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Chair Samantha Willcox
Treasurer Rachel McKenna
Secretary Bree Harvey-Bice
Directors : Sally Ebert, Jorjia Gillis, Dr Kris Kafer, Barney Langford, Megan West, Chris Dunstan

Read the board bios here


Chris Tamara GazzardEryn Leggatt

James ChapmanAmy Morris Alexandra Rose Mangano

CEO / Artistic Director: Chris Dunstan (chris@tantrum.org.au)
Chris Dunstan is a theatre-maker, director, writer and community arts facilitator originally from the Upper Hunter, who has been based in Sydney for the past 5 years. He is excited to return to the Hunter after finishing his role as Acting Artistic Director for Spark Youth Theatre in Sydney's inner west. Chris has presented work all around Australia, and has facilitated groups of young people to make original theatre with companies such as Shopfront Arts Co-op, Blacktown Arts, Marian Street Theatre for Young People and Back to Back theatre. Chris was awarded an ArtsStart grant (Australian Council for the Arts) in 2016 and was selected for the inaugural Belvoir Artist Workshop. He is currently facilitating a project with Belvoir and Sydney Story Factory, engaging four high school groups from Western Sydney to write a new full-length play.  Chris has a passion for youth-led theatre and accessibility in the arts.

General Manager: Tamara Gazzard (tamara@tantrum.org.au)
Tamara Gazzard is a theatre maker, arts manager, producer, and 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. With Tantrum, Tamara has produced multi-venue tours of several new works (HOME, 2017; Trailer, 2016; Opening Doors, 2014-2018) and has been involved as a writer/deviser/director (Manning the Fort, 2016; Stories in our Steps, 2015; Singleton Tales, 2014; Opening Doors, 2014-2018), performer (Grounded, 2012), and a teaching artist (2013-2015) . Tamara is also a co-founder of award-winning performance collective Paper Cut, and has co-devised and produced all of Paper Cut’s work including: Hello, Stranger (2016); No One Cares About Your Cat ( 2015); Spent (2014) and The Past is a Foreign Country (2013).

Engagement and Communications Coordinator: Eryn Leggatt (eryn@tantrum.org.au)
Eryn is a Visual Communication Designer and Marketing Professional with a Bachelor Degree from the University of Newcastle. Passionate about Newcastle and community based arts projects, 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.

Workshop Facilitator: James Chapman (james@tantrum.org.au)
James is an actor, writer, director and producer from Newcastle. In 2013 he graduated from RIPA with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting). Since then he has worked with a number of Newcastle Theatre groups including Stooged Theatre, Metropolitan Players and NTC. James is also the Artistic Director of an independent theatre company, Knock And Run Theatre, and is a co-recipient of two CONDA awards: “Best New Play” for co-writing No One Cares About Your Cat (Tantrum Youth Arts, 2015) and “Best Dramatic Production” as a producer for Suicide, Incorporated ( Knock And Run Theatre, 2016). His most recent acting credits include Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (2018, Newcastle Theatre Company), Year Of The Rooster (Knock and Ryn Theatre, 2018) and Grace (Knock and Run Theatre, 2017).

Workshop Facilitator: Amy Morris (amyleah@tantrum.org.au)
Amy is an emerging theatre maker, writer and director with a passion for drama teaching and facilitating youth theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle majoring in Creative and Performing Arts and English. Amy has been involved in running drama workshops in Lake Macquarie since 2010, and has also worked as an assistant in Open Cage Ensemble's Creating the Self accessible workshops. In 2017 she was awarded the Jesse Reid Dyce award for her involvement in community theatre from the University of Newcastle. Amy has a passion for devised collaborative theatre and strives to create a fun and safe environment for workshop participants.

Emerging Workshop Facilitator: Alexandra Rose
Alexandra is an emerging actor, theatre and film maker and singer-songwriter from Newcastle, with a Bachelor of Communication (majoring in Media Production). Over the past 5 years, Alex has been involved in many of Tantrum’s productions including The One (2018), Manning the Fort (2016) and Diving off the Edge of the World (2014) as well as directing for Hissyfest. In 2017, Alex was selected to participate in Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble, where she honed her collaborative theatre-making skills with other emerging artists, culminating in the performance outcome HOME (directed by Janie Gibson). Alex has been writing and performing her original music across NSW for the past 8 years and released the EP Her in March 2018. Alex believes in the power of story-telling, collaboration and community and works with multiple Newcastle organisations in the facilitation of theatre and performance workshops for young people.