Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Lee Lewis has been shortlisted to be amongst 100 Women of Influence. The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards is committed to increasing the visibility of women’s leadership in Australia, highlighting the important contribution women make in creating a bold and diverse future for Australia.
Nominated in the Culture category, Lewis is one of 49 women from NSW to be nominated, and the only female mainstage theatre artistic director in NSW. For thirty years, Griffin Theatre Company has been Australia’s new writing theatre. Lewis is recognised for nurturing and providing a platform for emerging playwrights, actors and directors to shine.
In 2013 Lewis became Artistic Director of Griffin and is one of Australia’s leading directors. She has worked for numerous main stage companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Lee trained as an actor in the USA in the early 1990’s and worked in New York for a decade including on Broadway. She returned to Australia and became one of the first Masters graduates in Performing Arts at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She has directed more than 25 productions across Australia.
Lee strives constantly to bring her audiences new, invigorating, high-quality Australian stories and characters that aren’t normally seen on other stages. Lee is a tireless advocate for gender and race equality in the arts.
This year’s 100 Women of Influence awards, including the winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner, will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner in Sydney on Thursday 15 October 2015.
Image: Lee Lewis – photo by Brett Boardman