2022 Biennial Wal Cherry Lecture

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You are invited to join us for the 2022 Biennial Wal Cherry Lecture, presented by internationally acclaimed Theatre Director and Creative Producer Wayne Harrison AM.

When Wal Cherry came to Flinders many years ago, he created a revolution on stage and in thinking. Momentous change such as this, presents itself in 25-year cycles throughout drama history. All the way back to Shakespeare and beyond. Wayne will draw from historical case studies and examples from his own stellar career to illustrate how and why this phenomenon occurs.

If we know change is just one cycle away, we must ask ourselves – how do we relate to it? Do you say it’s inevitable or do you try to stop it? When Wayne was Director of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), he helped preserve the company’s home at the Wharf. As a result of his navigation through a particularly difficult period of change, the STC remains at its central location and a new Walsh Bay Arts Precinct has blossomed beside it, featuring world-class cultural facilities and leading performing arts companies.

By exploring the concept of change, Wayne will demonstrate how the process can be turned into something constructive and renewing.



Wayne Harrison is one of Australia’s most sought after theatre directors and creative producers, working in Australia and internationally. As Director/CEO of Sydney Theatre Company from 1990 to 1999 he directed over 40 productions including The Normal Heart, A Little Night Music, Dead White Males, Into the Woods, Medea and Two Weeks With the Queen.

Wayne’s recent directing credits include Orry (Gentleman George Productions, Hollywood) , Human Nature Jukebox (The Venetian, Las Vegas), Young & Jackson (45DS, Melbourne), The One Day of the Year (Finborough Theatre, London), Shellshock (Riverside Theatres, Parramatta), Letter to Larry (Theatre Nesle, Paris), For Crying Out Loud (The Grand Theatre, Ontario, Canada), Human Nature -The Motown Show (The Venetian, Las Vegas), The Choir of Man (Darwin Festival), RU4Me (Australian tour), Celebrity Autobiography and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (for the Sydney Opera House) and Sunday in the Park with George (NIDA, Sydney).

Wayne was the Creative Director of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbour from 2005 to 2007, and the Director of the Closing Ceremony for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.


This informative lecture will be followed by an interactive panel session and light refreshments.

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