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Backbone Ensemble


a year-long program focusing on extending performance making skills, facilitated by an industry leader.



Backbone Ensemble is for artists who are 16 - 30 years of age from any background or discipline who want to train, collaborate and develop work with performance-maker Lucas Stibbard.

The ensemble will engage in weekly training across the year as well as enjoying specialist master-classes and the opportunity to work in an ensemble of complementary performance artists and to further their own practice. There will opportunities to engage in performative outcomes throughout the year.

WHERE: Weekly workshops will take place at Backbone’s Venue, the old East Brisbane Bowls Club.
WHEN: Classes will happen one night a week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, due to the flexible and responsive nature of the work, this may extend to extra evenings or calls as projects emerge. But the training will happen once a week. There will be some flexibility on settling on a suitable night but it will be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and will align with most school / university terms and semesters.
COST: The cost of participation in Backbone Ensemble 2019 is $500.00 and payment plans will be made available for those who need it.

HOW TO APPLY: The Backbone Ensemble will be selected from a group audition. Step one, complete the registration form below. Step two, respond to the confirmation email to let us know the audition slot you’d like to attend.

Audition sessions will be held Wednesday January 23 and Thursday January 24 sessions will be available between 11am and 1pm, 2pm and 4pm and 6.30pm and 8.30pm both days. Reply to your confirmation email to nominate which session suits you.

You only need to attend one of the sessions.

Submissions for Backbone’s 2019 Artist Programs have now closed. Thank you for your interest! All artists will be contacted shortly.


2018 Ensemble


In 2018 the Backbone Ensemble created Ride, an experience that put audience members in the passenger seat of a drive down memory lane. This was presented in the Chinatown Car Park during the 2018 Valley Fiesta, as well as at the Backbone Festival. The Ensemble is also creating work for Festival of Australian Student Theatre 2018.

It is amazing to be treated like a growing artist rather than a child.
— Indiah Morris, Backbone Ensemble 2018
Ride was a pleasure to be a part of. Scrambling to piece it together for Valley Fiesta drew us together and tested our ability to be discerning with our scenes - how, what and why were the go to words. Standing on the Chinatown carpark rooftop, hearts pumping, it was hard to believe that this beast of a show had come from just a brainwave a few months ago.
— Sean McCarthy, Backbone Ensemble 2018
There is constant talk of other organisations and people and their types of working, which is very helpful to take as a pile of examples to structure and test with my own methods. It is also providing a creative environment which is currently the one source keeping me in touch with creative developing practices, helped of course by the motivation you tap in to from every wonderful person around you!
— Claire McFadyen, Backbone Ensemble 2018