Founded in 1979 as the Theatre Information Group London, APAC became the UK’s Subject Specialist Network for performing arts in 2005. It has received Subject Specialist Network funding from Arts Council England and from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In 2018, APAC became a registered charity and an Affiliate Group of the Archives & Records Association of the UK and Ireland (ARA)
All members of APAC are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, agreed at the 2020 AGM.
APAC is run by an Executive Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The committee consists of the Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Website Officer, and Officer Without Portfolio. Each named office may be shared by two members; there may be a number of Officers Without Portfolio. All Executive Committee officers are also trustees of APAC.
Officers for 2021/22
Chair: Erin Lee
Erin is Head of Archive at the National Theatre . She is also a PhD candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Secretary: Stephanie Rolt
Stephanie is an Archivist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Membership Secretary: Robyn Greenwood
Robyn is Collections Manager, Creative Placemaking and Public Programmes, at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Treasurer: Patricia Underwood
Patricia is an Archivist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Website Officer: Clare Wood
Clare is Archivist at the Southbank Centre and an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Archives and Information Studies, University of Dundee.
Officer Without Portfolio: Liz Harper
Liz is Archive Manager of the Royal Albert Hall and manages APAC’s social media feeds.
Officer Without Portfolio: Bethany Johnstone
Bethany is APAC’s Student Representative; she is a Doctoral candidate at University College London researching online access to dance archives.
Officer Without Portfolio: Phil Boot
Phil is Archivist at Glyndebourne.
Officer Without Portfolio: Karen Brayshaw
Karen is Special Collections and Archives Manager, University of Kent.
Officer Without Portfolio: Biddy Hayward
Biddy runs the ArenaPAL Performing Arts Image Library.