Gareth Hart

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Community Cultural Development Officer VIC, AUSTRALIA


As a producer and Arts Manager, Gareth Hart works exclusively with emerging and experimental artists, across theatre, dance and live art. During 2010-12 he was the co-Artistic Director of Crack Theatre Festival, as part of This Is Not Art. In 2012 Hart also produced ‘Blindscape’ (Skye Gellmann) which toured nationally throughout Australia and received a nomination for a Green Room Award for ‘Innovation and Excellence in Circus’.
Hart recently secured a professional secondment with the London International Festival of Theatre, assisting the Producing team with the implementation of a major international festival. Currently, Hart is the Festival Director of hillsceneLIVE – producing, managing and directing a series of live art/performance festivals in the Dandenong Ranges.
He currently holds the position of Cultural Development Officer at Burrinja Cultural Centre.
In 2011 he was awarded a Masters of Choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts.


Burrinja programs a diverse range of performing arts from professional touring to community across a wide-range of art-forms. Together with Yarra Ranges Council Burrinja developed the region-wide three year ‘Dance Tracks Strategy’ from 2014 onward to develop new audiences and participation in dance. This has seen an increase both in the creation of new works – eg. Dance Here and HillsceneLIVE – and the programming of existing works.

Burrinja is currently heading the commissioning of ‘Creating Tracks’ – a new contemporary dance work to be developed for performances at the end of the 2017 Season in 3 venues in the Yarra Ranges including Burrinja – it includes $12,000 cash and $10,000 in-kind support.

Burrinja is working to develop a broader, younger audience via programming and also actively supporting the development of dance, fringe, live art (Hillscene LIVE), cabaret and other types of performances from festivals, independent theatre and etc.

Our resident Studio artists network and ‘new creative development opportunities’ program, along with partnering the Small Gems ‘new works producing consortium’ supports these aims.

Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges that encompasses visual and performing arts activities and events, 400 seat theatre, black box space, multiple gallery spaces, studios, new work development and CCD projects, rehearsal, making and meeting spaces, and Burrinja Cafe + Bar. 50mins travel time from Melbourne CBD.