Our Committee

The Committee is an elected group of volunteers who take active roles ensuring Tropical Arts fulfils its mission and continues to evolve.  It’s a hands on committee with operational tasks shared between its members.  The committee also convenes sub-committees which can then involve other Tropical Arts members and invites expertise from the broader network of the arts community.  The current sub-committees are Finance and Production.

Avril Duck – President

Alicia Jamieson –  Secretary

Tony Birch – Treasurer

Velvet Eldred – Committee Member

Doug Robins  – Committee Member

Irene Johnstone  – Committee Member

Barbara Smith  – Committee Member

Tracey Radford  – Committee Member

Just a little about us!

Avril Duck -President

Avril has a passion for diversity on stage.  She has directed  all of the “Shakespeare at the Tanks” productions: The TempestThe Merchant of VeniceMeasure for MeasureRomeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, MacBeth and Taming of the Shrew. She is currently preparing for Twelfth Night.

As a Community Theatre Director, in 2012 Avril was engaged by Mental Illness Fellowship NQ to develop a performative presentation for Carers of people with a Mental Health issues for the annual national TheMHS Conference. Also in 2012, Avril teamed up with Melissa Robertson to facilitate Connecting Community Voices II on the Cassowary Coast for FNQ Volunteers and was Participant Coordinator for Song Connection a socially inclusive choir. Past projects include writer “When the Wheels fall off the World” (Festival Cairns August 2010 & 2011); Director “The Angel’s Whip” by John Lipscomb at JUTE Theatre 2008; Gordonvale community productions 2004, 2005, 2006 Writer/Director “Lysistrata: A Passion for Peace“; “B.A.D. Company” and “Legends of the Pyramid“; “Playing Mother” 2007-9 – Writer/Co-ordinator; “Connecting Community Voices” Workshop series with FNQ Volunteers 2009.
Personal Motto – Theatre is the answer to everything.