PAHN is distinguished by the involvement of a broad range of collecting institutions - Museums, libraries, archives, galleries and tertiary educational institutions at state and national levels come together in the interests of collecting, preserving and making accessible Australia's performing arts heritage.
PAHN is driven by an enthusiasm for Australia's performing arts that is inclusive of our unique indigenous heritage and our multicultural influences, as well as the traditions of English, European and American theatre.
Members of PAHN are committed to:
- ensuring the development of coordinated national collecting policies and strategies for the performing arts
- enhancing public knowledge of Australia's performing arts heritage through public documentation and display including use of the Internet
- improving access to Australia's performing arts heritage
- increased cooperation between key stake-holders in performing arts heritage including collecting institutions, government bodies, performing arts companies, and key individuals
- exploring the role and nature of exhibitions in line with changing technologies
Any person or institution who is a member of Museums Australia can join PAHN as one of the many Networks associated with Museums Australia.
Anyone who is involved in collecting, preserving or researching Australia's performing arts heritage is welcome to register their interest by contacting the Deputy Chairperson of PAHN.
Annual meetings are the prime activity of PAHN. Meetings of PAHN have been held since 1992 when a special two day gathering, On with the Show, was held in the Victorian Arts Centre. Since then meetings have been held which generally coincide with the annual conference of Museums Australia. They are usually held in a suitably theatrical venue and are open to any one with an interest in Australia's performing arts history and heritage.
Chair - Alexander Sussman (Library Manager, Southern Cross University)
Deputy Chair - Jenny Fewster (Project Manager, AusStage)
Treasurer - Alexander Sussman
Secretary - Jenny Fewster
Margaret Marshall (Curator (Theatre), Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne)
Richard Stone (formerly of the National Library of Australia)