Why professional development is vital for artistic rigour

Choreographers, playwrights and arts administrators all benefit from development programs, of which there are a diverse range on offer around the country.
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At 24, Anchuli Felicia King is the youngest playwright in this year’s National Play Festival. Image supplied.

The myth of the writer’s garret is an enduring one, but great art works are rarely made in isolation, especially in the performing arts, where collaboration – whether with dancers, lighting designers or a director – is essential to honing and focusing an artist’s creative vision. 

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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