Empowering female artists, agency and leadership in Australian Theatre.

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The Chair's Group

Empowering female artists, agency and leadership in Australian Theatre.

The Chair’s Group is Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s new female donor circle that supports:

  • Australian female playwrights to have their works developed and produced;
  • Female artists to develop their careers, becoming future artistic leaders;
  • The production of shows that champions female-led stories and voices. 

Up to 20 women who share DTC’s passion for female excellence in the arts are invited to join the Chair’s Group in 2019 for the year 2020. Led by Chair Vicki Middleton, we will hold four to five key events throughout the year, bringing the Chair’s Group members together to attend shows, play readings, talks and events as well as hold our annual dinner. Together we’ll discuss and debate how we can empower future female leaders in Australian theatre. Throughout the year donors will also receive exclusive updates on the projects we support and hear straight from those artists. 

Our aim is to raise $30,000 through a circle of supportive women committing to making donations of $1000 and above each year. In 2020 this will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Creative Partnership Australia, through their Plus 1 funding scheme, raising $60,000 in total to support female voices and stories on the Darlinghurst Theatre Company stage.  

For more detailed information please contact Vicki Middleton on 0424 312 392 or vicki@middletonarts.com.au


Chair Vicki Middleton has worked in the performing arts industry for over 25 years. In 1994 Vicki co-founded and built Frantic Assembly, one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed physical theatre companies.  In 2004 Vicki moved to Sydney, first taking up post as General Manager of Legs on the Walland then Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre in 2007. In 2009 Vicki established Middleton Arts, an Arts Management Consultancy Service for Australia’s performing arts sector working with organisations as diverse as Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, CDP Theatre Producers and Performance Space. Vicki has toured work to 35 countries across every continent and in 2004 at the age of 31, was featured in The Guardian newspaper as one of the UK’s top 10 producers. Vicki has been a board member of Darlinghurst Theatre Company since 2014, and Chair since 2016. 

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