Portrait of Carrillo Gantner

Carrillo Gantner

Carrillo Gantner is President of the Melbourne Festival and chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund.

His many achievements include being the first drama officer at the Australian Council for the Arts (1970-1973), general manager of the Melbourne Theatre Company, and being founding director, executive director and artistic director of Malthouse Theatre (originally the Playbox Theatre Company).

Carrillo has also been counsellor (cultural) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, chairman of the Performing Arts Board and a member of the Australia Council. He has been chairman of Asialink and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and president of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Carrillo was awarded an officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to the performing arts and Australia’s cultural exchange with Asia. In 2007, he was Victorian of the Year. In March 2011, Carrillo was awarded a Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the performing arts.