Australia Council for the Arts has today announced the appointment of Annette
Madden as the new Director of Theatre.
to the role extensive experience across a diverse range of arts organisations
including the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), where she was Executive
She was also a
member of the National Artistic Team at Queensland Theatre, Downstairs Theatre
Director at Belvoir, and has held various roles at Shaun Parker & Company,
Stalker and Marrugeku.
Ms Madden said
she was thrilled to be joining the Australia Council and looking forward to
fostering an ongoing and deep engagement with the theatre sector.
“I am passionate
about artist development, nurturing new work, collaborative practice and
celebrating our Australian theatrical voices.”
extraordinary artists making unique Australian theatre for audiences around the
country and abroad, and I hope through this role I can provide meaningful
advocacy and support which will continue to strengthen the sector in an ever
changing landscape,” she said.
Council CEO Tony Grybowski said he was delighted the Council would benefit from
Annette’s extensive networks, knowledge and passion for the theatre sector.
“I have no doubt
Annette will be a fantastic champion for Australia theatre, identifying trends
and promoting the vibrancy and sustainability of the sector. She will play a
crucial role, by linking Council to the sector and ensuring the voices and
concerns of those working in the sector continue to inform what we do.”
The role of
Director of Theatre was previously held by Marion Potts, who departed Council
in September after two years to take a new role as Executive Director of
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