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The 2014 Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Ralph Myers, Artistic Director of Belvoir.

In The Artistic Director: on the way to extinction? Myers takes the opportunity to lament the decline of the Artistic Director in performing arts companies and festivals across Australia. In recent years there has been a trend of appointing producers and administrators to the key creative role. He asks: Why is this happening? Is it a structural problem, or a symptom of a broader shift away from risk taking in the arts?  And ponders what we can do to ensure that, in the scramble to gain audiences and stay solvent, arts organisations don’t forget why they exist in the first place.

The Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture is delivered annually by a prominent arts professional, and provides a vital platform for senior arts personnel to speak candidly about the industry and raise debate among audiences and performing arts practitioners.

The 2014 NSW Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights winner will be announced at the conclusion of the lecture.

The NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights (formerly the Young Playwright’s Award) is given annually to an outstanding playwright who is in their first eight years of professional practice. The winner will receive a writer’s commission and creative development of their play supported by Belvoir. Past winners include Zoë Coombs Marr (Is This Thing On?) Kit Brookman (Small and Tired), Brendan Cowell (Ruben Guthrie) and Kate Mulvany (The Seed).

2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights finalists

Jessica Bellamy Shabbat Dinner
Christopher Bryant The Mutant Man
Julia-Rose Lewis Samson
Philip Kavanagh Jesikah
Phil Spencer You and Whose Army?
Chris Summers King Arthur

The 2014 NSW Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights is made possible by the generous support of Arts NSW. The Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture is supported by Arts NSW and Currency House.

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Event Details
Date 2pm Sunday 30 November 2014
Tickets $10
Venue Upstairs Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au

Biography of Ralph Myers

Ralph is Belvoir’s Artistic Director. For Belvoir he has directed Peter Pan, directed and designed Private Lives, and designed Coranderrk, Hamlet, Stories I Want to Tell You in Person, Death of a Salesman, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Seagull, The Wild Duck, Measure for Measure, Toy Symphony, Parramatta Girls, Ray’s Tempest, The Spook, The Fever, Conversations with the Dead and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union. Ralph’s other credits include The City, A Streetcar Named Desire, Blackbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Kind of Alaska/Reunion, The Lost Echo, Mother Courage and Her Children, Boy Gets Girl, This Little Piggy, Far Away, Morph, Endgame, The 7 Stages of Grieving and Frankenstein, which he also directed (Sydney Theatre Company); Enlightenment, Cruel and Tender, Dinner, Frozen (Melbourne Theatre Company); Othello (Bell Shakespeare); Wonderlands (Griffin Theatre Company/Hothouse Theatre Company); Borderlines, Sweet Phoebe (Griffin Theatre Company); Eora Crossing (Legs on the Wall/Sydney Festival); Black Box (Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon); Caligula (English National Opera); The Marriage of Figaro, Peter Grimes, Così fan tutte (Opera Australia); La Bohème (New Zealand Opera); and Two Faced Bastard (Chunky Move).

Ralph is a board member of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

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