Congratulations to Artistic Director and CEO of Malthouse Theatre Marion Potts, who was last night awarded the 2014 InStyle and Audi Women of Style Arts & Culture Award.
The Women of Style Awards celebrate Australia’s most inspiring women – innovators and leaders who have made a significant contribution to their profession, who are actively involved in their community and who operate with integrity and compassion.
In her acceptance speech Marion said, ‘A lot of my work has been informed by the need to reach beyond our own boundaries, be they geographic or psychological. As an artist, it's taught me the importance of otherness, adventure and extending beyond our comfort zone’. Marion acknowledged fellow nominees Kate Ceberano and Tara Moss for their contribution to arts and culture in Australia saying, ‘It is great honour to be nominated alongside such driven, intelligent women’.
Marion’s current production, Ugly Mugs by Peta Brady, is representative of her commitment to programming works that explore the most challenging issues of our culture. A play about the lives of sex workers and the broader discussion of violence against women, Ugly Mugs comes at a time when we are questioning how we can tolerate these kinds of crimes and the means we can take to protect women at risk.
Colleague and friend, Sarah Neal said in a statement to Malthouse Theatre staff, ‘Our whole Company is absolutely thrilled that Marion has been recognised through this award. She is an inspirational artist and leader with a dedicated and unflinching process. She is unafraid when it comes to taking creative risks or to supporting others to do the same. Well deserved.’.
Ugly Mugs is now playing at Malthouse Theatre and closes on Saturday 7 June before touring to Sydney with Griffin Theatre Company.