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Monkey Baa Lifts the Curtain on New Board Members

December 3rd, 2018

Monkey Baa Theatre Company has welcomed three dynamic members to its board, bringing a breadth of diverse experience and energy that will support Monkey Baa’s strategic growth and ambitions.

Executive Director, Jeremy Miller, said the appointment of Genevieve Clay-Smith, Sara Mansour and Richard Milroy will bolster Monkey Baa’s strategic direction to grow and develop as Australia’s leading professional theatre company for young audiences, creating and sharing exceptional Australian theatre nationally and internationally.

“We are very excited about our program for 2019, including our new production of Possum Magic and the return of Hitler’s Daughter.  These shows will tour to over 60 venues across every State and Territory next year, supported by a strong education program.  We’re also proud to showcase world class theatre for young people in our home theatre at Darling Quarter, Sydney and there are plenty of other new projects that we’re quietly working on behind the scenes.  This is an exciting time for Monkey Baa and Genevieve, Sara and Richard bring the experience and wisdom to help us reach our ambitious goals.” Mr Miller said.

Genevieve Clay-Smith is the CEO and co-founder of Bus Stop Films and co-founder, co-owner & creative director of creative agency Taste Creative. A social entrepreneur, innovative film-maker and an arts and culture advocate, Genevieve is a diversity and inclusion champion.

Sara Mansour is the co-founder and director of Bankstown Poetry Slam, Australia’s largest regular poetry event and creative agency Alepha. Recognised for her work, winning Young Citizen of the Year 2017 for the Canterbury Bankstown region and 2017 ZEST awards Outstanding Youth Leader, Sara is passionate about amplifying stories of young people of diverse backgrounds and empowering people to find their voice.

Richard Milroy is the founder and Executive Director of Knowledge Media, the company that owns the Private Wealth Network.  Starting his career at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, he went on to establish several other specialist events and publishing companies in London and now Sydney.  Richard brings a passion for theatre and performance as well as creative writing, publishing and purpose driven work that is reflected in many of the events and network groups managed by the PWN and its sister organisation, the 3Pillars Network.

Founded in 1997, Monkey Baa is Australia’s widest-reaching professional theatre company for young audiences, creating and touring award-winning theatre and education programs.  Monkey Baa exists to exhilarate young minds, hearts and imaginations, to give voice and agency to all young people, making theatre an intrinsic part of their lives.