Spark Theatre has only just begun, and is currently run by a volunteer management committee.
We’re a passionate team with a diverse range of creative, organisational and practical skills, and a broad scope of experience between us.
We look forward to expanding our roles (and our team!) as our organisation grows.
Founder / Secretary
Beth is an entertainment producer in Ballarat and has created and managed many shows and events locally, including BallaRatCat Comedy – a monthly comedy room that has been running since 2013.
She has worked in entertainment and venue management for over 20 years and in over 40 different venues around the world, including major stadiums, grand theatres, small black boxes, festival rooms, haunted caverns and a heck of a lot of comedy clubs.
Building a new, independent venue has always been the dream, so the time has come to bring Spark Theatre to life, with this incredible team. The future is bright!
Tim Young is a comedian and producer from Ballarat. He founded Locally Grown Funnies in Ballarat to give regional comedians stage time without having to travel to Melbourne. The high quality shows are now in demand all over Western Victoria. Tim also helps produce BallaRatCat Comedy, which regularly plays host to some of the biggest comedians in the country.
Megan J Riedl
Megan is a purveyor of words for the page and the stage. She feels out loud; fearlessly giving a voice to the secret stories we tell ourselves and creates connections through sharing the messy, human experiences that often go unspoken.
An Australian Poetry Slam Victorian State Finalist for the past two years, Megan has been commissioned by City of Ballarat and published in Babyteeth journal.
She has playwriting and directing credits with independent and community theatre companies across Victoria.
Megan lives on stolen Wadawurrung land in Ballarat with her two children and can be found at www.meganjriedl.com.
Liana is a director, singer, writer and award-winning actor who studied at 16th Street Actors Studio. She has a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and has completed majors in both Literature Studies and History as part of a Bachelor of Arts.
She has worked with multiple regional theatre companies including Ballarat National Theatre (BNT), Tripwire and Skin of our Teeth.
She is a member of the BNT board. Liana is passionate about regional communities having access to see and create theatre.
Pippa Bainbridge is a multi-disciplinary artist, creative producer and arts manager, holding qualifications in Drama Studies and Arts Management from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Having independently established companies, venues and programs, and worked as a producer and event manager on festivals and projects, Pippa’s career has taken her on a journey through leadership roles in iconic institutions such as La Mama and Next Wave, into the heart of the youth arts sector as the CEO of Express Media and most recently as Creative Producer – Young Connectors at Arts Centre Melbourne.
She is currently working in the Arts Centre Melbourne team responsible for Asia TOPA, and is a Director of The Pack Music Cooperative.
In 2022, she steps into an exciting new role, as Managing Director of Punctum, a live arts organisation based in Castemaine.