2018 Team

Every year, Backbone Festival is facilitated and lead by a team of young, emerging arts leaders in collaboration with Backbone Youth Arts. With a mission to mould the festival team of the future, Backbone annually assembles a diverse group of young people to manage the Festival’s creation. This team is then mentored by industry professionals as they facilitate local and international talent alike.

Say hello to the 2018 team!


Esther dougherty

An ambitious and talented director, writer and producer, Esther brings a wealth of experience in creating innovative and immersive theatrical experiences to the festival team.


Siobhan martin

A hard-working artist and technical producer, Siobhan’s work supporting student and emergent theatre-makers is continued in her work ensuring this festival is a valuable space for young creatives.


Sam Girvan

A passionate musician and advocate of Brisbane’s live music scene, Sam joins the festival team as a musical programmer, connecting Backbone Festival to its venue’s punk rock roots.


Patrick mcgreevy

A resourceful artist and producer, Patrick is a theatre-maker, producer and Artistic Director of The Stan Dup Ensemble. He is well-versed in producing unique multi-arts events and festivals in exciting, non-traditional locations.