Exit interview: Sam Strong, Queensland Theatre

As he leaves his role as AD of Queensland Theatre, Strong reflects on his triumphs and regrets after four years of leading from Qu

In the four years he has served as Artistic Director at Queensland Theatre (formerly Queensland Theatre Company) Sam Strong has overseen many changes at the company, not the least an increased profile at a national level.

‘When I started I don’t think Queensland Theatre was on the national radar like it deserved to be. The company was already making good work, but not enough people were paying enough attention. We grew the company’s national profile and influence by taking our work around Australia like never before, including co-producing with every major Australian theatre company,’ Strong 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