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Arts & Public Life ‘Getting It Right: An Arts Board’s role in Succession Planning’
Martin Portus (Currency House Board) chaired the session with:
Louise Herron, company advisor and Chair of Company B Belvoir, Sydney
Simon Westcott, travel writer and Chair of Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
Last November, Sydney’s Company B Belvoir announced that the brilliant young designer Ralph Myers would succeed the internationally-acclaimed Neil Armfield who had been artistic director for 25 years. In February Melbourne’s Malthouse appointed as their new AD Marion Potts, a director of Bell Shakespeare, to replace the experimental director Michael Kantor. Much hung on these appointments and the selection in both cases was a radical one. These second theatres fill an important role as an alternative to the big state theatres: A change of leadership in either has the power to change a city’s theatre culture profoundly.