Announcement: Changes to PYT Leadership

PYT Fairfield is the only professional theatre company in Western Sydney focused on the development and engagement of local young and emerging artists as our core practice.

It is with much sadness that PYT Fairfield announces the resignations of Karen Therese, Artistic Director and Katy Green Loughrey, Executive Director.

Karen has resigned as Artistic Director effective of 28 May 2021, and will work as a freelance director to complete the development of Action Star in time for its premiere later this year.

Katy has resigned as Executive Director but has agreed to stay on as a consultant in a caretaker capacity for three months until 4 September 2021 to support PYT’s staff, ensemble and residents artists.

Enormous talents in their own right, Karen and Katy have built upon PYT Fairfield’s long history of asserting and celebrating Australia as a culturally diverse nation.

Under the leadership of Karen and Katy, PYT Fairfield grew to be a brave and transformative theatre company that makes urgent work that explores the critical issues of our times. With its feet firmly on Western Sydney soil, PYT Fairfield now presents award-wining work across Australia including at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Arts House Melbourne and Adelaide Festival Centre. A HELPMANN Award and nomination, a SMAC Award, and an Australian Dance Award are but three testaments to their vision, passion, and wholehearted dedication to the diverse cultures, communities and artists on our doorstep.

PYT Fairfield remains committed to the development and engagement of local young and emerging artists. In light of these announcements, we will take the opportunity to reimagine the way in which we respond to the needs and aspirations of the next generation of artists. We will shortly reach out to our community and relevant stakeholders to discuss the optimum structure of PYT Fairfield for the future.

PYT Board

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