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.
Natalie is the Executive Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company. Prior to commencing in this role in January 2014, Natalie ran her consultancy, NJ Management for eight years, offering project management, and strategic advice to the arts, business and community sectors. Through her consultancy, Natalie worked with the national Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA), Deakin University, Perth Fashion Festival, Country Arts WA, Stages WA, as well as a number of independent theatre producers. Natalie also lectures regularly in Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Natalie was previously been General Manager of ThinIce, General Manager of Perth Theatre Company and General Manager of Theatre North in Launceston, which included managing the city’s two performing arts venues. She has been a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Playing Australia and Festivals Australia Committees, a member of the Healthway Board, including chair of its Arts Advisory Committee, sat on the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, also chairing its youth subcommittee and a steering committee member for the LOUD Festival, Australia’s first national youth arts festival.
Natalie has previously chaired a number of industry boards including Chair of the Blue Room Theatre in Perth, President of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA), deputy chair of the Australian Script Centre and Chair of Stages WA.
She is currently a member of the Country Arts WA Board of Directors and a director of Regional Arts Australia. She is also a member of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA) Industry Advisory Committee for the Arts Management course.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Clare Watson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Natalie Jenkins
GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL Beata Brennan
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