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Nick Hays has been working in the cultural sector for more than 15 years, including time at leading organisations The Australian Ballet, Arts Centre Melbourne and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Most recently Nick was a senior member of The Australian Ballet’s Philanthropy team, working with dance lovers around the country to bring great art to the stage.

In addition to this work Nick is the most recent Chair of Rawcus, an independent theatre company based in Melbourne comprising performers with and without special needs, and a member of the board of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria. Nick is currently the Deputy Chair of Dancehouse, one of the pre-eminent centres for contemporary dance practice and research in Australia.

Nick is passionate about opening up the arts to new and diverse audiences, giving artists the space to interrogate artforms through increased public support which enable companies to thrive. In 2020, Nick commenced his current role as Executive Director of Australian Dance Theatre.