- Richard Wherrett
Richard Bruce Wherrett AM (
1940- 2001) was an influential and successful theatrical director whose career spanned 40 years. He attended University of Sydneywith Clive Jamesand Germaine Greer, Bruce Beresford(film director), Ken Horler, Mungo McCallum, Bob Ellis, John Bell, John Gaden, Laurie Oakes(journalist), and Les Murray (poet).
Richard is the brother of motoring journalist,
Peter Wherrett, with whom he wrote a memoir, "Desirelines".
Richard Wherrett died on 7 December 2001 of liver failure, after 15 years warding off the effects of HIV.
He was the founding director of the
Sydney Theatre Company, and directed 127 professional theatre productions and was the creative director for the lighting of the torch segment of the Opening Ceremony for the 2000 Olympic Gamesin Sydney. He was made a Member of the Order of Australiain 1984for his services to the theatre.
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