Theatres appoint new talent, Creative Producer at Express Media, board members at AWA, and Burke stands down at Actors Equity Aus.
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New Creative Producer at Express Media
Express Media has announced the appointment of a new Creative Producer, Fiona Dunne.
Dunne has experience across a number of festivals, events, and organisations, most recently through her work at Playwriting Australia. She is passionate about creating opportunities for young writers and her impressive record of events management coupled with editorial and publishing experience make her a natural fit for Express Media.
'I am thrilled to be stepping into the role of Creative Producer to continue growing Express Media’s reach and accessibility as a national organisation. Express Media’s history of nurturing young writers and a range of talented editors, designers and arts workers is inspiring, and fundamental to growing a strong and vibrant creative community,' said Dunne.
Steve Lamattina, Express Media’s General Manager, said, 'Fiona has a lot of great ideas and we are excited to welcome her to the team...Through her previous volunteer work with Express Media in her capacity as our NSW State Representative, Fiona brings an invaluable interstate perspective and network. We had many fantastic applicants, but Fiona’s drive, ideas, and passion for Express Media makes her a valuable addition to the team.'
Simon Burke stands down as Equity president
Widely respected performer and producer Simon Burke has announced that he will stand down as the federal president of Actors Equity Australia after 10 years at the helm.
‘My time as Equity president has been one of the greatest honours of my life. I am so humbled by the opportunities that I’ve had to lead, to give, to learn, to share, to work hard for the interests of my fellow performers and our industry as a whole. But leadership is also about knowing when to go, and as a performer, timing is everything,’ said Burke.
Federal secretary of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Christopher Warren, said ‘Actors Equity is what it is because of Simon Burke. He has made many personal and professional sacrifices to be a leader and a champion for Australia’s performers over the last decade. He could not have given any more of himself in his capacity as president. On behalf of MEAA and Equity staff, who consider Simon a close personal friend and colleague, I sincerely thank him for all he has done.’
The National Performers Committee (NPC) has elected performer Geoff Morrell as acting Equity president until union elections are held in the next six months.
New board members announced for AGWA
Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day, recently announced that Andrew Forrest has been appointed to the Board of the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA).
Forrest has commenced his two year appointment, which will see him retire from his position as Chair of the Art Gallery Foundation, although he will remain on the Foundation Council.
AGWA Board Chair, Fiona Kalaf said, ‘Andrew has put a great deal of time and energy into the behind-the-scenes activities at the Gallery and will continue to work with the Council, Art Gallery Board and staff to effect long-term change.’
Adrian Fini has also been appointed as the new Chair of the AGWA Foundation, ‘It’s my great pleasure to announce that Adrian Fini is the incoming Foundation Chair.
‘Adrian has a long association with the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Foundation, having served on the AGWA Board for six years, as well as taking the lead role in the successful $25m TomorrowFund campaign.’
Sandra Honey and Prof Lyn Beazley have also recently joined the Foundation Council.
Bell Shakespeare names Gill Perkins as its new General Manager.
Perkins started her career in theatre in London working as Administrator for national touring company Red Shift and at various West End theatres. Since emigrating to Australia in 1990, Perkins has worked in a freelance capacity for many of the major performing arts companies, including Sydney Opera House.
Gill Perkins. Image: Supplied
At Bell Shakespeare, Perkins has held a number of roles including Artistic Administrator, Deputy General Manager and most recently as Producer, supporting the Company’s international touring objectives, new projects and managing the Company’s creative development arm, Mind’s Eye.
She brings extensive knowledge of the industry and a firm commitment to maintaining Bell Shakespeare's vision: making Shakespeare's and other classic theatre works accessible to all Australians.
Gill sees this opportunity as a huge privilege. “It's a big role and there’s a lot to do! I'm particularly excited about working with Peter and John to realise the 2015 season and to ensuring Bell Shakespeare remains relevant and vibrant to audiences of any and every age,” said Perkins.
Lyn Wallis has been appointed as the next Artistic Director and co-CEO of the HotHouse Theatre.
Wallis, who will start in her new role in mid January 2015, will lead the company with General Manager Tahni Froudist.
Wallis is a highly respected cultural leader and has extensive experience working with independent theatre companies. As the Downstairs Theatre director for nine years she developed the B Sharp model at the Belvoir St Theatre, and also programmed and mentored over 80 works by some of Australia’s leading independent artists and teams. She also served as Artistic Director for the Jigsaw Theatre Company for four years.
Lyn Wallis. Image: Supplied
‘Lyn follows a long line of gifted artistic leaders who have worked creatively, innovatively and tirelessly to cement HotHouse’s place as Australia’s leading regional theatre company. We look forward to welcoming Lyn to the border and broader region and working to ensure an even brighter future,’ said Chair of Hothouse Paul McGill, who added that Wallis was appointed by the board after an extensive national search.
‘I am hugely looking forward to getting to know the Albury Wodonga community better, and making and presenting work which engages strongly with its audiences in the region and nationally,’ said Wallis.
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