Anne Dunn has been appointed as the new Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Theatre Company. She will take up the position in February 2022, replacing Patrick McIntyre who resigned in June to become the Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Sound Archives.

Anne Dunn

Anne Dunn. Photo © Prudence Upton

Dunn comes to STC from Sydney Dance Company where she has been the Executive Director since 2010. Over the past decade, she and SDC Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela have doubled the company’s turnover. Dunn expanded SDC’s public and education programs, and increased touring. She also established an accredited full-time diploma course for young dancers.

Her previous appointments include General Manager of the Darwin Festival, the Program Manager and Artistic Administrator of the Perth International Arts Festival, Assistant Producer at the Sydney Opera House, and the Live Sites Event Coordinator for the Sydney Olympics Coordination Authority. She is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust, and from 2018 until earlier this year was a Board Member of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group.

STC Chairman Ian Narev said that Dunn was the outstanding candidate following a global search, conducted with the assistance of Challis & Company.

“She has proven experience in all aspects of the executive director role, including an understanding of the ongoing challenges of the pandemic,” said Narev.

“She also has an appreciation of Richard Wherrett’s vision for STC, and a love of theatre. We are particularly excited by the potential of her partnership with our exceptional Artistic Director Kip Williams, who was heavily involved in the recruitment process.”

Dunn said she was excited at taking up her new role. “At the vanguard of international theatre-making, STC is the natural home of a vibrant range of diverse Australian voices, which resonate with artists and audiences alike. I relish the opportunity to work alongside Kip, the Board and the STC team to continue to build on the company’s tremendous legacy for the future. With theatres reopening, I can’t think of a better time to be taking over the reins from my friend and colleague Patrick McIntyre and pay tribute to the incredible work he has done.”

Having cancelled 335 performances across nine productions since COVID restrictions for Greater Sydney were introduced in June this year, STC is currently finalising plans to return to the stage later this year.

Dunn leaves Sydney Dance Company in January. The Chair and Board of SDC have appointed Challis & Company – who worked with STC to find its new Executive Director – to help recruit her successor.

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