Katherine Quigley is Backbone’s Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer and is one of the scholarship 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).
Stephen Quinn is a performance maker and producer who graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), and with a Masters of Creative Industries (Creative Production and Arts Management) in 2012. During his studies he spent time as an intern with both Circa and Queensland Theatre Company.
Sampson is a theatre maker, producer and performer in Brisbane, and is the Co-Artistic Director of The Sui Ensemble. Her notorious comedy band, The Architects of Sound (a collaboration with David Stewart and Sarah Stafford), toured nationally to Melbourne and Perth, after their season at the Brisbane Festival. She directed an Anywhere Award Winning performance in 2016, Awful/Big Adventure, which is due for redevelopment into a bigger, better work this year. In 2017, Sampson was the Associate Producer of Access Arts’ Undercover Artist Festival at Queensland Theatre. She has graduated with honors from QUT Creative Industries in the area of drama.
LUCAS STIBBARD makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer,dramaturg, writer and educator.
With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he helped found, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best actor against Geoffrey Rush, Toby Schmitz and Richard Roxburgh), Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012, Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, Packed and Suburbia for the Brisbane Festival.
Lucas’ performing work both nationally and internationally has included: Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist national tours), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger Age, Zig Zag Street national tour), Queensland Theatre (Constellations, The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (Hamlet), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by
Northwest) and Windmill Theatre (Grug including IPAY Florida and Imaginate Edinburgh and China in November/December 2017). Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid. This year Lucas was invited to join the UK cast of North By Northwest for their UK premiere season as well as their Canadian Premiere season. As a writer Lucas’ work incudes co-writing boy girl wall with Matthew Ryan – now in its fourth printing with Currency Press, Packed also co-written with Matthew Ryan, The Nundah Bypass Ate My Memories for Stage X Magazine, numerous articles for the union periodical, A Letter To The Recipient of What Was Technically My Second Kiss in Yours Truly Published by Allen and Unwin, and poems including These Feet Stand On Brisbane Tuff for Queensland Poetry Festival’s Poetry Map and 2 Odysseus/Astrolabe for The Good Room’s These Frozen Moments. As a dramaturg Lucas’ work has included projects with comedian Bart Fairbairn, Miss World Burlesque Imogen Kelly and on plays including Dan Evans and Marcel Dorney’s adaptation of The Tragedy of Richard The Third for La Boite and The Fledglings for Queensland Theatre.
As a director and designer Lucas’ credits include The Fledglings and The Lost Property Rules for Queensland Theatre, Elephant Gun for Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival and The Escapists, Packed for Hothouse Theatre and The Escapists (directing only), Breaker Morant and Chalk for The Empire Theatre and Horrendo’s Curse for Brisbane Powerhouse World Theatre Festival and Imaginary Theatre.
In between this Lucas has taught at Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, The Queensland Conservatorium of Music, The University of Southern Queensland, The National Institute of Dramatic Art (Open), The Queensland Academy of Creative Industries and The Aboriginal Center for the Performing Arts.
He is a member of Queensland Theatre’s National Artistic Team, an Arts Queensland and Australia Council Peer, is a board member for the Queensland Poetry Festival, served on the board for Backbone Youth Arts, has assisted in artistic and strategic planning for Brisbane Powerhouse and has been a proud member of Equity since 2000.