Score 1 for the younger generation, but 0 for gender diversity: designer Ralph Meyers has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Sydney’s Company B Belvoir contemporary theatre company.
The appointment marks a trend gathering pace in Australian and international theatre, as designers come to new prominence in leadership roles. In Melbourne, for example, designer Anna Tregloan has gone from strength to strength as a theatrical producer and director, while in Europe designer Romeo Castelluci’s visually sumptuous interpretations of Dante are making him the darling of the international festival circuit.
On the other hand, the appointment will do nothing to appease those, like Brisbane theatre blogger Katherine Lyall-Watson, who are calling for far more gender equity on and behind Australian stages.
Meyers describes his role as akin to a festival director, which I find interesting:
”As an artistic associate at Belvoir, I have come to realise that the role of artistic director is akin to running a festival. You assemble teams, curate programs and inspire artists.”
Elsewhere: Read the official announcement from company B Belvoir.