Trish Ah Sam
“Whitecliffe is a fabulous school where I’ve learned all about what makes a good arts manager. New Zealand needs great arts managers to build sustainable infrastructures for emerging arts organisations and to nurture and grow existing ones,” says Trish Ah Sam, who is in her second and final year of her arts management study.
While studying, Trish is working fulltime as Arts Administrator for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. Prior to studying, she worked as events manager at Corporate Theatre Productions in Perth after gaining a theatre and film degree from Victoria University.
“As arts managers we understand the business of running an arts organization, but more importantly we understand artists,” she says.
To complete her masters, Trish has won a place on the USA-based Performing Arts Abroad Internship Programme, travelling to Barcelona for two months of theatre experience.
“My next step will be managing a theatre venue,” she says.