Craig Donarski Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Craig Donarski has been Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) since November 2016.
CPAC has since been undergoing a renaissance that is seeing audiences growing significantly while the quality of the multi-arts offering increases. With Craig at the helm of policy and programming for CPAC, Liverpool’s arts and culture presence, deeply connected to the area’s rich multicultural and Indigenous heritage, continues to gain positive exposure.
For more than three decades Craig has been a major contributor to Australia’s vibrant arts and culture, having managed Marketing & Communications for Sydney Film Festival and the 16 regional events under the Travelling Film Festival banner prior to his current role. During his tenure Sydney Film Festival experienced significant growth in both income and audiences, going from 100,000 to more than 180,000 attendees in 6 years.
Before then Craig spent 11 years at Sydney Opera House in the Producers Unit, in a team developing a range of creative and engaging programs, festivals and special events which added to SOH’s celebrated cultural offering and broadened the audience base, from the legendary Studio program to the Spiegeltent on the Forecourt to festivals including Vivid, Graphic, Message Sticks and more.
Craig began his career at the ABC in 1986 as a Broadcasting Trainee, leading to twelve years working as a Broadcaster, Documentary Producer then Executive Producer at youth radio station Triple J, including some brief stints with other ABC radio outlets and ABC TV.
In parallel to all the above and in partnership with his wife Jackie McMillan, the pair have produced and promoted numerous club nights, parties and special events for over 25 years.