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Chris Kohn

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Chris was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company from 2008-2012. For Arena he commissioned and directed Mr Freezy, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and Moth, which have enjoyed many seasons around Australia. In 2012 premiered the large scale installation, The House of Dreaming and developed the new cabaret work Cautionary Tales for Children at the Arts Centre Melbourne and Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.

In 2001, he co-founded Stuck Pigs Squealing, one of the key forces in the emergence of a new wave of independent theatre in Melbourne in the last decade.  With Stuck Pigs Squealing, he directed shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New York. His productions of The Black Swan of Trespass and The Eisteddfod were landmark shows of this period, receiving a host of awards for direction, writing, design and performance. The Black Swan of Trespass received awards for Best Direction and Producer’s Choice at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival.

In 2007 Chris directed Waikiki Hip at STC’s Wharf2Loud and in 2008 Antigone for Company B and The Children’s Bach for ChamberMade Opera (nominated for 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of an Opera).

He has been the recipient of the George Fairfax Memorial Award, an Ian Potter Cultural Trust scholarship and a residency at the Couvent des Recollets in Paris.

Through his work with emerging writers at Stuck Pigs Squealing and Arena, he is recognised as an important commissioner and developer of new writing. His work with writers has been nominated for two Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (receiving one), two Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, two AWGIES (receiving one), a Helpmann Awards and four Green Room Awards (receiving two).