The Board of Urban Theatre Projects are delighted to announce Jessica Olivieri as the Company’s new CEO/AD.

Chair of Urban Theatre Projects, Dr Robert Lang, said: “I’m looking forward to her enthusiasm and commitment to creating great works, building on our strong base in western Sydney and continuing the growth of UTP as the leading western Sydney arts company.”

Jessica Olivieri said: “During my tenure I will build on the rich history of UTP and continue the strong leadership that has advocated for the creative life of western Sydney, the support of western Sydney artists, and the development of society affecting work.”

“I look forward to continuing to champion UTP as an organisation that is an anchor for culture in western Sydney, supporting artists and communities to explore what is urgent on a local and global scale.”

Jessica moved to western Sydney with her family during her late teens and completed her Bachelor of Contemporary Art at Western Sydney University. Over the last two decades she has developed ambitious cross-disciplinary projects with renowned national and international organisations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Performance Space, Sydney; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Vryfrees Festival, South Africa. In 2017 she completed a PhD on the intersection of visual art, performance, dance and theatre within a community setting. As Curator of Contemporary Performance at Campbelltown Arts Centre Jessica curated projects such as Real Real, with Akil Ahamat; All Ears, a listening party, with Francis Barrett and Era Yalovata Na Marama, with The Veiqia Project.

Jessica begins in the new role 3 June.

Urban Theatre Projects has an exciting year ahead, including the development of a new project in Tokyo with the Goethe Institut, the launch of the Young Residents Program featuring new works in development from Arab Theatre StudioNancy Dennis and the Feminist Killjoys Reading Group and a new program of work to be presented in Blak Box at Barangaroo.

Urban Theatre Projects make works that shift perceptions and breaks down stereotypes – work that inspires audiences to create a fairer and more compassionate society. UTP connects people through great storytelling and rich shared experiences from their home in western Sydney.

UTP prides itself on telling personal, real-life stories that reflects contemporary Australia; and brings these stories into the
 everyday by creating site-specific, distinctive, cultural experiences. UTP presents its work nationally and internationally, but is committed to building audiences locally; and explores new ways to engage audiences by taking its work out of the theatre and onto the screen, the street and the airwaves. Across its almost 40-year history, UTP has created over 100 new Australian works and received numerous awards, including a Sidney Myer Award that recognises the company’s outstanding contribution to theatre.

Lukas Bliekendaal, marketing@urbantheatre.com.au