Geelong Performing Arts Centre Appoints New CEO

Posted 15 February 2018

The Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel McGuinness as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Following a national search, Joel McGuinness will commence at the centre on 13 March 2018.

A Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate, Joel is an experienced arts and culture manager who has worked in metropolitan and regional centres throughout Australia.
As General Manager of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre he oversaw its successful $12.5m redevelopment. Joel also spent four years in Brisbane and worked for companies including Circa and Brisbane Festival.

Most recently, Joel founded arts management consultancy, JAM Creative, which assisted many arts organisations and venues across Western Australia. Joel is currently the director of the Bunbury Fringe and South West Multicultural Festivals, and a Councillor for the City of Bunbury. He has also held numerous industry board positions, including Vice Chair of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association.

Interim Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust, Professor Jane den Hollander AO said she was delighted to welcome Joel to Geelong.
“Joel has worked extensively in Australia’s arts and cultural sector both in capital cities and in regional areas. He understands the important role the arts and creative industries can play in shaping and transforming communities and will bring a wealth of experience and ideas to GPAC and the region.”

On his appointment Joel said: “I am thrilled to be moving to Geelong Performing Arts Centre at such an exciting time for the centre and look forward to becoming part of the community, living and working in Geelong.”
“I am keen to start working with the Trust, staff and the whole community to deliver great outcomes for Geelong, the G21 Region and the broader arts sector in Victoria and nationally.”

The Geelong Performing Arts Centre is the region’s premier performing arts centre and one of the leading regional arts venues in the country and a State Government backed $38.5 million redevelopment of the centre is currently underway.

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