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!