Richard Longbottom

A former dancer with Royal New Zealand Ballet, Richard has a longstanding artistic partnership with Raewyn Hill. Beginning in 2004, Richard was Rehearsal Director and General Manager for Raewyn’s independent dance company, Soapbox Productions. Highlights included presenting at multiple New Zealand festivals, and assisting the re-staging of Raewyn’s work at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Richard was a founding member of Co3 Contemporary Dance, joining the company in 2015 as Community Engagement Director (additionally undertaking the role of Dance Director) and later as Executive Director. Richard has held numerous roles in the Australian dance sector, including Community and Education Manager at Dancenorth, and General Manager and Rehearsal Director at Tasdance. Following a six-month return home to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2019, Richard returned to Perth in January 2020 to commence in the role of Regional Access Manager for West Australian Ballet. In February 2022, Richard commenced as People & Culture Manager for Wide Open Agriculture, Australia’s leading regenerative food and agriculture company.