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Currency Press

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About Us

Currency Press was founded by Katharine Brisbane, then national theatre critic for the Australian, and her husband Philip Parsons, a lecturer in Drama at UNSW who worked passionately to bridge the gap between the university and the profession. After Philip&#65533s death in 1993, Katharine remained at the helm of the company until she retired as Publisher in December 2001 in order to devote her energies to Currency House, a non-profit association dedicated to stimulating, enriching and advancing the quality and enjoyment of the Australian performing arts. The company began in 1971 as a play publishing service but its scope has broadened. Currency is Australia's only specialist performing arts publisher and its oldest independent publisher still active. Our list includes plays and screenplays, professional handbooks, biographies, cultural histories, critical studies and reference works. During the 1990s we began to publish a range of music books including a collection of contemporary Australian print music. Currency Press: A Brief History has more detail about the company's origins and scope. Today Currency is jointly managed by Victoria Chance (Publisher) and Deborah Franco (Sales/Marketing Director). Working alongside them are Claire Grady (Senior Editor / Production Manager), Emma Vine (Designer), Sian Jenkins (Financial Administrator), Kavita Bedford (Publicist) and Sadaf Kohistani (Office Assistant). Currency&#65533s Chairman, Nick Parsons, son of founders Katharine Brisbane and Philip Parsons, combines a career as a writer and director with responsibility for Currency&#65533s Screen Publishing list. We'd love to hear from you, so please contact us with any feedback about the site, or any enquiries about our publications.

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PO Box 2287
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
New South Wales 2012