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Patrons & Ambassadors

Our Patrons are all artists of great renown who maintain strong links to the local entertainment industry. 

They are committed to raising our profile and spreading awareness of the work we do, both in Australia and amongst the expat entertainment community abroad. 

All Patrons maintain roots in NSW, and encourage their colleagues to donate to ABF so that we can continue to give help when it’s needed most.


JOHN BELL, AO & ANNA VOLSKA

Universally acclaimed for their integral role in the development of the Australian theatre since the 1960s, John and Anna return to the ABF after serving on the management committee from 1990-1994. John governed the Fund during that time. Their contribution to our industry is without peer.


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JACKI WEAVER, AO

Multi award winning actress and one our most loved and respected entertainers for over 50 years, Jacki’s illustrious career spans across film, television and theatre. From 2000 until 2008, Ms Weaver proudly served on the management committee of the ABF.

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RUSSELL CROWE

Earning accolades around the world for his intense film and television performances, Russell has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Best Actor Academy Award for ‘Gladiator’. He is a proud supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and many charitable causes.

“If you have any charity dollars to give, please consider the Actors Benevolent Fund. Your tax deductible donation will be used to help in many ways.”


OUR WONDERFUL AMBASSADORS ARE ALL HIGHLY REGARDED IN THEIR VARIOUS FIELDS


ROS HORIN

Theatre Director, Playwright, and passionate human rights activist. Her theatre works focus on contemporary social issues and women’s and refugee rights.


PATRICK MCINTYRE

Currently Executive Director of Sydney Theatre Company, Patrick McIntyre has been involved in the Australian performing arts for over 25 years. He has held positions in general management, marketing and business development with organisations including The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Film Festival and Sydney Dance Company.


SIMON BURKE AO

Australian actor, Producer of Devil’s Playground television series and international Music Theatre star.


NOELINE BROWN OAM

Legendary actress and comedian and former Chair of ABF.


LEAH PURCELL

One of Australia’s most respected and admired artists with credits as an actor, award winning playwright and literary award winner and as a director for stage, film and television. Leah is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Waakka Wakka Murri Woman from QLD.


JOHN FROST AM

John Frost has been the most prolific and awarded theatre producer in Australia. Some of his best known Australian productions include The King and I (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway), The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Once, The Sound of Music, and recently Dream Lover — The Bobby Darin Musical, Julie Andrews’ production of My Fair Lady and The Book of Mormon. He was awarded the 2014 JC Williamson Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts, an AM in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 2016, an honorary doctorate from Griffith University.

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