The Arena Theatre Company Board announces that Virginia Lovett has stepped down as Chair of the Board, after seven years.

The Board wholeheartedly thanks and congratulates Virginia for her dedication and direction as Chair, particularly her extraordinary contribution to the company over the past two years in advocating for, and leading, its recent transition to Bendigo.

“Being the Chair of Arena Theatre for the past seven years has been a great privilege and honour. This company is one of Australia’s outstanding arts organisations, championing art for young people from all walks of life and giving them a unique creative voice. I am immensely proud to have led the company in finding a new home and an exciting new future in Bendigo. With the support of an amazing creative and executive team, along with the Board, Creative Victoria and City of Bendigo, the future of Arena certainly looks very bright,” said Virginia.

Virginia remains a member of the Board.

Liz Grainger, a director of Arena for the past five years, has been elected as the new Chair and will focus on reshaping the board membership to reflect the company’s new Bendigo base.