Hilary McKenna is an arts and cultural manager, producer and artist with over 20 years of experience.
He has held a variety of leadership roles across the arts and cultural sector in Australia and internationally, specialising in strategic and business management, producing, finance, people and culture management, and touring.
Hilary is experienced in supporting and developing contemporary arts practice, with a particular focus on wellbeing, engagement, collaboration and advocacy.
Before Co3 Australia, Hilary served as Artistic Administrator at West Australian Ballet with responsibility for artistic planning, producing and company management.
Other prominent arts management roles include positions at Perth Festival, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Kulcha Multicultural Arts.
Hilary’s career began as a professional dancer, performing extensively in Europe, the US and Asia. He is a prominent Irish and folk dancing expert and is an officer of the Australian Irish Dancing Association and the Irish Dance Commission, Ireland.
Hilary has served on a variety of non-profit arts and cultural boards and is currently Vice President of FolkWorld Inc.
He is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the field of Arts Management. Hilary proudly grew up and lives in Perth (Boorloo), Western Australia on the lands of the Whadjuk Nyoongar People.
Hilary is deeply passionate about the support and development of pathways for artists and artworkers, particularly in the dance industry. He is an advocate for the arts and believes that great art enriches and transforms lives.