Black Swan drama continues as Executive Director leaves early

Natalie Jenkins has parted ways with Black Swan six months before the end of her contract, in contrast to the company’s previous announcement that she would be staying on to report to her replacement.

Natalie Jenkins photographed by Frances Andrijich

Black Swan State Theatre Company has announced the departure ‘by mutual consent’ of well-respected and experienced Executive Director Natalie Jenkins.

As reported by ArtsHub on 17 May, Black Swan had previously dumped Jenkins from the Executive Director’s role, with Black Swan Board member and advertising executive Danielle Norrish parachuted in as her replacement.

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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