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STAFF

KATHERINE QUIGLEY | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Katherine Quigley is a producer and arts manager. She has completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries QUT (Drama) and Certificate IV in workplace training. Katherine has worked in various roles in project management for arts organisations including Flipside Circus, The Danger Ensemble, Artslink Queensland (Qld Arts Council), Youth Arts Queensland, Ausdance Queensland and Contact Inc. Kath has always loved cross art form collaborations and she is particularly interested in multi art form festivals, experimental and emerging arts festivals. Her work in this field began at 2High (2003) and lead to working on Straight Out Of Brisbane (SOOB) (2003, 2004), Artworkers Alliance’ inaugural Arc Biennial (2005) and Queensland Music Festival’s Australian International Music Market (2005) and  Berliner Festspiele’s Maerz Musik (2006).

ELLIOTT BLEDSOE | MARKETING MANAGER

Elliott does all things that publish, play, post, tweet and trend. Currently he is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Queensland Writers Centre, Digital Producer at Backbone Youth Arts and Geek in Residence at Regional Arts Victoria. elliottbledsoe.com is where I write about stuff I care about.

KATE MURPHY | FACILITATOR, DRAMA

Kate graduated from the University of Southern Queensland in 2008, with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts, majoring in Acting, where she performed in many productions. Since then Kate has toured for the Queensland Arts Council in Hermes Goes Environmental (2009). She has performed in the online Shakespeare Room videos and also performed in the 2011 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kate makes up one third of the independent theatre collective, All Together Now. With whom 2012 she performed in Life etc. As well as performing in Oh the Humanity as part of the Empire Theatre Homegrown Series. Kate is also employed at the University of Southern Queensland where she is currently directing Much Ado About Nothing. Kate also works as a voice over artist. She recorded a song for Sesame Street, and is currently providing the voices for the popular web series Shopkins.

CHRIS BECKEY | FACILITATOR, DRAMA

Chris Beckey has worked as a theatre maker throughout Australia since 1992. In 2014, he appeared as a performer in Queensland Theatre Company’s Macbeth, The Danger Ensemble’s CALIGULASalome for Metro Arts’ Awkward Conversation and in La Boite Theatre and The Brisbane Festival’s A Doll’s House, for which he was nominated for a Matilda Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

Chris is one of the Associate Artistic Directors of The Danger Ensemble and has appeared as a performer in their production of Loco Maricon Amor (Metro Independents, 2012) and The Wizard of Oz (co-production with La Boite Theatre and The Brisbane Festival, 2013). He also worked as the Associate Director on Sons of Sin (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 2013), wrote the text for Children of War (La Boite Indie, 2012), and worked as dramaturg on The Hamlet Apocalypse (La Boite Indie, 2011; Adelaide Fringe, 2010; Melbourne Fringe, 2009).

Chris has worked with a number of other theatre companies in Australia, including Queensland Theatre Company (Macbeth, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (co-production with Playbox Melbourne), Bash, Mad Hercules, Richard the Second), La Boite Theatre (A Paper House), Fractal Theatre (The OresteiaTheo: An Illumination of the Life of Van GoghCoriolanusDracula), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (The Cult of DionysusUnleashedMacbeth: As Told By the Weird SistersThe Man Who Sold the World) and Merrigong Theatre Company (Camarilla).

ALEXANDRA MCCALLUM | FACILITATOR, LIGHT ENSEMBLE

Alexandra McCallum is a writer, theatremaker, arts manager and community cultural development practitioner. She has co-written touring productions for Artslink Queensland and Brisbane City Council’s One Book One Brisbane program. as well as three commissions for Screech Theatre and one for Backbone Youth Arts.  Her script based on the early letters of Gwen Harwood has had readings at JWCOCA and Metro Arts.Other writing has appeared in Lowdown Magazine, Macarbre and Bareknuckle Poet where she is also a contributing editor. She has facilitated workshops and mentoring processes for young artists at numerous schools and community organisations and also worked as a project manager for Youth Arts Queensland for eight years. Her role at YAQ supported both young artists from a variety of backgrounds and youth arts organisations. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Griffith University.

ANNA YEN | FACILITATOR, LIGHT ENSEMBLE

Anna Yen is a performer, movement teacher and theatre maker.

Anna recently performed in: The Serpent’s Table – Sydney Festival 2014; BrisAsia Festival 2014: A Creation Myth – tunCLOUD 2013; Waterwheel Installation 2010; The Mop Up Professionals; Phoenix Rising; and Woodford Folk Festival. Anna has performed with Rock’n’Roll Circus (now CIRCA), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, and Encounters. Her collaborative physical / visual work White Sheets Project was part of ‘Undiscovered Country’ at the 2007 OzAsia Festival. The Case of All Things with Jeff Turpin toured to Taiwan.

A highlight of her work is the acclaimed one-woman show ‘Chinese Take Away’ and its film adaptation, which toured to festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia and USA. Anna is an actor on ‘Living in Hope”, a new work in development exploring internet dating fraud, directed by Andrea Moor. Anna is a clown with The Lamingtons, winners of the 2014 Creative Partnerships Art and Health Award (Qld).

Anna trained with Monika Pagneux, Philippe Gaulier, Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Shanghai Circus School and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre School. Anna has taught for QUT, University of Southern Qld, Griffith University, University of Qld, Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Flipside Circus, Brisbane Playback and Drama Qld. She teaches Awareness Through Movement at the Qld Conservatorium of Music. Anna regularly presents PlayMoves – Movement Workshops for Performance, which integrates Feldenkrais Method with ensemble performance skills. www.playmoves.org

LUCAS STIBBARD – FACILITATOR DRAMA

Lucas Stibbard makes theatre and performance. 

Lucas is a founding member of The Escapists, founder of the Breadbeard Collective and Artistic Director of The Festival of Australian Student Theatre.

Performing includes: boy girl wall – seasons 2009-14 incl. La Boite, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Theatre Company, HotHouse Theatre, Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Street Theatre, The Empire Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, The International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase – Pittsburgh, the Australia Pacific Arts Market, Metro Arts and a National Tour (The Escapists), North By Northwest (Melbourne Theatre Company), Elephant Gun (The Escapists / Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012), Attack of the Attacking Attackers! (The Escapists/La Boite), Festival of Fortune (with Barry Morgan) (Woodford Folk Festival 2013, 2014), Klutz (Monsters Appear / Brisbane Festival 2014), White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival 2013), Drag Queensland (Queensland Music Festival 2011), Fractions (QTC/HotHouse Theatre), Macbeth, The Landmine Is Me, An Oak Tree, Grimm Tales, Eating Ice-cream With Your Eyes Closed, The Cherry Orchard, The Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy (Queensland Theatre Company), Grug (Windmill Theatre / Out Of The Box / Sydney Children’s Festival / International Performing Arts for Youth Market Florida, Imaginate Festival Edinburgh), The Alchemist and Richard III National Tours (Queensland Theatre Company/Bell Shakespeare), New Royal (Metro Arts / Elbow Room / Straight Out Of Brisbane Festival), Zigzag Street National Tour and The Danger Age (La Boite), Hamlet (Queensland Theatre Company / State Theatre Company of South Australia), The Voice In The Walls (Imaginary Theatre) and The Empty City (The Human Company).

Directing/Facilitating/Devising includes: boy girl wall (The Escapists), The Landmine Is Me, The Lost Property Rules (Queensland Theatre Company), Head Office (Judith Wright Center), Suburbia (The Escapists / Brisbane Festival), The Last Broadcast (The Escapists / Brisbane festival), Elephant Gun (the Escapists / Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival 2011/12), ><R&J iteration 2 (The Breadbeard Collective / La Boite indie), ><R&J (Vena Cava), Fewer Emergencies (Metro Arts Awkward Conversations), Funny Boys (Empire Theatre), Horrendo’s Curse (Imaginary Theatre / Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival 2013, Queensland Theatre Company), Festival of Fortune (with Barry Morgan) (Woodford Folk Festival), The Laramie Project (Brisbane Powerhouse/The Forward Movement), Masque Of The Red Death (QUT / DFWS), The Revenge of the Revenging Revengers! (The Escapists), Neridah Waters is Dodgy (Metro Arts Free Range Festival), 1000 Ways To Say I Miss You (Dir. Sarah Winter) (Judith Wright Center For Contemporary Art Fresh Ground Program / La Boite Scratch Series), The Book of Everything (Brisbane Girl’s Grammar), Satan Said Dance (Griffith University), Return To Sender, It’s A Trifle, Not A Cake – The Mix-Tape Project (Queensland University of Technology).

VERENA CURR – FACILITATOR DRAMA

Verena Curr is an Australian multidisciplinary artist, practicing across contemporary theatre, performance, installation, facilitation, consultation and education in various settings. As a qualified teacher and professional artist, Verena is a specialist in working with children and their significant adults and is passionate about creating intergenerational experiences for all. Verena’s practice is often concerned with aspects of interdisciplinary, collaboration, interactivity, site-specific and physical and visual storytelling and she has toured nationally and internationally as part of various arts festivals and programs. Most recently Verena has contributed as a key creative on projects with Imaginary Theatre, The State Library of Queensland, Out Of The Box Festival, Queensland University of Technology, The Brisbane Writers Festival and The Walking Neighbourhood. Verena is looking forward to sharing her skills as facilitating artist with Backbone Youth Arts this year and to create opportunities for early years children to explore creativity and expression as part of a group, in playful, dynamic, and meaningful ways.

BOARD MEMBERS

SUE RIDER | CHAIRPERSON | 2007 – PRESENT

Sue Rider is a Brisbane-based director, writer, dramaturg and producer of theatre, music theatre, opera and theatre for young people. She was Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre from 1993 to 2000 and has won eighteen industry awards in Australia and New Zealand for her productions and original works. Sue is a long-standing member of AWG and MEAA (Equity) and has served as committee member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, member of the Queensland State Arts Advisory CommitteeExternal Examiner in Theatre and member of the Faculty of Arts Advisory Committee for USQ and as Chair of Magdalena Australia 2003 Women’s Theatre Festival. Sue is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and has been Chair of Backbone Youth Arts since 2008.

JOANNE DWYER | DEPUTY CHAIR | 1997 – PRESENT

Joanne is a lawyer working at Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Brisbane), a national commercial law firm, with over 25 years experience.  Her legal experience includes work for a range of non-profit and charitable organisations, advising on their structure, constituent documents, governance and legal obligations. She is also a committee member of Playlab Inc, and has been with Backbone’s Management Committee for 17 years.

BRIAN TUCKER | TREASURER | 2006 – PRESENT 

Brian is an accountant and auditor and has been running an arts-based practice since 1980. He is the current treasurer of Backbone and has occupied that position for 7 years. More widely Brian acts as auditor of over a hundred arts organisations and Aboriginal art centres across Australia. He has been involved, as Treasurer, in youth arts and arts organisations for many years, and also works and supports individual practitioners.

MITCHELL ALEXANDER | SECRETARY | 2015 – PRESENT

Mitchell is a senior adviser in KPMG’s Private Enterprise practice, which comprises of a team that is dedicated to servicing private businesses ranging from start-up companies to large corporate groups.

NATASHA BUDD | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Dr Natasha Budd is a Queensland-based theatre director and educator. She has worked in a diverse range of environments including primary, secondary and tertiary education; applied performance and theatre for children and young people. In 2014 she completed a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, which won the Philip Parsons Prize for Practice led research. Her most recent work Joy Fear and Poetry was performed by a cast of 7–12 year olds at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane. Natasha is currently a lecturer in drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Artist-in-Residence at Flipside Circus.

DOROTHY FARRELL | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Dorothy is a marketing and communications leader with a strong passion for the arts, education and young people. She has over 12 years’ experience working in the creative industries, nine of which have been spent in various roles at Brisbane Powerhouse. In her current role as Brisbane Powerhouse Marketing & Communications Director (2011-present), Dorothy is responsible for marketing (including branding, digital, audience development, direct marketing, advertising, public relations, media partnerships, festival campaign management) and ticketing. Dorothy has also worked with Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Multicultural Festival, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and JMC Academy.

Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing, Communications and Literary & Cultural Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years), both from QUT. She has also studied leadership with Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Institute of Management and QUT.

DANIEL FLOOD | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Daniel Flood is the Creative Manager at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Daniel brings to Backbone’s board extensive experience in community arts and creative technology engagement from working with organisations such as Artful Dodger Studios, Visionary Images and Frankston City Council. In Brisbane Daniel has spent time working with young people  through Backbone Youth Arts, La Boite Theatre Company and the Brisbane City Council. He has worked with young and emerging artists for over fifteen years and believes in supporting their development into professional arts entrepreneurs capable to sustaining their arts business.

JESSIE RASMUSSEN | MEMBER | 2014 – PRESENT

Jessie is an event management professional with over 5 years of industry experience ranging from not-for-profit organisations to theatrical production companies. Working with organisations such as Expressions Dance Company, Australian Institute of Company DirectorsAustralian Institute of Management, MCI Group Australia and Somerville House as well as working in a vast range of venues throughout Australia. Jessie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Production giving her a unique understanding of the various technical aspects involved in creating innovative events. Throughout her experience she has managed sponsorship portfolios, established strong business relations with stakeholders in Brisbane and wider Queensland as well as coordinating events nationally and overseas.

MATTHEW STRACHAN | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Matthew is an Australian based Technical Consultant. After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and New York University’s Liberal Arts program, Matthew worked on a broad range of projects both nationally and internationally. Now, as Technical Systems Specialist for Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industry Faculty, Matthew has a passion for developing technology platforms to allow students to create innovate art that bridge science, digital media, and performing arts.

BACKBONE’S 2HIGH FESTIVAL TEAM – 2016

ANDY GREEN

Andy Green is a TV director, art contributor and freelance “stuff” filmer. Since graduating his Fine Arts Film degree at QUT in 2013 he has directed and edited Australia’s Lotto draws at Channel 7, as well as producing theatre for Magnetic North Theatre Company. He loves comics, films and arguing about story conventions.

SOPHIE-JANE

Sophie-Jane is passionate about feminism. She is a theatre maker, musician, activist and general ‘art-er’. In her theatre practice and community involvement she is interested in amplifying voices to make feminism more intersectional. Her theatre company, Magnetic North, recently finished a successful Anywhere Festival season. Sophie-Jane enjoys good coffee, selfies and fights on the internet.

BRI ZAMMIT

Recently graduated and ready to roar; Bri Zammit is an aspiring producer keen to explore innovative audience experiences in the live performance sector. With theatre in her heart, film in her eyes and music in her ears, Bri strives to immerse herself in the local creative community and is driven to rebuild Brisbane as an essential cultural city in Australia.

ELIZABETH LONG

Elizabeth struggled for a long time trying to decide between her loves of science and art, then she decided she didn’t have to. At 14, she joined the Young Scientists of Australia Brisbane (YSA) and discovered the magic of science communication. Over the past 8 years Elizabeth has held multiple positions on the Executive Committee including President. She has gained great skill in developing and delivering science demonstrations and workshops. All along the way she never lost her love of art, after school finding a new voice in the choirs of Vocal Manoeuvres.

HANNAH FARRELLY

Hannah challenges the idea that art and sport are mutually exclusive, and passionately strives to demonstrate how these two practises can work together. She is constantly finding ways to explore the biomechanics and limitations of the body throughout her work in physical theatre. Hannah currently works as a performer, movement choreographer, director and teaching artist for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and has founded Audax Industria Ensemble.

KAITLYN TIGHE

Kaitlyn dropped out of psychology because she wanted to help people… turns out being an innately creative and sensitive soul, will make you a better song-writer than a therapist. Now she is an independent artist who strives to help others by creating open conversations and sharing stories in her work. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music earlier this year, she had wasted no time and is currently using the power of art to help build a sense of community in her daily life.

FRANCIS WALTON

By night: Francis is a modern day Mr Fix-it – if there is a problem, he will solve it. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) from QUT in 2011 he has been using his experience as a performer to enhance his work as a freelance lighting designer and theatre technician. During this time he has worked on several award winning productions as an operator and stage manager. By day: Francis works as a Timetabling Coordinator for a natural health college, looking after students across Australia.

RUBY NEWPORT

Ruby Newport is a multidisciplinary artist currently studying in her final semester of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama at QUT. She has an equal love of the development of new works, producing and creative portraiture photography. Without relying too much on coffee, Ruby will apply her unique skill set to work as both producer and photographer for this festival.

STEPH LINSDELL

Steph’s first love is music, but she is also keenly interested in visual art, dance, fashion, poetry and storytelling. Whilst a fiercely independent artist, she thrives on the stimulating collaborations of creative minds. Steph is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, music producer, composer and educator. Steph is a classically-trained musician who finds freedom in expressing herself through her brand of darkly whimsical folktronica in her solo project Quintessential Doll. She is a vegetarian and enjoys the works of Tim Burton and Sylvia Plath.

ROY GORDON

Roy is a songwriter, singer, 3D developer and all round music lover. He enjoys reading, food, gaming and listening to dramatic indie songs on long rainy train rides. Currently about to finish his Bachelor of Music, Roy spends his time singing/songwriting for the band Neon Underground, producing/songwriting  his solo project Opaeka and fueling his addiction to Lipton Ice Tea.

AIDAN HOGG

Aidan is a Brisbane based musician with experience in studio production and engineering, session musician work, as well as music journalism and photography work representing music websites The AU Review and Fasterlouder. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. His primary songwriting and production project Tremors has received national airplay on Triple J and a high rotation feature on Triple J Unearthed.

JADE ELLIS

Jade is a multifaceted artist with strong roots in producing and arts administration. She is currently in her final year of university studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at QUT, where she has gained skills through various projects and internships. Jade will bring forward this skillset to produce the programs: The F Word and Science.

RAY MILNER

Ray is a freelance Scenic Designer (Set and Costume) with a background in Interior Design,  Stage Management and Technical Production. Ray graduated with a Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Production from the University of Southern Queensland in ‘09 and since then has been working professionally in the Theatre Industry as a Stage Manager, Designer and Supervisor in numerous venues and companies around Australia. Most notably Ray designed “The New Black” a new Aboriginal musical written and directed by Stephen Lloyd Helper (“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”) which stared Ernie Dingo and Robin Archer.  Ray has recently given up Stage Managing to focus solely on Design.

RHIANNE BLACKLER

With a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries under her belt, Rhianne is quickly becoming a jack of all trades in the events industry. From assistant stage managing to volunteer administration to marketing, Rhianne has been involved in a wide range of events based roles since her graduation from QUT in December 2014. Rhianne’s passions lie with live performance and festivals, however, she is not afraid to venture deeper into the vast world of events and entertainment to explore new and exciting opportunities.