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The Australia Council mourns the death of Betty Burstall

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski has paid tribute to theatre pioneer Betty Burstall.

Betty Burstall was one of the first 24 General Members invited to be on the Australia Council, who met for the first time in February 1973, Mr Grybowski said.

She established the La Mama Theatre in 1967, which led to the prolific careers of some of Australia’s most noted playwrights, including David Williamson, Jack Hibberd and John Romeril.

Betty’s influence on contemporary theatre continued through the 60s and 70s where she nurtured Melbourne’s arts community. During this time her reputation for being formidable, resilient and stoic, yet passionate, loyal and generous in creating opportunities for artists, sealed her role in Australia’s theatre history.

The Australia Council community extends deepest sympathy to Betty’s family and friends.

Image: Courtesy of La Mama Theatre



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