Exit Interview: Alice Nash, Back to Back Theatre

As she prepares to move on to a new role at the Australia Council, Alice Nash looks back on almost 20 years with Australia’s leading disability arts theatre company.

Alice Nash is finding it hard to leave Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre. Asked by ArtsHub about how she’s feeling as she prepares to step down as Executive Producer, Nash says: ‘My overall feeling, honestly, is a deep sadness because I have dedicated 20 years of my life to serving this incredible group of artists who make extraordinary work. It’s been an incredible privilege and it is exceedingly hard to let go.’

In between laughter and the occasional tear, Nash reflects frankly on how green she was when she first started at Back to Back.

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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