Black Swan Announces New Artistic Director

Kate CherryBlack Swan Theatre Company is delighted to announce the appointment of multi-award- winning theatre director Kate Cherry as its new Artistic Director. She will take up her new position on 1 March 2008.

A critically acclaimed theatre director and committed performing arts educator, Kate Cherry has worked in every capital city in Australia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado and Massachusetts. As Associate Director for MTC, Kate directed over twenty productions. She has also staged work for Playbox (where she was Artistic Associate), Sydney Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Glenn Street Theatre, Oz Opera, Hit Productions, Ensemble Theatre NYC, Shakespeare and Company, (Massachusetts), American Conservatory Theatre and California Shakespeare Festival, (San Francisco).   

Kate’s critical successes have included Helpmann and Green Room Nominations and Awards and a Gielgud Award for Best Emerging Director of the Classics in the USA. She has been the recipient of an NYC Drama League Fellowship and a Williamson Leadership Program Fellowship

As both Director and Educator, Kate Cherry has had a longstanding commitment to the theatre industry in Perth, having taught and directed for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts on an ongoing basis for the past eight years. She has also provided her skills as a dramaturg and conducted master classes for WA Stages and the WA Writers Guild.

The next three years will be an exciting and challenging time for the Company as it continues to grow in its role as Western Australia’s State Flagship Theatre Company, moving as Resident Company into the New Performing Arts Venue in 2010. Board Chair Richard Duldig commented, “We believe that Kate is well placed to add value to the Western Australian theatre landscape. Her appointment will add significantly to the excellent artistic foundation built by Tom Gutteridge.”

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