What is your background and how did you come to work at the state theatre company?
In 2017, I secured an internship with Queensland Theatre (QT) through my course at university. I was placed with the Development and Philanthropy team to help them with the early stages of the Bille Brown Theatre project. It was such a fantastic internship and was the perfect place to combine both my Communications and Drama degrees. In the middle of 2017 I graduated from university and finished up my internship. A few weeks later, I went back to QT to thank the team for the placement and was offered the role of Campaign Coordinator.
Tell us about your role here at Queensland Theatre?
As Campaign Coordinator, I work with Development and Philanthropy to manage events and develop communication material for the Foundations for the Future Campaign. This year I have also managed the Legal Chapter (a large group of Legal professionals who attend the theatre as a group and donate to the Play Commissioning Fund) as well as Insider (our exclusive bi-annual donor magazine).
What has been your favourite experience at Queensland Theatre?
Any backstage experience. I feel quite fortunate to be able to access these exclusives insights into our productions. Whether it’s a backstage tour, being in the rehearsal room or seeing a sketch of the set design, I’m always so excited to be a part of it.
Have you always been interested in the arts?
I’ve always been interested in drama and music and studied these throughout high school. At university I continued to study Drama and loved it! I’ve been trying to see as much theatre as I can but also venturing out to see the Opera, Orchestra and Ballet to support the whole arts sector.
Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?
I went to Takayama in Japan a few years ago. They have a beautiful historical section of the town. Walking down the small lanes lined with wooden houses from the Edo Period was incredible. Then it started to snow. It felt so magical. We stayed in a traditional Japanese Inn (a Ryokan) and were able to use the Onsen’s (hot spring baths) too. It’s a town filled with traditional Japanese culture and traditions, somewhere I’d recommend anyone visiting Japan to stay a few nights.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
It’s a little cliché but chocolate.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I’ve recently moved into West End, so my favourite thing to do at the moment is discover all the great places to eat and drink. It’s great to then share these discoveries with family and friends.
In your opinion – what is the best play ever and why?
Black is the New White
– I was stoked that this was the first play in our 2018 season. I had heard a lot of great things about this play and was very excited to see it on stage. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at the theatre. I loved how natural the dialogue was, how Lui cleverly interjects current issues but mostly how funny and relatable the text is.