Big announcement. Our two Studio Artists for 2018 are Caleb Lewis and Meyne Wyatt. They will both be with the company for the year working on their plays and on all things Griffin. Watch this space!
This year’s Studio Artist Phil Spencer is now joining the company as our Artistic Associate. So yes, you will continue so see him unashamedly imitating me and being far funnier than me…he will also be the curator of Batch Festival, and many more projects including Griffin Up Late and Griffin Scratch…he is indispensable. This part-time artistic position is one we lost due to the Brandis cuts. Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Robertson Family Foundation, we’re able to bring back the position. We are in a whole new world of philanthropy now where individuals — like our invaluable Studio Donors — are supporting the infrastructure of companies. We cannot thank them enough for stepping in to fill the enormous gaps left when the government support was withdrawn.
Speaking of support, I saw Barbara and the Camp Dogs over at Belvoir last night — awesome new writing from the amazing Alana Valentine and Ursula Yovich. We have loved them both here at Griffin and seeing the result of their collaboration was really inspiring. It is a great new Australian music work. And with Morgan Rose’s play onstage at Griffin now there are some really bold offers from female playwrights — the absolute antidote to the news cycle.