• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: IMP0257

Rowe, Marilyn

(1946 – )
  • Nationality Australian
  • Born 20 August, 1946, Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Dancer, Teacher


Marilyn Rowe, the first graduate of the Australian Ballet School to be appointed its director in 1999, was recruited into the Australian Ballet Company in 1965 after completing the course in 1964. She was a principal artist with the Australian Ballet and later became ballet director, deputy artistic director and in 1984 director of the Dancers Company, a post she held until 1990. She has been on the Board of the Australian Ballet since 1994. She has directed and coached many of the leading dancers of the Australian Ballet and has produced and directed major contemporary and classical works. Other positions include that of Life Governor of the Berry St Child and Family Care since 1985. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1979 for her services to ballet in Australia.


  • 2001 - 2001

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

  • 2017 - 2017

    Received for significant service to the performing arts, particularly to ballet, as an artistic director, administrator, internationally acclaimed performer and competition jurist.

    Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Pictures Collection
    • Portrait of Marilyn Rowe, O.B.E., 1993 [picture] / Greg Barrett

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