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Sandra Willis

Executive Director

Sandra is one of Australia’s leading arts sector executives and has extensive experience of the strategic leadership of arts organisations, fundraising, production management, touring and community programs. She is currently Executive Director of Opera Queensland one of Australia’s Major Performing Arts Companies.

As Executive Producer, Touring and Outreach at Opera Australia and previously General Manager of Oz Opera, Sandra produced well over 2,000 performances and events to an audience of more than half a million patrons across every Australian state and territory. She secured over $10 million in government, private and philanthropic funding and conceived and established a number of successful new community engagement programs. Additionally, Sandra was Executive Producer for the four-time Helpmann award-winning opera The Rabbits composed by Kate Miller-Heidke.

Sandra’s previous roles have included Company Manager of Bell Shakespeare and Company Manager of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical for its first two years. After graduating from NIDA, Sandra freelanced in stage management, event, and production management for many of Australia’s theatre companies, Arts Festivals, and Event Companies. She has served as a Branch Council member for the MEAA, Council Member for the Performing Arts Touring Alliance, was a Trustee of the Opera Australia Benevolent Fund for five years and was a member of the Regional and Touring Arts Programs Expert Assessment Panel for the Office of the Arts. Sandra is currently a Board Member for Arena Theatre Company.

Sandra recently graduated from the Australia Council Arts Leadership Program and is an alumna of their Emerging Leaders Development Program (2012).

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