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Our people

Our Governance

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre at Western Springs Incorporated is a registered Charitable Trust run by our dedicated Board of Directors who meet on a bi-monthly basis.

TAPAC Board Members

Tricia Reade (Chairperson), Peter Greenall (Treasurer), Ivan Davis, Jan McCartney KC, Robert Pollock, Robert Hunte, Padma Akula, and Stacy Busek. 

The TAPAC Team

TAPAC is run by a small but dedicated team of passionate professionals with a deep understanding of both the business and creative sides of the performing arts.

Executive Director: Sarah Somerville
Sarah Somerville

Sarah’s career has spanned all aspects of theatre production from performance and production to producing, teaching and fundraising. She has worked with professional theatre companies and arts festivals across the country and has owned and operated her own production company, Phineas Phrog Productions, which created and told unique New Zealand stories for family audiences.  The company produced over 60 live theatre productions and eight national tours.  Sarah has spent the last 5 years working as the Public Programmes Manager at Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), where she was responsible for creating an engaging yearly programme of events and experiences. Sarah has performed at Wellington’s Circa and Downstage theatres, Court Theatre (Christchurch), Fortune Theatre (Dunedin), and for Auckland Theatre Company and South Pacific Pictures. She was also a solo vocalist for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Sarah studied at Trinity College, London, earning a Licentiate Diploma for Performing and an Associate Diploma for Teaching. She has a Post Graduate Diploma from Mountview Theatre Conservatoire, London and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from Otago University. Sarah is passionate about the performing arts and creating safe, inclusive spaces for creative communities. She believes that theatre plays a vital role in society and provides a platform for inspiration, education, innovation, and social change.


Community & Communications Coordinator : Briana Duffy

Community Coordinator Briana Duffy

Briana is an artist and arts administrator who has worked in curator, communications and administration positions for various arts organisations including Window Gallery, Pah Homestead Gallery and The James Wallace Arts Trust. With a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Fine Art, Briana is passionate about supporting the community’s development of creative skills and collaborating with artists, performers and educators.  She has also worked as a research assistant with the University of Auckland’s Toitū te Ngahere project, which develops arts-based projects for young people to better understand ecological issues. Of Māori, Pakeha and Rarotongan heritage, Briana is committed to building the capability and audiences of Tāmaki Makaurau’s diverse communities.


Accounts Administrator: Ana Hiini 

Ana Hiini Accounts TAPAC

Ana has been a welcoming face on Auckland’s hospitality scene for over 30 years. Behind the scenes, Ana has been responsible for managing the accounts at many of the hospitality establishments she has worked for. She is now using her skills to look after the accounts at TAPAC, including invoicing and financial reporting.



Funding Manager: Mandy Harris 

Funding Manager Mandy Harris

Mandy has had experience as a producer and owner of a production company in the film and television industry for over a decade. From this she has a developed a kete of creative business skills. With the increasingly shallow pool of arts funding, her focus will be to explore opportunities outside the box that align with TAPAC's passion to keep art thriving and accessible to all. .


Education Coordinator: Manon Humphrey

Education Coordinator Manon Humphrey

Manon has over 7 years teaching experience in the performing arts sector. Graduating with a Bachelors of Dance Studies in 2021, Manon went on to teach drama-based self confidence classes to primary school aged children. She then also took on the role of operations manager at Future Leaders Academy, where high school rangatahi travel to the Pacific Islands to undertake leadership programmes and cultural immersion.

With a passion for dance and drama alongside commitment to supporting students of all ages, Manon's focus will be on fostering and growing our Performing Arts Programmes. 


Operations Manager: Laura Bunting

Operations Manager Laura Bunting

Laura has varied experience in film production, tertiary education and hospitality. From freelance Assistant Directing, pre-production development and teaching film theory at the University of Auckland, Laura's interest lies in developing structure within the creative industries.

Originally a Sydney-sider, Laura has become passionate about Auckland's art scene and the organisations that keep it alive. As operations manager, Laura will put these acquired skills to use in her day to day management of TAPAC's venue, whilst also actively seeking out new ways TAPAC can create an engaging and safe environment for our community.