The Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre (WSPAC) has announced the appointment of Craig McMaster in the role of Executive Director to lead the $100 million world-class theatre and multi-use entertainment space, currently under construction in Western Sydney.
With more than 30 years experience in the global entertainment, theatre and venue management industries, McMaster will bring a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience to his new position, as Executive Director of the soon-to-be largest performing arts centre in Western Sydney.
Most recently, McMaster was the Chief Marketing and Information Officer (CMIO) for Australia’s leading stadium operator, VenuesLive, where he held a senior executive leadership role at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and assisted in developing the winning bid to operate and deliver pre-opening services for Perth’s new $1.6 billion Optus Stadium.
Prior to this, McMaster has held a number of senior leadership roles in the Australasian entertainment industry, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both the Showbiz Group and Ticketek Australia and New Zealand.
Due for completion in August 2019, the WSPAC project is 100 percent funded and underwritten by Rooty Hill RSL.
Announcing his appointment, CEO of RHR Group, Richard Errington said, “We are delighted to welcome Craig as Executive Director of WSPAC and believe he will be an incredible asset to lead the new facility through its development, launch and ongoing operations. Not only does Craig have significant experience in leadership and many years of commercial experience in the wider entertainment industry, working with a variety of market leaders in all facets of the performing arts industry, he also shares our passion for the importance such an amenity will provide to the Western Sydney community’.
Reflecting on his appointment, McMaster said, “It’s a great privilege to have been chosen to lead this world class-performing arts centre through its development and construction, and then to be charged with bringing it to life for the people of Greater Western Sydney.
It’s been a long time since Sydney has seen a brand new, state-of-the-art theatre of this quality developed, and with major shows needing to bypass Sydney, due to theatre availability, there is a clear need for additional commercial theatre space. Our goal with WSPAC is that it becomes a major part of this solution as the new centre of entertainment for Greater Western Sydney, and an iconic tourism destination for visitors from all over NSW, and beyond.”
“Equally exciting is the opportunity to work with the industry leading RHR team, and the opportunities a world-class venue such as this will create for the greater community in arts development, community engagement and employment. We can’t wait to see WSPAC come alive, and to create the arts and entertainment hub that is clearly deserved and long overdue for a culturally diverse, rapidly growing region as significant as Western Sydney.”
For more information about the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre (WSPAC) visit: www.wspac.com.au