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Our History

Our story begins in 1935 when Miss Gertrude Johnson OBE, a dynamic figure in the performing arts in London and Melbourne, founded the National Theatre Movement, Victoria – an enterprise dedicated to nurturing the talents of young Australians in the performing arts.
Gertrude was the National’s Director – an honorary position she held for the rest of her life. She established the National Theatre Drama School in 1936 and the National Theatre Ballet School in 1939.
In 1969, Gertrude appointed Melbourne music identity John Cargher to be the schools’ administrator.
Three years later in 1971 the National Theatre Movement purchased the 2500 seat Victory cinema, which opened in 1921. Preserving the building’s striking Beaux-Art architectural style, extensive renovations were undertaken in 1972 and the newly formed National Theatre opened in 1974.  Read More

Board

Susan Thacore

Susan Thacore (Chair)

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Chloe Armstrong

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Cathy Baker

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Carly Dunn

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Christine Fleer

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Fiona Horman

Brian Martin

Brian Martin

Govind Pillai

Govind Pillai

James Ostroburski

James Ostroburski OAM

Staff

Office Staff

CEO
Sarah Hunt

 

 

 

FINANCE MANAGER
Marlize Strydom

 

MARKETING MANAGER (PART-TIME)
Stefan Treyvaud

 

 

FOH & TICKETING ADMINISTRATOR
Will Huang

THEATRE STAFF

VENUE OPERATIONS MANAGER
Rod Gilbert

 

 

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Robert Hornbuckle

 

 

TECHNICAL MANAGER
Max Woods

BALLET & DRAMA SCHOOL

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (Ballet)
Damian Smith

 

 

DIRECTOR OF DRAMA
Dr. Jo Loth

 

 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (Ballet)
Susan Sargison

 

 

HEAD OF SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION
Kahlia Sulendra

 

 

SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Stephanie Barcham

 

 

SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATOR
Paige McIntosh

Careers

The National Theatre and our Ballet and Drama Schools are fuelled by a small team of passionate arts administrators, technical and production staff. We pride ourselves on creating a positive and collegiate work environment that encourages the pursuit of individual excellence within a collaborative and cohesive team dynamic. If you share our passion for developing young artists, presenting incredible theatre shows and making significant contributions to Melbourne’s vibrant arts community, then The National Theatre may well be just the right place for you to work.


There are currently no positions vacant at The National.