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Carrillo Gantner

Carrillo Gantner AC trained as an actor and worked professionally in the US before returning to Australia in 1969. He was a founding director of Playbox Theatre Company (now Malthouse Theatre) and its artistic director in 1976–84 and 1988–93. During his terms he produced over 200 Australian plays and acted in many, in his final role with the company playing King Lear in a production that toured several Australian capital cities, the Tokyo Globe Theatre and Nagoya in Japan, and the Seoul Arts Centre in Korea. He was counsellor (cultural) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1985–87.

Carrillo has served as chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund, president of The Myer Foundation, chairman of Asialink at Melbourne University, and president of Arts Centre Melbourne. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to the performing and visual arts, and to Australia–Asia cultural exchange. He was the first recipient of the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leader of the Year Award in 2001. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Australia–China Institute for Arts & Culture at Western Sydney University and has honorary doctorates from WSU and the University of NSW.

Dismal Diplomacy, Disposable Sovereignty

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Long Half-life: Ian Lowe in conversation with Carmen Lawrence

State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street, Perth, WA

Hosted by the Climate Council of Western Australia (CCWA), join us for a special evening with Professor Ian Lowe AO and CCWA President Carmen Lawrence AO to explore the history...

Grilling the Democracy Sausage

Canberra Writers Festival - Museum of Australian Democracy

Does our country have a vision for a stronger economy, fairer society, and more environmentally sustainable future? Who dares to imagine and fight for a better Australia? Speakers include Jo...

The Change Makers

Canberra Writers Festival - Museum of Australian Democracy

Participating Chair: Linda Jaivin • Emma Batchelor, Diana Reid and Jo Dyer Sometimes significant incidents in life can only be fully appreciated after they’ve passed. Four passionate women unpack pivotal...

Comrade — It’s Time Again!

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Paul Bongiorno • Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government being elected to office. Our panel talks all...

The Toughest Assignment

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Karen Middleton • Kylie Moore-Gilbert, John Lyons and Andrew Quilty From Kabul to Tehran via the conflict in the Middle East, how does one survive the harrowing risks that...