La Boite Artistic Director Todd MacDonald

La Boite’s Artistic Director to conclude contract

La Boite Theatre Company announced on Friday that the contract of their current Artistic Director, Todd MacDonald, will conclude in December 2020. 

Leading the award-winning theatre company for the past six years, MacDonald will leave behind a legacy of commissioning bold new work, championing diverse stories and amplifying critical voices. 

La Boite Theatre Company’s Chair, Julian Myers, thanked MacDonald for his dedication to the company and commended him on two successful three-year terms. 

“Todd has implemented fundamental change which has seen La Boite grow in relevance and social and cultural alignment,” Myers said. 

“The contribution and impact that La Boite makes in the community are critically important and much of this legacy is due to Todd’s vision and drive throughout his stewardship.” 

While no decision has been made regarding the Company’s new artistic leadership, Myers commented that La Boite had many things to consider, especially after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The impact of COVID-19 on the arts community is enormous and has generated unprecedented uncertainty for the remainder of 2020 and 2021,” Myers said.

“Nevertheless, La Boite continues to be agile and resilient. We are committed to programming a powerful and diverse season next year and we are investigating numerous productions, formats and programming options for 2021. 

“There is still a high level of uncertainty due to COVID-19 impacts, however, we look forward to welcoming audiences back to La Boite in 2021.” 

Myers also spoke about the Company’s revised artistic leadership model and how it would be responsive to the industry-wide impacts. 

“In the meantime, La Boite’s wealth of artistic and organisational leadership and resources, led by Executive Director Zohar Spatz, will ensure that La Boite continues as a leader in the local and national arts community,” Myers said.  

During MacDonald’s tenure with the Company, he premiered several standout productions including Future D. Fidel’s multi-award-winning ‘Prize Fighter’, Michelle Law’s breakthrough hit ‘Single Asian Female’ and the powerful verbatim theatre piece ‘The Neighbourhood’. 

La Boite Theatre Company’s award-winning ‘Prize Fighter’.
Photo sourced via La Boite Theatre Company’s Facebook.

Speaking of his time with La Boite, MacDonald said it was a privilege to lead Australia’s oldest continuously-running theatre company and to herald untold stories.  

“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity not only to contribute as an actor and director but also to make space for critical voices and diverse stories,” MacDonald said. 

“With a new strategic plan that places diversity at its core, I’m excited to see La Boite’s continued journey towards its 100th anniversary under new artistic leadership.” 

MacDonald’s final term in his contract will be finalised in December 2020. 

For more information about the company, please visit La Boite’s Website

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