Clare commenced in the role of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in October 2016. For the company, she has directed Let The Right One In, The Events, You Know We Belong Together (two seasons), Xenides, Our Town and The Torrents. Previously, Clare was Artistic Director at St Martins collaborating with children and teenagers. Her recent work includes I saw the second one hit (Malthouse Theatre) and Fitter. Faster. Better. (Dance Massive, Junction Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre). She directed the critically acclaimed What Rhymes with Cars and Girls for Melbourne Theatre Company in 2015, which received four Helpmann nominations including Best Director. In 2014 Clare was Female Director-in-Residence at Malthouse Theatre and she is an MTC Women Directors Program alumna. Her stage credits also include I Heart John McEnroe (Uninvited Guests/Theatre Works – winner Green Room Award for Best Ensemble, and five nominations including Best Director); The Man with the September Face by Kylie Trounson (Full Tilt/Arts Centre); Smashed by Lally Katz (Stables); and Hotel (Melbourne Fringe Festival – winner Best Director). Clare is a graduate of Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2016, her mainstage work has also included Lungs by Duncan MacMillan at Melbourne Theatre Company and The Events by David Greig for Malthouse and Belvoir, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival. Clare is a trained teacher and worked in high schools in Victoria for 15 years and was also Education Manager at Malthouse Theatre.
Rick Heath has over 30 years’ experience in the arts sector both in Western Australia as well as nationally. Raised and trained in Western Australia, Rick joins Black Swan after 12 years as Executive Director at Performing Arts Connections Australia where he delivered a national industry development remit.
As the Executive Director of PAC Australia Rick has been a strong advocate for the Western Australian arts industry. He’s delivered transformational change in the areas of organisational positioning, governance and business operations and has led industry-wide reform in national touring and presenting practice. As a fellow of the Devos Institute of Arts Management in Washington DC of which there are only two in Australia, Rick brings extensive experience in producing and executive leadership as well as a robust global arts network.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Clare Watson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Rick Heath
FINANCE MANAGER Sarah-Jane Watkins
FINANCE OFFICER Catarina Gugliotta
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Deanna Faust
INTERIM MARKETING MANAGER Larissa Somm
DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE Maya Kavanagh
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER Irene Jarzabek
TICKETING AND SYSTEMS COORDINATOR Amy Welsh
TICKETING OFFICER Linda Pope
CREATIVE LEARNING MANAGER Christie Sistrunk
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AND EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Olivia Atley
WARDROBE MANAGER Lynn Ferguson
CUTTER Marie Nitschke-McGregor
WARDROBE ASSISTANT Sarah Forbes
COSTUME TECHNICIAN Jenny Edwards