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Barking Gecko Theatre welcomes Ryan Taaffe and 2 new board members

Barking Gecko Theatre is delighted to advise that Ryan Taaffe has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer to the Company. Ryan was most recently Executive Director of CircuitWest, the Western Australian Presenters Association.

“After an extensive recruitment process with candidates applying from across the globe, we are delighted to welcome Ryan Taaffe as our incoming CEO/EP,” Barking Gecko Theatre Board Chair Jeanette Roberts said.

Mr Taaffe has a long association with the Western Australian arts and performing arts sector including as General Manager of the Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana, where he saw the Centre return to programming productions for the broader Kwinana community. He studied arts and musical theatre at university and has a deep commitment to the arts industry, pursuing growth and collaboration.

“Ryan brings considerable arts sector management experience to Barking Gecko Theatre, as well as a deep understanding of both the State and Commonwealth public sector, and will be a key player, working with the Company’s artistic team, to ensure that we deliver the productions for which Barking Gecko is renowned,” Ms Roberts added.

Ryan said, “I am honoured to have been appointed to the CEO/EP role with Barking Gecko Theatre. The Company has an international reputation for excellence built on over 30 years of award-winning productions and I look forward to working with the team to continue this well into the future.”

Mr Taaffe will commence with Barking Gecko Theatre in January 2022.
The Barking Gecko Board is also delighted to announce that Kaylene Gulich PSM and Amanda Morrison will be joining the Board as members in February 2022.

“Kaylene, current CEO of WA Treasury Corporation, brings a depth of experience in finance and government to the Board. Amanda is Head of Global Production of the Komixx Entertainment Group, where she was most recently Executive Producer for the acclaimed young people television series ITCH, filmed in WA,” Ms Roberts added.