Clare Watson’s contract extended at Black Swan

The Board of WA’s State Theatre Company has renewed the Artistic Director’s contract for another three years and publicly committed to supporting a bold artistic vision.

Clare Watson, the Perth-based Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company, has had her contract renewed for a further three years.

In May, Black Swan’s Board issued a media statement referring to ‘further appointments to key leadership roles’ following the abrupt departure of Executive Director Natalie Jenkins, leading many in the sector to suspect that Watson’s position was also under threat.

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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