Independent Producer and Project Manager
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Pippa has a 40-year career in the arts that has ranged across the artistic and management spheres of the industry. The first half of her career was focussed on making and producing works for theatre, television; and included technical and production management with her own company, Scene Stealers WA. From this point on she has worked in areas as diverse as venue design, venue management, local government and venue operations.
In 1994 she worked with the project architects to design an efficient and cost effective major upgrade of the Regal Theatre, installing a new stage and associated technical equipment and significant upgrades to the backstage facilities for incoming productions and the commercial shop frontages to this heritage listed venue in Perth. These works increased the operational viability and life span of the theatre and greatly improved its earning capacity.
In 1999 she moved into arts and venue management and managed the Walkington Theatre in Karratha for 8 years and was the representative for all of Western Australia on the Australian Performing Arts Centre Association executive for 4 years. Returning to Perth she worked as Artistic Coordinator, Production Manager and Tour Manager for Black Swan State Theatre Centre touring productions throughout WA and interstate. Her next position was General Manager of Buzz Dance Theatre where she was instrumental in managing the amalgamation of Buzz with Steps Youth Dance Company to form CO3. Following these roles she became Operations Manager at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and oversaw the implementation of systems upgrades and improvements in workflow. She ran the Regional Venue Improvement project, applying for and overseeing the installation of nearly a million dollars of upgrades in a two year period for this venue alone. This greatly improved the safety compliance and the efficiency of the backstage spaces as well as upgraded the foyer functionality.
Taking on the role of Manager Arts and Culture for City of Karratha Pippa moved back to the Pilbara in 2017, with the major component of this new position being the delivery and opening of the Red Earth Arts Precinct (REAP), which is the largest cultural facility project in the Pilbara. The venue presents performing arts in the theatre and in the external performance space of local, national and international touring productions. It also operates as the city’s cinema (indoor and rooftop), as well as fulfilling multipurpose roles as the city’s town hall supporting conferences, meetings, local dance studios, the city library and a small art gallery. She was the client liaison for the last 8 months of the build working with the Project Manager, builders and contractors to complete the fit-out and commissioning of the building and she created the opening events, programmed works for presentation, trained staff, managed the venue, managed the defects period and set the agenda for future works in this exciting key regional facility.
Pippa is familiar with all modes of performance, cinema, conference and events and the requirements of these productions, their audiences and the venue requirements behind them, this allows her to critically evaluate spaces for their practicality, ease of operation, functional efficiency and community connection, all of which directly impact the financial viability of a venue.
Pippa has just been appointed Australian representative for Spoontree Productions to manage their touring within Australia. She is working with Sandpiper Productions as a producer, with Setting Line as a consultant and has several other projects on the go as well.