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Current Staff

KATHERINE QUIGLEY | Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Quigley is Backbone’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer. She has worked in various arts organisations including Flipside Circus, The Danger Ensemble, Artslink Queensland (Qld Arts Council), Youth Arts Queensland, Ausdance Queensland and Contact Inc. Kath is particularly interested in creating engaging learning and participatory environments in the arts and often finds herself making a festival to fulfil her multiple art form interests and adoration for the experimental. Her work in this field began at Backbone’s 2high Festival (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).


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 DionysusUnleashed,Macbeth: As Told By the Weird SistersThe Man Who Sold the World) and Merrigong Theatre Company (Camarilla).


Deb Suckling brings a wealth of expertise to Backbone with over 15 years experience in the arts in Queensland, including arts creation and program delivery across the state. At QMusic Deb was the program manager for over 7 years where her role included program development and delivery including workshops, education and mentoring along with the production of the Queensland Music Awards and delivery of Big Sound annually. Deb is also the owner and director of Sugarrrush Music – one of the longest running Independant labels in Brisbane.


Katelyn Panagiris is a young and emerging arts marketer with an array of experience and recommendations already under her belt at the age of 19. After graduating with high achievements from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries with an IB of 42 (the equivalent of an OP 1), Katelyn has proven herself to be a driven and highly organised independent young arts worker having worked at Metro Arts in the Marketing team for 9 months and also as an Administration Assistant for Metro Arts. Katelyn was a board member of Terra Nemo Theatre Company, an independent company managed and run by young theatre makers in Brisbane.