HotHouse Theatre welcomes Terese Casu as new Chief Executive Officer

HotHouse Theatre Terese CasuThe HotHouse Theatre Board has announced the appointment of renowned arts leader Terese Casu to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Terese is immensely respected in the arts community and has an extensive career spanning over 30 years as an accomplished leader in the arts and cultural sector.

Terese’s past roles include Chief Executive Officer of Mardi Gras and Executive Director of Performance Space, with her extensive experience also including leadership positions at prominent Australian arts and cultural organisations, such as the Australia Council, National Art School, La Boite Theatre Company, Bundanon Trust, Australian Theatre for Young People, Belvoir Street Theatre, Circa Ensemble, and Sydney Film Festival.

The appointment marks a homecoming for Terese who completed her high school years in Corowa, trained with the Murray River Performing Group (MRPG) and was a Flying Fruit Fly Circus performer in the early 80’s.

HotHouse Board Chair, Shaun Field said the position of CEO attracted widespread national interest, with experienced arts leaders Richard Evans and Vanessa Duscio from REA Consulting appointed to undertake the search and recruitment process.

“This is undoubtedly a key role and investment in leadership and growth opportunities for HotHouse and we’re incredibly fortunate to have Terese join the company, bringing with her experience from some of the nation’s pre-eminent arts, festivals, and cultural organisations,” said Mr Field.

Terese is credited for the transformation of Mardi Gras into one of the world’s leading arts and cultural programs. She has exceptional experience, the skills and networks that can help HotHouse reimagine our future in new, sustainable and entrepreneurial ways which are engaging and exciting, and respectful of our past.”

Having recently commenced in the role, Terese is looking forward to working closely with Artistic Director Karla Conway and the dedicated team at HotHouse.

“I am thrilled to take on the CEO role at HotHouse Theatre,” said Terese. This organisation has been instrumental in shaping my journey in the arts, and I am deeply committed to continuing its legacy of excellence and innovation.

“Albury Wodonga is in one of the fastest growing regional areas of Australia, and HotHouse Theatre plays an important role in providing unforgettable theatre experiences for our audiences, developing bold new Australian stories and investing in our local artists and civic life.”

“I look forward to working alongside the talented team at HotHouse and the Board to further enrich the cultural tapestry of this beautiful region,” said Terese.

The appointment coincides with the recent announcement of Blair French to the role of CEO at MAMA in Albury.

“The interest from respected candidates and the appointment of credible and highly respected arts and culture leaders like Terese and Blair who have chosen Albury Wodonga to continue their careers speaks volumes to the positioning of our arts and cultural landscape, which is exciting for our region,” said Albury Mayor Kylie King.

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Image: Terese Casu (supplied)