BACKBONE STAFF

Katherine Quigley

Katherine Quigley is the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts, the Chair of Vulcana Women’s Circus and an active member of the Queensland Chamber of Arts and Culture and the national youth arts steering committee. A scholarship recipient and graduate of NIDA’s inaugural cohort, Masters of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership Katherine specialises in producing collaborative, experimental multi-arts and cultural experiences. Her career spans 15 years as a producer of multi-arts festivals, events, exhibitions, theatre and circus working for; Maerz Muzik Berlin, Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, State Library of Queensland, Artworkers Alliance, The Danger Ensemble, Company 2, Flipside Circus, Youth Arts Queensland, Straight Out of Brisbane (SOOB), Contact Inc, Black Drum Productions, Vibewire Hub, Backbone’s 2high Festival, Lucks, Lightbox Studio and Artslink. She has produced works for Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Metro Arts, Theater Basel and Hebbel Theatre (Berlin) and has worked with artists in Australia, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Her final subject at NIDA was an International Placement (1 month) at the Battersea Arts Centre, where she observed and researched the company’s resilience model with reflection towards their programming for children and young people. In addition to her studies at NIDA she has completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries with subjects in Drama, Film and Music and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting (partial completion) at the Queensland University of Technology.  Katherine is also a peer assessor for Arts Queensland and the Australia Council. 


Lucas
Stibbard

Lucas Stibbard makes theatre and performance. A founding member of The Escapists, Lucas Stibbard has extensive experience nationally and internationally as a performer, writer, director, designer, dramaturg and educator. He has taught at Queensland University of Technology, The University Of Southern Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium and for NIDA, Queensland Theatre and La Boite. Lucas' performing work has included: Punchdrunk (The Lost Lending Library), 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, Imaginate Edinburgh and tours of China). He has won a number of awards including 2011 Best Independent Production Matilda Award and a Helpmann Nomination for Boy Girl Wall. He is the recipient of the Jean Trundle Memorial Bursary, the Brian Boak Bursary for Outstanding Performance and a NIDA Fellowship. He is currently a Doctoral Student at QUT and a proud member of Equity since 2000.


Stephen
Quinn

 
 

Sampson
Smith

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.

He was the General Manager of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre in 2012 and 2013. He has also worked with Phluxus2 Dance Collective as a Production Assistant and Communications Manager and Switchboard Arts as a Producer. Working independently for himself and other Brisbane based artists he has produced shows in Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, 2High Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Anywhere Theatre Festival.


 

Sampson is a maker of theatre, music, performance and graphic design. A graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) Honours Research program in 2013, Sampson makes bold work that spans many contemporary forms. She is the Co-Artistic Director and Head of Marketing at The Sui Ensemble, directing their award-winning immersive event Awful/Big Adventure in 2016, and part of the core team bringing the performance event Tragic Trivia to life. She is a founding member of the comedy trio The Architects of Sound which has presented work at Brisbane Festival, Fringe World, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival. As a producer Sampson has worked with Access Arts for the Undercover Artist Festival (2017), and Anywhere Theatre Festival (2014). In 2012, Sampson was proud to act as the Artistic Director of Vena Cava Productions at QUT.