Kirsty Hillhouse has comprehensive experience across the arts sector, working as an Artistic Director, Ceo, Board Member, Strategic Adviser, Development & Philanthropic Consultant, Performer and Creative Producer. She has established and led independent theatre companies, held senior governance positions in independent and multi-year funded organisations, and consulted for government arts agencies.
Her performance-making career spans over 80 productions nationally and internationally, combining stage and screen performance, with running independent companies. Her practice includes movement design, directing, dramaturgy and performing. She has worked with Legs on the Wall, Bell Shakespeare Co, Sydney Theatre Co, Black Swan State Theatre Co, Deckchair, Perth Theatre Co and others. She was nominated for Best Actress at the Equity Guild Awards for her performance in ‘Love’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ (Deckchair Theatre Company) and ‘The Return’ (Perth Theatre Company), and won an Outstanding Achievement Award (Ensemble) at the WA Screen Awards for her screen performance in The Circuit (SBS / Media World Pictures).
She has been a Board member of Deckchair Theatre Company and Stages Playwriting Consortium and worked with both the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA) in grants assessment and as a strategic consultant.
She is a passionate advocate for financially sustainable arts practice, most recently working with Flinders Quartet, Theatre Works, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe and Red Stitch Actors Theatre.