Robyn Archer

Ms Robyn Archer

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014


Singer, performer, writer, director, artistic director and public advocate of the arts, Robyn Archer is internationally known for her expertise on Brecht, Weill, Eisler and the Weimar culture. She won the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer in 2013 for her cabaret History of French song. Formerly Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre, and Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, Robyn created the festivals Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania) and The Light in Winter (Federation Square, Melbourne). She was Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra (2013) and is Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, Gold Coast.She is Deputy Chair of the Australia Council and Member of the Council for Australia Latin America Relations. She mentors young artistic directors in Australia and for the European Festivals’ Association International Atelier. Robyn was the first woman to give The Arthur Boyd Lecture (London). She is Patron and Ambassador of numerous arts organisations, and the recipient of many awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Leadership Award, the International Society of Performing Arts’ International Citation, and the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award (SA).

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.