Actor/director Robyn Nevin, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet and Chair of Orchestra Victoria Libby Christie, choreographer Lucy Guerin, theatre producer Christine Dunstan, artist Vincent Namatjira, and arts philanthropists Naomi Milgrom, Simon Mordant, Greta Moran and Gretel Packer are among the arts figures to be recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Robyn Nevin was appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and artistic director, and as a mentor and role model”. Nevin, who received an Order of Australia (AM) in 1981, graduated from NIDA in 1960 and has worked as an actor ever since. She has performed predominantly in theatre, playing leading roles for every major Australian theatre company in plays such as Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer among countless others, as well as Mrs Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady for Opera Australia. She has also appeared in television shows such as Upper Middle Bogan and Top of the Lake, and in films including Careful, He Might Hear You and The Castle.