Workshops at Backbone


Let Backbone support you in exploring your practice with a diverse range of workshops and professional development opportunities for artists under 30. Check out what's on-offer below.

All workshops held at Backbone Youth Arts, 38 Lytton Road, East Brisbane.


Saturday Workshops

Ages 6 – 12
11:00am – 12:30pm

ages 12 – 16
1:00am – 2:30pm

Cost: $150/term


Saturday Workshops are led by Lucinda Shaw.

Unleash your creativity with Backbone’s Saturday Workshops! These are fun, inclusive, and inspiring spaces where young people can learn essential performance skills from industry leaders. Participants in these workshops are empowered to explore their creativity, and are given the tools to create dynamic and meaningful performance about topics that matter to them. 

At the end of each term, performances developed during these workshops are shared with an audience of friends and family. Past performances have also been featured at the Backbone Festival, Festival of Australian Student Theatre, and other venues across Brisbane.

These workshops run concurrently with the Queensland term dates. Term Three workshops begin Saturday 21st of July. Register today!

Lucinda Shaw is multimodal theatre arts practitioner with three decades of experience working to facilitate creative development through experiential engagement. As a performer/teacher/artist-in-residence with Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre she utilises drama pedagogy to connect children with themselves, others and nature. Previously she has taught Art, Theatre, Acting, Performance Studies and Relationships Education at Moreton Institute of TAFE, as well as Dramatic Form and Communicative Performance at Griffith University. She has delivered workshops with Backbone and Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre and other community organisations. She has also practiced as a professionally-qualified counsellor using multimodal creative therapy at Kinections.

Backbone Ensemble

Ages 16 - 30

Cost: $500 annually


The Backbone Ensemble is led by Lucas Stibbard.

Backbone Ensemble is a collection of young artists brought together for a year of work under the facilitation of an industry leader.

In 2019, the Backbone Ensemble is working with Lucas Stibbard to train and create work together in a tight-knit ensemble. This is an opportunity to stretch performance skills and networks, across a total of 40 weeks of training throughout the year.

This is an audition-based process with an annual intake.


A founding member of The Escapists, Lucas Stibbard has extensive theatre experience primarily in Queensland and has taught at NIDA and the Queensland University of Technology, among other places. He also writes, works as a dramaturg and in stage management. 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). He has won a number of awards including 2011 Best Independent Production Matilda Award and a Helpmann Nomination for Boy Girl Wall.

Girls Rock! BNE

Monday 7 – Friday 11 January

Ever wanted to learn an instrument, form a band and write a song? At Girls Rock! Brisbane (GR!BNE), you’ll form a band, learn an instrument, watch live music performances, participate in creative and confidence building workshops - like screen printing band t-shirts, songwriting, rock’n’roll fitness and self defence - and write an original song to be performed at the end of the week. 

 GR!BNE IMAGES: Tricia King

GR!BNE IMAGES: Tricia King