Rosie Dennis appointed as new Artistic Director and CEO of Urban Theatre Projects
Rosie is a Sydney-based performer, writer and director. Her work has been presented at more than 25 festivals across Central Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 she conceived and curated the award winning MINTO: LIVE for Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney Festival and wrote and performed Driven To New Pastures, which was also presented at the Festival.
Rosie's work is grounded in her empathy for people and characterised by her extraordinary imagination and beautiful aesthetic. Her work for the Sydney Festival was described as an "unambiguous success" (Lindy Hume, The Australian) and "bold and utopian" (The Daily Telegraph).
"This is an incredible opportunity to continue the genre busting work of Urban Theatre Projects and I am really excited to be taking it into the next phase of its artistic life. I have been a big fan of UTP's work for a long time," Dennis said.
When asked about her vision for UTP Dennis said, "I want to continue to make bold, adventurous work that pushes at the boundaries of theatre and performance. I'd like to establish Bankstown Arts Centre as a home for contemporary performance in Western Sydney and I am keen for the Company's work to tour, giving us the opportunity to connect with new and existing audiences, locally, nationally or internationally."
Emerging as a leading contemporary performance maker, Rosie is able to bridge the gap between audiences and artists and describes her practice as being "driven by my desire to tell universal stories of everyday connections between people."
In her long association with Urban Theatre Projects, Rosie worked initially for the company as a publicist, then as a freelance artist and more recently as a resident artist and co-creator on the Company's upcoming production, Catalogue of Dreams for the Canberra 100 celebrations.
Dennis has already got her eye on a few new talents she'd like to support. "They will be connected to Western Sydney in some way. I am also interested in collaborating with a couple of writers and performance-makers from parts of Asia, specifically Istanbul and Singapore," said Dennis.
Jenny Bisset, Chair of the Urban Theatre projects Board said, "We are delighted that Rosie has agreed to lead the Company into the next phase of its development .We are certain that she will build on the distinguished and ground breaking contemporary performance work of the talented creators that have lead the company over the last 30+ years. With Rosie at the helm the Company will continue to present exciting new work inspired by and drawn from the diverse communities of Western Sydney and beyond."
Rosie commences as Artistic Director on 10 October.