Lauren O’Dwyer – Senior Adviser, Arts Centre Melbourne

Lauren O’Dwyer is Senior Advisor to the Executive at Arts Centre Melbourne, and a passionate advocate for the role that arts and culture can play in shaping Melbourne’s future. After studying performance at university, Lauren decided her role was not on the stage, and has worked or volunteered in the creative sector ever since.

Prior to her current appointment, Lauren worked for the Victorian Government, predominantly advising on Creative Industries and LGBTI Affairs. In this time, Lauren oversaw the passage of the Creative Victoria Act, the establishment of the Creative State strategy, the delivery of the Government’s $22 million Music Works package, and the release of Boston Consulting Group’s Melbourne as a Global Cultural Destination report.

At Arts Centre Melbourne, Lauren is the driving force behind a pilot campaign to shift audience behaviours at live performance events, is leading delivery of ACM’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, and is assisting in providing practical support to the arts community in creating a zero tolerance response to sexual harassment in the industry.

Sitting on the Board for PBS FM, Lauren is a fervent live music lover, whose dream is to see Melbourne recognised as a fully 24 hour global city, with a thriving night time economy. Whilst having lived in Melbourne for the past 13 years, Lauren is still a proud country kid from Yorta Yorta land.

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