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Urban Theatre Projects has accepted the resignation of Rosie Dennis from the role of Artistic Director/CEO. Rosie will leave Urban Theatre Projects after more than 6 years to take up the role of CEO/Artistic Director of Bleached Arts Ltd on the Gold Coast.

Chair of Urban Theatre Projects, Dr Robert Lang, said: “It is with mixed emotions that we farewell Rosie Dennis later this year. Rosie has done an outstanding job in transforming UTP into a significant Western Sydney arts organisation that has delivered a fantastic inclusive program whilst successfully expanding and diversifying the Company’s revenue base.”

“During her tenure she has consolidated long standing partnerships with Blacktown and Bankstown local councils and secured new, long-term partnerships with Barangaroo Development Authority, Western Sydney University and Ten Days on the Island Festival.”

“On behalf of the Urban Theatre Projects Board, I thank her for the enormous contribution she has made to UTP. We will miss her imagination, optimism and energy, but wish her the very best as she takes on her new role at Bleached Arts Ltd,” said Lang.

Rosie Dennis said: “During the last six years I have had the pleasure of working with incredible team(s) of people to deliver ambitious projects for Western Sydney, including the creation of significant place-based experiences Home Country, BANKSTOWN:LIVE and most recently RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW; venturing into screen production with the documentaries One Day For Peace and Bre & Back; and continuing our strong commitment for First Nations storytelling with the creation of Blak Box – a purpose built surround sound pavilion for story, language and song. I’m very proud of the work UTP produces and know that the next person will do a fabulous job at the helm.”

The Urban Theatre Projects Board will commence a search for the next leader of Urban Theatre Projects in the coming weeks.

Urban Theatre Projects has an exciting year ahead, including the development of a new project in Tokyo with the Goethe Institute, the launch of our Young Residents Program featuring new works in development from Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Nancy Dennis and the Feminist Killjoys Reading Group, a new program of work to be presented in Blak Box at Barangaroo and a new work just premiered as part of Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania.