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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

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Chris Tamara Gazzard

James Chapman Amy Morris

Artistic Director: Chris Dunstan (
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 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).

Associate Director: James Chapman (
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 called "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, NTC), Knock and Run Theatre's “Year Of The Rooster” (2018) and “Grace” (2017).

Teaching Artist: Amy Morris (
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 environments for workshop participants.