April 24, 2023

VAPAC Industry Development Initiative Taskforce

VAPAC Industry Development Initiative Taskforce

VAPAC Industry Development Initiative Taskforce

The Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) recently launched the Industry Development Initiative, created to address the current workforce shortages in technical staff across the performing arts industry. Today, we are pleased to share the inaugural members of the Industry Development Initiative Taskforce.

The members of the Taskforce bring decades of experience and broad expertise in technical management, training, production management, theatre design, risk management, workforce development, and advocacy. With strong connections across the sector, this group will guide our planning and strategy over the coming months, and inform our advocacy work with government and industry partners.

Taskforce Members

  • Brett Tippet, Head of Technical Operations, Gippsland Performing Arts Centre and Chair, VAPAC Tech Managers Network

  • Murray Johnstone, Senior Manager, Technical Training & Development, Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Em O’Brien, Director, First In Last Out

  • Micah Johnson and Kate Kelly, Directors, Studio Entertech

  • Patrick McCarthy, Executive Director, VAPAC

VAPAC will be holding a series of industry roundtable events later this year, which will provide opportunities for stakeholders from across the industry to contribute to this work and form cross-sector strategy. Keep an eye on VAPAC’s communications for future announcements.

Murray Johnstone – Senior Manager, Technical Training & Development
Arts Centre Melbourne

Em O’Brien – Director
First In Last Out

Brett Tippet – Head of Technical Operations
Gippsland Performing Arts Centre and Chair, VAPAC Tech Managers Network

Patrick McCarthy – Executive Director


Kate Kelly – Director
Studio Entertech

Micah Johnson – Director
Studio Entertech

The VAPAC Industry Development Initiative is proudly supported by Studio Entertech.

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