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

Stephen Foster B&WStephen Foster – President

(President since March 2017; Secretary since June 2015; Committee Member since 2015)

Stephen has had a 30+ year long career in the Performing Arts industry with his first job at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre at age 16, moving on to roles at the Boondall Entertainment Centre. Stephen’s passion for contemporary music saw him work in many roles within the music industry in recording, records labels, promoting, touring and major events. Bringing together his passion for the Australian independent sector Stephen took on the role as Label Manager for the Australian Independent Records Label Association in both an industry and export advisor capacity. Stephen followed on with the role of Executive Producer of Australia’s leading contemporary music conference and showcase event BIGSOUND. Moving to North Queensland saw Stephen take on varied consultancy roles for major promoters and events before returning to the broader Performing Arts sector at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns. Stephen is now the Manager of Cultural Services for Cairns Regional Council overseeing the entire Arts and Cultural portfolio of the region, inclusive of the management of the management of the Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, The Court House Gallery, The Cairns Gallery Precinct development project, Cairns Festival and the Cairns Children’s Festival.


 Rebecca LamoinRebecca Lamoin – Vice President

(Vice President since March 2021, Committee Member since August 2018)

Rebecca is a highly skilled arts and culture professional with 20 years experience with all aspects of multi-disciplinary non-profit administration and leadership, including strategic planning, critical analysis, conceptual development, research, consultation, programming and evaluation.  She is Director, Public Engagement & Learning at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Editor of QPAC’s Story magazine. She is a Board Member of Business South Bank. Her professional history includes work with performing arts centres, literary festivals, visual arts, youth programming and education, libraries and museums. Rebecca was the first Australian arts manager accepted as an International Fellow of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Originally training as a journalist at The University of Queensland, Rebecca has a Master of Arts in Cultural and Media Policy from Griffith University.


Kerry Saul – Treasurer

(Treasurer since March 2020; Secretary 2018; President 2017; Treasurer 2015; Committee Member since 2014)

Kerry has been active within the Stage Queensland circuit since 1982, when he worked for New Moon Theatre Company in North Queensland and has worked in or toured to most of the Stage Queensland venues. 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. Kerry has been General Manager of Empire Theatres since 2011. He is a member of VMA and APACA and holds a diploma in Theatre and Events. Kerry has been active with Stage Queensland over many years as a member of the Technical Committee, as Technical Representative for the Management Committee, as well as serving as Treasurer, Secretary and President.


Sarah Boon

Sarah Boon – Secretary

(Secretary since March 2021, Committee Member 2020, Secretary 2017-18)

With over 20 years experience in arts and sports management across the globe, Sarah has found her home in Brisbane, Queensland with her two daughters.  Sarah offers strong stakeholder engagement and consultation within the sector along with substantial experience in managing multidisciplinary teams, with a proven record of developing and inspiring staff to effect organisational change.


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Brad Rush

(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 newJohn Webb 

(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.

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.


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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.

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, 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 23 year career in the performing arts industry she’s worked on the performance, planning, marketing, and production sides of many shows and toured a great deal of Queensland. Lizzie holds a Master of Arts (Research) from QUT and currently serves as President of Ausdance National. She also manages Prying Eye Productions and curates and produces the Garden of Curiosity with Zaimon Vilmanis for the Curious Arts Festival in Toowoomba. She has previously 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.