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Bleach* Announces New Artistic Director and CEO

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019

The Board of Bleached Arts has announced the appointment of Rosie Dennis as the incoming Artistic Director and CEO where she will commence with Bleach* in June 2019 and present her first festival in April 2020.

Rosie will be relocating from Western Sydney where she will be leaving her 6-year tenure as Artistic Director and CEO of Urban Theatre Projects (UTP).

Rosie grew up on the Tweed and has maintained a lifetime of connections to the Coast. She is passionate about the work that Bleach* does, and about continuing to build its impact in this community.

Rosie has built a national reputation for her work as an artist, as a partner and collaborator, and in her work within her community in Western Sydney. She has been instrumental in transforming Urban Theatre Projects into a significant Western Sydney arts organisation that has delivered an exceptional inclusive program while growing and diversifying the business.

Rosie’s work has attracted considerable acclaim. She has been the recipient of a number of awards, acquisitions and commissions which include: the Zest Award for Home Country(Director) (2017); the FBI SMAC Award for The Tribe (2016) and in 2016, One Day For Peace a documentary which she directed was acquired by ABC TV in 2016–2018).

Rosie said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Bleach* at such an exciting time and looking forward to growing the Festival into one of Australia’s leading arts and cultural experiences for audiences."

“Growing up just south of the border, I have many fond memories of the Gold Coast and I’ve watched with keen interest as the region has developed over the last 10-years into a contemporary, cosmopolitan place. I'm very much looking forward to contributing to this narrative with an ambitious program of arts and culture for the City."

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival returns 17 – 28 April 2019. The full program is available to download now at www.bleachfestival.com.au.

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