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CourthouseARTS unveils new General Manager - Jamie Smith

BY Chelsea Hatherall | 19-Mar-2014
The CourthouseARTS Board of Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Smith to the position of General Manager. Jamie brings to Geelong’s premier youth arts centre a wealth of national and international experience, including roles with the New Players Theatre in London, Australian regional companies HotHouse Theatre and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and, most recently, driving the development of youth and community arts at Wyndham City Council.

He has worked with numerous companies in Australia, London, Toronto and the US as a freelance artist, production and events manager, and was a member of the 2007-08 touring company of the hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Jamie said he was excited at the prospect of joining Courthouse ARTS.

"The emerging youth arts sector of Geelong is what attracted me to Courthouse ARTS – particularly how young people in regional areas can be drivers in the national arts industry." Jamie says Courthouse ARTS Board chairman Stuart Monotti said the Board was impressed by Jamie's demonstrated ability and reputation as a team-builder and leader.

"The Courthouse ARTS Board believes that Jamie will build on the growing artistic esteem of our organisation while spearheading a program that continues to provide arts exposure, training and engagement to young people across the spectrum of ages and abilities in the Geelong region," he said.

Based in the historic former law courts in the heart of Geelong's cultural precinct, Courthouse ARTS provides opportunities for young people aged 12-26 to explore, participate in and experience a variety of artforms including theatre, music, visual arts, writing and dance in an inspiring, contemporary arts space.

Jamie Smith will begin his role as General Manager in April.

Courthouse ARTS Bio – Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith grew up in the rural north-east area of Victoria, with early participation in the HotHouse Theatre and The Australian Fruit Fly Circus influencing Jamie on the path of a rollercoaster career in the arts.

Jamie graduated from La Trobe University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Drama and Theatre. Since graduating, Jamie has worked with numerous companies and as a freelance artist, and production and events manager. Along with these experiences, he also excelled and embraced his time as a Drama teacher back at his own Primary School.

Jamie spent several years living and working overseas in London, Toronto and the United States. In London, Jamie worked as part of the management team of the off-West End theatre, New Players Theatre London. In Toronto, Jamie led a team of visual installations artists for a North American fashion label.

After returning to Melbourne, Jamie joined the cast and crew on Priscilla Queen of the Desert 2007-2008, and was the chaperone for the young cast members, keeping them inspired, safe, and ready for "ShowTime". These boys have gone on to pursue careers in the Theatre industry, and made Jamie proud!

Jamie is arriving at Courthouse ARTS from Wyndham City Council, where he has been in the role of Coordinator Arts and Cultural Development. Along with Wyndham City, Jamie has worked at three other local government authorities; City of Kingston, Banyule City Council, and Indigo Shire Council. Jamie has worked in rural and metro arts development and has been the driving force in strategy, policy and master plan development.

Jamie is very excited to be joining the team at Courthouse ARTS, and looks forward to an exciting journey ahead.