Theatre North Inc is an independent, non-profit organisation, established in 1995, and funded by the State Government and the City of Launceston.  

We have two main roles:  

1. We present an annual program of professional performing arts from around Australia - productions which Launceston audiences would not otherwise have the opportunity to see.  In addition, we support the development of locally produced theatre and dance.  

2. We manage the Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre, under a lease agreement with the City of Launceston.  

For more information, please contact:
General Manager, Mandy Shepherd at

The Theatre North team

In addition to our dedicated management, administration and technical teams, Theatre North employs over 40 casual staff who work Backstage and Front-of-House at the Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre.

Our team members, on occasion, will swing into action at other venues, including the Albert Hall.

Ushers, sound and lighting technicians, bar staff, box office staff, backstage crew and more - we're very proud of our team and how each member plays a vital role in your theatre experience.



Amanda Shepherd - General Manager & Public Officer
Josh Blake - Finance Manager
Kylie Dornauf - Administration Officer



Stuart Loone - Programs Manager
Angela Cole - Ticketing Services Manager
Alisa Ward - Marketing & Insights Manager



Malcolm Butters - Technical Manager
Mark Smith - Deputy Technical Manager


Linda Wise - Front of House Manager
Emily Gleeson - Box Office Manager

Theatre North Board

Hon. Sarah Courtney MAICD, President
Skills areas: governance, strategy, business management
Year joined: 2022

A former Tasmanian politician, Sarah currently sits on several boards and has a wealth of leadership, corporate governance and risk management expertise. Sarah is patron of the NTFA and also operates a boutique vineyard in the Tamar Valley.

Georgina Brown, Senior Vice President
Skills areas: project management, strategy, risk management, stakeholder engagement
Year joined: 2023

Georgina brings expertise as a senior project manager with a background in engineering. She has broad management experience gained over 20 years in consulting engineering, small business and local government.

Natalie De Vito, Vice President
Skills areas: governance, arts programming, arts administration
Year joined: 2013

Former Director of Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival; current PhD candidate and Sessional Lecturer at UTAS, Natalie held the position of President from 2018-2022. Originally from Toronto, Natalie has invaluable expertise in theatre and live arts performance spanning more than two decades and 20 countries. Her insight has been instrumental in developing Theatre North’s growth and vision for the coming years.

Tracy Hargraves, Treasurer
Skills areas: financial strategy, change management,
Year joined: 2022

Tracy brings her broad experience as a CFO to the Treasurer’s role with expertise in financial accounting and business analysis. Founder of a Launceston dance school, Tracy also has a keen interest in the local performing arts scene.

Rebecca Crawford, Secretary
Skills areas: legal expertise, HR and policy
Year joined: 2023

Rebecca is a practicing lawyer specialising in workplace relations, workplace health and safety and employment law. Rebecca formerly served on the Junction Arts Festival and Tasdance boards.

Cr Hugh McKenzie MAICD, City of Launceston Appointee
Skills areas: governance, financial strategy, business strategy, stakeholder engagement
Year first appointed: 2012

As the City of Launceston’s appointee to our Committee, Deputy Mayor Hugh McKenzie plays a key role in supporting Theatre North’s management of Launceston’s treasured cultural assets, the Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre. Further to his valuable contribution at Committee level where he offers expertise in finance and strategy, Hugh has been a hands-on member the Friends of Theatre North social committee.

Caitlin Comerford, Member
Skills areas: Artistic practice, youth arts programming
Year joined: 2022

Caitlin is the Artistic Director of Stompin – Australia’s longest running youth dance company. Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance) and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance (Honours). She is an experienced contemporary dance director, choreographer and teacher with a deep passion for the value of the youth arts sector.

Michele Gibbins, Member
Skills areas:
Year joined: 2024

Gil Sellars, Member
Skills areas: development & marketing

Year joined: 2024

A former Senior Executive with The Examiner Group and practising consultant in marketing, media and promotions, Gil offers expertise in brand development and business relationships. Gil is also a former director of Tasdance.

Expressions of Interest: Theatre North Board Nominations

Theatre North is currently seeking individuals with various skills and experience to join our Expressions of Interest Register for Board Nominations.

If you have the time, energy and skills to support Theatre North as we embark on an exciting next phase of growth and development, we would love to hear from you.

For details about the requirements of the role and the registration process, please download the Expressions of Interest Registration Form which includes submission instructions.