ETNZ looks forward to welcoming all of the presenters listed here at the 2021 ETNZ Conference & Tradeshow.
Select a presenter from the list to jump down and read their bio.
Alistair Cameron – Technical Director
Hailing from Christchurch, Alistair Cameron’s fascination of the performing arts industry was sparked from a very young age. By 1991 he had accepted a role at the Christchurch Town Hall as Lighting Technician. A role that would confirm Alistair’s passion for arts and see him embark on a career that has spanned over 30 years.
On leaving the Christchurch Town Hall in 1994 to embark in the freelance market, this led to touring with many musicals and with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as HOD Lighting up and down New Zealand and internationally to Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong
Alistair has headed some of the largest, most prestigious, and technically challenging events ever produced here in Aotearoa. From the likes of the 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, the New Zealand International Festival of Arts (NZIAF), to the annual World of WearableArt (WOW) both in Nelson and the early Wellington years.
Alistair’s experience is not limited to our shores alone, along with his local knowledge and connections he has also amassed many years of experience managing large international productions. These productions include:
- 2005 World Expo, Nagoya, Japan, (Technical Director)
- 2010 World Expo, Shanghai, China, (Technical Director)
- 2011 South East Asian Games Opening Ceremony, Palembang, Indonesia, (Technical Manager)
- 2011 Arab Games Opening Ceremony, Doha, Qatar (Technical Manager)
- 2014 World Handball Championship Opening Ceremony, Doha, Qatar (Technical Manager)
- 2015 European Games, Opening Ceremony, Baku, Azerbaijan, (Site Management)
- 2015 Kazakhstan 550th Celebrations, Astana, Kazakhstan (Technical Manager)
- 2016 – 2020 Cirque du Soleil – Kurios, North America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Australia (Technical Director)
Alistair is currently working on a new and exciting project, Local Production Manager for Disney’s landmark musical event, ‘The Lion King’. This #1 worldwide musical will premiere in New Zealand at Spark Arena this June.
Entertainment industry Veteran (dinosaur).
With a career spanning over 40years Andre has seen and performed many roles in our industry (and still is).
From his first gig as a box pusher, helper in the late 70s; Touring NZ with acts like Ultravox Pseudo Echo, George Thorogood, Dance Exponents in the 80’s; a 3-year stint in the UK saw him managing Pubs including “the Green Man” in the Basement of Harrods, where he refined his business management skills.
Upon returning to NZ, he stepped back into the industry touring, working as a freelancer in many roles: lighting guy, rigger, truck driver, Theatre stagehand, and Production Manager. These roles took him around NZ, the Pacific, and Australia.
In the 90s, having met his partner while lighting the national televised basketball league, a decision to move to Chch and set up house and business was made. Hang Up Entertainment Services Ltd was born. With the growth of the NZ industry, Hang Up became a provider supplier of staging, lighting, & crew to all facets of the industry. This includes 10 years of Tech Management to the Greenstone Summer Tour.
Challenges with the GFC and obviously the Chch earthquakes have ensured Andre’s career in our industry has been many, varied, and at times challenging. It includes sitting at the table consulting on the ground up rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal & discussing options with the new Chch stadium. Most recently the formation of a joint venture with long time business associates ETS has seen Andre move more into the roll of director and mentor. This in itself is a different challenge as our industry is now quite different to how it was when he first started pushing boxes. The industry is still people and personality based with hard showtime deadlines but there are now many more considerations to be taken in to account.
Andy Maher has worked in the professional Lighting Industry since 2005, and for Jands since 2008. In that time he has had a number of roles, and currently is a market specialist for venues and consultants nationally in Australia. A background in concert and dance party work has evolved into a strong interest in the fine arts also, with a particular focus on the requirements of theatre venues. He has supplied gear to major venues across the country, but also enjoys looking after the needs of regional and rural performance spaces as well as museums, galleries, hospitality, and theme parks.
BSc. Dip Eng.(elec)
Founding Director of AA Group Ltd.
CEDIA certified instructor
Brendon began installing smart home technology in the 1980’s building his first home automation system at the age of 12.
In 1995 while at Auckland University studying engineering and computer network architecture, he founded Automation Associates which has grown to be one of New Zealand’s most successful high end custom installation businesses.
Expanding into import and distribution, commercial integration, and the digital healthcare market, AA Group of technology companies now employs 40 staff with offices across New Zealand.
Brendon has served as a member of the CEDIA NZ Board of directors and delivers seminars on home automation design and lectures on custom installation both locally and internationally.
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, if you can’t find him at the local with friends he will be tinkering with alternative energy projects in his shed.
Brian Smallwood has project-managed as a Technical Director and Production Manager for dozens of Off and Off-Off Broadway companies. He co-founded a production company called No Time for Love Productions, with clients like the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York Musical Festival, New York Photo Festival, and Second Stage. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2013 with an MFA in Technical Design and Production.
Brian is currently an Associate Professor and Production Manager for James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance. Brian’s book: Productivity Through Wellness for the Live Entertainment and Theatre Technician is available through Routledge Publishing. Brian also works as an OSHA outreach instructor offering safety training from a live entertainment perspective.
Cathy is a HASANZ registered health and safety professional who has a few decades first-hand experience as a backstage worker. Having borne witness to and been involved in a fair share of innovative and creative problem solving under challenging work conditions, Cathy brings a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to health and safety consultancy for the entertainment industry.
A regular presenter at the ETNZ Conference, Cathy has also had the honour of being a panel presenter at the Canadian PMArts Conference and at the Event Safety Summit (USA) in 2020.
With an extensive background in building business partnerships in the not-for-profit sector, Charlotte leads the Partnership Development team at Workplace Support. Her focus is on growing the Workplace Support profile and increasing awareness of how we can enhance wellbeing across our client organisations.
More recently, Charlotte came to Workplace Support from the Alzheimer’s Society, London, where she managed the Regional Corporate team, developing and growing their partnership offer. This came after her stretch creating strategic national partnerships for the Alzheimer’s Society, with some high-profile successes such as the ground-breaking ‘Dementia Revolution’ Campaign for Virgin Marathon. Alongside this, Charlotte brings her Leadership and Management training, her NLP Master Coaching qualification, and her Crisis Intervention training, which have all increased her drive to make wellbeing at work more accessible than ever before.
Chris’ love of theatre began at a young age with his involvement in lighting at high school and the Hastings operatic societies.
Since studying Electrical Engineering, this has turned into a career that has taken Chris into a wide variety of roles and entertainment genres.
After starting his own lighting and electronics business 20 years ago, Theatrical Solutions now supplies specialist rigging and automation systems for live and and pre-recorded performances both around NZ and internationally.
In his spare time, Chris, his wife and 2 young boys enjoy sailing their yacht around the Auckland waters.
Chris McKenzie has spent over 40 years lighting for TV and film across many subjects from drama, light entertainment, and feature films, through to night time football for FIFA, and netball for SkyTV.
On a number of occasions he has been involved in the coverage of stage and concert productions for ultimate screening on a video medium.
These have ranged from Cliff Richard’s concert at The Mission, through to the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Bolero” at the Regent Theatre in Sydney.
Chris’s early days in theatre have added greatly to the ability to create a simple interface between multiple mediums over the years.
Whilst these days spending most of his time as Sales Director for Kenderdine Entertainment Lighting, and Professional Lighting Services, he manages to do the odd guest appearance on productions that are of interest.
Dave Spark – Pixel
Dave is a video and lighting designer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry.
He has designed and managed an extensive amount of large scale corporate and theatre events all around the country.
Not only does he supply LED screens, he also creates the graphic/video content for them. He is highly sought after for his creative, innovative high end video/production design and technical solutions.
He currently co-runs his own company, Pixel, which designs and supplies a variety of large scale LED and projection video displays throughout New Zealand. You can learn more at pixel.co.nz.
Check out some of Dave’s past content and stage design work with TomTom Productions here.
And Pixel’s show reel from end of 2019 here.
Deane Moyle – Director, Stamford Insurance Brokers
Having spent 20 years with two large international broking houses, Deane took the plunge in 2016 and teamed up with Duncan Colebrook to found Stamford Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Stamford is a fire and general insurance broker with a particular focus on the contracting and construction sectors. Our role is to design, market, place, and service insurance programmes. We have years of experience with cover for entertainment industry practitioners, from companies to individuals.
Deane will talk you through the insurance products that you will need to consider when setting up as a contractor – what they cover, what they cost, how they work.
Deb McGuire has been a theatre practitioner for 30 years. First as a performer, then moving into sound design and operation, Deb now spends most of her work time as a technical operator, stage manager, and Technical Manager of Circa Theatre. Along with individual productions, Deb has many seasons of Fringe Festivals, Dance Your Socks Off! Festivals, Comedy Festivals, and Festivals of the Arts under her belt. In the 2014 Chapman Tripp awards, Deb received the Critics Wildcard Award for “Technical Operation and Extraordinary Support Beyond the Call of Duty” (no pressure, Deb …). She teaches the rudiments of lighting and running shows to students of Queen Margaret College and St Oran’s College, and is also the mother of two rambunctious little ratbags (who she’s terribly fond of, she hastens to add) in her spare time.
Dr. Donald Cooper
Dr. Cooper is currently Director of Administration for the City of Tallmadge in Northeast Ohio. He retired in 2012 as the Ohio State Fire Marshal, a law enforcement position, and served in the fire-rescue-emergency medical service since 1980. Dr. Cooper is Managing Editor of the Event Safety Guide, and he chairs the Event Safety Working Group, one of the several committees established by the ESTA Technical Standards Program to develop industry safety standards.
I have been working for Inland Revenue for the past 15 years originating in Dunedin and moving to Wellington 4 years ago. I have had numerous roles within the organisation varying from the contact centre to project work for our business transformation allowing me to gain expert knowledge in a variety of tax types. I really enjoy being able to help and guide our customers to be able to complete their requirement and get things right from the start.
I started out in the industry as a student tech at the roadhouse theatre on my university campus in the US – The University of Maine, Orono campus. Mostly I was interested in lighting, and I did always like hanging out in the grid. I graduated after a few years there, working while studying French & International Affairs, with the delusion that I would leave the live entertainment industry. So I spent a short while teaching French in the US, then teaching English in France, all the while moonlighting in local venues in both countries. After a couple of years I had worked out where I belonged & began looking for all the gigs I could in local theatres, arenas, etc. in the northeast of the US. This led to an obsession with becoming a rigger, and I got my start walking beams in those arenas back home. From there I moved on to outdoor stages & my first climbing steel build was for Roger Waters at Fenway Park, building the Wall. That evolved into a few years touring the US building festival stages, living in a harness, & breaking records each year at EDC Vegas for “biggest something or other stage-related”. In 2014 I came to NZ for a year & never left! I spent 4 years with my Multimedia family in Wellington before going back to freelance. I learned way more than I ever wanted to learn about audio and video with Multi, but rigging is still my main passion & I evolved so much on the math side of my rigging knowledge while there. About a month before COVID Level 4 in 2020 I started the part-time job as administrator for ETNZ, and what a wild ride that was! …or should I say: still is. Looking forward to the day this virus finally leaves our industry alone!
Based in Auckland, Jamie has worked throughout New Zealand as well as annually working on the Edinburgh arts festival in Scotland. Jamie has experience across many departments within the entertainment industry, he has taken on many roles including Stage, Site, Technical and Production Management for companies such as Auckland Arts Festival, NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, National Youth Theatre Company as well as Assembly in Edinburgh. Jamie values the opportunity to work across many different projects with a variety of talented and passionate people.
With Jamie’s passion to work as a team and his creative problem solving, his management skills are valuable to all productions and projects he supports.
As a freelance independent contractor for the first 6 years of his career, Jamie then rode the rollercoaster of setting up his own business. He is looking forward to sharing his learnings from this perspective as well as what a Production company may expect or hope for from a freelancer.
Pilot Productions are proud to be members of Entertainment Technology New Zealand and are huge supporters of the Entertainment sector in Aotearoa. Jamie has been volunteering as an Executive Committee Member with ETNZ since 2018 and continues to strive to increase the membership and reach ETNZ has to help grow and support many different aspects and individuals in our industry, especially young people.
Jeff MacKenzie, Technology Lead, Jands Pty Ltd
Jeff MacKenzie is charged with guiding the overall product technology strategy at Jands ensuring alignment with industry trends, maintaining customer confidence in Jands products and services, and supporting customer adoption of new technologies.
Jeff has a life-long passion for the industry with a career spanning decades in audio visual, communications and technical management roles including system design and integration, live production, broadcast, and global events. He is a contributor to several national and international standards groups and associations.
Within his role at Jands, Jeff resides at the crossroads of AV and IT, assisting AV people with IT and IT people with AV.
President and Co-Founder of the global nonprofit Event Safety Alliance, (www.eventsafetyalliance.org) Jim has been at the leading edge advocating for policy development for safety in live events since the organization’s inception in 2012. A 37-year veteran of the arts and entertainment profession, Jim has been an industry leader for much of his career. A four-time recipient of the “Production Manager Top Dog” award, recipient of the “Parnelli” Production manager of the year award, and recipient of the Live Design “Design” award for keeping the industry safe, Jim is also active on the board of the Behind-the-Scenes Foundation.
Jim’s work as production director, production manager, major events producer, and project manager has had him working directly with artists as diverse as Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, Megan Trainor, Back Street Boys, Blues Traveler, Bolshoi Ballet, and most recently Jim has been on the executive leadership team for Saudi Arabia’s first-ever 3-day festival in 2018, again in 2019 and the delivery of the Dakar Rally concert event in 2020. A complete history can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdigby/
John has created designs for a hugely diverse range of projects from Badjelly the Witch to King Lear to The Magic Flute. John trained in Design for live performance at Theatre Corporate and Mercury Theatre and is an established practitioner in the New Zealand Performing Arts Industry.
John has and is working extensively with many Companies including MOTH, Michael Parmenter Dance, Douglas Wright Dance, Atimira Dance, Okareka Dance, Black Grace Dance, NZDC, Silo Theatre, Auckland Theatre Co, Indian Ink Theatre Co., Live Live Cinema, Red Leap Theatre, Night Song Productions, World of Wearable Art, The Large Group, Opera NZ, Auckland Arts Festival.
Kerry Griffiths is the General Manager Technical Production at Auckland Live and manages technical delivery and technical provision for venues under the control of Auckland Unlimited (previously Regional Facilities Auckland.) After working in the 80’s as a Sound Technician at the Christchurch Town Hall, Kerry moved to Auckland, and in 1991 started work at the newly completed Aotea Centre. The early years were challenging times as the ASB theatre had a reputation for poor acoustics – a difficult role for a sound technician from Christchurch! After various roles in the technical department, Kerry became Technical Services Manager in 2000, and was involved in bringing New Zealand to the worlds stage, helping to deliver mega events that included NZ’s APEC Conference, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and the Asian Development Bank Meeting. Kerry has been involved in numerous major building / refurbishment projects including the replacement of the Aotea Square “top surface”, the refurbishment of the NZI convention wing at the Aotea Centre, the restoration of the Auckland Town Hall and the Civic Theatre, and finally the refurbishment of the ASB Theatre. A poor reputation for acoustics no longer – the ASB is now a favourite for audiences and performers both. If you do a production at the Aotea Centre, Aotea Square, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall, North Shores Bruce Mason Centre or North Harbour Stadium, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Zoo, Auckland Art Gallery, Shed 10 or The Cloud, chances are you will be involved with one of his team of 88 casual and full time staff. The work continues – Kerry is currently involved in the ongoing refurbishment and weathertightness of the Aotea Centre as it is about to enter its fourth decade of operation.
Originating from award-winning theatre lighting design and electrical services, Marc Simpson started Toulouse over 30 years ago. Change in 2006 indicated a shift to a delivery of broader services, skillsets, and ideas – audio-visual consultancy, place-making lighting design, project management, and innovative lighting solutions. Marc’s career includes lighting and AV design for theatre, for visitor experience centres, museums, art galleries, exhibitions, commercial and public spaces including two international Expo pavilions. He has extensive experience in large-scale design, project management, installation, and electrical infrastructure, as well as outstanding creative lighting design.
Marc’s experience sees him at the forefront of this industry, collaborating with key players to provide some of the best story-telling both within the country and internationally. As the industry has grown to provide more exciting and digital-based experiences for its audiences, Toulouse has grown to support the story-telling industry.
2020 projects include: All Blacks Experience Auckland, Weta Workshop Unleashed, Auckland, Manea Footprints of Kupe Opononi Northland.
As a freelance audio engineer, Mark has been involved with many aspects of the audio world. He enjoys the combination of the physical and the nerdy aspects of the job. For the last few years he as been focused on the deployment of large format concert systems and all the tricky bits that make that happen.
Michael Braithwaite is an award winning creative director, producer and musician who has created and delivered numerous live shows and spectaculars worldwide, including the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He is currently the Creative Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Scotland.
Originally from New Zealand, Michael commenced his international career in London where he was engaged as the first Senior Producer for Live Entertainment for the Jim Henson Company. Michael also worked for Warner Brothers on the films Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. More recently he has been Producer for the Mayor of London’s Outdoor Festival for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Michael then spent five years as Global Shows Director for the Merlin Entertainment Group, creating and delivering productions in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Dubai, Malaysia and Japan. During his time with Merlin Michael directed major creative partnerships with DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, the LEGO Group, BBC Worldwide, Lionsgate and Fox. He was awarded the 2016 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best Theatrical Production for his production Ninjago: The Realm of Shadows, still playing in Japan, and Dubai.
At New York’s Commercial Theatre Institute, Michael was the first New Zealander, and one of the youngest directors ever, to be invited to attend its Producing for Broadway & The Road intensive programme for promising young producers and directors.
Natalie Braid is an incredibly experienced freelance stage manager, having spent the last decade working on local and international productions, with a focus on world class theatre and spectacle events. She was based in London from 2016 – 2020, having to relocate back to New Zealand due to COVID-19. While in London she worked at the Donmar Warehouse, stage managing their NY Times rave ‘The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie’, toured the UK with Headlong Theatre on their Olivier-Award winning ‘People, Places & Things,’ premiered a new Martin Crimp play at the National Theatre which starred Cate Blanchett, stage managed the European premiere of Tony-award-winner Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘The Starry Messenger’ starring Matthew Broderick, as well as the Young Vic’s revival of Oscar-winner Tyrell Alvin McCraney’s ‘The Brothers Size’ and most recently was Deputy Stage Manager for the largest indoor spectacle in London – a Netflix UK/Secret Cinema co-production of ‘Stranger Things’ which has since been purchased for performance in Los Angeles, US. Prior to her London move, she was the Deputy Stage Manager for New Zealand Opera, touring New Zealand with their productions and co-ordinating the technical feats required for each show. Natalie has stage managed over 12 Auckland Theatre Company shows, working closely with the highest level of New Zealand theatrical practitioners to facilitate work representative of ATC’s world class standards. Most recently, she was DSM for the NZ tour of Jersey Boys and will be showcaller for this year’s season of World of WearableArt.
Nick Creech has spent far too much of his life in a harness. From humble beginnings in the early 2000’s climbing around stages and theatres, working in rope access, construction welding. Then touring the world with Cirque du Soleil as a rigger, head rigger, project manager and most recently (until covid) as the internal rigging trainer running the onboarding and internship side of rigging and spearheading the fall protection and rescue training aspect of the company. Nick has received hundreds of hours of training in being a trainer and delivered much more than that in training throughout the world to anyone on a Cirque du Soleil show that puts a harness on. Nick is currently working for Harken Industrial as a solutions facilitator (in sales) where he gets to play with sexy rigging toys all day long.
Nick Tomlin | Kaiwhakahaere Hangarau | Technical Manager
Nick Tomlin has been the Auckland Arts Festival Technical Manager since 2016, returning home to NZ after over 20 years working in production in Australia. With a background in lighting, Nick toured extensively throughout both regional Australia and internationally during the early 2000s before turning to full-time production management. His experience as both a touring Production Manager and receiving Production Manager at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has given him a solid background from which he leads the Festival Technical department.
Nikkii Flint – Principal Workplace Law Specialists
Nikkii is the Principal of Workplace Law Specialists, which operates across New Zealand with a focus on the Wellington and Manawatu regions. Nikkii has over 10 years’ experience in the practice of employment and workplace law and civil litigation. She is committed to the promotion and assurance of fair and reasonable work standards, and healthy work environments. Employment and contractual law in New Zealand has undergone significant changes over recent years and Nikkii specialises in keeping employers, industry and workers up to date on changes and ensuring their behaviours and processes not only meet the legislative standards, but also create a good, and inclusive workplace.
Peter Twartz has thirty plus years’ experience in audio, communications, and spectrum management for the broadcast and live entertainment industries. Over the years this has included system design and operation, through to production and technical management.
An opportunity arose to join Jands Pty Ltd as a product manager and then into applications engineering – a role that led to him developing his skills in spectrum management, which was, at the time an emerging craft as use of wireless audio devices was predominantly restricted to the VHF bands. It was in this capacity that led Peter to become involved in spectrum management at the Sydney Olympic Games.
Soon after the Sydney Olympics, Peter and Susan established PRM and Peter would periodically take time from out from his principal job at Jands to work on other projects such as Athens Olympic Games, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Doha Asian Games, Vancouver Winter Olympics, Oprah at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and numerous other TV special events, sporting and awards shows in Australia.
Peter was appointed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to manage the wireless mic spectrum for all the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games venues. He demonstrated his ability to acquire and coordinate large volumes of disparate data and requests from various organisations and then manage the distribution of agreed frequency plans to the various stakeholders. His other credits include:
- Fire Fight ANZ Stadium, Sydney, February 2020
- Cricket Australia Test Series, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Since 2019
- Australian Turf Club Spring and Autumn Carnivals, Randwick and Rosehill, Since 2018
- Australia Day, Sydney Cove, Since 2017
- ARIA Awards, The Star Event Centre, Since 2017
- NRL Grand Final, ANZ Stadium Sydney, Since 2013
- Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure, Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 2010
- ARIA Awards, Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 2009-2011
- Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athens, August 2004
- Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Sydney, September 2000
- NYE Sydney Opera House Concourse, Sydney, December 1999
Peter holds a Master of Business and Technology from The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales.
PRM – Profiles Resource Management
Profiles Resource Management was established nearly 25 years ago by Susan Twartz and Peter Twartz as their part time production and live event company. Throughout that time the business has evolved to specialise in providing specialist services to the live event and broadcast industries. This sector has expanded so much that in 2021 it was launched as a fulltime venture concentrating on wireless spectrum planning and management for special events and consultation and representation to government on issues affecting the event and broadcast industry.
Rebecca Tansley is an independent film and television writer/director/producer who has a focus on the arts. Most recently she directed a film of the live performance of New Zealand Opera’s Semele in association with Greenstone TV. Her previous films include the feature documentaries Crossing Rachmaninoff, which follows the journey of a concert pianist to his first performance with an orchestra, and the award-winning The Heart Dances, about the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of a ballet based on Jane Campion’s film The Piano. Rebecca draws on her previous experience in storytelling across publishing, television, journalism, advertising and content production to tell compelling, arts-based stories in Aotearoa. She is currently developing other live performance screen projects with Greenstone TV.
Richard Aindow has been General Manager of Footnote New Zealand Dance since 2014. In this time, the organisation has transitioned from an Artistic Director-led organisation to a management-led organisation supported by an artistic advisory panel. An arts manager with postgraduate degrees in International Relations and Sociology, and a postgraduate certificate in Charity Marketing and Fundraising, under Richard’s management the organisation has grown, with increased national and international touring, growing audience numbers and increased investment in professional development events for the industry, all within a sustainable funding environment. Richard has led Footnote in securing its new home, which will open in 2021. Footnote regularly works with interns and also has a long-term secondment programme for final year tertiary students.
Sam created EmptySpace to merge his passion for performing arts and technology.
Sam has worked in the entertainment industry as a Stage Manager and in the technology industry as an application designer and design leader. He enjoys spending whatever time is left after all of that with his wife and three boys.
Sam is a member of Actors’ Equity (AEA)
Sam Johnston, an independent production manager and entertainment technician. With over 20 years in the events industry, Sam holds a variety of technical skills and qualifications. He is an electrician by trade, and has also been a contributor to the recently released Entertainment and Event Technology On-Job Qualifications. Sam has sat on the Executive Committee of Entertainment Technology New Zealand since 2016, and is a co-author of the ETNZ Guide to Safe Rigging Practices for the Entertainment Industry in New Zealand. Over the years, Sam has been a venue technical manager for arena, proscenium theatre, and concert halls in Wellington. In addition, he has toured both corporate events and productions throughout New Zealand.
Sandy knew from his experience in high school bands and plays that doing sound would be his gateway to a life of concerts and shows.
Excited by technology, and working smarter, not harder, he now has 20 years’ experience across the globe as a technician in the live sound environment.
Music, theatre, circus, arts festivals or installations, Sandy thrives on the challenge of learning new things, working with people and pushing the limits to take sonic artistry to the next level.
Sean Coyle is a Wellington based theatre designer and educator. He is a graduate of both Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School and VCA Melbourne, has a Masters degree in art and design from AUT Auckland and a PhD from the University of Tasmania where he also worked as a lecturer within the theatre faculty. Sean was Head of School at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) in Auckland for 12 years. From 2018 to 2021 Sean was Lecturer in Scenography at Victoria University of Wellington and has recently taken up the position of Head of Design and Arts Management at Toi Whakaari / New Zealand Drama School. Previous designs include Pakaru for Kia Mau Festival, The Surprise Party, At The Wake, Uma Lava, Glitter Garden, Entertaining Mr Sloan, Cherish and Closer at Circa Theatre, Hui and The Factory for Auckland Arts Festival and Galileo, Paniora, Wheeler’s Luck, The Shape of Things, The Bellbird, Pollyhood in Mumuland and Sinarella for Auckland Theatre Company.
Simon’s lighting career in the NZ entertainment industry spans four decades and has included many significant milestones in our recent live entertainment history. Working at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre in the 80’s, a successful career at Selecon in the 90’s building the business and establishing its position internationally, followed by leading the lighting team at Oceania through its transition to Norwest Oceania. He is currently the head of lighting at Big Picture, part of NEP Group NZ. Simon has been deeply involved in many of the key live international events held in NZ in recent times, including the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Americas Cups, and CHOGM, to name a few. Televised live entertainment productions include the Vodafone Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, NZ Fashion Week, and X Factor.
Spencer is an Auckland based technician, designer, stage and production manager who works across all facets of live entertainment.
After a national dance tour, two lighting designs premiering at the ASB Waterfront Theatre as part of the Pacific Dance Festival, and various other projects with companies and venues throughout Aotearoa – Spencer has been on the production teams of ten shows so far this year.
When he’s not working on a show, Spencer is a familiar face at Q and ASB Waterfront Theatres, as well as with Production Company Creative Ambiance Stage Technologies. Spencer occasionally makes time to adventure into the outdoors for some R&R.
Previous notable work includes nine seasons and tours with Auckland Theatre Company, City of 100 Lovers, Okareka Dance Company’s Mana Wahine, as well as projects with The New Zealand International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Opera, Burning Man Productions, and the Diwali and Chinese Lantern Festivals.
Spencer is the current Production Manager for National Youth Theatre, who produce two full-scale musicals a year at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.
Spencer is a proud member of Entertainment Technology New Zealand.
Having over 30 years experience in various aspects of the entertainment and performing arts industry, Susan Twartz brings a diverse skillset and experience to Profiles Resource Management.
During her time at Jands, Susan played a critical role in the wireless audio landscape of our industry in the lead up to the Australian digital dividend in December 2014. In early 2007, when leading distributors were made aware of the government proposal to sell off part of the broadcast spectrum, they formed the peak industry body called the Australian Wireless Audio Group which lobbied the government for ongoing access to spectrum for wireless audio devices. Susan led the group for almost eight years and in that time secured access to 1.8GHz, the ability to use devices indoors within TV coverage areas and the ability to licence wireless audio devices within the broadcast spectrum at higher power levels than the existing class licence. The most important outcome was the ongoing recognition of wireless audio users as legitimate stakeholders in the space whose economic benefit is key to Australia.
Susan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business and Technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
Throughout the music industry, Tana Douglas is acknowledged as rock’n’roll’s first female roadie. Her journey started in 1973 in Australia within a year she was working for AC/DC, first doing backline then F.O.H. Sound for the band. She then moved to lighting working for a Major Australian Promoter and completed in quick succession several tours with international acts such as: Santana, Suzi Quatro, Neil Diamond, David Essex and Leo Sayer and Status Quo all before she turned 18.
After getting her father to sign her passport so she could travel Internationally she ventured to London to start 4 years with Status Quo running their lighting rig. She then brought that rig to TASCO a major Production company in London that until that time had only supplied Sound for tours. A relationship developed there that would last several years and include working for such artists as: Status Quo, The WHO, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, The Police, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Johnny Halliday the French mega star.
Her relationship continued with TASCO enabling her to transfer to USA after they opened a Los Angeles division. After becoming a resident of USA she broadened her working relationships to also include both Delicate Productions and Light & Sound Designs. The tours that followed were Elton John, INXS, Men at Work, before being once again called back to Europe to manage the largest lighting rig ever built for a 7 month residency for French mega star Johnny Halliday, at Le Zenith in Paris, for Light & Sound Design (LSD).
After successfully completing that task it was time for a change. Los Angeles had offered Tana new passions and she gradually left lighting, stage/production to focus her skills on logistics which meant if a tour had to be somewhere, she was the person to make sure it happened – for everyone including Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luther Vandross, Ice-T and Ice Cube to name a few.
Tana’s career spanned 30+ years and has seen her work alongside some of rock’s biggest names and personalities. As the music industry grew to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, she was there, in the thick of it, a girl.
Tana and her unique position in the music industry have been included in several other people’s books – most recently a chapter in Stuart Coupe’s book, Roadies, which confirmed her as the first female roadie. But now it’s time for Tana to tell her story, in her own words. Her Memoir is published through HarperCollins Australia and tells of the joys and struggles faced as a girl out on the road on her own in the wild and woolly days that created this industry of music.
Tana currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Vicki works as a Senior Stage, Project, Production, Event and Company Manager. She co-founded Entertainment Production Services with Andrew Gibson in 2011 providing technical and management support to events and productions throughout New Zealand. Vicki is currently President of Entertainment Technology NZ (ETNZ), Kaitiaki for Young and Hungry Arts Trust and a member of the sector reference group advising Skills Active on Event and Entertainment Technology Qualifications.