The Board

Peter Matthews Chair

Peter and his family have lived near Woodend in regional Victoria since the mid-1990s. He has worked in the creative arts as an artist, manager, consultant and academic for more than 35 years. His experience encompasses many cultural settings such as: dance, youth arts, regional arts, circus, performing and visual arts, photography, community arts, tertiary education and poetry. He was Head, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (now Federation University); CEO, Regional Arts Victoria; Deputy and Acting Director, Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities (now Creative Partnerships); and as a dancer and choreographer Peter worked throughout Australia and internationally. He has undertaken consultancy work for arts organisations, universities and government agencies. Peter has more than 20 years experience on Boards and committees, many as Chair. The University of Ballarat granted Peter the title of Emeritus Professor in February 2013. He holds qualifications in Engineering, Performing Arts, Management and Governance. Peter is currently President, Kyneton District Hospital and Executive Chairman, Tasdance.

Isabel Kratzing Secretary (May 2015)

Isabel is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience in media, intellectual property and entertainment law. She was admitted to practice in 2006, and has previously worked at King & Wood Mallesons and Clayton Utz. Isabel is currently a Senior Associate with McCullough Robertson Lawyers.

Pat Chilvers Treasurer (April 2017)

Pat and her family have been living in Tasmania since 1990 and permanently in Launceston since 1996. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand with over 35 years’ experience in public practice mainly at Deloittes Chartered accountants and recently as Finance Support Officer at HR Plus Tasmania. Pat has been dancing since she was seven years old in classical ballet, jazz and tap and is passionate about dance. Pat is also on the board of St Patrick’s College as chair of the Finance Committee and joined the board of Tasdance in April 2017.

Marcus Barker Deputy Chair (March 2013)

Marcus Barker is the General Manager of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. He has worked in the arts sector for over 20 years in Australia, the UK and the Republic of Ireland with a number of leading companies and venues including Australian Chamber Orchestra, Belvoir St Theatre and the Sydney Opera House; the National Portrait Gallery, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and English Touring Opera in London and the Dublin Theatre Festival in Ireland.

Marcus studied a Bachelor of Music which led to his first professional position with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland. He also has a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Technology Sydney. He has developed a strong focus on marketing, communication and sponsorship within the arts sector and has held leadership roles in organisations including the Dublin Theatre Festival, Ten Days on the Island festival in Tasmania and most recently the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Marcus has been a board member of the Tasmanian Writers Centre, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, TasPride and the Dublin Youth Theatre as well as being a member of the Theatre Panel for the National Helpmann Awards is currently a mentor in the CAMD Executive Mentoring Program 2016/2017.

Trisha Dunn

Trisha Dunn is a Tasmanian based performer, choreographer, project manager, teacher and rehearsal director. Trisha was an integral part of Tasdance for 13 years engaged under various guises and during this time worked with over 35 Australian and international choreographers. Trisha has performed extensively throughout Tasmania and Australia and has had the opportunity to tour with Tasdance to New Zealand, India, China and Korea. Trisha has also performed several seasons with New Zealand based ‘Raewyn Hill and Dancers’ and Melbourne’s ‘Chunky Move’. In March 2013 Trisha presented ‘Finding Centre’, her first full length solo work for the Ten Days on the Island festival, this work recently toured to Gasworks in Melbourne. Trisha is currently pursuing her interest in movement for actors through several independent projects and last year worked with Blue Cow as movement director for Tom Holloways ‘100 Reasons for War’ and also works as a pilates and yoga teacher. Trisha is very excited about her appointment as a board member for Tasdance and looks forward to continuing the vital work this company enables.

Tasdance, a dynamic and creative force enriching Tasmania's culture and community.