Vallejo Gantner steps down from New York’s PS 122 — could the STC be calling again?

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Vallejo Gantner,  the Australian-American artistic director of New York’s Performance Space 122,  the innovative theatre and dance space in the city’s East Village, has announced his departure after 11 years in the role. A former artistic associate at the Melbourne Festival and director of Dublin’s Fringe Festival (2002-2005), Gantner said he will stay on at the not-for-profit PS

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Sydney Theatre Company’s direction unclear after shock departure of star AD

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Australia’s largest theatre company is suddenly rudderless after the shock departure of brand new artistic director Jonathan Church. Church, who was the company’s first non-Australian artistic director, announced on Thursday that he was quitting the top job because it wouldn’t be “viable” to continue as STC’s AD while taking care of his other interests, including

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An actor’s lament: the arts is not an ‘industry’

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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable” — George Bernard Shaw In case you hadn’t heard, last year the Federal government’s arts funding body, the Australia Council, had its funding cut by $104 million (over four years). The upshot has been a $12 million cut in the latest round of operational funding grants to the small

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Imported actors in prized musical theatre roles a ‘non-issue’, say producers

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Over the last two weeks, local musical theatre artists have voiced concerns about the opportunities available to Australian performers. With foreign actors cast in principle roles in four major commercial musicals in Australia this year (and more rumoured to be announced shortly), many believe there’s a trend developing. But employers’ organisation Live Performance Australia says it’s a

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Living on screens: Nick Enright play explores dangers of reality TV

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In 1999, reality TV was still in its infancy (Big Brother had premiered in the Netherlands, but was still two years away from making it to Australia shores) and social media had barely been invented. But in that year legendary Australian playwright Nick Enright wrote A Man With Five Children, which deals with many of the questions we’re still asking today about

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Tommy Murphy is Sydney Theatre Company’s new Patrick White Fellow

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Sydney Theatre Company tonight announced Holding the Man playwright Tommy Murphy as the next STC Patrick White Fellow. His Fellowship follows on from Raimondo Cortese, Patricia Cornelius, Hilary Bell, Kate Mulvany and Angela Betzien, whose new play The Hanging premieres at STC in July. The Fellowship is worth $25,000 and includes a commission from STC to

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Theatre on a dime: our cheap ticket guide to Australia

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Theatre might be a relatively safe, healthy addiction, but it’s certainly not a cheap one. With major theatre companies always creeping up their ticket prices, and major musicals now consistently going well above the $100 mark, theatre mightn’t seem quite as accessible as it has been in the past. But there are ways of grabbing yourself a

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