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Findlay, Gavin

Gavin Findlay (b. 1964 Perth, Western Australia, Canberra since 1992) is an academic, arts producer and musician, and one of the editors of the Theatre ACT website.

Gavin studied Music at the University Tasmania and played with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for eight years, becoming the founding Chair of IHOS Music Theatre and Opera in 1990. He moved to Sydney in 1989 to take up the position of Administration Coordinator with The Performance Space, the national centre for research and development of performing arts. In 1992 Gavin joined Canberra’s groundbreaking Splinters Theatre of Spectacle as manager and musician. He later helped establish the Australian Choreographic Centre before becoming Director of Canberra Youth Music for six years and undertaking post-graduate studies in Musicology. He was a member of the artistic advisory board of the theatre group CIA. In 2002 he joined the Australian Public Service, where he specialised in Indigenous Economic Development, and in 2009 completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Australian National University.

In 2011 he began PhD studies at the University of Canberra Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage and in 2013 transferred to the Australian National University Centre for Digital Humanities Research. He is currently developing the Splinters Theatre online archive. Gavin continues to perform as a musician and is Assistant Musical Director of the Canberra Brass. He is currently President of MusicACT, Canberra’s music advocacy and policy organisation.

Gavin has produced or curated numerous successful theatre, opera, dance and visual arts productions, including at the Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Centenary of Canberra and MONA FOMA. A recent highlight was curation in 2013 of the exhibition Massive Love of Risk: the art of Splinters Theatre of Spectacle at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Woodward, Joe

Joe-Woodward-21012013-001AJoe Woodward is an independent theatre producer, writer, director and teacher. His first professional theatre appointment was as an actor / Educational Officer at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane, where he continued training as an actor and as a director. He was subsequently appointed Co-Ordinator of the professional theatre-in-education company the E.C.D.P. based at the theatre. Later positions include: Artistic Director of The Jigsaw Theatre Company (Canberra) in 1980; Producer/director/entrepreneur as part of David Bates and Joe Woodward (1980 – 1981); Co-Owner/Manager (with David Bates) of Pie In The Sky Theatre and Bar (P.I.T.S.) 1981 – 1984; Director / Executive Officer of Stage Coach Theatre School (1985 – 1994). From 1986 to 1989 he was a member of the ACT Arts Development Board and Co-Chair in 1988/89 of the Performing Arts Committee with Anne Edgeworth. In 1995, he established PITS Productions, changing its name to Shadow House PITS in 1998 as it became an essentially experimental theatre group. He is currently Coordinator of Performing Arts at Daramalan College in Canberra while still working as Artistic Director of Shadow House PITS.

With over twenty-five produced plays to his credit, Woodward continues to write essays for his web site SCREAM page and write works for small scale theatrical presentation.