Stephen Champion has been the Manager of the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre since 2003. As a performer he was a core member of Circus Oz in its first six years, devised his own works and performed with many groups including the Meryl Tankard Dance Theatre, the Nimrod Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. Stephen was an Associate Director with the Second Studio of Wroclaw, Poland (1986) and Associate Director and then Artistic Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra (1988 – 1994). From 1995 to 2002 Stephen worked for the Sydney Festival. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board of Regional Arts NSW, a member of the Management Committee of Theatre Network NSW and the Deputy Chair of the NSW & ACT Performing Arts Centre’s Association.
The Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) is committed to both the presentation and production of best practice contemporary performance. On a local level BMEC has supported Lingua Franca (dance & physical theatre) since its inception and has presented their work in the BMEC Annual Season. BMEC is a founding member of both the Roadwork and Blak Lines consortia, committed to touring adventurous, contemporary dance and theatre. In 2016 BMEC partnered with Critical Path to support two exploratory choreographic residencies with four emerging choreographers. BMEC and Critical Path have ongoing collaborative plans.
In 2017 BMEC is supporting the creative development of “”Mighty”” by Lingua Franca and presenting “”Gudirr Gudirr”” by Marrugeku. We have also hosted a visit by international dance artists Sioned Huws and Reina Kimura.
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts