The theatre sector in Australia is a ‘broad church’ which encompasses several spheres of activity. This includes commercial, professional subsidised, unsubsidised independent, participatory, community, and amateur theatre. Within these spheres there is a diversity of genres, including: plays and scripted work, music theatre and cabaret, circus and physical theatre, installation theatre performance, puppetry, media-based theatre work, live art, and contemporary inter-disciplinary performance. 

The view from 2014 is of a sector that is keen to keep pace with the broader environment. Theatre artists, organisations and enablers (such as producers) are highly attuned to the interests and needs of national and international audiences, and evolving platforms for engagement.

The theatre sector in Australia is a ‘broad church’ which encompasses several spheres of activity.

Liz Jones AO (VIC) - Australia Council Award for Theatre

Liz Jones has devoted her life to the performing arts. As the Artistic Director of theatre company La Mama in Carlton, Melbourne for more than four decades, she actively worked to increase the representation of women and Indigenous Australians in theatre.

She has worn many hats over the course of her 40 year career – working as a teacher, performer, facilitator, administrator, board member, employer, and social justice advocate

In 2012 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), the citation specifically mentioning her work with playwrights and the Indigenous theatre community.

The Australia Council Award for Theatre was introduced in 2015 to recognise the outstanding achievements and considerable contribution of an artist in theatre.

Past award recipients include Rosemary Myers (2017), Yaron Lifschitz (2016) and Bruce Gladwin (2015).

Nominees must not self-nominate - nominations are accepted from other individuals and organisations.


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