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Queen's Birthday honour for Conservatorium's Artistic Ambassador

Published:10 June 2019

Peter Cousens, the Artistic Ambassador for CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

The Artistic Ambassador for CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Peter Cousens, has become a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

The award was announced in this week's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

CQCM Director Professor Judith Brown says the Conservatorium is very proud of its long association with Mr Cousens as he has directed many productions, including Necessary Targets, The Sentimental Bloke, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Mikado.

"Peter has also been an invaluable team member of our New Colombo Plan projects with the Bentley Music Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia," Professor Brown says.

"He has had a long career on stage and screen as an actor and music theatre performer, and was the first Australian to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on the West End.

"Peter is also an international film director, having directed the feature film Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jnr and William Sadler.

"He is an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign, aimed at making violence against women a thing of the past, and an Ambassador for Destiny Rescue, aimed at ending child trafficking and sexual exploitation."

Mr Cousens is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He worked for 10 years as an actor on television and on stage in Australia before becoming an internationally-acclaimed musical theatre star.

He is also the co-writer and director of the new Australian feature film Where is Daniel? (working title), slated for production in 2019.