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 Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Romeo 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.