HotHouse Theatre seeking new chief

Jon Halpin

Jon Halpin

JON Halpin will step down from his role as artistic director and chief executive officer of HotHouse Theatre at the end of the year.

General manager Tahni Froudist said a “robust recruitment and transition plan to ensure the company’s strong artistic and financial position was not compromised” had been put in place.

“We expect to announce the new artistic director later this year,” she said.

Meanwhile, the theatre company has welcomed a $50,000 NSW government grant.

The grant is part of $315,000 in funding to support the development of regional theatre projects.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the grant would commission a playwright to work with a “group of emerging, local theatre-makers” to develop a work titled, Somewhere Else, focusing on the frustrations of being a young person in the digital age.

“This work will develop skills of local artists, build new, younger audiences and lead to a major fund-raising campaign to take the show to Sydney,” Mr Aplin said.

“This funding will support the development of new theatre works, presented and produced by people living in regional communities and performed by regional actors.”

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the government was proud of the arts and cultural sector in regional NSW.

“The NSW government is responding to the needs of theatre makers in regional communities by providing support that will help to develop new works,” he said.

“These projects will develop the skills of regional playwrights, actors, production staff and other creative practitioners, and help grow audiences.”

Regional Theatre Project funding is provided by Arts NSW.