The Company

Founded in 1993, Black Hole Theatre (BHT) is an independent company that has created high quality visual theatre to explore the world and the human condition through puppetry and other genres. Together with our collaborators, we make visually driven work dealing with areas of political and social concern. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Nancy Black, BHT provides a dynamic collaborative platform for creative exchanges between national and international puppeteers and artists working across every field. The company also facilitates the work of emerging artists, provides skill development opportunities, and contributes to the evolution of contemporary puppetry.

A small company with a wide embrace, we are both diverse and inclusive. Black Hole places a high priority on inclusion and collaborates with artists from First Nations, BIPOC, CALD and LGBTQIA+ communities. We make work for diverse venues: theatres, halls, cafes, schools, libraries, the street and even paddocks. We often invite our audiences to choose how they engage – either as participants or as spectators. Over the years we have invited other artforms into our practice including opera, film, dance, music, and physical theatre. We provide a dynamic platform for artists to create innovative and exciting work.

BHT is renowned for innovative, cutting edge productions that include: And The Ass Saw The Angel, Caravan, Coop, Lost In Tranzit, Hutch, Into The Black Hole, Where The Wild Things Sing, Les Méduses, Blind (in collaboration with the Duda Paiva Co, NL), The Book Of Revelations, and The Last Lighthouse Keeper.

Awards: In 2003, Nancy Black received a Green Room Award for Outstanding Direction in Independent Theatre for Caravan. In the Beginning received a Green Room Award nomination for Nancy Black as Best Director of a New Form in 2007. The 2008 production of Coop won 3 Green Room Awards in the Alternative Theatre category: Best Production, Best Lighting and Best Sound.


Alex Prior - Chair Person

Alex has considerable expertise in web analytics, ecommerce, marketing automation and customer relationship management system, and is currently assisting not for profits to upgrade their systems and develop digital strategies.

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Nancy Black - AD and Secretary

Nancy is well known in Melbourne as a writer, director, teacher, producer, and dramaturg. She first encountered puppets directing BHT’s Caravan in 2001, succumbed to their magic, and has worked with BHT as the company’s Artistic Director ever since.

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Sue White - Treasurer

Currently the Finance Manager for Back to Back Theatre, Sue has joined BHT’s board as Treasurer. As well as her insights and abilities to organise our finances, we welcome her energy, humour, and cultural curiosity!  Her background: I have worked as an Accountant/Bookkeeper (both as an employee and ABN contractor) for over 20 years in a variety of accounting related …

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Nigel Edwards - Director

Nigel has joined BHT’s board with a wide ranging background in project management across various industries, supply chain technologies, the management of technical, business development and service teams, marketing and how to change management to drive successful project outcomes.  He has sat on many committees, some with industry and business concerns, others more connected to community and culture.  As well …

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Elza Gericke - Director

With a background in business and production management, Elza has joined BHT’s board at a time when those skills are sorely needed.  Migrating from South Africa, she worked at Cultural Infusion developing digital education programs, application writing, producing tender response, planning and executing events, and writing aware submissions. She is also Project Manager for Adapt IT for Telstra, and has …

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Dr Alison Richards - Director

Alison Richards is a distinguished Theatre Studies academic and theatre maker with over four decades in the arts as a performer, writer, researcher and teacher. She is known both for her solo performance works and for her collaborations with other artists.

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Cat Graveson - Director

Cat is a Fundraising and Philanthropy professional whose career spans the arts, NFPs and higher education. Originally training in theatre at the University of Glasgow, she is passionate about Australia’s thriving arts sector and works strategically with organisations on financial sustainability and diversifying their funding avenues.

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