Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. Winner of the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer 2013, and named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Robyn is currently performing and recording highly acclaimed recitals of classic French, German and American songs , with releases planned for 2019.

She has recorded eleven albums, most notably Robyn Archer Sings Brecht (at Abbey Road Studios with The London Sinfonietta -available as a download ) and plans to re-release her entire back catalogue across 2019/20

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of her hit one-woman show A Star is Torn  which toured Australia for five years, and ran for a year in London’s West End.

In 2017/18 Robyn wrote and directed The Sound of Falling Stars – her male sequel to A Star is Torn

Other stage successes include The Pack Women (Australia and UK)  , Songs from Sideshow Alley (with Robyn Nevin and subsequent productions with Nancye Hayes, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Joan Sydney and June Bronhill) and Café Fledermaus ( directed by Barrie Kosky to open The Malthouse Theatre).

Former Artistic Director of the Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals and creator of Ten Days on the Island for Tasmania, Robyn continues to combine advisory and mentoring roles with her own creative output. Former Deputy Chair of The Australia Council, Robyn currently chairs the Board of HOTA: Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, and the Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA.

Among her many awards, the 2018 Adelaide Festival of Ideas Dedication recognised Robyn for her contribution to the world of ideas and public life: her opening keynote was challenging and inspiring. In the same year she also received the JC Williamson Centenary Lifetime Achievement Award. Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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photo by Claudio Raschella