Taking the leap from commerce to arts

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Maria Katsonis

Being a 'good Greek girl', was never supposed to involve a career in the arts but Maria Katsonis just couldn't face accounting.

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I have taken two leaps of faith in my career. Both involved the arts and both have their origins in the 1950s when my parents set sail from Greece to start a new life in Afstralia. My life script was written on that boat trip and included university and a career in a respectable profession.  

About the author

Before becoming a bureaucrat in the Victorian public service, Maria worked as an arts manager including General Manager of Anthill, Theatreworks and Arena Theatre Company. She also co-founded an arts management consultancy and production company with John Paxinos. Her writing has been published in The Age, The Guardian and New Paradigm. The Good Greek Girl is her first book.