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Awarded for service to the Arts
Entered on roll: 2005
Born in Hobart, Doreen McTye attended New Town Primary and Ogilvie High Schools. She married in 1948 and had two children, a daughter and a son.
Doreen joined the Hobart Repertory Society in 1959. She was elected to the management committee in 1964 and served nine years as a member, followed by terms as Vice President (nine years) and President (12 years). In 1966, Doreen directed a statewide drama festival.
Doreen has introduced a range of innovative programs in response to community needs. In 1972, she initiated a live theatre program for children, which has become an annual event that plays to between 6,000 and 10,000 preschool and primary school children. Following the collapse of the Tasman Bridge, Doreen organised a production of Cinderella at Clarence High School for an audience of 2,000 children from the Eastern Shore. This has also become an annual event.
Doreen has taken several productions to rural areas, including Queenstown, Franklin, Oatlands and Ouse. In all, Doreen has directed 12 children’s pantomimes and participated in more than 25 other productions as a director, stage manager or actor. For the past 25 years, Doreen has been the stage manager for the Country Women’s Association's choral and drama festivals.
Doreen became a Life Member of the Repertory Society in 1989 and received a Variety Club award in recognition of 30 years of voluntary service to amateur theatre in Hobart. Ill health forced Doreen’s retirement from repertory productions in 1993, however she continues to advise groups on theatre administration and management. For the past five years, Doreen has adjudicated the Hobart Legacy junior speaking competition.
Doreen has a range of interests. She is an active golfer and has been a member of the Elderslie Golf Club for 25 years, serving as women’s captain for several years. She is also Secretary of the North Hobart branch of Probus.
Doreen joined the Derwent Bowls Club in 1987. After serving as a committee member for several years, she was elected as Women’s President. She is the newly elected President of the Past Presidents Women Bowlers Association. Doreen was instrumental in the campaign to secure equal status for women bowlers in the national administration of the sport.