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Our Team

WAYTCo is run by a team of three super talented and hardworking part-timers. We also draw on a dynamic pool of professional tutors. We're a friendly bunch, come and say hello!

Meet the Team…

Artistic Director
James Berlyn

James is a multi-award-winning performing artist, director, choreographer, curator and teacher of more than thirty-five years’ experience. Under James’s artistic guidance, the company has re-emerged as the peak body for youth theatre and performance in WA. WAYTCo has also won numerous awards in recent years for its devised, site-response works which have been presented at FRINGE WORLD and Perth Festival. As an independent artist, James has toured his work to most of the major Australian arts festivals and overseas. He was instigator and co-founder of Proximity Festival and co-founding director of Tracksuit Dance company for DADAA.

 

General Manager
Leah Maund

An astute Not-For-Profit manager, Leah has 25 years’ experience in the arts, CaLD-disability services and youth education. Before WAYTCo, Leah worked in a business enhancement role with Sensorium Theatre, where she made a significant contribution to the company’s sustainability. She has served on the boards of Propelarts and Arts Access Australia, and on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability (WA). Bringing a deep anthropological understanding of culture, Leah enjoys adding value to busy teams of creatives through attention to strategy, impact measurement and process. Throughout her career, Leah has championed the arts as a powerful platform for inclusion and healing.

 

Communications & Engagement
Sian Murphy

Living and working on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja, Sian Murphy is an independent artist and theatre maker with a flair for social media marketing and publicity. Sian graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor in Performance Making in 2019. Born in regional NSW before relocating to Perth, Sian has worked with various companies including ATYP, Hothouse Theatre Company & Outback Theatre for Young People. Sian works across a number of companies and projects creating social media content and strategies to connect with audiences in a multitude of ways. Most recently she has worked on projects with WA Youth Theatre Company, Steamworks Arts and The Blue Room Theatre.