On the move: latest sector appointments

New Chair at AGSA, Sydney Festival Director’s tenure extended, and more.
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Off the back of the highly successful 2023 Sydney Festival, which saw 420,234 attendees, Festival Director Olivia Ansell has accepted an invitation from the Festival Board to extend her current contract a further year, taking her tenure through to 2025.

Since joining Sydney Festival, Ansell has brokered numerous world premiere productions, commissioned large-scale Australian work and collaborated with the international cultural community to create and bring world-class festival experiences to Sydney.

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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