Katherine Quigley is Backbone’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer and is one of the schollarship recipients in NIDA’s inaugural cohort of MFA Cultural Leadership. She brings to the company and the young people we work with a wealth of knowledge of the sector having 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 developing a sustainable sector and enjoys working across art forms which she has done in her work on many festivals including Backbone’s 2high Festival (2003) 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 CALIGULA, Salome 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 Oresteia, Theo: An Illumination of the Life of Van Gogh, Coriolanus, Dracula), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (The Cult of Dionysus, Unleashed,Macbeth: As Told By the Weird Sisters, The Man Who Sold the World) and Merrigong Theatre Company (Camarilla).
Johnny Legobye is an emerging producer who graduated the Applied Theatre degree at Griffith University (2012). He has worked with Nest for Change, The Danger Ensemble, Flipside Circus, Digi Youth Arts and The Leftovers. While working The Danger Ensemble he a part of Loco Maricon Amor (2012), Children of War (2013), Sons of Sin (2014), Caligula (2015) in various production and performative roles. He was one of the Artistic Directors of Backbone’s 2high Festival (2015) and since has performed in Luster (Wonderland, 2high Festival, Royal Croquet Club) and was the Production Coordinator of Dust Covered Butterfly (2015). Currently, he is working with Backbone as the Associate Producer.