Board

Our board is made up of a number of passionate professionals who generously contribute their time and expertise to Patch Theatre.


Janet WorTH

Chair

Janet Worth has happily and proudly chaired the board of Patch Theatre since 2014, roughly coinciding with her retirement from a working life of involvement in the arts.

A background in law took her to a lengthy stint managing the business, legal and film financing arrangements for the South Australian Film Corporation followed by broader arts involvement, first as adviser to the Minister for the Arts and then within Arts SA, with board appointments including State Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival – a range of experience to bring to the Patch board’s oversight of this innovative and lively theatre company.

 

Ben Opie

Treasurer

Director, Morris Forensic Accountants

Ben joined the Board of Patch as Treasurer in mid-2017.  Ben is a director at Morris Forensic, a boutique firm specialising in forensic accounting and litigation support services. 

Ben has extensive experience in business and commerce across a range of industries.  Ben is a Chartered Accountant, holds degrees in commerce and law and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Ben has two young children who are big fans of Patch’s work!

 

Karen Bryant

CEO, Midsumma Festival

Karen has contributed to the arts nationally for 30 years, working with companies such as, Magpie Theatre, Vitalstatistix, CIRKIDZ, and The State Theatre Company of SA. Between 2001 and 2016 Karen was Associate Director and Head of Programming at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Since 2012, Karen has been CEO of the Adelaide Festival of Arts and in July 2016, became Chief Executive at Midsumma Festival, one of the largest attended festivals in Victoria.

 

Peter Campbell

Lawyer, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Peter Campbell is a partner in the Adelaide office of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and has been on the Board of Patch for 10 years.

Peter works in the areas of Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment Law and has acted for a number of arts organisations as well as being a member of various arts boards and committees.

 

Chris Drummond

Artistic Director, Brink Productions

Chris Drummond is Artistic Director of Brink Productions. Credits include MemorialThe Aspirations of Daise Morrow, When the Rain Stops Falling and Night Letters (STCSA).

He was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Best Director Award for The Flying Dutchman (SOSA) and other productions have won, Ruby, Adelaide Critics Circle, Green Room (Vic) and Sydney Theatre awards. In 2010 Limelight magazine nominated Chris as one of the top 50 players in the arts in Australia. Chris was Associate Director of State Theatre Company of South Australia from 2001 to 2004.

 

Jason Dunstone

Managing Director, Square Holes Pty Ltd

Jason is the Managing Director and Founder of Square Holes, an award-winning agency conducting and publishing customised explorative research on key consumer markets, customers and population segments.

Jason is a passionate supporter of the arts, father of two school age daughters Lily and Elodie, and married to Christine.

 

Anne-Marie Shin

Flinders University, School of Education

Anne-Marie Shin is an early childhood educator who is currently working in teacher education after 32 years of working in teaching and leadership across the 0 – 8 age group.

Anne-Marie has a keen interest in curriculum issues, particularly in arts education and works in both Flinders University and UniSA early childhood arts education courses. Anne-Marie is currently embarking on study towards a PhD examining early childhood educator’s agency in teaching the arts.

 

Amanda Wheeler

Manager, Business Development & Philanthropy, Adelaide Festival

Amanda Wheeler has been working in marketing and business development roles across Adelaide’s arts sector for over 12 years. Beginning her arts career at the Adelaide Festival, Amanda then moved onto senior roles across the Adelaide Festival Centre & Adelaide Fringe before taking on the position of Sponsorship Manager - BankSA for Westpac Group – a role that provided ‘corporate perspective’ of sponsorship across many industries.

But arts is where the heart is, and Amanda returned to the Adelaide Festival in 2016, where she is responsible for managing corporate partnerships, nurturing philanthropic support and developing fundraising activities.

Amanda and her husband Jay have two beautiful children who are regular, enthusiastic members of Patch’s audiences.

 

Honorary Life Members

Dave Brown
Debra Bryant
Patrea Channon
Joan Clemow
Jill Gael
Elspeth Harley
Rainer Jozeps
Helen Rose-Morris
Bob Weatherly