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THE CREATIVE SYDNEY DEBATE 

Speakers Include:

  • ANTHONY JOHN ROBERTS, MP, NSW Shadow Minister for the Arts
  • LAWRENCE GIBBONS, Group Publisher, Alternative Media Group of Australia; and President Darlinghurst & Surry Hills Business Partnership;  and President Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
  • RICHARD EVANS, CEO, Sydney Opera House
  • JOSEPHINE RIDGE, Executive Director of The Sydney Festival
  • TIMOTHY JONES,  Artistic Director & General Manager,Seymour Centre, University of Sydney
  • Moderated by PETER CARR

Speaker Biographies

ANTHONY JOHN ROBERTS, MP, NSW Shadow Minister for the Arts

Anthony Roberts has a long history of serving the Community, dealing with local issues and problems, and has a strong record of achieving results. Having served on Lane Cove Council as a Councillor for almost 9 years including one term as Deputy Mayor and two terms as Mayor, Anthony is very much in touch with the issues that matter most to his community. Following the 2007 Election Anthony was reappointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition a position he had previously held since 2005. In December 2008 a reshuffle was held and Anthony was appointed Shadow Minister for the Arts, Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Shadow Minister for Volunteering.

LAWRENCE GIBBONS, Group Publisher Alternative Media Group of Australia, & President Darlinghurst and Surry Hills Business Partnership, & President Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce

Lawrence founded the Alternative Media Group of Australia which publishes City Hub, City News, Bondi View & Inner West Independent in 1995.

Previously he has been Advertising Director for SF Bay Guardian; publisher Fairfield and Westchester County Weekly.

RICHARD EVANS, CEO, Sydney Opera House

After working as an Executive Producer with the New Zealand Puppet Theatre, in 1993 Mr Evans moved to Australia, becoming the General Manager of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle, then taking on the same role with DeckChair Theatre Company. He moved to Adelaide in 1995 to join the State Theatre Company of South Australia as Associate Producer.

In 1997, Mr Evans moved to Sydney as General Manager of The Bell Shakespeare Company and was largely credited with more than doubling that company's turnover in five years.  The Australian Ballet sought him out to take on the role of General Manager in 2002, and in 2004 he was appointed Executive Director - a role he held until joining Sydney Opera House in January 2008.

During his time at The Australian Ballet, he was credited with lifting the profile of the company internationally and increasing the revenue stream from philanthropy.  Mr Evans was Secretary of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group during 2000 and 2001 and served on the Executive Council of the Australian Entertainment Industry Association from 2002 to 2005.  He was also Chairman of the board of Lucy Guerin Inc from 2006 to 2007.

JOSEPHINE RIDGE, Executive Director of The Sydney Festival

Josephine has over twenty five years experience in arts administration across music, dance, theatre and opera.  Currently she is also Chair of Critical Path, a Government initiative in support of independent choreographers in NSW, and on the board of TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria.

Previously she has worked for Opera Australia, Playbox/Malthouse Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Ballet , and BBC Radio (London). Various roles with these companies have given Josephine a background in communications, marketing, corporate sponsorship and philanthropy as well as in general management.  In particular her work with Playbox/Malthouse, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet coincided with periods in their development when a focus on branding and repositioning was required.


TIMOTHY JONES,  Artistic Director & General Manager, Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

Since arriving he has re-branded the Seymour Centre and established a new artistic direction, engaging more with the University of Sydney and developing major partnerships with Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and the new Sydney Fringe.
 
Prior to the Seymour Centre Tim was the CEO/Artistic Director of the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp), Australia's leading theatre company for young people aged 3-26, where Tim directed 13 major productions.

In 2003 Tim directed the world premier production of Skate by Debra Oswald. This production won a Sydney Glug Theatre Award for most outstanding production of the year, was published by Currency Press and, in 2005, Skate was invited to perform alongside the world's best at the Belfast Festival at Queens.

In addition he has directed premier productions of Beatrice by Louis Nowra, The Musicians by Patrick Marber at the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Festival, the Australian premier of Michael Gow's play 17, the theatrical adaptation of Morris Gleitzman's Boy Overboard and the world premier of Debra Oswald's Stories in the Dark.

Tim has also directed work by many award winning young playwrights and in 2007 developed a major national program designed to nuture the skills of the next generation of young Australian writers, Fresh Ink.

Tim has worked  as a professional actor in film and television and for theatre companies such as the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St., New England Theatre Company, The NIDA Company, and La Mama. He has also taught acting extensively at NIDA and atyp.

Schedule:
12 noon - Doors Open
1 pm - 2.30 pm - Discussion & Q&A

 

 
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