Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK AT THE STATE THEATRE COMPANY?

My background is in arts education. Prior to starting work at Queensland Theatre I have been teaching Drama in secondary schools in both Brisbane and London, with my most recent school being Brigidine College. I have a strong passion for arts education, specifically Drama and have been Vice-President of Drama Queensland since 2017. I am now incredibly lucky to be able to share my love of the arts, specifically with live theatre, to Queensland school audiences.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE HERE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

A large part of my role involves providing opportunities for schools to connect with Queensland Theatre. I develop, communicate, coordinate and deliver Queensland Theatre’s Education programs, projects and services. My work involves exposing the next generation of theatre-makers to the arts and sparking their passion, curiosity and creativity!

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE LIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES?

I can’t choose – I will go with my most recent favourite live performance: To Kill a Mockingbird (adapted by Aaron Sorkin for the stage and starring Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch) on Broadway. An incredible piece of theatre that I still think about. The repetition of the phrase ‘all rise’ set the scene for a court room drama as well as a battle cry for American politics. Clever writing Mr Sorkin.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN BRISBANE?

There are too many! However, one of my favourite go-to pre-show meals is the duck ragout at Julius Pizzeria! I’m a real foodie so like to try a new restaurant each week – my list is ever-growing.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

JASPER JONES last year was a huge highlight for me. The book is incredibly iconic and a magnificent piece of literature, so to see it brought to life on the mainstage in such a poignant and captivating way was such a privilege.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU'VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

I was very fortunate to have spent time living and working in London – I may have come back to Australia broke, but I consider it money well-spent on travel. Iceland would have to be one of my most favourite places visited during that time! However, my favourite place to visit is undoubtedly New York City – I just spent my Christmas break there, and saw more plays and musicals than nights I was there – that’s what I call a successful trip!

WHAT SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019?

I can’t choose – FANGIRLS and ANTIGONE – I’m a sucker for Musical Theatre and a good old Greek Theatre classic!

 

 


Emma Funnell
Education Coordinator
Queensland Theatre