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

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Mapping uncharted waters: getting to grips with AI in the creative industries

Presented by AFTRS, the 2024 Digital Futures Summit: AI and the Creative Horizon is a free online forum exploring the…

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Vale Cal Wilson

New Zealand-born, Australian adopted comedian Cal Wilson was one of the kindest and most genuine people in comedy, and will…


Irish Film Festival Australia launches 2023 program

Doing justice to the cinematic output of a entire nation is ‘very challenging,’ says Irish Film Festival Australia Festival Director…


Is the ABC's new TV arts show a 'cynical make-good'?

Can the ABC’s newly announced TV program reverse the degraded coverage of the arts on the national broadcaster?

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How stage and screen directors can deepen their understanding of their craft

NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts in Directing provides students with the opportunity to think about process, communication and craft through…

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Training cultural leaders to shape the nation

NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts Cultural Leadership ensures participants are prepared to play an active role in framing and guiding…

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From calling to career: mastering the art of writing for stage and screen

Playwright and screenwriter Emme Hoy describes how NIDA’s Master of Fine Arts (Dramatic Writing) helped her hone her craft and…

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How to kick-start the next phase of your arts administration career

Could studying NIDA’s MFA (Cultural Leadership) enrich your knowledge of the sector and make you a better arts advocate?


Victorian Budget 2023-24: what’s in it for the arts?

Live music, major cultural institutions and the digital games sector are among the beneficiaries of yesterday’s State Budget, though the…


Budget 2023-24: What’s in it for Australian screen and the arts?

Nearly $960 million is being directed towards Australia’s cultural sector, including support for arts education and training, and the screen…

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