Brenna Hobson is an experienced arts administrator and producer. Recently moving from Australia to the United Kingdom, she is currently the Executive Producer and Deputy Chief Executive for the National Theatre of Scotland.
Prior to this she was the Executive Director and co-Chief Executive for Belvoir in Sydney, Australia’s fourth largest theatre company. During Brenna’s tenure Belvoir established an international presence with productions at BAM and on Broadway in New York, the International Ibsen Festival, Theater Der Welt, the Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, the Holland Festival, Weiner Festwochen, the Taegu International Musical Festival in Korea and Bharat Rang Mahotsav International festival in India amongst other appearances. The company also prioritised equal representation of artists under her leadership achieving gender parity in directing and writing and making inroads into the promotion of the work of culturally diverse artists, most notably First Nations artists.
Prior to her work at Belvoir she was the General Manager of Jigsaw Theatre, a children’s theatre in Canberra and Production Manager for Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s premier indigenous performing arts organisation. Brenna’s career began at Belvoir in 1994 when she started out as an Assistant Stage Manager, rising to Head of Production. As an independent producer Brenna has produced Vital Organs (B Sharp), Now that Communism is Dead My Life Feels Empty (B Sharp, Seymour Centre, and Malthouse Theatre / Melbourne International Arts Festival), The Suitors (Old Fitzroy Theatre) and the documentary With Hearts and Hands.
Brenna’s previous board roles include; Company Secretary of the Belvoir St Theatre Limited Board, membership of the Company B Ltd and Arts on Tour boards as well as a membership of the Seymour Centre’s Artistic Advisory Panel and the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct steering committee in Sydney.
Brenna holds a Masters of Management (Arts Administration) from the University of Technology, Sydney. She served on the Sydney Opera House Trust from January 2014 to May 2017 where she was on the Audit and Risk Committee.