Alex Budd

Director

Alex is the father of three boys, two of whom are training with the ABCI. Alex commenced his arts career in the lighting department at the Canberra Theatre Centre. He was a founding member of the Canberra based Chamber Opera Company, Stopera. He later worked as Head Electrician and Touring Lighting Designer for Sydney Dance Company, realising lighting designs for Graeme Murphy's ballets across Australia, Europe and the Americas. Alex joined Opera Australia as Tour Manager, Oz Opera in 2000, and has held several roles in Oz Opera and the wider company. After a year at Royal Opera House Covent Garden project managing the Paul Hamlyn Performances, Alex returned to Opera Australia as Manager, Oz Opera, before setting up the Company’s Enterprises division. In 2004 Alex was appointed to the Federal Government's Playing Australia Committee, and sat on the Committee for seven years. In 2008 he became Opera Australia's General Manager, Melbourne and Enterprises: the Melbourne based member of the Company’s Executive, with Executive Producer responsibility for the music theatre and commercial projects of the Opera Australia business. Alex has produced 11 New Year's Eve Galas at the Sydney Opera House, as well as the musical tours of South Pacific, The King & I, Anything Goes and the Julie Andrews directed My Fair Lady. He has recently been appointed Executive Producer, Touring & Commercial, bringing together management of the Enterprises and Touring & Outreach arms of the company.