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


The power of art in the face of oppression

Gripped by violent protests, the Chilean capital of Santiago has been buoyed by a creative outburst in the face of…

Career Advice

Knowing when it's time to go (from the archives)

Arts industry figures share their stories about knowing when it's time to seek the next challenge, and how to handle…


Go behind the scenes on World Ballet Day

Now in its sixth year, World Ballet Day is a global celebration of dance and a unique look at a…


Keeping fresh and focussed in a long term role (from our archives)

It's the perennial question: how do you stay motivated in a job that you love after years? This classic article…


Sauce, Dublin Fringe Festival (Ireland)

Two women in a bind discover that friendship adds piquancy to their lives in this fast-paced, comedic two-hander.


Shadows/Champions of Dance, Dublin Fringe Festival (Ireland)

Dublin Fringe continues with Derek Byrne’s debut play based on a real-life encounter at a cruising spot, and a madcap,…


Admin/Villains, Dublin Fringe (Ireland)

A one-man show about loneliness, longing, and social media-enhanced isolation, and a dance theatre piece exploring call-out culture through a…


Australian audio comedy series snapped up by the BBC

A half-hour narrative sci-fi comedy series originally crowdfunded for digital download will soon air on BBC Radio 4.

Career Advice

Top 3 tips for emerging arts managers

With many in the sector working in administrative roles, we’ve asked arts leaders from Darwin to Hobart and Perth to…

Career Advice

Top 3 tips for emerging directors

From independent theatre to the mainstage, directors from around the country offer practical advice for those starting out in their…

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