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Rick Heath

Rick Heath has worked in the performing arts industry across Australia for some 25 years. He is the director of Push Management, an arts management company that undertakes strategic business planning for creative organisations. Mr Heath was executive producer for the Perth International Arts Festival, and has fulfilled roles such as event operations manager at the Sydney Opera House and general manager of Buzz Dance Theatre. He has co-produced work with Black Swan Theatre Co and worked with companies such as WA Theatre Company, Dance North (Townsville), Chrissie Parrot Dance Company, Country Arts WA, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company and Australian Dance Theatre. Mr Heath graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Stage Management and also holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing). He was chair of Steps Youth Dance Company for eight years, he was also chair of AusdanceWA. In 2009 & 2010, Mr Heath was project facilitator for the Contemporary Dance Model Development project [Future Moves], a $1.6M state government initiative for the development of Contemporary Dance in Western Australia. He was a member and chair of the Dance and Physical Theatre panel for the Helpmann awards from 2004 to 2013, and a member of the Regional Touring panel for four years. Mr Heath is the chair of the Helpmann Panel for Best Children’s Presentation. He is an authority on performing arts touring in Australia, having been intimately involved in national touring through his work as a ‘Blue Heeler’, whilst touring consultant at Arts on Tour NSW and as both a councillor and interim executive officer of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance [PATA]. Together with Harley Stumm, Mr Heath wrote Australia’s first National Touring Framework for the Australia Council for the Arts. He is also working for CircuitWest, developing a 5-year touring strategy for Western Australia. Mr Heath is a champion for cultural advocacy, particularly strategic audience development and engagement.
Bio last updated 21 Jul 2017

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