Following a career as a professional dancer overseas and in Australia, Shane Colquhoun’s arts management career has included positions within government and in the arts sector including General Manager roles with West Australian Ballet (1992-96) and most recently Black Swan State Theatre Company (2009-14).
From 2000-09, he worked at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts in a range of senior roles including Director Arts Funding and Development. For 16 months in the lead up to the 2005 State General Election, Shane was seconded to the Minister for Culture and the Arts as Policy Advisor.
Shane was the National President of the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance until 2006 and until the end of 1997 was the inaugural Chairperson of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Dance Board, a position he held for three and a half years.
In 2014, Shane re-established his arts management consultancy business. He is currently a Board member of Country Arts WA and the Blue Room Theatre, and a part-time lecturer in Arts Management at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.