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MR Chris Kohn


  • Contemporary Performance
  • Cultural Diversity in the Arts
  • Disability and Performance
  • Theatre Direction



  • Chris Kohn is a theatre director and dramaturg. In 2000 he co-founded Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre and has been its Artistic Director since, directing shows including The Black Swan of Trespass (2003), The Eisteddfod (2004), Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano (2006) and Back at the Dojo (2016). He was Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company (2008-12), directing Mr Freezy, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd, Moth and The House of Dreaming. He was Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company (2014), commissioning and dramaturging Prize Fighter, which was nominated for 4 Helpmann Awards. Chris was the inaugural Theatre Diversity Associate for the Australia Council and Arts Queensland in 2012-14, working with Queensland theatre and arts organisations to develop greater opportunities for professional and emerging artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. He was a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2012-13) and the recipient of the George Fairfax Award, Malcolm Robertson Award, Green Room Awards for Directing and Writing and a resident artist at Les Couvent des Recollet in Paris and the State Library of Victoria. He has been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Direction of an Opera (The Children's Bach), a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Director (The Black Swan of Trespass) and Green Room Awards or The Eisteddfod, Moth and Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd. He has worked extensively with young people and artists with disabilities in the collaborative creation of new work. He has directed for Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse, Chambermade, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Perth Festival and Belvoir. He has served as a peer assessor for the Australia Council and Arts Victoria and in 2014 was selected to take part in the Australia Council's Emerging Leaders Development Program. Chris is a PhD candidate at the Victorian College of the Arts, researching the nexus between collaborative theatre creation, ethics, authorship and intellectual disability   



Education and training

  • Grad Dip, Victorian College of the Arts 1999
  • BA (Hons), University of New South Wales 1998

Awards and honors

  • Sidney Myer Fellow - Sidney Myer Foundation, 2012
  • Malcolm Robertson Prize - co-recipient, 2008
  • State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship, 2006
  • International Residency, Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Récollets, 2006
  • George Fairfax Memorial Award, George Fairfax Memorial Award - Victorian College of the Arts, 2004
  • Ian Potter Cultural Trust, 2004
  • New York International Fringe Festival, 2004
  • Green Room Awards Association, 2004
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2003