional Council and in his spare time he enjoys going to see theatre and fishing.

Giuliana Bonel - Secretary of the Management Committee - Stage Queensland.

Giuliana Bonel – Secretary

Secretary since March 2024

Giuliana is a passionate and enthralling arts leader with over 17 years of experience across the performing arts industry in Queensland. Giuliana is the General Manager of The Empire in Toowoomba following an extensive career working for various arts organisations including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Arts Queensland, Access Arts, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse.

Giuliana has worked extensively in regional and Far North Queensland, with particular focus on raising awareness of First Nations regional arts practice. She maintains strong relationships across the sector, and is proactive in creating opportunities for collaborative partnerships, as well as turning a fresh eye to traditional marketing avenues.

Giuliana serves as a member on the Backbone Youth Arts Board and Queensland Academy of Excellence in Musical Theatre (QAEMT) Industry Advisory Board.

Paul Dellit 

Committee Member since 2023

Since graduating from QUT as an actor in 1982, Paul has spent the last 40 years working in the arts and entertainment industry as an actor, musician, composer and producer. However, he began his professional career playing piano in restaurants at the age of 16. As an actor Paul has performed with the Queensland Theatre (Company), La Boite Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, QPAC and the Adelaide Festival Centre. He has also worked as a Musical Director for Queensland Theatre Company; and Director and Musical Director for La Boite Theatre Company. In 1999 Paul was appointed Manager of the new QUT Gardens Theatre, where he was repsonsible for overseeing two major stages of renovation and implementing the set up and running of the venue. Around that time he also served briefly on the NARPACA Management Committee. In 2001 he was the recipient of a Centenary Medal for his services to the Arts in Australia; and in 2017 he was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). For 12 years from 2009 to 2021, Paul was one of QPAC’s most versatile and experienced producers working on projects as diverse as international ballet productions and major concerts featuring Broadway stars. In 2022, Paul received the Gold Matilda Award from the Brisbane theatre critics; and the Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund of Queensland, both of these awards were for his Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Industry in Queensland. In 2023, Paul was also appointed as an Australia Day Ambassdor. He currently lives in Bundaberg, Queensland where he has been the Manager of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre since 2021.

Deidre Grace - Management Committee Member - Stage Queensland

Deidre Grace

Committee Member since March 2024

Having been in business for over thirty years, Deidre has an extensive range of business experience through to senior executive management level in public and private enterprise.

Initially, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Recreation Administration) led to various positions in
this wide-ranging industry including Tour and Exhibit Guide, Activities Co-ordinator at TAFE Colleges and Hospitality management.

Working at Golden Casket, licensed lottery provider for 12 years from 1995, Deidre commenced as a Training and Development O􀆯icer and progressed through promotion to senior management roles, also completing a Masters in Business Administration at QUT.

With husband, Graham Paul, Deidre has been operating People in Plastic (established 1977), a medium-sized wholesaler of industrial plastic products since 1999. Overseeing expansion from its Rocklea base to include include distribution centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

In 2021 she co-founded PIP Theatre, a registered charity operating as a social enterprise. As a professional independent theatre company and venue based in Milton Brisbane PIP Theatre aims to plant the seeds for social change through Purpose in Performance.

Headshot of Katrina Mills in B&W (Management Committee Member - Stage Queensland)

Katrina Mills

Committee Member since March 2024

Katrina is a seasoned professional with 30+ years in the arts industry across government and the private sector. Her passion has always been to facilitate the business of arts and culture in all its myriad form. To nurture and support all the creatives with a heavy focus on the operations to enable the magic.

From a grass roots start in community arts, events & festivals, her career encompasses a very solid stint in reality television and the film industry, to corporate events and performing arts centre management. With over 10 years with Cairns Regional Council covering just about every role in the cultural services and facilities portfolio, she is currently managing Cairns Performing Arts Centre & Munro Martin Parklands. Her high adaptability, flexibility and an intensive work ethic has seen her work worldwide, in myriad roles to deliver and understand the multiple facets of the industries and businesses that she thrives in. That is diverse, dynamic, fast-paced, remote and challenging locations, events, teams and creative projects.

Box Office and Marketing Network (BOMNet) Sub-Committee

Kain Shepherd

BOMNet Chair since August 2019

Kain is currently the Marketing, Communications & Ticketing Manager of Cultural Services at Cairns Regional Council, a role that incorporates marketing of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Munro Martin Parklands, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Festival as well as the Strategy for Culture and the Arts 2022 and associated programming. His role also includes managing Ticketlink which tickets events at Council and external venues across the Cairns region. Kain’s career within the arts started in the Melbourne film and television industry at the end of the 1980’s. By the late 90’s a move to Darwin provided opportunities to work in a variety of television production companies on arts projects, documentaries and advertising. A relocation to Cairns in 2005 prompted the launch of his own business which for ten years specialised in providing marketing, design and video production to the arts and cultural sector.

Technical Sub-Committee

Tim Panitz

Technical Committee Chair since March 2020, also 2012-17, Committee member 2018-19

Tim’s information is coming soon.

Stage Queensland Staff

Suzan Williams headshot

Suzan Williams

Stage Queensland Executive Officer since 2010

Suzan has worked as a performer, producer, and manager in the performing arts industry for 30 years.  With a background as a professional dancer and choreographer, Suzan has toured the state extensively and is passionate about providing communities, regardless of their location, with access to high-quality and inspirational arts experiences.  Previously, Suzan was Queensland’s Blue Heeler (national performing arts tour coordinator) and developed and delivered state and national tours for Queensland companies and independent artists. In this role, Suzan was a key advocate for performing arts touring and heavily involved in extending and refining touring networks and coordination mechanisms. Suzan has served on numerous boards including a five-year term as a member of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board, and for almost two decades as a committee member of Cecchetti Ballet Australia – Queensland Branch. Suzan was Chair of Ausdance Qld from 2015-2017 and was an Ausdance Qld Management Committee member for almost ten years. Suzan is currently the Executive Officer of Stage Queensland, the peak body for professional performing arts centres in Queensland.

Angela Chaplin

Director of Touring and Engagement Services since 2023

Angela brings to Stage Queensland a comprehensive understanding of the Australian arts landscape and extensive touring experience. A proven industry leader she has had a distinguished career spanning over several decades that has embraced multi-arts forms and an array of senior industry roles. This has included serving as the CEO and Artistic Director of Arena Theatre, Magpie Theatre, and Deckchair Theatre as well as the Executive Director of Ausdance Queensland. Having had the privilege of collaborating extensively with First Nations artists, she is committed to creating systems that allow for culturally safe arts practice, including touring, for First Nations peoples. Most recently,her work as a Producer, managing and delivering an array of complex projects for QPAC, has further enriched her understanding of the complexities of touring and the communities it creates.

Helen Lake

Accounts Officer 2014 – current; Executive Assistant 2009-2014

Helen has over 20 years bookkeeping and administration experience and has been Executive Assistant and Bookkeeper of Stage Queensland since 2009 and General Manager/Proprietor of DDIY Services since 2000. Helen’s previous experience includes: Wedding photographer for Gary Rampton Photographics in Gladstone 1982 to 1992 and retail photographic sales 1982 to 1985; Secretary at Anthony Black Solicitors & Craig Woodhouse Accountants 1985 – 1986 in Perth; Receptionist at Gladstone Optical 1986 to 1990; Financial controller/administrator and co-director of Express Auto Electrics for 10 years until 2000. Helen has been the Treasurer of the Talara Primary College P&C since 2007 and holds a Certificate IV Accounting, Certificate IV Bookkeeping and is a registered BAS Agent (ATO Tax Practitioners Board).

Lizzie Vilmanis

Communications Officer 2022 – current

Lizzie is a seasoned performer, creator, producer, researcher, arts consultant, educator, project manager, creative communicator, grant writer, peer assessor, and arts and event manager with experience working in an array of different circumstances and environments with different business models, structures and systems. Throughout her arts career she has worked on the performance, planning, marketing, and production sides of many shows and toured a great deal of Queensland. Lizzie also holds a Master of Arts (Research) from QUT. Most recently she served as President of Ausdance National, directed and managed Prying Eye Productions, and curated and produced the Garden of Curiosity with Zaimon Vilmanis for the Curious Arts Festival in Toowoomba. She has also held creative management roles with the likes of Ausdance Queensland, Dancenorth, Australasian Dance Collective (previously EDC) and Room 60 Cultural Bar. Her wide-ranging experience spans working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with a broad range of companies, communities, festivals, schools and institutions; for private businesses; as an independent; with professionals and enthusiasts; with people of diverse cultures, ages and capabilities; and on new and established initiatives.

Nicholas Southey

Touring and Engagement Broker since 2024

Nicholas Southey is an award-winning independent Producer and the newly appointed Touring & Engagement Broker for Stage Queensland. He has worked nationally with renowned independent artists and companies including The Good Room, The Little Red Company, Counterpilot, Betty Grumble, Blak Social, Lisa Wilson Projects, Bron Batten and THAT Production Company — just to name a few.
He has delivered festivals and world premiere seasons, producing well over 100 projects across theatre, dance, visual arts, music and outdoor events. From a community roller-skating event along Bondi Beach, to an aerial rope act on the side of a building, if you can think of it, he’s probably worked on something like it. Organisations he has worked for include Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival, Bondi Festival and Metro Arts. 
As the Executive Producer of Interstage, a Magandjin-based producing house for emerging artists, he aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established practice by equipping artists with the tools to forge a sustainable career in the arts. 
For his work he was awarded the 2021 MILKE Emerging Producer Award.