Richard Watts

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts

Richard's Latest Articles


Enrich your practice with an Australia Council scholarship

Life-changing opportunities await the emerging Australian artists who apply for the three scholarship programs managed by the Australia Council on…


Celebrating difference through dance

Adelaide’s acclaimed Restless Dance Theatre celebrates 30 years of working with artists with and without disability.

Four figures on a stage wear bright colours

Alexander Berlage leads the return of live theatre with Mr Burns

Alexander Berlage is giving back to his alma mater, directing Anne Washburn’s darkly comic Mr Burns, a post-electric play, part…


Events insurance scheme announced in VIC

The much-needed insurance scheme will support festivals, conferences, sports and community events; a $20M live music fund was also announced.


Extra $241M for arts precinct redevelopment

Improved disability access and acoustics, as well as upgraded back of house facilities, are part of an overhaul of Arts…

Career Advice

Artists Essential Toolkit #12: How to write a successful arts grant

Our latest video walks you through what’s involved in writing a grant application, in order to help you present your…


On the move: sector appointments

A new Chair for Bell Shakespeare, Carrolup Manager joins John Curtin Gallery, and more.


Labor articulates its guiding arts principles

Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke outlines the principles that will guide him if Labor is elected in 2022.


Chamber music alliance commits to strengthening artform

Building opportunities for its member ensembles, Chamber Music Adelaide also grows audiences by presenting performances in unusual locations.


Playing on: fighting brain drain in smaller cities

Opportunity, infrastructure and cyclic patterns of migration all play a part in anchoring classical musicians’ lives in cities like Hobart…

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