A NIDA graduate, Loretta Busby has worked across theatre, opera, dance and festivals as general manager, producer, artistic director, programmer, lecturer, stage manager and theatrical agent, making a substantial contribution to the Australian arts scene. Loretta has been instrumental in the commissioning and development of many new Australian works.
Some career highlights include: General Manager of Ensemble Theatre; Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia; Head of Programming of Sydney Festival; Executive Producer of Carriageworks which included Artistic Director of the inaugural Sydney Children’s Festival and Executive Producer of the inaugural Platform Hip Hop Festival; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival for which she commissioned the celebrated opening event, Tubowgule and Bangarra’s Skin, both directed by Stephen Page; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Arts Festival; Artistic Administrator/Education Manager of Bell Shakespeare; and Associate Director of Barrie Kosky’s iconic 1996 Adelaide Festival.
Loretta has also worked in sponsorship, fundraising and events for a children’s cancer charity.
In 2012 Loretta produced Sydney Festival’s ground breaking and comprehensive contemporary Indigenous festival program, Black Capital at Carriageworks which featured the premiere season of I Am Eora, directed by Wesley Enoch; and in 2014 the world premiere of critically acclaimed, Black Diggers by Tom Wright and directed by Wesley Enoch at the Sydney Opera House. While at Sydney Festival she created, developed, implemented and launched the Sydney Festival Reconciliation Action Plan, which was subsequently recognized by Reconciliation Australian as an innovative and influential RAP within the arts sector.
Loretta has worked with a number of Australian companies including Australia Council for the Arts, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, NIDA, Underbelly Arts, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (now Bangarra), Force Majeure, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Festival, Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Loretta currently holds the following positions: Board member of Force Majeure; Board Member of Ensemble Theatre; Member of the Seymour Centre Artistic Advisory Panel; and Member of the ATYP Parent Advisory Group.