Griffin's new AD to focus on new writing, diversity
Appointment announced today
They’ll look back on the plays that we make now as a document of this time: what people thought mattered, what they laughed about. That’s our national treasure we bequeath to whatever Australia is 400 years from now. These plays will still exist.
Griffin Theatre Company has appointed Lee Lewis as its new Artistic Director, commencing in January 2013.
She will take over from Sam Strong, who is departing to take up a position at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Lee is currently Associate Director at Griffin and one of the country’s leading directors, with productions including Honour, ZEBRA! and Love Lies Bleeding for STC, That Face for Belvoir and Silent Disco, The Call and The Nightwatchman for Griffin.
Griffin Chair Michael Bradley described the 41-year-old NIDA-trained director as "the perfect person to take over Griffin at this stage in its development" due to her passion for the company's role in promoting Australian writing for the theatre, and because she's a "brilliant director and nuturer of new work."
In this interview for TimeOut, Lee explains her mission as AD to Darryn King:
"For me, the focus of the next five years is positioning Griffin as the first stop for Australian theatre in the country.... We’re already doing the work. I want more people to know about it. So that it really can become the place where people come to look for great Australian writers, and find them."
When asked why new work matters in the first place, she had this to say:
"Four hundred years from now, they’ll look back on the plays that we make now as a document of this time: what people thought mattered, what they laughed about. That’s our national treasure we bequeath to whatever Australia is 400 years from now. These plays will still exist."
You can hear more of Lee's plans for the job in this interview with Adam Fulton in the Sydney Morning Herald: "Diversity a key issue for Griffin's new artistic director."
Lee Lewis's current show for Griffin is A Hoax by Rick Viede, closing on 1 September.
Sam Strong’s third and final season at Griffin will be announced Monday 3 September.