The Committee is elected by the membership every year at our AGM in March. If you would like to join or learn more about what we do, please contact us or simply complete a nomination form and send it to us.

Diana Burleigh

Diana is a well-known actor, director, reviewer and radio presenter. She is particularly recognised for her work directing Gilbert & Sullivan operas. Forthcoming and recent productions include Iolanthe (2017) and Pirates of Penzance (2013) for G&SOV, Utopia Limited (2016) and Yeomen of the Guard (2013) for Savoynet at the G & S Festival, Harrogate.

Dr. Mimi Colligan

Mimi240x240Mimi writes on 19th-century popular culture and biography. Part of her Ph.D thesis was published by MUP as Canvas Documentaries in 2002. Mimi is a Fellow of the RHSV, an Adjunct Research Fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University and former member of the Victorian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In 2012-13 she curated an exhibition on the history of Melbourne's theatres for the RHSV and  published a biography Circus and Stage about Mr and Mrs G.B.W. Lewis who, in the 1860s and 1870s, took theatre from Melbourne to China and India.

Howard CordnerHoward Cordner

Howard runs an accountancy practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He has been a member of the committee and treasurer for over eight years.


Peter Johnson FRAIA RIBA

Peter JohnsonPeter was chairman of the ALSO Foundation’s Special Events Committee which produced the legendary Red Raw and Winterdaze warehouse dance parties from 1992 until 2000. In 1995, acting as honorary architect, he was responsible for the conversion of Shed 14 at Docklands into a permanent performance venue. He has undertaken extensive research into the work of his great great grandfather and Australian’s most prolific colonial theatre architect George R. Johnson (1840-1898). He also co-ordinates an architectural theatre study group at the SLV. Peter is a heritage consultant and valuer of architectural documents for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth is a founding member of the Victoria Theatres Trust. Her series Pets of the Public has been a regular feature of On Stage since 1999 and comprises profiles of theatrical personalities from the nineteenth century, including Kyrle Bellew and Mrs Brown Potter, Julius Knight and Olga Nethersole. As a theatrical historian and biographer she assisted Lady Tait with her book on pantomime – Dames, Principal Boys…and All That, published by Macmillan in 2001 and also worked with her on her as yet unpublished memoirs I Have a Song to Sing. Elisabeth is currently researching the Brough and Boucicault Comedy Company, an important but forgotten theatrical troupe that was active in Australia from the mid-1880s.

Judy Leech

Judy LeechJudy has had a twenty-two year career at the ABC Television Studios as a graphic designer (working on dramas such as Rush, Power without Glory, Embassy, Phoenix, many Children's and Education Series, in particular the iconic Adventure Island, along with ballet productions including Fool on the Hill, Pineapple Poll, and Lady and the Fool) with occasional forays into children’s book illustration. This was followed by ten years working with the Rex Reid Dance Company on costume, set and props design. Since the late 1990s Judy has been closely involved, in a design capacity, with many of the annual musicals and dramas presented by Melbourne High School and MacRobertson Girls' School.  Judy joined the committee in 2012.

simon 130Simon Piening

Simon is the Director of Australian Stage Online, an online media outlet for the performing arts in Australia, which he founded in 2005. He completed a BA in Performing Arts in 1991 and has worked extensively as an actor and director. He completed post graduate studies in Arts Management at the VCA/University of Melbourne, and spent a number of years working as assistant manager at an outer metropolitan performing arts venue. He holds a Master of Communications and is currently completing a PhD in audience development. He joined the THA committee in 2016.

Frank Van Straten OAM

Frank Van StratenOver the years Frank has amassed a vast collection of Australian theatre memorabilia. He was director of the Victorian Arts Centre Performing Arts Museum from 1984 until 1993. For 15 years Frank researched and presented ABC Radio’s popular Nostalgia feature over Melbourne’s 774. He contributes historical articles to many theatre programs and journals. His books include National Treasure: The Story of Gertrude Johnson and the National Theatre (1994), The Regent Theatre: Melbourne’s Palace of Dreams (1996), Tivoli (2003), Huge Deal: The Fortunes and Follies of Hugh D. McIntosh (2004) and Florence Young and the Golden Years of Australian Musical Theatre (2009).

Delia Taylor 

Delia is a heritage architect working for Places Victoria. She has been involved in the organisation since its beginnings in 1995.

 Officeholders and committee members are elected by the membership every year at our AGM in March. If you would like to nominate for the committee or act as an officeholder please complete this nomination form.

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