The board

The Australian Musical Theatre Festival is overseen by a passionate skills-based board.

Alexander Wells - Chair

Alex has been involved with the Arts since the tender age of 5. He is passionate about performing and has been involved with numerous local musical theatre companies since that age. 

Whilst he never quite got his ‘big break’ as an actor, Alex chose the next closest thing and chose to study law at the University of Tasmania. After graduating with First Class Honours in 2016, he now works at Bishops Barristers and Solicitors practicing predominantly in civil litigation and criminal matters.

Merging his two passions – musical theatre and law – Alex is thrilled to be able to work with an enthusiastic and talented team at AMTF to bring you this wonderful festival celebrating all things musical theatre!

Gillian Miles - Secretary

Gillian is a Festival and Event Specialist with Tourism Northern Tasmania. She enjoys bringing together communities, tourism and the arts to create new opportunities and is a co-founder of both the Festival of Voices and the inaugural Australian Musical Theatre Festival.

 

Gillian recognised the potential that Launceston and Tasmania had in hosting a national festival, once she discovered the talent and commitment of the many theatre companies, musical societies, youth drama groups, and schools and college productions. She believes that Musical Theatre will provide a fun and fantastic way for people of all ages from across Australia to gather together to celebrate, learn and perform whether they are an aspiring professional, a musical theatre lover or a producer.

Angela Hartley - Treasurer

Angela is a Director at ALA Partners, a Launceston based accounting and business advisory firm.

Angela is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in the industry helping clients and businesses manage their structure, cash flow, business planning, accounting, and tax strategies

Angela has never performed in the arts and certainly not in musical theatre (but has been known to be quite dramatic on occasion).  Her 9 year old daughter has shown interest and enjoys drama lessons with a local theatre company in Launceston so together they enjoy attending local musical theatre productions.

Liz Bennett

Liz is part of the performing arts team at Launceston College and since 2004 she has led the team that produces the large scale musicals that the college stages each year at the Princess Theatre.    

Liz has also directed a number of Shakespeare plays for the College including this year’s Hamlet.  She produced the student ensemble that was a part of the 2014 Melbourne Theatre Company’s Neon Festival; The Myth Project: Twin by Arthur Theatre Company

 

Liz has directed a number of community musicals for Encore Theatre Company including Les Miserable (2010), Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Evita (2015) and Wicked (2017).  At the 2018 Tasmanian Theatre Awards she won Best Community Musical Theatre Director for Wicked.

 

Liz is also a member of the Junction Arts Festival board.

Annie Greig

Annie Greig is well respected in the national and international dance community, mentoring and nurturing young dancers, choreographers and directors.

 

With a Fulbright Scholarship Annie completed a M.A. in Dance at NYU. She was Artistic Director of Tasdance 1997 – 2015 and under her direction the company received national recognition and awards as a leading Australian dance company.

 

Annie was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to Australian dance, an Honorary Life Membership to Ausdance and was one of six nominated for the Distinguished Tasmanian Artist Award as part of the Island Inspired Minister’s Awards, 2009.

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