WASO has appointed Alena Tompkins as Executive Manager, Community Engagement leading the delivery and ongoing development of our award-winning community and education programs.
Alena Tompkins is a Community Engagement specialist, Arts Educator, Administrator and Teacher with 25 years’ experience in the Performing Arts industry. She joins WASO from Scitech; a WA leader in providing innovative and creative STEM programs, where she was Public Programs Coordinator.
Alena studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she completed a Diploma in Production and Design (Lighting Design) and a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts). She worked as a Lighting Designer and technician in the industry across schools and venues before completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Drama and Media) at Edith Cowan University.
After teaching in schools, Alena moved back into the arts sector and was the Education and Community Access Manager at Black Swan State Theatre Company for 10 years where she found her passion for community engagement. Alena has travelled extensively across Western Australia engaging communities and students in the performing arts.
In her new role, Alena will lead WASO’s diverse program of Community Engagement and Education activities reaching audiences young and old, near and far. These programs focus beyond the concert platform, reaching directly into the wider community, working within schools, hospitals, aged-care, community centres, indigenous communities and youth orchestras to offer opportunities for a shared music experience with WASO.
In her spare time Alena loves attending live theatre and music and enjoys travel and crochet. She has had her own Vintage Clothing shop for 15 years online and now from her garage as well.
Please join us in welcoming Alena to WASO.