South Australian children’s theatre company Patch Theatre recently announced the appointment of Thom Browning as their third (and final) Associate Director in Residence.
Browning will spend seven weeks working alongside the company’s current Artistic Director Dave Brown, who himself leaves the company at the end of the 2015 season.
Leading a strong field of contenders Mr Browning was finally chosen because of his past experience and his obvious passion for professional development within the children’s theatre sector.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Patch in this residency”, Browning said in a statement.
“The work that Patch makes is sophisticated, rich and totally grounded in the child’s world. This opportunity to join Dave [Brown] and the team at Patch gives me the chance to see the inner workings of a children’s theatre company performing at the top of their game. Patch’s Associate Director Residency program is a truly unique leadership development opportunity… and I am very excited to have been selected to be a part of it”.
Browning’s background is diverse; he is a graduate of the QUT Creative Industries faculty majoring in Performance Studies and in the past ten years has worked both in Australia and Asia as a director, performer, devisor, sound and multimedia designer, composer, musician, DJ, VJ, arts worker and producer. Mr Browning is also a founding member and Associate Director of Brisbane’s Imaginary Theatre, and has worked freelance across multiple disciplines, working with organisations and individuals including Circa, LATT Children’s Theatre (South Korea), KITE Arts Education Program at QPAC, State Library of Queensland, Human Ventures, deBase Productions, Restaged Histories Project, Offset Art, Motherboard Productions, Skye Gellman, Daniel Santangeli, Kieran Law and Genevieve Trace.
Of the appointment Dave Brown said “It’s fantastic to have talented artists immerse themselves in our company’s activities with an objective eye and discover ‘what is’ and imagine ‘what could be’. I look forward to having Thom challenge us with his thoughts and ideas”.
Congratulations to Thom from the team at AussieTheatre.
For more information on Patch Theatre Company, visit patchtheatre.org.au