Exit interview: Peter Kift, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

The company’s long-serving General Manager, who stepped down from his role in mid-December, reflects on the triumphs, challenges and future of Yirra Yaakin.
Peter Kift. Image is a head shot of a bald headed man with a white beard and glasses on his head.

After 10 years and 10 months as the General Manager of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Peter Kift has stepped down from his rewarding but demanding role.

‘It’s time to step away, let somebody else take the reins and take on all the challenges and joys that this job provides,’ Kift told ArtsHub late last year.

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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