Exit interview: Jenny Ryssenbeek, ex-Executive Director, VAPAC

After 15 years as Executive Director of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres, Ryssenbeek has stepped across into a part time role with the organisation.

A combination of personal reasons and the demands of a changing industry environment have led to Jenny Ryssenbeek stepping down as Executive Director of the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) after 15 years in the role.

‘What VAPAC is delivering has been highly valued, over the last two years particularly. And during a review of our strategic plans, and all the other things that we’ve been putting in place to actually look at funding opportunities and where we’re going, it became very apparent that the role needed to be full time,’ Ryssenbeek said.

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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