Carrillo Gantner AO
Carrillo Gantner’s contribution to the performing arts in Australia is unsurpassed. He has acted in over 40 professional productions, the last as King Lear for Playbox in several Australian cities, Japan and Korea. He has brought many Asian performing artists and companies to Australia and initiated numerous exchanges with the region.
Carrillo is Chairman of The Sidney Myer Fund. He has been General Manager of the Melbourne Theatre Company and a Founding Director of the Playbox Theatre Company (now Malthouse Theatre) where he led the construction of the Malthouse Theatre. During his time as Chairman of Asialink from 1992-2006, hundreds of Australian performing and visual artists held residencies in countries throughout Asia.
He was Chairman of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 1995 to 2000, President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust from 2000-2009 and President of The Melbourne Festival 2010-2014. Carrillo was the primary initiator of the new Asian Triennial of Performing Arts (“Asia TOPA”) in Melbourne earlier this year.
Carrillo was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to the performing arts and Australia’s cultural exchange with Asia. He was the first recipient of the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leader of the Year Award and in 2002 and received the Dorothy Crawford Award from the Australian Writers’ Guild for services to Australian playwriting.
In recognition of his cultural and philanthropic service, he was named the 2007 Victorian of the Year and, in 2011, was awarded a Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the performing arts.