Our People


 
 

Our Patron


Julia Zemiro

The role of the Patron of the Green Room Awards is more than a name on a letterhead. The Patron is generally an individual in a position of influence or authority who believes in and supports the aims of the Association, enabling it to benefit from their position in terms of advocacy, networking and representation at key events.
For many years, the Patron of the Association was the Governor of Victoria or their spouse and that office tended to lapse with the completion of the term of duty of the Governor. In 2004, to coincide with the twenty-first anniversary, the Association was pleased to welcome joint Patrons Rachel Griffiths and David Atkins who remained in their respective roles until 2010.

Since 2011, the Green Room Awards Patron has been Julia Zemiro.

Flashback to 2004: I left Sydney to take a break from performing and went overseas to teach English for a year. The whole business of acting had left me disillusioned. On my return, I decided to move back to Melbourne. It felt like the right decision as I reunited with old colleagues and threw myself into a fantastic play by Kit Lazaroo and directed by Jane Woollard at La Mama. It felt like performing should: Authentic and Inspired. We had a wonderful run.
I was completely taken by surprise when I heard we’d been nominated for some Green Room Awards. I confess I didn’t know what they were, having been in Sydney for so long, but when I turned up on the night, surrounded by the Performing Arts community dressed up and ready to celebrate one another, I was delighted.
To feel like people had seen our work, in all its disciplines, and to be acknowledged with nominations, was wonderful. Since then, the Green Rooms have been a high point of my yearly duties. The speeches are relaxed, inspiring and often hilarious. I just love it.
I’m very honoured to be Patron of the Green Room Awards Association.
These awards are about, and for, you.

Julia Zemiro

Executive Committee


Hilary Glow

President


Hayley Toth

Secretary


Annie Bourke

Media & Communications


Megan Upton

Vice-President


Victor Sekulov

Treasurer


Life Members


1993 Blair Edgar OAM
(founding member)
1993 Steven Tandy
(founding member)
1994 Irene Mitchell
1994 Lady Travers
1995 Lady ‘Viola’ Tait AM
1996 Pamela Ruskin
1996 Anne Fraser
2000 Frank van Straten OAM
2001 Paul Hammond FRAD OAM
2008 Geoffrey Milne
2011 Mark Williams
2013 Martin Croft
2013 Will Conyers
2016 Chris Thompson
2017 Chris Boyd

Past Presidents


1983-1985 Steven Tandy
1985-1990 Prof. John Rickard
1990-1994 Hugo Leschen
1994-1999 Beverly Dunn
2000-2002 Rob Meldrum
2002-2005 Will Conyers
2005-2010 Dr Mark Williams
2010-2011 Richard Watts
2011-2012 Tim Stitz
2012-2015 Chris Thompson