Hogan secures Catalyst funding for NORPA
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced a grant of almost $400,000 for NORPA’s (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) Generator Program for creating new theatre works. NORPA is one of only a few professional regional theatre companies in Australia that creates original works.
“This grant is an acknowledgement of the high quality work being created by NORPA in the Northern Rivers,” he said.
“I am delighted that NORPA has been successful in this highly competitive grants process and I wish them all the best.
“I would like to thank and congratulate NORPA’s general manager Patrick Healey and artistic director Julian Louis for their vision of developing and telling our own local stories.
“NORPA has already produced outstanding ‘home-grown’ work to much critical and popular acclaim like Railway Wonderland. This Catalyst grant will allow NORPA to tell even more of our own stories about our community,” Mr Hogan said.
NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis said: “The catalyst grant is recognition of the success NORPA has achieved in creating new works that are always our highest selling shows in the Northern Rivers and now tour nationally.”
“This grant gives NORPA funding certainty and will allow us to continue investing in new creative developments that will bring regional stories and voices to the Australian stage,” he said.
NORPA Chair David Wolff said:“It is very pleasing to be recognised by the Federal Government through its Catalyst Program.”
“NORPA is an essential part of Australian theatre and contributes to our collective cultural landscape. I would like to thank the staff at NORPA whose hard work allows us to realise our artistic vision.”
NORPA general manager, Patrick Healey, while acknowledging the Catalyst program said: “Kevin Hogan has been an outstanding champion for NORPA and I am grateful for his support and advocacy.”
For more information about Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund, visit www.arts.gov.au/catalyst.