Stage managers form new national association

Providing professional development opportunities, a greater sense of community and even a national award are among the SMA AU’s goals.

A membership-based organisation aiming to increase the profile of stage managers and their work, while also providing a greater sense of community for stage managers across Australia, is now seeking members nationally.

‘We are for stage managers by stage managers,’ said Kate Middleton-Olliver, Chair of the newly launched Stage Managers Association Australia Ltd (SMA AU).

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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