Frank Van Straten AM 14/05/1936 – 19/04/2024

With the passing of Frank Van Straten AM the theatre profession has lost one of its most important recorders of our history. His practical support to so many designers through his purchase of their designs for his personal collection was invaluable. The many books he published introduced readers to so many past and present stars of the theatre. The establishment of The Frank Van Straten Fellowship to commission story development from The Australian Performing Arts Collection will ensure his life’s work will continue. His encouragement and friendship to myself and The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design In The Performing Arts was typical of his generous nature. As a founding member of The Scholarship Committee, we thank Frank for his commitment to the recognition of theatrical design.
Our condolences to Adrian and family members.
Anna French
The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship Design in The Performing Arts

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