Following the sad demise of Diane Cilento in October 2011, her children – Giovanna Volpe and Jason Connery, were committed to continue Diane’s life work and passion in her memory. Diane’s legacy will live on through the operation of the Karnak Playhouse, in keeping with her Vision for the Theatre and the Performing Arts in Queensland and Australia.

As a result, The Diane Cilento Foundation Ltd was established. The Company is a public company limited by guarantee and operates as a not-for-profit company.

Under the Constitution, the main Purpose of the Company is to –

  • work towards the furtherance of the performing arts in Queensland and the overall Australian community by managing a portfolio of novel and educational performance programs including but not limited to theatre, music, dance and opera;
  • provide affordable performing arts theatre attendance to residents and tourists in Queensland and the overall population of Australia;
  • provide an affordable performance venue for schools, organisations, and private enterprises;
  • provide at least one novel, or experiential, or master class performing arts education program each year including but not limited to drama, music, dance and opera;
  • liaise with agencies that support national treasures to ensure the properties of The Diane Cilento Foundation are maintained in accordance with safety and national heritage legislation;
  • assist individuals, universities, colleges, public schools, and other organizations, both public and private, to instill values and aspirations consistent with those of the Company to provide safe, secure, and affordable performing arts theatre experiences to the general population of Queensland and Australia.

Details of the Registered Company are as follows:

Registered Name of Company: 

The Diane Cilento Foundation Ltd.

Registered Office Address: 

c/o Ecclesia Housing, Suite 105, 18-20 Ross Street, Parramatta NSW 2150. 

Principle Place of Business: 

Karnak Playhouse, 23 Karnak Road, Upper Whyanbeel, QLD 4876

ACN: 159 978 604

ABN: 25 159 978 604

Board of Directors: 

Giovanna Margaret VOLPE Jason Joseph CONNERY

Judy Patricia BANKO Ballina Emerenciana HARTSHORN

Joshua FUOCO Behroz CUMINE