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.

Contact us

Officers for 2022/23

Co-chairs: Erin Lee and Robyn Greenwood

Erin is Head of Archive at the National Theatre . She is also a PhD candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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

Secretary: Malcolm Mathieson

Malcolm is Digital Archivist at the The National Theatre.

Membership Secretary / 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: Biddy Hayward

Biddy runs the ArenaPAL Performing Arts Image Library.

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