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Rick Heath

AUSTRALIAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRES ASSOC., Executive Director WA, Australia www.apaca.com.au

Biography

Rick has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for over 25 years. He is the Director of Push Management Pty Ltd, a strategy, planning and project management consultancy for the arts industry. A graduate of the WA Academy of Performing Arts, Rick has worked extensively in the performing arts industry as producer, presenter, tour manager, consultant and advocate.

Amongst other positions, Rick has worked as Event Operations Manager for the Sydney Opera House, General Manager for Buzz Dance theatre and Executive Producer for the Perth International Arts Festival. He a founder member and councilor of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance and is currently Executive Director of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association [APACA].

Rick is an authority on performing arts touring in Australia. Together with Harley Stumm, Rick developed Australia’s first National Touring Framework for the Australia Council for the Arts.

Rick was Chair of Steps Youth Dance Company for eight years, a committee member and President of Ausdance WA and was past Chair of the Helpmann Awards Nominating Panel for Dance and Physical Theatre. He is currently Chair of the Presentation for Children Panel and a member of the Panel for Regional Touring and a board member of The Last Great Hunt.