After more than 10 years at the helm, Queensland Theatre Company has declined a further contract with the Company, and is leaving to pursue freelance writing and directing. The announcement was made jointly today in a media release by Mr Gow and Dr Kate Foy, Chairman of the Board., the Artistic Director of
Michael Gow has noted how much he enjoys running the Company, and that he was honoured and excited by the offer of a further contract. However, he added ‘after an intense period of reflection,’ and ‘a growing need to get back to myself as a writer,’ he had ‘sadly declined’ to continue in the state theatre company’s top job.
Kate Foy noted the Board’s natural disappointment at Michael’s decision, but that it understood and supported his decision completely. ‘The Board has been delighted with Michael’s performance during the past ten years; he’s been a fine leader, and a hard-working and visionary Artistic Director.’ She noted Mr Gow’s programming boldness and the many initiatives he has brought to the Company during his period as AD. She went on
The Company’s writing development and education programs are not always as visible to the general public as is its mainstage work, but the success of these significant developmental initiatives under Michael Gow, as well as his other achievements, has meant that his tenure as Artistic Director will undoubtedly be seen as one of enduring importance in the development and maturation of Queensland’s theatre.
Mr Gow will program the major part of the 2011 season, and continue his relationship with the company as a freelance artist.
Dr Foy noted that the Company will be looking to appoint a new Artistic Director by the middle of the year. It will be an open recruitment process, and is anticipated to take up to five months.