In this months’ member profile we get up close and personal with Sydney Theatre Company’s Director of Technical and Production, Jono Perry. 

Having only joined the STC in June, Jono says he’s proud of the many accomplishments made during this time but in particular the group’s technical and production departments successfully delivering; a sold out season of The Present, a theatrical marvel in Arms and the Man as well as another successful tour of The Wharf Revue –  at the Wharf this month for its fifteenth season.

The most anticipated annual event for Chamber members and friends – the Walsh Bay Arts Table is back by popular demand this year on Tuesday November 10.

Established six years ago, the Arts Table is a proud initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and this year’s hosts, Gondwana Choirs.

Along with special live performances from our talented hosts, hundreds of people are expected to descend into Walsh Bay to enjoy an alfresco five-course degustation menu against the harbourside backdrop of Walsh Bay.

To celebrate opening its doors to the public on August 4, stylish new restaurant and bar, Walsh Bay Kitchen- located inside the Roslyn Packer Theatre, invite all WBAC members and friends to an exclusive evening of food and wine on Tuesday, September 22.

Guests on the night will be treated to an exclusive taste test of the establishment’s modern Australian menu designed by executive chef Ashley Hughes and head chef Kay Huangprepared while sampling selected wines off an extensive list.

Launching as part of Good Food Month Pier One Sydney Harbour and the Gantry Bar and Restaurant will transform the Pier on Hickson Road into a festival of local eateries, regional produce stations, live entertainment, educational classes and ‘pop ups’ of famed wine regions.t5

The biannual Delicious Destinations Festival is described by event organisers as a “love affair for uniting delicious destinations with people who love deliciousness”.

This month we profile WBAC new member and iconic five-star hotel nestled in the historic Rocks district - The Langham, Sydney.

A favourite amongst international guests, The Langham’s luxe European inspired décor and sophisticated, laid back vibe is also increasingly popular with the local business community and residents.

Along with a well-established day spa, tennis courts and impressive indoor pool facilities the hotel, sporting dramatic harbour views, is increasingly a go-to venue for impromptu business meetings and post work drinks.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs recreate Gershwin’s 1931 Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Of Thee I Sing, in two Opera House performances on September 26 and 27 while Sydney Dance Company teams up with renowned songstress Katie Noonan and AC02 in Triptych from September 25.

Of Thee I Sing features four talented singer-actors, a choir of 400 and an orchestra playing Gershwin’s original orchestrations in collaboration with Sydney's most prolific music theatre company, Squabbalogic.

This month we gain ‘out of area’ inspiration thanks to the Chippendale Creative Precinct’s innovative and successful BEAMS Arts Festival. 

The multi-disciplinary cultural Festival returns this year to illuminate Balfour and Little Queen Streets and surrounding laneways in Chippendale for one night only on Saturday 19 September.

This year an expanded event and program line up showcases creative works across a wide spectrum of the arts including; live music curated by Pandora Internet radio, spoken word, art and light installations, video and interactive displays as well as an Origami-making workshop.

Glebe Chamber of Commerce triumphed at the recent Sydney City Business Awards and as a result feature as our out of area story for August.

Competing against two other shortlisted chambers, including Walsh Bay, Glebe successfully took out the Local Chamber of the Year award for its contribution to the business community of central Sydney.

The win is also due to the Chamber’s dedication to sustainability, revitalisation of the local precinct and helping its members access business opportunities throughout Sydney and NSW. 

In a coup for the WBAC our Chair of more than six years, Brigid Kennedy, has taken out the award for Business Leader of the Year at the recent Sydney City Business Awards.

Brigid owns and runs two highly successful hospitality businesses - one in Walsh Bay and the other in the NSW Southern Highlands. Along with being a passionate arts and business advocate for Walsh Bay and a renowned “Paddock to Plate” chef, she volunteers to three committees and chambers – heading up the WBAC as chair.

Not wanting a cookie-cutter approach to your next travel experience? Newcomers to Walsh Bay, independent corporate and lifestyle travel agency, Wentworth Travel, might provide you with an answer.

Established in Woollahra 30 years ago the agency opened their new office on Hickson Road – just down from Fratelli Fresh, in June. Priding themselves as experts in high-end and unique travel experiences the company’s local operation is headed up by senior travel designers - Jane Tatham and Barry Gervan.

Just like water views, you’ll never be short of excellent dining options in Walsh Bay. This month the Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf is offering new lunch specials and The Gantry Bar and Restaurant’s pre-theatre menu won’t disappoint while on a different note ATYP’s latest production runs from September 9.

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf’s new set lunch menu is available from 12pm and includes a choice of four main courses including a gourmet “WOW” burger and free range chicken breast with kale and red quinoa, plus glass of wine (or something softer) for under $20.  

The WBAC member profile for August is Sydney Theatre Company’s executive director, Patrick McIntyre. As co-leader of the STC, alongside artistic director Andrew Upton, Patrick juggles the artistic and commercial needs of the company.

“My job is about keeping everything headed in the right direction, so I take pride equally in an artistic triumph - such as Uncle Vanya from 2010, as I do in observing the expert work done by our management, production and administrative areas,” Patrick says.

“Probably the thing I take most joy from is when our staff, and the artists and creatives who work with us, tell me how much they love working for the company.”
In a sector that is all about harnessing and celebrating artistic creativity Patrick draws on sources close to home to stimulate and motivate.