Funding cut threatens theatre company’s future

Succession planning in light of the Artistic Director's impending retirement, and the company's 2018 season, are now imperilled.

A scene from the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s 2017 production, e-baby. Photo by Richard Parkinson.

The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s annual funding for 2018 – delivered through Arts Tasmania’s Organisations Investment Program – has been cut by almost $23,000 from $125,000 to $102,785.

As well as threatening the company’s 2018 season, the reduction in funding also endangers the company’s long term future – including its succession planning.

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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