Larissa Behrendt AO joins Sydney Dance Company Board


3 February 2023

Sydney Dance Company is proud to announce that Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO will join its Board in February 2023.

Larissa is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and a Laureate Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School.

She has long played an active role in supporting arts organisations, serving on several Boards, including Board Member of Bangarra Dance Theatre from 2008 – 2010 and Chair from 2010-2014, Board Member of Museums and Galleries NSW from 2012-2022, Board Member of Museum of Contemporary Art, Chairing their Indigenous Advisory Panel from 2007 – 2012 and Board Member of Sydney Writers’ Festival since 2015.

Larissa is currently a Trustee of the Australian Museum, Chair of the Australia Council’s First Nations Arts and Culture Strategy Panel and a member of the NSW Literature Board. She was awarded an Order of Australia for her work in Indigenous education, the law and the arts in 2020. Larissa received the Human Rights Medal 2021 from the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is an award-winning author and the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

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