News: Anne Dunn appointed Executive Director of Sydney Theatre Company

Date posted: 23 Sep 2021 Author: STC



Anne-Dunn-article-300 Anne Dunn has been appointed as Sydney Theatre Company’s next Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer by STC’s Board, marking an exciting new chapter for the Company. 

Anne arrives at STC with extensive experience in arts leadership, a passion for all things theatre, and is joining us from Sydney Dance Company where she has led as Executive Director for the last 12 years. Anne will join STC in February 2022.

The news comes after Patrick McIntyre’s resignation in June to become the Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Sound Archives from October.

STC Artistic Director and co-CEO Kip Williams said he was thrilled to have Anne join the Company and was “very much looking forward to collaborating with her”. 

“Anne is a visionary leader in the live performance industry, and someone I have long admired. Her intelligence, capacity for innovation, and passionate advocacy for the performing arts set her apart as one of the best arts leaders in our city and, indeed, Australia,” Kip said. 

“I am particularly excited to work with Anne on STC's next chapter as we expand our touring horizons and look to optimise the creative and business possibilities of our recently renovated home at The Wharf."

Anne said STC was a Company with “an illustrious history and an exciting future”. 

“It is the creative powerhouse of Australian theatre and it is with great excitement that I look forward to taking up the role of Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer,” Anne said.

“At the vanguard of international theatre-making, STC is the natural home of a vibrant range of diverse Australian voices, which resonate with artists and audiences alike. I relish the opportunity to work alongside Kip, the Board and the STC team to continue to build on the company’s tremendous legacy for the future. With theatres reopening, I can’t think of a better time to be taking over the reins from my friend and colleague Patrick McIntyre and pay tribute to the incredible work he has done.”

Anne is an experienced Executive Director with a passion for the arts and demonstrated history of working in the industry. Over her 12 year tenure at SDC, Anne - alongside Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela - ensured the Company enhanced its reputation as one of Australia’s leading dance companies. Anne initiated and led a strategic expansion in public and education programs and national and international touring, and the establishment of an accredited full-time diploma course for elite young dancers.

SDC also doubled its turnover, and successfully undertook the biggest capital campaign in its history to support the redevelopment of the Wharf Studios, the Company’s home in Walsh Bay. 

Prior to her time at SDC, Anne was the General Manager of the Darwin Festival, the Program Manager and Artistic Administrator of the Perth International Arts Festival, an Assistant Producer at the Sydney Opera House, and the Live Sites Event Coordinator for the Sydney Olympics Coordination Authority.

Anne is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust, and from 2018 until earlier this year was a Board Member of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group.

STC Chair Ian Narev said Anne has a “stellar reputation in the Australian performing arts community”. 

“She has proven experience in all aspects of the executive director role, including an understanding of the ongoing challenges of the pandemic,” Ian said. “She also has an appreciation of Richard Wherrett’s vision for STC, and a love of theatre. Anne will lead a strong team, and will be well positioned to build on the strong legacy of her predecessor, Patrick McIntyre, who we so deeply admire.”

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