Australia Council announces new Director of Theatre

Australia Council Annette MaddenThe Australia Council for the Arts has announced the appointment of Annette Madden as the new Director of Theatre.

Annette brings to the role extensive experience across a diverse range of arts organisations including the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), where she was Executive Producer. 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,” she said.

“We have 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.”

Australia 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 Australian theatre, identifying trends and promoting the vibrancy and sustainability of the sector,” said Grybowski. “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 the Australia Council in September after two years to take a new role as Executive Director of Performing Lines.

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Image: Annette Madden (supplied)