ETNZ looks forward to welcoming all of the presenters listed here at the 2021 ETNZ Conference & Tradeshow.

Select a presenter from the list to jump down and read their bio.

Introducing Andre Goldsmith

Entertainment industry Veteran (dinosaur).

With a career spanning over 40years Andre has seen and performed many roles in our industry (and still is).

From his first gig as a box pusher, helper in the late 70s; Touring NZ with acts like Ultravox Pseudo Echo, George Thorogood, Dance Exponents in the 80’s; a 3-year stint in the UK saw him managing Pubs including “the Green Man” in the Basement of Harrods, where he refined his business management skills.

Upon returning to NZ, he stepped back into the industry touring, working as a freelancer in many roles: lighting guy, rigger, truck driver, Theatre stagehand, and Production Manager. These roles took him around NZ, the Pacific, and Australia.

In the 90s, having met his partner while lighting the national televised basketball league, a decision to move to Chch and set up house and business was made. Hang Up Entertainment Services Ltd was born. With the growth of the NZ industry, Hang Up became a provider supplier of staging, lighting, & crew to all facets of the industry. This includes 10 years of Tech Management to the Greenstone Summer Tour.

Challenges with the GFC and obviously the Chch earthquakes have ensured Andre’s career in our industry has been many, varied, and at times challenging. It includes sitting at the table consulting on the ground up rebuild of the Isaac Theatre Royal & discussing options with the new Chch stadium. Most recently the formation of a joint venture with long time business associates ETS has seen Andre move more into the roll of director and mentor. This in itself is a different challenge as our industry is now quite different to how it was when he first started pushing boxes. The industry is still people and personality based with hard showtime deadlines but there are now many more considerations to be taken in to account.

Andrew Maher

Andy Maher has worked in the professional Lighting Industry since 2005, and for Jands since 2008. In that time he has had a number of roles, and currently is a market specialist for venues and consultants nationally in Australia. A background in concert and dance party work has evolved into a strong interest in the fine arts also, with a particular focus on the requirements of theatre venues. He has supplied gear to major venues across the country, but also enjoys looking after the needs of regional and rural performance spaces as well as museums, galleries, hospitality, and theme parks.

Cathy Knowsley

Cathy is a HASANZ registered health and safety professional who has a few decades first-hand experience as a backstage worker. Having borne witness to and been involved in a fair share of innovative and creative problem solving under challenging work conditions, Cathy brings a pragmatic and sympathetic approach to health and safety consultancy for the entertainment industry.

A regular presenter at the ETNZ Conference, Cathy has also had the honour of being a panel presenter at the Canadian PMArts Conference and at the Event Safety Summit (USA) in 2020.

Charlotte Allen

With an extensive background in building business partnerships in the not-for-profit sector, Charlotte leads the Partnership Development team at Workplace Support. Her focus is on growing the Workplace Support profile and increasing awareness of how we can enhance wellbeing across our client organisations.

More recently, Charlotte came to Workplace Support from the Alzheimer’s Society, London, where she managed the Regional Corporate team, developing and growing their partnership offer. This came after her stretch creating strategic national partnerships for the Alzheimer’s Society, with some high-profile successes such as the ground-breaking ‘Dementia Revolution’ Campaign for Virgin Marathon. Alongside this, Charlotte brings her Leadership and Management training, her NLP Master Coaching qualification, and her Crisis Intervention training, which have all increased her drive to make wellbeing at work more accessible than ever before.

Dave Spark – Pixel

Dave is a video and lighting designer with over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

He has designed and managed an extensive amount of large scale corporate and theatre events all around the country.

Not only does he supply LED screens, he also creates the graphic/video content for them. He is highly sought after for his creative, innovative high end video/production design and technical solutions.

He currently co-runs his own company, Pixel, which designs and supplies a variety of large scale LED and projection video displays throughout New Zealand. You can learn more at pixel.co.nz.

Check out some of Dave’s past content and stage design work with TomTom Productions here.

And Pixel’s show reel from end of 2019 here.

Deane Moyle – Director, Stamford Insurance Brokers

Having spent 20 years with two large international broking houses, Deane took the plunge in 2016 and teamed up with Duncan Colebrook to found Stamford Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Stamford is a fire and general insurance broker with a particular focus on the contracting and construction sectors. Our role is to design, market, place, and service insurance programmes. We have years of experience with cover for entertainment industry practitioners, from companies to individuals.

Deane will talk you through the insurance products that you will need to consider when setting up as a contractor – what they cover, what they cost, how they work.

Deb McGuire

Deb McGuire has been a theatre practitioner for 30 years. First as a performer, then moving into sound design and operation, Deb now spends most of her work time as a technical operator, stage manager, and Technical Manager of Circa Theatre. Along with individual productions, Deb has many seasons of Fringe Festivals, Dance Your Socks Off! Festivals, Comedy Festivals, and Festivals of the Arts under her belt. In the 2014 Chapman Tripp awards, Deb received the Critics Wildcard Award for “Technical Operation and Extraordinary Support Beyond the Call of Duty” (no pressure, Deb …). She teaches the rudiments of lighting and running shows to students of Queen Margaret College and St Oran’s College, and is also the mother of two rambunctious little ratbags (who she’s terribly fond of, she hastens to add) in her spare time.

Mark Corbett

As a freelance audio engineer, Mark has been involved with many aspects of the audio world. He enjoys the combination of the physical and the nerdy aspects of the job. For the last few years he as been focused on the deployment of large format concert systems and all the tricky bits that make that happen.

Nick Creech

Nick Creech has spent far too much of his life in a harness. From humble beginnings in the early 2000’s climbing around stages and theatres, working in rope access, construction welding. Then touring the world with Cirque du Soleil as a rigger, head rigger, project manager and most recently (until covid) as the internal rigging trainer running the onboarding and internship side of rigging and spearheading the fall protection and rescue training aspect of the company. Nick has received hundreds of hours of training in being a trainer and delivered much more than that in training throughout the world to anyone on a Cirque du Soleil show that puts a harness on. Nick is currently working for Harken Industrial as a solutions facilitator (in sales) where he gets to play with sexy rigging toys all day long.

Nick Tomlin | Kaiwhakahaere Hangarau | Technical Manager

Nick Tomlin has been the Auckland Arts Festival Technical Manager since 2016, returning home to NZ after over 20 years working in production in Australia. With a background in lighting, Nick toured extensively throughout both regional Australia and internationally during the early 2000s before turning to full-time production management. His experience as both a touring Production Manager and receiving Production Manager at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has given him a solid background from which he leads the Festival Technical department.

Peter Twartz

Peter Twartz has thirty plus years’ experience in audio, communications, and spectrum management for the broadcast and live entertainment industries. Over the years this has included system design and operation, through to production and technical management.

An opportunity arose to join Jands Pty Ltd as a product manager and then into applications engineering – a role that led to him developing his skills in spectrum management, which was, at the time an emerging craft as use of wireless audio devices was predominantly restricted to the VHF bands. It was in this capacity that led Peter to become involved in spectrum management at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Soon after the Sydney Olympics, Peter and Susan established PRM and Peter would periodically take time from out from his principal job at Jands to work on other projects such as Athens Olympic Games, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Doha Asian Games, Vancouver Winter Olympics, Oprah at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and numerous other TV special events, sporting and awards shows in Australia.

Peter was appointed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to manage the wireless mic spectrum for all the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games venues. He demonstrated his ability to acquire and coordinate large volumes of disparate data and requests from various organisations and then manage the distribution of agreed frequency plans to the various stakeholders. His other credits include:

  • Fire Fight ANZ Stadium, Sydney, February 2020
  • Cricket Australia Test Series, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Since 2019
  • Australian Turf Club Spring and Autumn Carnivals, Randwick and Rosehill, Since 2018
  • Australia Day, Sydney Cove, Since 2017
  • ARIA Awards, The Star Event Centre, Since 2017
  • NRL Grand Final, ANZ Stadium Sydney, Since 2013
  • Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure, Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 2010
  • ARIA Awards, Sydney Opera House Forecourt, 2009-2011
  • Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athens, August 2004
  • Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Sydney, September 2000
  • NYE Sydney Opera House Concourse, Sydney, December 1999

Peter holds a Master of Business and Technology from The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales.

PRM – Profiles Resource Management

Profiles Resource Management was established nearly 25 years ago by Susan Twartz and Peter Twartz as their part time production and live event company. Throughout that time the business has evolved to specialise in providing specialist services to the live event and broadcast industries. This sector has expanded so much that in 2021 it was launched as a fulltime venture concentrating on wireless spectrum planning and management for special events and consultation and representation to government on issues affecting the event and broadcast industry.

A selection of jobs completed to date is listed here and further details can be found here.

Prior running the business fulltime, Susan and Peter were both working in key roles at Jands Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia.

Rebecca Tansley

Rebecca Tansley is an independent film and television writer/director/producer who has a focus on the arts. Most recently she directed a film of the live performance of New Zealand Opera’s Semele in association with Greenstone TV. Her previous films include the feature documentaries Crossing Rachmaninoff, which follows the journey of a concert pianist to his first performance with an orchestra, and the award-winning The Heart Dances, about the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s production of a ballet based on Jane Campion’s film The Piano. Rebecca draws on her previous experience in storytelling across publishing, television, journalism, advertising and content production to tell compelling, arts-based stories in Aotearoa. She is currently developing other live performance screen projects with Greenstone TV.

www.minervaproductions.co.nz

Richard Aindow

Richard Aindow has been General Manager of Footnote New Zealand Dance since 2014. In this time, the organisation has transitioned from an Artistic Director-led organisation to a management-led organisation supported by an artistic advisory panel. An arts manager with postgraduate degrees in International Relations and Sociology, and a postgraduate certificate in Charity Marketing and Fundraising, under Richard’s management the organisation has grown, with increased national and international touring, growing audience numbers and increased investment in professional development events for the industry, all within a sustainable funding environment. Richard has led Footnote in securing its new home, which will open in 2021. Footnote regularly works with interns and also has a long-term secondment programme for final year tertiary students.

Sean Coyle

Sean Coyle is a Wellington based theatre designer and educator. He is a graduate of both Toi Whakaari/New Zealand Drama School and VCA Melbourne,  has a Masters degree in art and design from AUT Auckland and a PhD from the University of Tasmania where he also worked as a lecturer within the theatre faculty. Sean was Head of School at the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA) in Auckland for 12 years. From 2018 to 2021 Sean was Lecturer in Scenography at Victoria University of Wellington and has recently taken up the position of Head of Design and Arts Management at Toi Whakaari / New Zealand Drama School. Previous designs include Pakaru for Kia Mau Festival, The Surprise Party, At The Wake, Uma Lava, Glitter Garden, Entertaining Mr Sloan, Cherish and Closer at Circa Theatre,  Hui and The Factory for Auckland Arts Festival and Galileo, Paniora, Wheeler’s Luck, The Shape of Things, The Bellbird, Pollyhood in Mumuland and Sinarella for Auckland Theatre Company.

Simon Garrett

Simon’s lighting career in the NZ entertainment industry spans four decades and has included many significant milestones in our recent live entertainment history. Working at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre in the 80’s, a successful career at Selecon in the 90’s building the business and establishing its position internationally, followed by leading the lighting team at Oceania through its transition to Norwest Oceania. He is currently the head of lighting at Big Picture, part of NEP Group NZ. Simon has been deeply involved in many of the key live international events held in NZ in recent times, including the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup, Americas Cups, and CHOGM, to name a few. Televised live entertainment productions include the Vodafone Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, NZ Fashion Week, and X Factor.

Susan Twartz

Having over 30 years experience in various aspects of the entertainment and performing arts industry, Susan Twartz brings a diverse skillset and experience to Profiles Resource Management.

During her time at Jands, Susan played a critical role in the wireless audio landscape of our industry in the lead up to the Australian digital dividend in December 2014. In early 2007, when leading distributors were made aware of the government proposal to sell off part of the broadcast spectrum, they formed the peak industry body called the Australian Wireless Audio Group which lobbied the government for ongoing access to spectrum for wireless audio devices. Susan led the group for almost eight years and in that time secured access to 1.8GHz, the ability to use devices indoors within TV coverage areas and the ability to licence wireless audio devices within the broadcast spectrum at higher power levels than the existing class licence. The most important outcome was the ongoing recognition of wireless audio users as legitimate stakeholders in the space whose economic benefit is key to Australia.

Susan holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business and Technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.

Tana Douglas

Throughout the music industry, Tana Douglas is acknowledged as rock’n’roll’s first female roadie. Her journey started in 1973 in Australia within a year she was working for AC/DC, first doing backline then F.O.H. Sound for the band. She then moved to lighting working for a Major Australian Promoter and completed in quick succession several tours with international acts such as: Santana, Suzi Quatro, Neil Diamond, David Essex and Leo Sayer and Status Quo all before she turned 18.

After getting her father to sign her passport so she could travel Internationally she ventured to London to start 4 years with Status Quo running their lighting rig. She then brought that rig to TASCO a major Production company in London that until that time had only supplied Sound for tours. A relationship developed there that would last several years and include working for such artists as: Status Quo, The WHO, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, The Police, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Johnny Halliday the French mega star.

Her relationship continued with TASCO enabling her to transfer to USA after they opened a Los Angeles division. After becoming a resident of USA she broadened her working relationships to also include both Delicate Productions and Light & Sound Designs. The tours that followed were Elton John, INXS, Men at Work, before being once again called back to Europe to manage the largest lighting rig ever built for a 7 month residency for French mega star Johnny Halliday, at Le Zenith in Paris, for Light & Sound Design (LSD).

After successfully completing that task it was time for a change. Los Angeles had offered Tana new passions and she gradually left lighting, stage/production to focus her skills on logistics which meant if a tour had to be somewhere, she was the person to make sure it happened – for everyone including Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luther Vandross, Ice-T and Ice Cube to name a few.

Tana’s career spanned 30+ years and has seen her work alongside some of rock’s biggest names and personalities. As the music industry grew to become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, she was there, in the thick of it, a girl.

Tana and her unique position in the music industry have been included in several other people’s books – most recently a chapter in Stuart Coupe’s book, Roadies, which confirmed her as the first female roadie. But now it’s time for Tana to tell her story, in her own words. Her Memoir is published through HarperCollins Australia and tells of the joys and struggles faced as a girl out on the road on her own in the wild and woolly days that created this industry of music.

Tana currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Vicki Cooksley

Vicki works as a Senior Stage, Project, Production, Event and Company Manager.  She co-founded Entertainment Production Services with Andrew Gibson in 2011 providing technical and management support to events and productions throughout New Zealand.  Vicki is currently President of Entertainment Technology NZ (ETNZ), Kaitiaki for Young and Hungry Arts Trust and a member of the sector reference group advising Skills Active on Event and Entertainment Technology Qualifications.