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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, a program he has hosted since 2004.
Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management, and is also a former Chair of Melbourne Fringe. The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, he has also served as President of the Green Room Awards Association and as a member of the Green Room's Independent Theatre panel.
Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. Most recently he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize for 2019.
Only 95 organisations have received 4-year funding from the Australia Council, down from 128 in 2016, though 49 organisations will receive transitional funding for an additional 12 months.
$5 million in re-purposed funding will help artists survive, adapt and create, explains Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette.
Bans on gatherings of more than 100 people meant Mudlark’s production of a new Tasmanian play could not go ahead. The loss of income is dire news for the small professional company.
Venues across Australia are facing an uncertain future following the mass closures required to slow the spread of COVID-19, with some arts centres fearing they may never re-open again.
An actor of colour has been cast as the lead in the Australian production of the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. So why doesn’t he appear in its marketing collateral?
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