On Tuesday, Live Performance Australia announced Patricia Boggs as the recipient of the inaugural Sue Nattrass Award for her outstanding service to the Australian live performance industry.
The Sue Nattrass Award, which will be presented as part of the 2014 Helpmann Awards, is a new honour named in tribute to and commemorating the lifetime service of Sue Nattrass AO who, amongst many achievements, has been a long serving LPA President and the first woman to hold the position. This prestigious Award has been set up to recognise outstanding service to the live performance industry in a field which may not enjoy a high public profile. It has been established to shine a spotlight on people in service roles including arts administrator, academic or teacher, technical supplier, marketing professional, ticketing professional, agent, archivist, historian, public servant, and member of the media.
“Patricia Boggs’ career has spanned many decades and many productions in most of our country’s theatres and many overseas. Having a career of a similar length and sharing some of those experiences, I have been in a handy position to observe the tireless, devoted work of this generous woman. I have seen the respect shown to her by her peers and the positive outcomes of her innovative thinking and her support for both the producers and the public. I have a deep respect for Pat and I am delighted that she is the recipient of the inaugural Sue Nattrass Award. I can think of no-one more fitting.” said Sue Nattrass.
The first person honoured with this new award, Patricia Boggs has worked in many and varied roles during her long career, but she is best known for being Australia’s best and most respected ticketing consultant. She has worked on nearly 150 shows from small plays to the biggest productions and with Australia’s, and indeed the world’s most prolific producers. After also working on more recent productions such as Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins, she is a woman who has made an incredible lifetime contribution to live performance in Australia, certainly shaping the way current ticketing processes are implemented throughout the industry.
“When I was told I was to receive the inaugural Sue Nattrass Award, I was amazed – Sue has been an inspiration in all facets of the Australian theatrical scene for as long as I can remember. I was overjoyed and honoured. I believe to reach any goal you must accept that there are no problems only solutions.” Pat commented on her award.
You can read the full media release announcing Patricia Boggs as the recipient of the inaugural Sue Nattrass Award here.
Pat will be honoured at The 14th Annual Helpmann Awards which will be presented live in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre on Monday 18th August and broadcast on Foxtel’s Arena.