Theatre practitioners invited to apply for 2016 Rex Cramphorn Fellowship

L to R: Rex Cramphorn, John Baytis (Theatre Project Coordinators) and Derek Nicholson (former Director of Theatre Studies Service Unit) at the launch for the Centre for Performance Studies in 1990. Image courtesy: University of Sydney Archives.

L to R: Rex Cramphorn, John Baylis (Theatre Project Coordinators) and Derek Nicholson (former Director of Theatre Studies Service Unit) at the launch for the Centre for Performance Studies in 1990. Image courtesy: University of Sydney Archives.

Professional theatre practitioners are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2016 Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship in honour of one of Australia’s most innovative theatre directors.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the $30,000 fellowship will enable the recipient to undertake a self-directed program of professional development including research, travel, mentorships and creating new works.

“This is a prestigious and long-standing fellowship that was first awarded in 1993 in honour of Rex Cramphorn’s lasting contribution to Australian theatre,” Mr Grant said.

“Rex Cramphorn, who passed away in 1991 aged 50, emerged from the renaissance of Australian theatre in the 1960s and worked mainly as a freelance director and designer.

“His most continuously creative period was as resident director of Playbox Theatre in the 1980s when he revived its fortunes with productions of Shakespeare, French classics and cutting-edge American theatre.”

Mr Grant said the fellowship, funded by Arts NSW, is open to theatre practitioners at any stage of their careers with applications open from 18 January to 29 March.

“The NSW Government is proud to offer this fellowship as part of our commitment to support the professional development of artists in all art forms,” he said. “In 2015/16, our Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program will provide more than $51 million to artists and arts and cultural organisations across NSW.”

Mr Grant said the last recipient of the Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship was acclaimed writer, performer and director and current Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects in Bankstown, Rosie Dennis, who worked with young people in Western Sydney, the State’s Far West and the Northern Territory on a new performing arts project.

For further information on the Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship, please click here.

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Published: 14 January 2016