Chris Kohn joins La Boite as new Artistic Director, CEO

La Boite Theatre Company has confirmed that Chris Kohn will assume the position of Artistic Director and CEO later this month.

La Boite's new Artistic Direcotr, Chris Kohn
La Boite’s new Artistic Direcotr, Chris Kohn

Kohn comes to the position having previously worked as Artistic Director of acclaimed Melbourne-based Arena Theatre Company. He also co-founded leading independent company Stuck Pigs Squealing and led the company as Artistic Director. Under his directorship, Stuck Pigs Squealing received six Green Room awards, four Fringe Festival awards and two New York International Fringe Festival Awards.

A highly respected cultural leader, he brings an extensive professional network to the role and La Boite’s statement revealed he was the selection panel’s unanimous choice.

Boasting many industry awards and nominations including a number of Green Room Awards for Direction and Writing and the Sidney Myer Fellowship, Kohn is excited and honoured to be leading La Boite, which has always embraced reinvention throughout its almost 90 year history.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be presented the opportunity to lead one of Australia’s most dynamic and nationally significant theatre companies. La Boite is a company with a unique and adventurous audience, committed staff and deeply invested supporters. It is a particular privilege to be building on David Berthold’s work to cement La Boite’s place in the national arts landscape”, he said

Outgoing Artistic Director David Berthold has praised his successor on social media this week.

“Chris is an artist of great integrity and genuine purpose”, Berthold tweeted when the announcement was made.

Kohn has been residing in Brisbane since 2012 when he took up the role of Queensland’s Theatre Diversity Associate, a position created by the Australia Council which has enabled him to establish strong local relationships, particularly with La Boite, Queensland Theatre Company, Metro Arts and BEMAC.


Erin James

Erin James is'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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