$5M gift secures Griffin’s future in Kings Cross

The largest philanthropic gift in Griffin Theatre Company’s history has enabled the company to purchase its home at the SBW Stables Theatre outright.

A $5 million gift from The Neilson Foundation has enabled Griffin Theatre Company to purchase its current home, the SBW Stables Theatre, securing the company’s future in Kings Cross.

The multi-million dollar donation is the largest single philanthropic gift in Griffin’s 42-year history, and follows two earlier gifts of $50,000 each, made to Griffin by the Neilsons after the theatre was hit by COVID lockdowns in 2020.

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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