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Monkey Baa Theatre Company today announced Eva Di Cesare has been appointed Artistic Director effective from 1 January 2021. A co-Founder of the company, Ms Di Cesare’s new era of creative leadership will include commissioning writers and artists from all over Australia to support a greater diversity of emerging and experienced collaborators. The new direction will redefine the company’s work to reflect the contemporary and lived experiences of its young Australian audience.
Monkey Baa’s Chair, Libbie Doherty, described the move as an exciting evolution in the artistic direction of the company.
“In appointing Eva as Artistic Director, we are recognising the talent within our company whilst also creating space to engage new voices to connect national and international audiences to theatre that is even more deeply reflective of their own lived experiences. Eva has demonstrated her passion for creating theatre for young people that has the same dexterity and depth that adult audiences expect and honours children’s intelligence and imaginations. The board is excited to watch that passion grow in her new role as the Artistic leader of Monkey Baa.”
Under Ms Di Cesare’s artistic leadership, the company will bring a new commitment to supporting artists from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of its audiences.
“I am deeply honoured to be leading Monkey Baa into the future. I cannot wait to work with some of our country’s very best artists, bringing their stories and new perspectives to our audience whilst continuing to collaborate with our most important stakeholders, young people. At a time when so much is unknown, one thing remains unchanged; the need to share our stories and to stay connected to each other. I look forward to keeping children’s voices represented, and at the heart of the work we develop as we evolve into the future. ”
Monkey Baa was established in 1997 and has grown to be Australia’s pre-eminent children’s theatre company dedicated to creating exceptional theatre for young people. Current co-Creative Director and co-founder Sandra Eldridge will continue her association with the company as Artistic Associate, enabling Sandie’s desire to explore independent projects.
“Sandie is a true artist with a deep commitment and body of work that inspires young people, introducing them to the magic of live theatre. As a co-founder of the company, Sandie’s collaborative practice and her dedication to young audiences as equal citizens have become part of Monkey Baa’s DNA. We look forward to her continued guidance and contribution in her new role”, Ms Doherty said.
Monkey Baa is Australia’s pre-eminent Children’s Theatre Company and continues its record as Australia’s widest-touring theatre company, including the national tour of Pete the Sheep to every state and territory in 2021. The company showcases the best in Theatre for Young People at its home theatre, Sydney’s ARA Darling Quarter Theatre.
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