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Current Management Comittee

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.

Andrew MACKENZIE | SECRETARY | 2015 – PRESENT

Andrew is an Analyst in KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice and has extensive experience in providing transaction advice, tax, accounting and middle-market advisory services to private business 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.

lucas stibbard | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Lucas makes theatre and performance work which has included work as an actor, director, writer, dramaturg, producer, designer and teacher.  His work with The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, has included co-writing, co-directing, producing and performing in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning anti-romantic comedy BOY GIRL WALL, producing, co-devising and performing in ELEPHANT GUN for the World Theatre Festivals in 2011 and 2012 and co-devising and performing in the infamous ATTACK OF THE ATTACKING ATTACKERS! Lucas has worked nationally and internationally as a performer in numerous roles for Bell Shakespeare, Windmill Theatre, La Boite, Queensland Theatre Company, the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Melbourne Theatre Company and has taught for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Open), University of Southern Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. His passion however lies in the development and presentation of collaboratively devised work with an emphasis on theatricality, imagination, play, interaction and immersion. He is a recipient of the Brian Boak Bursary, a board member for Backbone Youth Arts, is the outgoing Artistic Director of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, is undertaking his Masters in Cultural Leadership at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and is a member of Queensland Theatre Company’s National Artistic Team.