Welcome to Audrey Journal, a new online magazine for performing arts audiences in Sydney and beyond.
Audrey is founded by two Sydney arts journalists and draws on the talents of professional writers and photographers who specialise in covering theatre, performance, dance, opera and music.
Audrey is for audiences. We want to bring artists and audiences closer together. We want to inform, inspire and guide.
We want to do more than take a deep dive into the performing arts through journalism. We also want to find out what arts journalism can do, what value it has, how it can change and who it can reach.
Audrey is made with the support of philanthropy and the support of the major performing arts companies and venues in Sydney and New South Wales.
A few things to bear in mind:
Every story, photograph, review and listing has been selected, written and produced with full editorial independence. Audrey’s reviews are written without fear or favour.
We want to reflect the community we live in. That’s why we are committed to using a wider range of voices. We want to find writers and artists with different perspectives or who haven’t been heard before. We will head for the hills and all points north, west and south. We will write about the main stages and the little shows in pop-ups. We want to show the breadth of performing arts culture as well as its depth.
Audrey has been brain-stormed with and designed by Paul, Tim, Johanna, Belinda and Danilo at Alphabet Studio, Surry Hills.
Jarrad, Tom and the team at Jala Design built it and told us not to break it.
Audrey lives in cyberspace but has been dreamed up on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Elissa is a career arts journalist and editor, though she was once nominated for Victorian Yachting Journalist of the Year. She got the door prize instead. She’s worked at The Age, edited Rolling Stone Australia, written for several glossies and has been a contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald since 1997.
Jason took a left-turn into arts writing and criticism after completing the VCA and NIDA theatre directing courses. He’s worked as the arts editor of the Sydney City Hub, the editor of a TV guide, and as an arts and entertainment producer for smh.com.au. He was the theatre reviewer for Fairfax's Sun-Herald from 2006-09, and the Sydney Morning Herald’s theatre critic from 2009 to late 2017.