Theatre Works’ Creative Producer and CEO Daniel Clarke will step down from the position after almost five years in the role in March 2016. Daniel will move to Arts Centre Melbourne as Programmer, Performing Arts from 16 March.
Daniel started at Theatre Works in April 2011 and in January 2016 he will launch his fifth and final program for the St Kilda based organisation. In his time at Theatre Works Daniel has helped cement Theatre Works’ position both nationally and internationally as a highly regarded organisation that supports the development and presentation of diverse and ambitious live performances from our most visionary independent artists. Under his leadership Theatre Works has exponentially increased all sources of income including box office, philanthropic support and private donations. Turnover for the organisation has increased by 171%.
Through his time at Theatre Works the organisation has worked in partnership with Melbourne Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Next Wave, Griffin Theatre, The Blue Room, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Darebin Arts, Fringe World Perth, Adelaide Fringe, Midsumma Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arts House Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, Red Stitch, Metro Arts, Southbank Centre London and Soho Theatre.
Daniel said: “I have had an extraordinary time at Theatre Works and have dedicated my life to this very special organisation for the last four and a half years. I have had the privilege of working with so many brilliant artists and look forward to remaining connected to the amazing independent arts sector in my new role at Arts Centre Melbourne. I want to thank the Theatre Works Board, staff and all the artists I have worked with through my time at Theatre Works – it certainly has been the best job I’ve ever had.”
Theatre Works Chair, Suzanne Chaundy said: “Daniel’s appointment as Theatre Works’ first Creative Producer marked an important new era and curatorial style for our now 3 year old company. Daniel has confirmed Theatre Works as absolutely vital to the ecology of the independent theatre sector both locally and nationally and has worked passionately and tirelessly to see through our combined vision. It is almost unbelievable the number of strategic goals that have been achieved in such a relatively short period of time.
“Within the industry, Daniel has become known as a champion for independent artists. From increasing artist fees, to establishing a profit share fundraiser for independent artists, to his no-holds-barred approach to production designs that have transformed the Theatre Works space. His passion and stamina sets him apart and will most certainly be missed by independent artists both here and overseas.
“We are sad to say goodbye to Daniel but know he is going to go on to do more great things on a larger stage and is leaving Theatre Works in a wonderful position to flourish and ready to engage with another vibrant visionary who will lead us forward into our exciting future.”
Theatre Works will commence the recruitment process for the next Creative Producer and CEO in coming weeks.
The bewildering confusion between dream and reality begins before one takes one’s seat in the theatre. You have to negotiate a building site and enter the Adelaide Festival Theatre by a side entrance (how like slipping into dream that is!), and put on a mask, so that it seems that the audience is itself on stage.