Exit interview: Kris Stewart, Brisbane Powerhouse

After eight years and 2,5000 productions, Kris Stewart has left the Powerhouse to take on a new role as CEO of QMusic. Here, he reflects on his tenure, his legacy and his plans for the future.

After eight years as the Artistic Director of Brisbane Powerhouse, Kris Stewart said the time was right for him to move on.

‘There was this moment where I realised I could lead the organisation through its 21st birthday. We’d have a publication that talks about what Zane [Trow], Andrew [Ross] and I had done as the three Artistic Directors of the Powerhouse; we could have this massive, concert and exhibition that celebrated all that the building had been able to do, and then I could allow it to be handed over to someone else. And I think that seemed to me like such a beautiful and gentle moment – a poetic moment – that it seemed like the right thing to do,’ he explained.

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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