Exit interview: Lee Lewis, Artistic Director, Griffin Theatre

After eight years at Griffin, Lee Lewis is moving on to a new role at Queensland Theatre. She reflects on the challenges, triumphs and falling in love with plays.

‘I fall in love with plays, I can’t help it,’ laughs Lee Lewis. The outgoing Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company is leaving to head up a state theatre company for the first time in her career, with her appointment to Queensland Theatre.

Lewis compares the intense experience of working on a number of new plays every year, to a series of short but passionate relationships. ‘It’s like having a great list of ex-boyfriends. “Look, it didn’t work long term, but I really loved it,” you know?’

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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