Riverside Theatres director Robert Love appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Showstopper: "Performance is one of those things that happens in the moment. All you're left with are memories, which is why it's unique," Robert Love said.

Showstopper: "Performance is one of those things that happens in the moment. All you're left with are memories, which is why it's unique," Robert Love said.

Riverside Theatres director Robert Love was always destined for a performing arts career since his earliest memories on stage performing nursery rhymes.

He was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to the industry as an administrator and a supporter of independent artists. “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have spent my entire life in the performing arts,” Mr Love told the Sun.

“When I founded Toe Truck Theatre in the 1970s, we were travelling to western Sydney to perform in schools long before the M4. Sometimes, we would visit two to three schools in one day.”

He worked at the Seymour Centre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, and Fox Studios before he joined Riverside Theatres in 2000. The venue will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.

“Under his directorship, Riverside Theatres has become one of the most highly attended theatres in the country and has founded the resident theatre company, National Theatre of Parramatta. His passion for performing arts is truly inspiring,” council administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

Mr Love believes Riverside will be his final fulltime role.

“I won’t be around for too much longer but hope to stay for another few more years. I have some ideas I want to achieve or at least get started on with the redevelopment of Riverside into an even better place for the community. There are always opportunities to find new audiences.”

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