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I am Director & CEO of Critical Stages Touring, connecting independent theatre and live performance with regional and metropolitan audiences across Australia and New Zealand. I am also a theatre director, creative producer and artistic leader. I am on advisory panels for Regional Arts Australia and PAC Australia and previous roles include Artistic Director of Deckchair Theatre, Artistic Director of Theatre@Risk, Chair of Stages WA, Treasurer of TNN. 

Chris is Director & CEO of Critical Stages Touring, connecting independent theatre and live performance with regional and metropolitan audiences across Australia and New Zealand. A theatre director, creative producer and artistic leader, he is also a member of the new PAC Australia Touring Advisory Group. Previous roles include Artistic Director of Deckchair Theatre, Artistic Director of Theatre@Risk, Chair of Stages WA, Treasurer of TNN.

Organisation/Company

Name: Critical Stages Touring

My Role: CEO & Director

Critical Stages Touring is Australia’s national touring theatre company – discovering and commissioning outstanding independent theatre for audiences everywhere. We create experiences that connect communities across a national network of over 100 theatres and presenting partners;
support sector development through industry support initiatives like the Indy Theatre Forums and our Stage & Stream guides; and now connect local artists with the world through the development of original works for the CST Screening Room, our new online platform for digital theatre.

Rohe

I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and have also lived in Melbourne and Fremantle. I have been living on Wangal Country in Sydney’s inner-west for the past 7 years.

How I got where I am today

I have worked in numerous different roles within the arts over my career. I studied theatre direction at the Victorian College of the Arts, and started an independent theatre company in Melbourne in 2001. Meanwhile I have worked as a dramaturg, theatre producer, writer, arts educator, performer, casting director, actors’ agent and much much more.

Something cool

Our first tour in over a year kicks off this week at Frankston Arts Centre in Melbourne’s south. We think its pretty great to be back touring again after such a long hiatus. https://criticalstages.com.au/portfolio/lamb/

The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) Arts Market is New Zealand's premiere event for artists, producers, presenters and industry leaders from across the performing arts sector. 

Auckland
Feb 22 2021 To Mar 05 2021

Unpacking the Canada Council's $85m Digital Strategy Fund. What worked and what can the arts sector in Australia learn from it? 

Whitehorse - Yukon Canada
Feb 18 2021 To Feb 18 2021

Little Lunch Online (LLOL) is a daily online meet up and creative exchange to support the Australian arts sector during the Corona Virus pandemic. 

Mar 23 2020 To Sep 30 2020