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Bruce Gorring
Vice Chair

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In 2017, Theatre Kimberley welcomed Bruce Gorring back as Depty Chair.

Bruce is currently the Assistant Manager - Community Development, NYAMBA BURU YAWURU

BRUCE GORRING is a kartiya (non-Aboriginal person) of European and Chinese heritage. He is profoundly interested in the reflexive relationship between ‘Country’, people, the sustainability of complex cultural and natural landscapes, and deliberative concepts of governance that foster transformative social, cultural, political and economic change in remote Australia. This interest has influenced his professional journey over time. Bruce’s career commenced at the Centre for Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies (University of Western Sydney Macarthur) in 1995 as an Associate Lecturer. In 1998, he joined the Kimberley Land Council initially as a Project Development Officer and was subsequently appointed as Manager of the Native Title Services Unit in 2003. From 2006 to 2009, he was Assistant Director of the Land Branch in the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs in Perth. In October 2009, he was appointed as Research Coordinator in the Nulungu Research Institute at the Broome campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia and in 2016 was invited to become an Adjunct Research Fellow. In 2015, he joined Marrugeku Inc, Broome’s pre-eminent intercultural dance theatre company, as its inaugural General Manager. In 2017, he took up the role as Assistant Manager of the Community Development Unit at Nyamba Buru Yawuru.

Bruce obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in geography and sociology from the University of Newcastle in 1991 and a Master of Social Sciences (Environment and Planning) from RMIT University in Melbourne in 2013.

Bruce is a member of the Editorial Board for the Australian Studies Centre at the Universitat de Barcelona; holds professional memberships to the Institute of Australian Geographers, the Royal Geographical Society of NSW, and the Planning Institute of Australia; and was admitted into the Golden Key International Honour Society in 2013 by virtue of his academic prowess at RMIT. He is a former Board member and Deputy Chairperson of Environs Kimberley and currently a Board member and Deputy Chairperson of Theatre Kimberley.

Robyn Stacey

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As a trained teacher I began my working life as one of the four founding teachers at the first Independent Aboriginal Community School in Australia at Strelley. I have worked in a range of Australian Government Departments across the whole Kimberley over the last 35 years and always involved in Indigenous affairs. These departments included education, employment and training, ATSIC and now the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. I have a specific interest in community development and co-design of activities with communities to address the priorities they identify. As a mother of a circus performer I have had a very active interest in circus, theatre and Theatre Kimberley for over 10 years.

Gay Messer

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I have lived in Broome for almost 23 years and have always been an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre Kimberley through attendance at performances, occasional financial support and occasional assistance at events.

I have served as a volunteer on a number of Committees and Corporate Bodies in the past, including lengthy stints as Treasurer of at least 3 Organisations.

For the past 13 years I have worked in the Commonwealth Division of the Arts, currently in the Indigenous Language and Arts section of the Department of Communications and the Arts. My primary role is managing funding contracts and providing resources and assistance to Indigenous Language Centres and Cultural Arts projects.

My three great passions in life are performing arts, travel and the Fremantle Dockers, in any order!

I am pleased to be able to give back to Performing Arts in my local area.

Chris Hill
Props officer

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George Kingsley

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Gwen Knox
Ex Officio

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John Sawyer

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I have lived in Broome since 2007. I was a Bank Manager of over 30 years’ experience and have recently made a move out of banking and taken up a position as a Business Advisor. Originally from Perth, I spent several years in the Western Australian Wheatbelt, initially taking up a posting to York and then moving to Merredin before the opportunity arose to relocate the family to Broome. I am married with three daughters, one of whom has been a Sandfly from primary school age through to becoming an adult trainer.

I am proud Sandfly parent and strong supporter of Theatre Kimberley, I sought to continue my involvement with TK after my daughter left Broome to study in Perth.

Jussi Johnston

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Lesley A. Marsh
Board member

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Artist - Costume Designer – Performer - Poet – Writer – Sports person

My name is Lesley A. Marsh and I am a costume designer, performer, visual artist and Jill-of-all-trades. However, over the past few years I have focused on being mentored in the role of writer and director of a community based theatrical production. I am an established Wearable Art designer, performer, actor and artist. I am a 3-time Overall Winner of Broome’s Worn Art Events and have consistently made the finals of the World-renowned NZ WOW Awards. I have previously worked for the Broome Advertiser in Sales and Marketing before being sought to work for Goolarri Media Enterprises as an events coordinator on two of the iconic ‘Stompen Ground Festivals’. I was then enlisted to catalogue exhibits at the Broome Historical Society before finally settling at the Broome Public Library 12 years ago and where I still work. I am a long-term resident of Broome.

Lily Chin
Board Member

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Lisa Russell

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Philip Thompson

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Philip is currently the co-owner of iconic Sydney restaurant the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar and wears the hats of managing director and company secretary. He's also the major shareholder and managing director in Sydney based investment company Quay One Investments. Philip is also an active social media hound for the Oyster Bar, managing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. He dabbles in making short films, mostly sporting, but with a recent more serious film about rheumatic heart disease in the Kimberley. He's a cricket tragic, a father of two and a husband of one who's fluent in drinking French.   


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