Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Gow will be appointed an Adjunct Professor in Griffith University’s Applied Theatre Department tomorrow.

Gow has a close working relationship with the drama team and University as part of an Australian Research Council project, ‘Accessing the Cultural Conversation’, and industry placement schemes for undergraduates.

A highly sought after director and award-winning playwright, Gow has been involved in drama for nearly 40 years, starting with the Australian Theatre for Young people in 1970.

He has directed more than 20 plays since he started with QTC in 1999 and is directing three this year.

Gow is one of Australia’s most distinguished playwrights and has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio.

His plays include the multi-award winning Away — which is now one of Australia’s most performed works. His latest play Toy Symphony premiered at Company B last year and won seven Sydney Theatre Awards.

Other plays include The Kid, On Top of the World, Europe, 1841, award-winners Furious and Sweet Phoebe, and Live Acts on Stage.

In 2002 Gow directed the world premiere of his new play The Fortunes of Richard Mahony for the Brisbane and Melbourne festivals. And in 2004 he wrote Up Here — a one-act play specifically for performance at Melbourne’s St Martins Youth Theatre.

Griffith Applied and Social Theatre Professor Michael Balfour said he was excited by the appointment.

“It raises the profile of Griffith’s theatre program and strengthens our existing relationship with the Queensland Theatre Company,” he said.

WHAT: Michael Gow appointed Adjunct Professor

WHEN: Thursday, July 24 10am-12pm

WHERE: Griffith Graduate Centre, South Bank. Building S07 Rm; 2.19

MEDIA CONTACT: Arts & Education Communications Officer Deborah Marshall 0408 727 734