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MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

25th January 2013

Melbourne Comedy Festival today announced the appointment of Damien Hodgkinson as Executive Director, effective from 25 February 2013.

Damien comes to the Festival with over 15 years experience in the arts and entertainment industry, in a variety of roles.

His most recent role was Executive Director Operations at Australia Business Arts Foundation, one he has held since 2011, after being Director Victoria at the Foundation from 2008.

Damien was General Manager and CEO of Melbourne Fringe from 2005-2007 after spending over four years as Marketing Manager at Bell Shakespeare.

He started his career at Company B Belvoir in Marketing, where he worked for three years before moving to Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre for several years, and spent a year in Marketing at Melbourne Comedy Festival before being lured to Sydney by Bell Shakespeare.

Damien has been an Arts Affinity Group Member at Philanthropy Australia since 2008 and was Chair of Polyglot Theatre from 2005-2008.

Announcing the appointment today, Festival Director, Susan Provan said: "We are thrilled to welcome Damien back to the Comedy Festival, this time to the big(ish) corner office. His well-proven stamina and sense of humour will serve him well as we collaborate to find new and exciting ways to take the work of our performers to ever-larger audiences in Melbourne, Australia and overseas."

Festival Chairman, Bill Shannon said: "Comedy Festival board members are looking forward to working with Damien. We are particularly delighted that he brings such well-credentialed experience in building relationships with the corporate world – business partnerships are such an important part of the Festival's future. In our first year as a member of Arts Victoria's inaugural Lead Organisations group, we look forward to enjoying the benefit of his experience in media relations and the arts sectors of government." 

Damien said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Comedy Festival - Melbourne is always magic during the Festival and I love the overwhelming support for our local comic talent standing tall alongside the best internationally. The Festival has a proud history and strong global reputation and I am excited to be able to contribute to this legacy.”

 

2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival: 28 March – 21 April.

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