Clare commenced in the role of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in October 2016. 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.
Danielle Norrish commenced her role as the Executive Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in June 2019. Danielle was WA State Manager of The Communications Council for 9 years and advocated for the benefits creativity contributes to the Western Australian economy and the well-being of society through its provision of communication, education and job creation.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the advertising and marketing sector both nationally and internationally. Danielle has worked tirelessly to build the quality and professional reputation of Western Australian creativity and the arts industries and in 2013 was awarded the industry highest individual honour.
Danielle brings a wealth of media, production, ICT and business administration experience to Black Swan. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completing Non For Profit Advanced Governance training and is currently a Fellow of Council at Guildford Grammar School, Founding Steering Committee Member of Emergence Creative Festival and Non Executive Board Member of Wollaston Theological College.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Clare Watson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Danielle Norrish
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR Amber Craike
FINANCE MANAGER Sarah-Jane Watkins
FINANCE OFFICER Danielle Briggs | Jacqui Truong (Maternity Leave)
WARDROBE MANAGER Lynn Ferguson
CUTTER Marie Nitschke-McGregor
WARDROBE ASSISTANT Louise Arcus