island entertainment presents

MC – Jane Longhurst


Jane hails from Hobart and has worked extensively in theatre, television and radio since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her television credits include Rosehaven, Death or Liberty, Blue Heelers, GP, Janus, The Flying Doctors, Neighbours and A Country Practice.-  Jane has performed for Melbourne Theatre Company, at La Mama, with various independent theatre companies within Melbourne, HotHouse Theatre in Albury Wodonga and in A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Now based in Tasmania Jane's recent theatre credits include The Mares written by Kate Mulvany for Tasmanian Theatre Company; Hamlet (Blue Cow Theatre); e baby (Tasmanian Theatre Company) and You and Me and the Space Between (Terrapin Puppet Theatre) both for 2017 Ten Days on the Island, Grounded, (for which Jane was awarded the 2016 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Performance by a Female) and the premiere and return seasons of The State of the Tasmanian Economy for Blue Cow Theatre. Jane played Martha in the Tasmanian Theatre Company production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? staged in the Esmond Dorney House for two sold out seasons. This production was awarded a 2015 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Best Ensemble (professional category).

Jane works regularly as a voice over artist, presents concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra throughout Tasmania and can be heard regularly on ABC Local Radio where she also works as a fill in presenter for Local Radio including ABC Rural, ABC Grandstand and ABC Classic FM.

Since returning to Hobart to live with her family Jane has hosted events big and small and facilitated numerous conferences for clients including Department of Health (Tasmania); WorkSafe Tasmania and the Foster Carer's Association.

Jane was a fabulous addition to our symposium program, having come highly recommended Jane delivered over and above the brief for her participation. Jane MC’d for the day introducing and facilitating multiple sessions very professionally, while negotiating a somewhat narrow stage area with grace and humour. The feedback from the delegates was very positive and I would recommend Jane Longhurst to anyone

Angela Bain, Teacher, Event Management TasTAFE

I am pleased to provide a very positive testimonial for Jane Longhurst as a result of her MC role at our National Foster Carers’ Conference. The conference ran for 2 days in November, 2014 at the Wrest Point Casino attended by around 350 delegates and speakers from interstate and overseas as well as local. Jane engaged warmly with the auditorium audience from the first morning, then oversaw all presentations in a professional and timely manner. She researched each speaker and their material, and was able to value-add during introductions and question time. As an indication of Jane’s dedication to her task she clearly enjoyed what she was doing and was thankful for the amount of knowledge she gained around foster care during the conference. All feedback from the conference was positive and in many instances Jane’s directing of the program was mentioned as a key factor. Jane met every expectation of the conference committee which I was chaired. Descriptions included eloquent, articulate, witty, entertaining, and keeping the program on track. We would recommend Jane to any person or organisation needing a professional but personable MC

Barry Titmus, General Manager – Kennerley Children’s Homes Inc

The Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management Annual Achievement Awards event staged recently at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania was a tremendous success and on some different levels. It was fun, lighthearted, full of pride and camaraderie and building trust and shared experience among our sector. Jane’s contribution was wonderful and obviously well prepared, Jane is a warm and friendly, self-deprecating, and generous performer and professional and added a rich layer of context to our very successful evening – thank you – thank you!

AIPM Tasmania