Robbi James has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and Director of Critical Stages Touring (CST), according to the Chair of the organization, Mark Thomas. Robbi James will replace Scarlet McGlynn, who acted as the CEO for the past four months. McGlynn was thanked by the board and Thomas for her leadership during a busy period. Robbi James has been with the company for four years as the Marketing and Engagement Manager and played a crucial role in establishing the independent production house, Rogue Projects, as their Executive Creative Producer.
Robbi James has an impressive career background, including retail, media, business development, and communications. He holds a Masters of Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Opera House, which he completed in 2018. As CEO/Director of Critical Stages Touring, Robbi will work closely with the small but talented CST team in Sydney to develop strategies that contribute to the sustainability of the company and the broader small and medium-sized theatre sector.
Mark Thomas, Chair of Critical Stages Touring, expressed his excitement at Robbi James’ appointment and said, “His ideas for the future of Critical Stages Touring will breathe some fresh air into our offer and the sector. I look forward to what the future holds.” Robbi James also spoke about his appointment, stating, “I’m deeply passionate about the quality and potential of independent storytellers, and I’m looking forward to building on CST’s amazing production history to continue bringing new experiences to audiences everywhere.”
Critical Stages Touring is Australia’s national touring theatre company, dedicated to discovering and developing outstanding independent theatre for audiences everywhere. The company has been supporting artists and audiences around Australia since 2005 and extending the life of great independent theatre productions through touring and audience development. The company was awarded National Touring Status from 2018-2021 by the Australia Council, and Critical Stages Touring is supported by Create NSW Multi-Year Funding 2023-2025, and Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment from 2023-2025.
Critical Stages Touring brings together people from across the country to connect with original Australian stories and theatrical works in the venues and places they hold dear. Through touring to an ever-expanding network of locations in regional, remote, and rural Australia, and now also throughout New Zealand, the company ensures that audiences can experience diverse and innovative professional live performance where they live. With the launch of their digital theatre initiatives, the company can now bring these same outstanding artists and shows into the homes and devices of audiences anywhere.
In his new role, Robbi James will play a vital role in the nation’s independent theatre ecology, most importantly in venues and communities in regional, remote, and rural Australia. He will work towards enhancing the quality and potential of independent storytellers and continue bringing new experiences to audiences across the country. Robbi James will commence his role as CEO and Director of Critical Stages Touring immediately.