A huge thankyou from the bottom of my heart

thank you2011 has flown by in a flash and I cannot believe I am writing the ‘end of year’ spiel!

I can scarcely believe it has been 9 months since Matt Edwards and I began the process of becoming Directors of this site, and 6 months since I began working as AussieTheatre.com’s second ever Editor.

Taking over from Troy Dodds (founder of AussieTheatre.com and Managing Editor since 2003) has been an experience and opportunity for which I am very grateful. My learning curve in the last 6 months has been steep, and I feel AussieTheatre has grown in many ways.

The lessons I have learned this year have been invaluable, the people who have helped me have been wonderful and the readers who keep coming back to AussieTheatre.com to peruse our articles – well, you keep us going. So thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We are in for some big changes in 2012, the first of which is a brand new website. We are moving away from the GREEN which has been associated with AussieTheatre for many years, creating some new sections, and enabling a much more user-friendly search bar. In fact, the whole site will have a different feel, but you will see it soon enough.

Right now, I would like to thank the many people who have made the transition this year so smooth, and who have continued to support me (and all my madness) in this wonderful project, which I hope will continue to grow and flourish for many years to come.

A Virtual Thank You Card:

Matt Edwards – who has been absolutely amazing this year (and fixes anything technical on the site with what appears to be a click of his fingers), I’m so lucky to have you!

Troy Dodds – it’s been wonderful working with you – thank you for all your support and guidance. Your ‘baby’ is safe with me.

JP Bolton – for showing me the ropes, helping me laugh, and for prohibition 🙂

John Frost, Julie Cavanagh, Ian Phipps, Suzie Howie, Michelle Guthrie, Amanda Buckworth, Michael J. Wilkie, Les Solomon, Tim McFarlane, and all of the people who have offered me advice, kept me sane and helped along the way.

My (ever growing) wonderful AussieTheatre.com team, without whom this site would simply not function:

Cassie Tongue, Anne-Marie Peard, Bobbi-Lea Dionysius, Courtney Pascoe, Rowan James, Suzi Mackay, David Allen, Ben Neutze, Emily Paddon-Brown, Clare Pickering, Valentina Ilievska, James Stevenson, Felicity Burke, Liam Bradbery, Damien Higginbotham, Craig Dalgleish, Matthew D’Silva, Hannah Farrant-Jayet, Lauren Zanetti, Miranda Selwood, Laurene Cooper-Fox, Kylie Stephenson, Zack Anthony Curran, Drew Lane, Kirk Webeck, Bethany Simons, Freya Grant, Chris Scalzo, Josephine Giles, Karla Dondio, Ash Southam, David Wyatt, Brooklyn Ley, Louise Hales.

Matt Holly, Adam Rennie, Dressing Room 10 and all of my colleagues at Love Never Dies – thank you for listening.

My family – the best sub editors a girl could ask for – your guidance this year has been amazing. Thank you.

So before I break the world record for the amount of soppy thank yous written in one article, I will leave you with this one thought that has kept me going this year:

“All things are difficult before they are easy” – Thomas Fuller

It hasn’t been easy, but it sure has been fun.

See you all next year!

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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