Black SwanPerth’s Black Swan Theatre Company has announced Clare Watson, Artistic Director of St Martins Youth Arts Centre, will replace outgoing AD Kate Cherry, who departs the company at the end of 2016 after 9 years at the helm.

Having worked with many of Australia’s leading Theatre Companies, MTC, Malthouse and Belvoir to name a few, Clare will shortly begin programming the 2017 season in a part-time capacity before moving back to Perth in October.

The award winning director is thrilled at her appointment; “I am honoured and excited to be returning to Perth in the role of Artistic Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company. I’m excited about working with Natalie Jenkins and the company to continue to present world class theatre experiences for audiences and build on Black Swan’s distinct voice in the national cultural conversation”.

Black Swan’s Chair, Mark Barnaba AM is equally thrilled to have Clare in the position; “After many years of growth and change, led expertly by Kate Cherry, Clare’s appointment will herald in a new era for the company. Clare has an impressive directing track record and has worked with many of Australia’s major companies and festivals. Her leadership ability is clearly evident with the work she has been undertaking transforming St Martins Youth Arts Centre into a highly collaborative company that is now presenting work in major festivals and with major Australian theatre companies. She is highly respected as one of the next generation of Australian artistic leaders and is highly sought after as a freelance director by our colleague state theatre companies”.

WA Culture and Arts Minister Mr John Day said the appointment of Clare Watson will ‘continue Black Swans legacy of delivering an excellent and innovative mix of original Western Australian theatre for local, national and international audiences, while also providing great employment opportunities for the WA theatre sector’.

Clare will officially take over the position on 1 Jan 2017.

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