It’s with both great sadness and pride that we announce our Executive Director, Brenna Hobson, will be leaving Belvoir at the end of May. She has been appointed Executive Producer of the world-renowned National Theatre of Scotland.
While Brenna has served as Executive Director of Belvoir for the past nine years, her relationship to the company extends back to her teenage years when she entered the building as a 15-year-old work experience student. At 17 she had her first job as Assistant Stage Manager and worked her way up to Production Manager over ten years.
In 2005 she left Belvoir and spent a year as Production Manager at Bangarra Dance Theatre, and two years as General Manager at Jigsaw Youth Theatre in Canberra. She returned to Belvoir in 2008 as General Manager (now Executive Director) and co-CEO.
On her departure, Brenna said: “I have adored working for Belvoir, both in its production department early in my career and as General Manager and then Executive Director for the last nine years. It’s been an enormous honour to work for a company that is such a vital part of Australian culture and it will be a wrench to leave.”
During her tenure, Brenna oversaw the successful transition from long-serving Artistic Director Neil Armfield to Ralph Myers, and then to current Artistic Director Eamon Flack. Her time at Belvoir has been characterised by significant expansion in Belvoir’s overseas touring schedule and the company’s increasing commitment to equality and diversity.
Over the past ten years, Belvoir’s international touring has grown from one tour every two to three years to several tours per year, thanks to Brenna’s diligent advocacy for Belvoir’s productions and artists. Highlights include The Wild Duck’s tour to the Ibsen Festival in Oslo and a highly acclaimed season at the Barbican in London, and the Indian tour of Stories I Want to Tell You in Person by Lally Katz.
Since 2011, Belvoir has achieved gender parity for writers and directors in each season, as well as increasing our output of Indigenous-led theatre and creating new pathways into the company for artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Brenna has taken both a formal and informal role in these advancements through hiring and programming decisions and the mentoring of many artists and administrators.
When she departs, she’ll be leaving behind a great legacy. Perhaps our former Artistic Director, Ralph Myers, sums it up best when he says: “There are very few corners of the culture of our city that haven’t benefited from Brenna’s contribution. She will be sorely missed.’
We wish Brenna all the very best on her next adventure. The Scots are very lucky.