Workshops at Backbone


Let Backbone support you in exploring your practice with a diverse range of workshops and professional development opportunities. 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
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Cost: $150/term

Saturday Workshops are led by Lucinda Shaw with Grace Edward (pictured below).

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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 in a respectful, safe and diverse environment.

These workshops are responsive to the young people involved so there is never any pressure to work towards an outcome (performance). However, we do strive to host a few evenings throughout the year to share the developments of these workshops with 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 1: Feb 16th - March 30th
Term 2: May 11th - June 22nd
Term 3: August 3rd - Sept 14th
Term 4: Oct 12th - Dec 7th


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.


Grace Edward is an emerging Applied Theatre Facilitator and Director in Brisbane. After completing a bachelor’s degree of arts in contemporary and applied theatre at Griffith University in 2014, she was commissioned by the Refugee and Migrant Legal Services (RAILES) to co-facilitate, write and direct a Forum Theatre performance piece on domestic violence. Grace also worked as a facilitator for Communify from 2015 - 2016 offering drama and devising workshops for participants with various mental and physical disabilities. In July 2016, Grace returned to University to commence a master’s degree in Creative Industries. In 2018 Grace devised, wrote and directed Generations a Forum Theatre performance piece aimed to help migrant and refugee communities in South-East Queensland, define cultural principals, increase awareness and harmonise differences of the emerging culture between the young and elderly. Generations received assisted funding from the Brisbane City Council, BEMAC, Access Community Services and practice based mentoring and Dramaturgical support from Backbone Youth Arts Open Source & GO residency program and D-create.

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


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


Have you been investing in yourself ?

Ecosystem of self is a workshop series focused on creating and focusing on your internal being and working on ensuring we avoid emotional or physical burn out.

Ecosystem of Self

5:30PM - 8:30PM