Sector speaks out over Barking Gecko concerns

Questions are being asked about the abrupt departure of respected arts administrator Helen Hristofski from Barking Gecko Theatre.

Arts leaders in the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, as well as company stakeholders, have expressed grave concerns about the abrupt departure of former CEO Helen Hristofski from Barking Gecko Theatre.

Hristofski, a lauded arts administrator and much-respected member of the youth arts sector, left Barking Gecko unexpectedly at the end of July after eight years as CEO.

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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