Richard Watts

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts

Richard's Latest Articles

Opinions & Analysis

Heartstopper is the queer TV show we need right now

As LGBTQIA+ people face renewed hostility, this sweetly affirming Netflix series celebrates young queer love with humour and warmth.

Features

Hate crime inspires new oratorio

The 50th anniversary of the drowning of Dr Duncan will be commemorated in a new composition at this year’s Adelaide…

News

Barbican Centre appoints Arts Centre Melbourne’s Claire Spencer as inaugural CEO

After more than seven years at Arts Centre Melbourne, Spencer is leaving to run the largest performing arts centre in…

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Career Advice

Creative career progression in the arts

Why leave an organisation you love if a new role, and a new challenge, can be created for you internally,…

Career Advice

So you want my arts job: Circus acrobat

If you enjoy flying through the air and have a well-developed sense of trust, working in a circus company might…

Features

Staging COVID-safe arts events outdoors

Sarah Neal, Executive Producer and Co-CEO at Malthouse Theatre, and Glyn Roberts, Artistic Director of the Castlemaine State Festival, share…

Features

The magic is back: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child returns to the stage

Actors discover muscle memory propelling them across the stage after 49 weeks off, and also discuss the impact of J.K.…

Features

Chinese-speaking students a largely untapped arts audience, says new report

Drawing on a comprehensive survey of 600+ Chinese-speaking students, a new report provides insights and case studies to help arts…

Features

The art of the impossible: International collaboration during COVID

Companies collaborating with Irish and New Zealand colleagues tell us how their productions are forging ahead despite the pandemic. Dogged…

Career Advice

So you want my arts job? Over 20 careers to consider in 2021

From sound designers and circus riggers to artistic directors and general managers, this popular series looks at a range of…

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