Tragic Loss: Libby Christie AM, Former Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, Passed Away

Last Updated on October 17, 2023, 9:22 am

Libby Christie AM, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet for almost a decade, has passed away. Her death news was announced on social media on October 17, 2023, and no further details regarding her death cause have not been released on social media.

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Libby Christie AM (Image via Facebook)

Libby Christie has left a lasting impression worldwide, and her name will always be linked to courage, fortitude, and unwavering dedication. The Australian Ballet confirmed her death news through a Facebook post which stated:

“Vale AM Libby Christie. We regret to inform you that Libby Christie AM, who served as our Executive Director for almost a decade, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. Libby led The Australian Ballet through a period of considerable transformation, always doing so with constant professionalism, energy, resilience, and resolve.”

Thoughts and Condolences to his family, friends, and entire community, his funeral details are unknown yet. Libby’s legacy will always endure. She will be dearly missed. Prayers for her; Rest in peace, Libby Christie AM.

About Libby Christie AM

Libby Christie AM was a graduate of Arts as an adult educator in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). She started her career in higher education. She has gained degrees in art and adult education from the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra.

Libby previously held important executive positions in the technology and telecommunications industries before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She worked as the Asia Pacific President of, a prestigious international online employment firm, from 2000 to 2002.

She formerly held significant positions in sales, marketing, and business development within the Australian telecom sector, particularly at Telstra and Optus Communications. Libby served as the Sydney Symphony’s managing director from 2003 to 2009.

Prior to that, from 2009 to 2012, she served as the Australia Council for the Arts’ Executive Director of Arts Funding. Since July 2013, she worked as the CEO of the Australia Council from December 2012 to May 2013 before taking on the duties at The Australian Ballet.

Libby’s Journey at The Australian Ballet

Libby was in charge of funding initiatives in the following posts that supported and encouraged the appreciation of Australian artists in the categories of music, literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, community collaborations, and emerging and experimental arts while also promoting their practice.

Due to Libby’s excellent leadership, The Australian Ballet has been able to invest in some fantastic new productions, such as Anna Karenina, Sylvia, Harlequinade, Sleeping Beauty, Spartacus, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as go on extensive international tours to the USA, China, and the UK.

Moreover, under Libby’s leadership, The Australian Ballet’s home, The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, underwent a significant renovation to give our dancers and artistic health staff top-notch facilities. She also oversaw the purchase of Orchestra Victoria.

She has worked as the Executive Director of The Australian Ballet and got her retirement in 2022. The Australian Ballet’s Artis­tic Direc­tor David Hallberg stated in Libby’s retirement that:

“We are all standing here because of Libby’s exceptional leadership abilities, which shone through as she guided the group through the strain and upheavals of our time away from the stage with a tremendous amount of professionalism, energy, and resolve.”


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