Witness is a curated critical website for the performing arts community, founded in March 2018 by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid.
It operates on a monthly cycle. Each month we upload current reviews, at least one long-form essay, videos and our two podcasts: The Witness Podcast, in which we discuss recent shows and issues, and The Witness Interview, which will feature in-depth interviews with performing arts figures.
Witness aims to be a continuous work in progress. Our major mission at Witness is to rethink criticism of the performing arts. We believe that cultural criticism is a collective endeavour that’s stimulated by thoughtful individual voices, and this is the model we want to evolve.
A core part of our mission is nurturing and mentoring new critical voices, especially those from parts of the community marginalised in mainstream critical discussion. As well as our First Nations Emerging Critic program, in 2018 we collaborated on the New Review program with Footscray Community Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre, and Yirramboi’s Blak Critics program, mentoring and publishing emerging critics from both. We also actively seek out new voices.
Witness is proudly made on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We respectfully acknowledge their Elders past and present.