Sydney Theater Awards: All Winners

Two Sydney Theater Awards for Lifetime Achievement were presented, one to legendary photographer and performance artist William Yang and the other to popular executive producer John “Robbo” Robertson.

Yang, now 80, combined his skills as a writer and photographer in 1989 when he began performing monologues with slide projection as theatrical shows, creating seven full-length performance pieces including shadows, blood connections and objects for meditation.

William Yang, who received the Sydney Theater Lifetime Achievement Award.

William Yang, who received the Sydney Theater Lifetime Achievement Award.Credit:William Yang

His third show sadnessWeaving together two themes, the discovery of his Chinese heritage and the rituals of dying and death in Sydney, he toured successfully nationally and internationally.

In 1956, John Robertson left his career as an accountant to join the theater and has since worked as a stage manager, production manager, stage director and executive producer.

As Operations Manager for Adelaide Festival Center Trust he worked on touring productions of Evita, Annie, Barnum and Oklahoma among other things.


‘Robbo’, as he was known, then joined Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian company and was executive producer on the original Australian productions of Cats, Les Misérables, Five Guys Named Moe, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and Rent. Since then he has used his expertise as a consultant on many tours around Australia and Asia.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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