Board and Staff
The WA Youth Theatre is governed via the Constitution of the WA Youth Theatre. This sets out the roles and responsibilities of the company and the members of the Board. The Constitution is available for members to read: Constitution
Board membership of the company consists of 10 members – made up of professionals in the areas of arts, philanthropy, finance, education business and legal areas. The Board also has Youth Advisory membership consisting of members of the company
The board meets bi-monthly and an AGM for all members is held annually in April. Any current member is eligible to stand for the Board – Youth Advisory membership.
TIM MINCHIN – ARTISTIC PATRON
Tim Minchin is an internationally renowned comedian and musician, who was a member of WA Youth Theatre in the 1990s and participated in the company both as a Performer and a Musical Director. Under the tutelage of original Artistic Director Jenny Davis, Tim honed his performance skills in the company.
Tim has travelled and performed internationally and his credits include performing in the arena spectaular Jesus Christ Superstar and Sydney Theatre Company's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, as well as writing the hugely successful Broadway musical Matilda. In 2015, he will appear as Northern Irish ex-convict, Smasher Sullivan, in Secret River, an Australian drama mini series directed by Daina Reid for the ABC.
ERICA SMYTH – BUSINESS PATRON
Erica Smyth has almost 40 years experience in the mineral and petroleum industries. She was Principal Geologist for BHP Minerals Limited for 7 years, and then BHP-Utah Minerals International’s Beenup Project Manager for 4 years, before moving to BHP Petroleum as their Manager Gas Market Development WA and later joined Woodside Petroleum Limited as General Manager – Corporate Affairs. She has been a professional company director since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of Western Australia and an Applied Master of Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia and in 2012 was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
She is currently the Chair of Toro Energy Limited and the Diabetes Research Foundation of WA. She is also a Director of Emeco Holdings Ltd; the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Deep Exploration Targeting CRC, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations), and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The Chamber of Mines & Energy (WA), as part of the Women in Resources Award 2010, awarded Dr Smyth a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the industry and in 2013 she was included in the Women in Mining (UK) list of 100 Inspirational Women in Mining.
Youth Advisory panel
carmel mckie - general manager
james berlyn - executive producer
emily rose brennan
Emily is a NIDA graduate and a working actress who brings with her an enthusiasm and expertise in training that is unparalleled. Emily is a WAYTCo Key Tutor in the areas of Acting For Screen, Stage Acting, and Devising, and is an excellent mentor for young students interested in extending their physical and vocal performance skills and developing their scenework.
Clare Testoni is a writer, actor, and theatre maker with a strong interest in oral storytelling and mythology. Her areas of expertise include Puppetry, Physical Theatre, and Devising. Clare is an exceptional local artist and a dedicated tutor, who has worked with a huge range of local and international artists.