David Fenton has held significant artistic, managerial and executive positions throughout his twenty-eight years in the industry.
Most recently, Fenton was the Head of Performance Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He completed his practice-led PhD in Performance Innovation at Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Faculty in 2007, for which he won the Philip Parsons Prize for performance as research from The Australian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies.
Significant positions includeArtistic Director/CEO of Northern Ireland’sReplay Theatre Company, Festival Director for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Manager of Events and Entertainment at Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Artistic Director of Riverina Theatre Company and General Manager of Quality and Product Development for Message Train.
Fenton has directed over sixty-five productions throughout his twenty-eight years in the industry for many companies including Bell Shakespeare, La Boite Theatre Company, QUT/QPAC, NIDA, JUTE in North Queensland. He is the producer and founder of The Human Company, a Brisbane based independent theatre company specialising in live and digital performance. His children’s work, The Empty City, made its world premiere at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013, followed by a season at the Awesome Festival, in Western Australia.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2015 Premiere Season / De Profundis, co-presented by Metro Arts & Brisbane Powerhouse, as an official SWEET Selection – Creator/Adaptor/Director
2014 Creative Development / De Profundis – Creator/Adaptor/Director/Designer
2012-2014 Work in Residence / Madame Carandini’s Travelling Musical Curiosity Show – Director
2013 Performance Season / The Empty City, Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, produced by Metro Arts – Director
2013 Performance Season / The Empty City, Powerkids Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, produced by Metro Arts – Director
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