Board and Committees


Mr David Clements – President

David first got involved in theatre in High School at Newtown High in the musical Lightshine in the early seventies. 
David’s first major foray back into theatre was when Ingrid Ganley asked him to stage manage the Hobart Rep production of Noises Off in 2011, where, with the help of Richard Causby they built a two storey set on a revolve with about a dozen doors (a baptism of fire). David went to stage manage more shows including Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap (on the 60th Anniversary of its first production in the Westend), Rock of Ages, Wicked, Mary Poppins and Blithe Spirit.

Ms Moya Deigan – Vice President

A Rep life member with over 25 years involvement in local theatre, Moya has been involved in all aspects of theatre production, with a recent focus on production management, marketing and corporate roles. Several years as the Executive Officer for the Theatre Council saw her establish the statewide Tasmanian Theatre Awards program.  She holds qualifications in Strategic Procurement, Contract Management, Project Management, Training along with an MBA.

Ms Karen Fahey – Secretary

Karen works for the government, she brings administrative ability to her role on the board as Secretary/Public Officer having a focus on the use of words since forever. 

Karen is a Life Member of Hobart Rep, having tortured the society since 2009.


Ms Donna Powell – Treasurer

Donna has more than 10 years’ audit, accounting and business experience, working in a range of public sector, corporate, SME and public practice roles in Hobart and the UK. Donna is a graduate of the AICD and holds a BCom and BA from the University of Tasmania. She sits on the Tasmanian Division Council for CPA Australia.


Mrs Caroline Riley – Minutes Secretary

Carolyn comes to the Board of the Society with 20 years’ experience as a Federal Public Servant and 18 years as a Vocational Teacher.  Carolyn has been involved in HRTS and Hobart theatre over many years as a performer in OneFest; the Minute Taker for the OneFest Committee for 3 years; a volunteer at shows; a graduate of the Graham Corey School of Acting, and past chorus member of several G & S shows alongside of being a lifelong, passionate supporter of Hobart theatre.

Ms Lesley Somerville – Finance Committee Convenor

 Lesley has been a lifelong and enthusiastic audience member at all types of theatre and has volunteered with HRTS since 2015 in various front of house roles. She served as a board member with Tasmanian Theatre Company from 2017 to 2020. 

Recently retired, she has 38 years experience running a successful Tasmanian business. Her roles within the company included Business Administration, HR Manager and Educator. 

Mr Ben Armitage – Marketing Committee Convenor

Ben comes to us a an export of the UK (we are pretty sure they were happy to lose him!) having come to Tasmania for the weather. Having arrived in Tasmania, Ben’s first involvement was in Peter Pan in 2013 where, having not been happy to simply ‘tread the boards’ he put his foot through them!

Since his arrival at The Playhouse, Ben has directed and produced some highly successful shows both at The Playhouse and The Theatre Royal.

Ms Ingrid Ganley – Production Committee Convenor

By day Ingrid works for the State Government holding senior management positions and is currently the Director of Disability and Community Services. By night Ingrid has been involved with theatre in Hobart for over 25 years predominately in directing roles. Ingrid has directed numerous productions for Hobart Repertory Theatre Society since 2000. Ingrid is a Life Member of the Old Nick Company and one half of Directions Theatre.


Ms Von Hutchison – Theatre Committee Convenor

As a theatre lover, especially musical theatre, Von is pretty sure she has occupied every seat in The Playhouse at some point. Von first became involved in Hobart Rep as a Front of House volunteer in 2013 and has managed the Front of House rosters since 2017. She stepped in as Theatre Convenor in 2018, and is constantly amazed by the volume of work undertaken by Hobart Reps volunteers, be they Board members, ushers or backstage crew.


Role of the board:

The Board of Management oversees the operation of the Society and directs the committees where appropriate.

Role of the committees:


  • Carry out day to day management of the Society’s finances and make recommendations to the Board in respect to major expenditures, budgeting & investments.
  • Consider all financial implications of decisions made by the Society.
  • Provide oversight of ticketing facilities and administrative support.
  • Consider the business case for future decisions.


  • Oversee operation and maintenance of all Society property (owned or rented); and
  • Make recommendations to the Board for future maintenance programs, capital expenditure and operations (which will includes the Bar, Props & Costumes).


  • Compile a recommended list of annual Productions and matters relating thereto (such as dates of performances, suggested Directors etc) for presentation to the Board.
  • Assist with preparation of selected productions and reviews thereafter.
  • Conducts the EOI and evaluation process to select plays and directors for the annual season of plays
  • Appoints production managers for each show
  • Takes suggestions and reads scripts for future productions
  • Provide advice and support to production managers.


  • Attend to all aspects of marketing of the Society and its productions through a variety of mediums.
  • Make recommendations for servicing of existing members, attracting new members and development membership packages.
  • Provide input to Production Committee and Board as to show choice from a marketing perspective
  • Prepare a newsletter for distribution to members