Simon Wellington appointed new CEO of Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal Management Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Wellington as  CEO of the Theatre Royal. Mr Wellington will take over from Tim Munro, who leaves the organisation at the end of August after 17 years in the role.

Mr Wellington has a 25-year career in the arts sector, having worked in Australia, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom. Starting in Tasmania at the Salamanca Arts Centre, then at Ten Days on the Island, he was later General Manager of Urban Theatre Projects and Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney. More recently, he worked for Arts Council England, managing its investment in diverse cultural institutions.

Theatre Royal Chair, Tania Price, welcomes the appointment, saying Mr Wellington will bring both a knowledge of the local arts sector and a broader perspective to the organisation.

“Theatre Royal is entering a new, exciting phase as part of the recently opened Hedberg performing arts centre and we are confident that Simon has the level of leadership, vision and commitment to the local arts industry that this wonderful institution deserves,” Dr Price said.

Mr Wellington said, “The Theatre Royal has played a huge role in developing my love for the arts, so I'm absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the organisation and build on the great success already achieved by Tim and the team. I'm looking forward to working with our talented local artists and companies, and to developing a diverse program of experiences for audiences to enjoy in a thriving creative precinct.”

On behalf of the Board, Dr Price again thanked Mr Munro for his significant achievements in developing the programming, audience base and financial stability of the Theatre Royal.