Exit interview: James Berlyn, WAYTCo

Outgoing Artistic Director James Berlyn reflects on six eventful years with the WA Youth Theatre Company.

In a sector where passion is a major driver for so many, it’s easy to become overworked and burnt out. Managing stress, and recognising when a role is starting to take too much of a toll, is important to monitor.

Last Monday, theatre-maker and director James Berlyn finished up as Artistic Director of the Western Australian Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCo) after six years.

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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