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Jaclyn Booton


Jaclyn Booton is the Executive Director of the Stella Prize. She has over 15 years’ experience in the cultural sector, with a focus on the performing arts and literary events. She was previously the Senior Producer for Talks & Ideas at Sydney Opera House where she oversaw its two annual festivals: All About Women and Antidote.

Prior to that, Jaclyn spent four years as General Manager of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, leadings its business strategies and event operations. She has also held senior management positions with Arena Theatre Company, Back to Back Theatre and Circus Oz, and served on the boards of Express Media and SYN Media.

Jaclyn holds a BA (Hons) in Performance Studies and Gender Studies from the University of Sydney, where she spent several years teaching a range of undergraduate programs and conducting research on large-scale community events. She is a life-long bookworm and sees no contradiction in being both an NRL fan and a lover of literature.

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