Critical Culture

Critical Culture

Critical Culture is a time and place
to get together and engage
in structured critical response,
learn about how and why
to give and receive feedback with peers,
and diversify critical perspectives
on performing arts in Hobart.

There’s a massive and ever increasing dearth of critical response to performing arts work across the country, in Tasmania, and here in Hobart, but critical response is worth a great deal to artists and audiences alike, providing growth for both, making connections between people and increasing empathy and communication that feeds a strong and exciting future for performing arts companies and indie production.

Critical Culture meet ups operate sort of like a book club: guest speakers every now and then, with meets monthly, and several shows discussed which are chosen from professional theatre, dance, stand-up comedy, circus, burlesque, and other forms of performing arts in and around Hobart. At least 50% of shows will be produced in Tasmania, and between 2 and 8 shows will be on the table each month.


The full Critical Culture Program is available online HERE

Maeve Mhairi MacGregor 

Maeve is a Tasmania-based, nationally transient director, performer and arts advocate, and the former Artistic Director of Loud Mouth Theatre Co. She is currently studying a Masters of Cultural Leadership at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) also from NIDA. She was a Tasmanian independent delegate to the 2017 Australian Theatre Forum, and a Terrapin Puppet Theatre delegate to the 2017 National Youth Arts Forum, and is a board member of Mudlark Live Theatre. Maeve has worked extensively as a performer in Sydney and Hobart, including for the Tamarama Rock Surfers, Sydney Chamber Opera, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre and LMTC. She has worked extensively in producing, marketing, production and design with Loud Mouth Theatre Company, and her work as a director has been nominated for numerous Tasmanian Theatre Awards including the LMTC production of Patricia Cornelius’s SHIT taking home the gong for Best Production in 2017. Maeve has also undertaken several formative assistant directorships alongside the likes of Annette Downs with Blue Cow Theatre Company, Aidan Fennessy with the Tasmanian Theatre Company, and Teddy Dunn with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Maeve works in marketing, advocacy, research and programming across local festivals, events, theatre, circus, music and the corporate entertainment sectors. She threatened Leo Schofield with a bogan flashmob once, and has been a proud member of MEAA since 2014.

Critical Culture is proudly presented by Salamanca Arts Centre, with support from Regional Arts Fund.