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.

Download the Constitution of the Association of Performing Arts Collections

Executive Committee

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.

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Officers for 2023/24

Chair: Robyn Greenwood

Robyn is Collections Manager, Creative Placemaking and Public Programmes, at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Secretary: Niamh Kelly

Niamh is Assistant Curator at the V&A.

Membership Secretary / Treasurer: Patricia Underwood

Patricia is the Archivist for Lewisham Heritage.

Website Officer: Sarah Harrison

Sarah is an Archivist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Officer Without Portfolio: Biddy Hayward

Biddy runs the performing arts photographic archive ArenaPAL.

Officer Without Portfolio: Georgina Donohue

Georgina is Heritage Officer at Nottingham Theatre Royal and Concert Hall.

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: Jennifer Shufflebotham

Jennifer is Creative Programme Manager at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Officer Without Portfolio: Jill Sullivan

Jill is Assistant Keeper: User Services at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

Officer Without Portfolio: Sian Williams

Sian is a Project Archivist at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection