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Chair Christopher Saunders
Treasurer Rachel McKenna
Secretary Samantha Willcox
Directors : Barney Langford, Allysha Merrett, Connie Plesko,
Bree Harvey-Bice, Lucy Shepherd, Tristram Baumber
Read the board bios here

lucy Phil Sharp Eryn Leggatt Samantha SuttonAmy Morris

Artistic Director: Lucy Shepherd (lucy@tantrum.org.au)
Lucy completed a BA in Creative Arts in 2006 and received Honors in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of New South Wales in 2009. She received contemporary performing arts training with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, and has undergone acting and directing training at ATYP and NIDA. Lucy is a co-founder of Newcastle’s professional, contemporary performance collective, ‘Paper Cut’ and has collaboratively devised, performed and produced: The Past is a Foreign Country, Spent, Be My Friend, No One Cares About Your Cat and Hello, Stranger. Lucy is a sessional academic at Newcastle University in Creative and Performing Arts.

Administrator and Accounts Officer: Phil Sharp (phil@tantrum.org.au)
Originally from the UK music industry, Phil brings over thirty years of practical experience in worldwide live performance, touring production and technical management. Touring with artists such as Van Morrison, Billy Connolly and Lloyd Cole; and TV / Radio work including the BBC’s iconic Top of the Pops and MTV’s Unplugged series with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Previous activity includes Edinburgh and Sydney Festivals, the Aurora festival in Western Sydney and the Strings Attached premiere season of A Return to The Trees at Carriageworks in 2012. Most recently, Phil was Company Manager for leading physical theatre company Stalker Theatre in Sydney along with it’s associated Broome based intercultural dance theatre company Marrugeku. He brings a wealth of Administration and Accounts experience from these roles to his position with Tantrum Youth Arts.

Producer: Tamara Gazzard (tamara@tantrum.org.au)
Tamara Gazzard is a producer, theatre maker and arts educator. She trained at the Actor’s College of Theatre and Television in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Drama), a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master of Applied Theatre Studies. As a co-founder of performance collective Paper Cut, Tamara has co-devised and produced all of Paper Cut’s work including: The Past is a Foreign Country (Crack Theatre Festival 2012; Civic Playhouse, Newcastle 2013), Spent (Crack Theatre Festival 2013; The Store 2014), and No One Cares About Your Cat (Civic Playhouse, Newcastle; atyp Studio 1, Sydney; Crack Theatre Festival 2015). Tamara worked as a Teaching Artist at Tantrum from 2014-2015 and is currently a sessional academic at the University of Newcastle in Creative and Performing Arts.

Associate Director: James Chapman (james@tantrum.org.au)
James is an actor and writer from Newcastle. In 2013 he completed training at The Regional Institute of Performing Arts.  He was nominated for a CONDA for Best Lead Actor in 2014 for his role in “Sleuth.” In 2015 he co-devised and performed in Tantrum / Paper Cut’s No One Cares About Your Cat for which we was a co-recipient  for the CONDA for Best New Play. He has appeared in a number of stage production including Love Song (Stooged Theatre), Plaza Suite (DAPA) , and Proof (NTC). He is also a producer and actor in the web series The Cleanists which broadcasts on UK TV and on Youtube.

Marketing Coordinator: Eryn Leggatt (eryn@tantrum.org.au)
Eryn is a Visual Communication Designer and Marketer with a Bachelor Degree from the University of Newcastle. Passionate about Newcastle, she has been involved with the management, facilitation and promotion of local events, workshops, performances and exhibitions in her work as a freelancer and with her 2013 project Steel City Collective.

Teaching Artist: Samantha Sutton (samantha@tantrum.org.au)
Samantha Sutton is a Primary School trained Teacher who specialises in Drama. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama, and a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching. A mother of two she is passionate about Arts in Education. She has developed classroom programs for students K-6 and her interests are Scriptwriting and community theatre projects. Sam is passionate about equality and diversity in learning, and creates creative and inclusive environments for students to flourish.

Emerging Teaching Artist: Amy Morris (amyleah@tantrum.org.au)
Amy is an emerging theatre artist with a passion for drama teaching. She is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Creative and Performing Arts. She has previously worked with Tantrum on Diving Off the Edge of the World and HissyFest, as well as being involved as an assistant in Open Cage Ensemble's Creating the Self workshops. Amy has been involved in running drama workshops in Lake Macquarie since 2010 and has a passion for making fun and safe environments for workshop participants. She is a big believer in the power of community theatre and the impact it has on the lives of the young people involved, as well as the audience.