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


Labor promises new cultural policy ahead of election

Instead of announcing an arts policy prior to Saturday’s election, the ALP has pledged to develop a national cultural policy…

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.

No new money was allocated to Screen Australia for the period of the 2022-2023 Budget. image: Shutterstock

Screen support stalls while RISE funding offers a rare budget positive

No new money is allocated to Screen Australia for the period covered by Budget 2022–2023.


Vale David Dalaithngu AM

We mourn the passing of the once-in-a-generation artist whose career included such landmark films as Walkabout, The Tracker and Charlie’s…


Vale Doug MacLeod

MacLeod, whose career spanned children's books and musical theatre to television comedy, is much missed.

Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

You should watch... Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on ABC iview

During Melbourne’s latest lockdown, ArtsHub's Richard Watts is delighted to discover all three seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on…


Bringing a new lens to arts coverage on the ABC: Namila Benson talks Art Works

The host of ABC TV’s new weekly arts program promises to be much more than just a talking head.


WAAPA’s future home to be a high-tech campus in Perth CBD

Perth's arts and business communities have welcomed the recent announcement that Edith Cowan University, including WAAPA, will relocate to a…


Vale Arthur Dignam

The Australian stage and screen actor, whose work included roles in The Devil’s Playground and The Dismissal, has died of…

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Immerse yourself in the future of art and technology at Electric Dreams

A three day conference as part of Adelaide Fringe is exploring the future of storytelling through immersive technology, virtual reality…

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