Rachael Azzopardi is the new STC Director of Programming
and Artistic Operations. (Photo: Grant Sparkes-Carroll)
If you weren't an arts administrator, what would you
An opera singer, but life took me in another direction.
What was your most memorable theatrical
The Popular Mechanicals with Geoffrey Rush and Paul
Blackwell at STCSA many moons ago. It was hilarious and so
wonderfully performed. I have never laughed so much at the theatre;
a magic night that has stayed with me for years.
Which artists do you find interesting at the
I think Back to Back (the theatre company from Geelong, Victoria)
are a true gift to performance making. They are brave, real and
What is your favourite book?
Breaker Morant by Kit Denton - an amazing colonial story
of in justice so beautifully written.
Snowtown - powerful, haunting and beautifully
Barcelona. It's vibrant, creative and has tapas bars!!
Your proudest achievement?
When I was Executive Producer of Chunky Move we took our production
of Mortal Engine to the Edinburgh Festival. For a small
dance company from Victoria it was a very proud moment to be
performing in one of the most prestigious festivals on the world
What inspires you?
Honesty and bravery in others.
Your favorite way to indulge?
A night at home - watching TV and drinking a glass of wonderful
white wine - a self-indulgence that doesn't happen enough.
When/why/how did you get your start in the
I had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen as the Programming
Fellow at the Adelaide Festival Centre - a great one-year
fellowship working in the programming and entrepreneurial
department that started my love of wanting to be
How do you unwind on weekends?
Hanging out with friends and family.
Last meal on Earth?
Roast Chicken and steamed brussel sprouts followed by
chocolate cake with berry coulis!
Do you ever get sick of theatre?