Who We Are

Foundation Theatres is a 100% Australian owned, theatre operator and production investor. Our venues are two of Sydney’s premier commercial theatres, the Capitol Theatre and Sydney Lyric.

Our Purpose is to operate thriving, internationally renowned, first class theatres that present the best commercial theatrical product from around the world to the widest possible Australian audience. Our Mission is to provide exceptional experiences for theatre makers and theatre goers and build a thriving and robust Australian theatre industry for generations to come. Our Vision is to deliver unforgettable and inspiring experiences to all those who visit our theatres.

Foundation Theatres is renowned for its innovative approach, determination, focus on excellence and passion for the theatre industry. These qualities are the foundations of all that we do. We appreciate the social and cultural benefits that a vibrant performing arts community can deliver, and we are committed to ensuring that the whole community can experience and participate in live theatre.

Owners Stephen and Angela Found, and our team who work in their theatre family, share a passion for the live performing arts industry; its product, and the people it attracts from diverse backgrounds. 

Previously the founder of Bytecraft Entertainment Pty Limited, Stephen has worked as a supplier to the theatre industry in Australia and internationally for more than 40 years. With a passionate interest in the live performance industry, Stephen’s objective is to support the vibrant and successful theatre industry in Australia.

  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Graeme Kearns has lead Foundation Theatres since he joined the company in 2009. Prior to joining Foundation Theatres, Graeme was Commercial Director of one of the world’s leading event production companies. Whilst overseeing the organisation’s theatre operations, Graeme’s primary role focuses on the development of the organisation, strategic operations, theatrical investments and programming.

  • DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

    Paul Rigby has extensive operational and management experience in the entertainment industry, encompassing theatre, corporate events, concert touring and major ceremonies. With a background specialising in technical operations, logistics and client relations, Paul’s focus is on the management of theatre operations and projects.

  • Director of Operational Development

    Laura Cochrane leads projects focused on business process and strategic development. After spending over 10 years working in the general management of large scale international musicals, Laura brings to the organisation a strong understanding of the business of theatre, knowledge productions and key industry players.

Foundation Theatres has 25 full time staff, and over 200 casual staff who all work together to deliver exceptional theatre experiences to all that work in or visit our theatres. Our senior executive team are supported by our expert Heads of Departments who each are leaders in their specific field and bring vast experience and depth of knowledge on the multiple facets of commercial theatre management.

Heads of Departments

  • Anastasia Kotycheva

    Head of Ticketing & Marketing

  • Karen Murphy

    Executive Assisant

  • Kevin Fokes

    Head of Patron Services

  • Matt Danks

    Head of Venue Facilities

  • Pamela Waring

    Head of Food & Beverage Operations