Our People

Clare Watson - Artistic Director

Clare Watson - Artistic Director

Clare commenced in the role of Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company in October 2016 and made her directorial debut with Let the Right One In. Her other credits with the company since then include Our Town, Xenides, The Events, You Know We Belong Together 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, Gonzo (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. The production has recently enjoyed a national tour.

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 Gonzo, 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). 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 graduate of Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a trained teacher and worked in high schools in Victoria for 15 years and was also Education Manager at Malthouse Theatre.

Rick Heath - Executive Director

Rick Heath - Executive Director

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 joined 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.

STAFF

  • Artistic

    Polly Low Literary Director
    Chantelle Iemma Company Manager
    Jessica Knight Associate Producer
    Ian Michael Artistic Associate + Curator - Maali Festival
    Chloe Ogilvie Curator - Maali Festival

  • Administration

    Erin Howe Executive Assistant & Office Manager

  • Finance & Operations

    Deanna Faust Director of Operations
    Sarah-Jane Watkins Director of Finance
    Katie Gugliotta Finance Officer

  • Development

    Georgia Clark Director of Business Development
    Leah Royle Philanthropy Manager
    Cate Creedon Partnerships Manager
    Louise Coomber Development Coordinator

  • Education

    Christie Sistrunk Creative Learning Manager

  • Marketing

    Larissa Somm Director of Marketing
    Irene Jarzabek Public Relations Manager
    Olivia Atley Marketing Coordinator
    Phoebe Tempra Marketing Assistant

  • Production

    Stewart Campbell Director of Production
    Katie Moore Deputy Production Manager
    Les Hickford Workshop Manager
    Lynn Ferguson Wardrobe Manager
    Ben Green Workshop Administrator & Set Builder
    Stephen Matthews Senior Set Builder & Head Mechanist
    Martin (Marek) Szyler Scenic Artist
    Jenny Edwards Costume Cutter

  • Ticketing

    Rachel Doulton Ticketing and Data Coordinator
    Linda Pope Ticketing Officer
    Emilie Monty Ticketing Officer

    Email: tickets@bsstc.com.au