Annual Report 2005 - Queensland Theatre Company

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Annual Report 2005 - Queensland Theatre Company

Annual Report 2005


78 Montague RoadSouth BrisbaneABN 27 822 967 021Telephone: 07 3010 7600PO Box 3310 South Brisbane BCQueensland 4101Facsimile: 07 3010 7699Email: mail@qldtheatreco.com.auWebsite: www.qldtheatreco.com.auReport ofQueensland Theatre CompanyTo The Hon Rod Welford MPMinister for Educationand Minister for the ArtsMy Dear MinisterThe Members of the Board of Queensland Theatre Company have the honour to present to you their 37th report, in respect ofthe period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005.30 March 2006Dr Kate FoyChairThe Annual Report is available from the Administration Office of Queensland Theatre Company.


VisionQueensland Theatre Company is one of the best theatre companies in the world. We are living proof that theatrematters.MissionOur mission is to provide excellent artistic experiences, develop Queensland theatre artists, and so promote anddevelop theatre in Queensland and Australia.ValuesOur people are our greatest asset. Everyone associated with the Company believes in and adopts the followingbeliefs:1. Contributing to Society:Celebrating the power of art to transform.2. Change, Variety and Creativity:An open and committed approach to work that frequently changes.Breaking new ground through innovation and flexibility.3. Working Together:We work as a team toward our common goals creating an environment that:• encourages respect and trust• is supportive• values individual differences• allows time for reflection and celebration4. Exceptional Service:We look for every opportunity to exceed our customers’ expectations.GoalsWe have determined five key goals that will carry the Company forward.• Creating great work• Developing highly skilled theatre practitioners• Growing audience numbers• Affirming our employees as our greatest asset• Building a financially strong company2A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


ContentsCompany Profile...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4Functions of the Company.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5Chair’s Report............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6Artistic Director’s Report................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................7Board of Directors and Staff......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................8Board Members................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................12Executive Staff...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................15Major Achievements.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................17Cultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane Season.............................................................................................................................................................................18Cultural Events - Regional Partnerships Program....................................................................................................................................................................27Artistic Development......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................30Freelance Theatre/Personnel..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................30Writing Program...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................31Emerging Artists Program...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................33Audience Development................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................34Statistics.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................34Season Ticket Holder Events and General Audience Development....................................................................................................................35Corporate Development..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................37Youth & Education Program....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................39Industry Development...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................44Forward Planning................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................45Governance................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................46Financial Statements......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................47Sponsor Acknowledgement....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................70Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t3


Company ProfileQueensland Theatre Company is Queensland’s state theatrecompany. Its first production, Royal Hunt of the Sun, openedon 1 October 1969 in the SGIO (later the Suncorp) Theatre.Queensland Theatre Company continues its commitmentto producing timeless classics from the world’s dramaticrepertoire, as well as modern classics and the best newplays from Australia, Europe, America and the rest of theworld. During its 37 years of operation the Company hasnurtured many of Australia’s best known theatre artists– actors, directors, designers and playwrights.In 2005, the Company presented three productions inthe Playhouse, QPAC, three productions in the CremorneTheatre, QPAC, and three at its home venue, Bille BrownStudio.Queensland Theatre Company has built a strong and loyalSeason Ticket Holder base and each year the Companyundertakes a number of activities to encourage broad accessto and participation in its work. One of the Company’spriorities is audience development, which is pursuedthrough a wide range of initiatives for young peopleincluding students, special interest groups and people withlimited income.Play Production ProgramQueensland Theatre Company presents a Brisbane seasoneach year. In 2005, nine plays were presented, including onenew work that undertook a two year development process.The Company provides opportunities to profile and developthe skills and talents of Queensland theatre artists andenables Queensland audiences to see the work of some ofAustralia’s best playwrights, actors, directors, designers andtechnicians.From time to time, Queensland Theatre Company also bringsto Brisbane contemporary productions from interstatetheatre companies. The Company, in turn, has regularlyshowcased its own work throughout Australia. In 2005, theCompany presented the work of Company B Belvoir andMelbourne Theatre Company in its mainstage season.Regional QueenslandQueensland Theatre Company tours annually into regionalQueensland, presenting education programs. In 2005the Company continued its strategic partnerships withother educational and performing arts organisations inregional Queensland centres. These projects provided artistdevelopment programs in major regional centres and smallerrural communities.Youth & Education ProgramQueensland Theatre Company is dedicated to the supportand development of young and emerging artists throughoutQueensland. The Youth & Education Program aims to sharethe wealth of experience within the Company with youngpeople and educators, provide new access points foraudiences and provide opportunities for emerging artists.The Company offers an extensive program for children andyoung people that include new theatre works for youngaudiences, young artist development opportunities, schoolsprograms, theatre skills workshops and residencies,playwriting competitions, online and virtual chats andworkshops and audience development activities for themainstage. Where appropriate, Queensland TheatreCompany engages young theatre artists in these programs.The participation in this program has grown from 12,000people in 2001 to more than 37,000 people in 2005.Writing ProgramThe Company has an extensive program for the developmentof writing for performance. This includes networkingforums, residencies, workshops, readings, playwritingawards, productions and a play assessment service whereappropriate. In 2005 the Company presented The Works,an annual program of public readings, showcasing newQueensland and overseas works developed throughoutthe year. In 2005, the Company continued the QueenslandPremier’s Drama Award, presenting Mano Nera, as part ofthe Queensland Week celebrations. The Company also calledfor applicants for the next cycle of the Premier’s DramaAward program, with entries closing in October 2005.Commissions and Development ofTheatre PractitionersThe Company aims to create opportunities to nurture itsartists including commissions, workshops, assistant artistpositions, mentorships, residencies and other initiatives. TheCompany also undertakes to provide training opportunitiesfor theatre practitioners in the areas of wardrobe, productionand administrative positions.A wide variety of additional activities forms part of theCompany brief. Assistance, in the form of professionalservices and skills-sharing, is provided to a number ofsmaller theatre companies and individual theatre artists.In 2005 the Company continued its focus on thedevelopment of emerging theatre practitioners with aprogram of training for two actors, one wardrobe trainee,three administrative trainees and a workshop apprentice.The Company is principally supported by the QueenslandGovernment through Arts Queensland and the MajorPerforming Arts Board of the Australia Council, the FederalGovernment’s arts funding and advisory program.4A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Functions of the CompanyQUEENSLAND THEATRE COMPANY is a Statutory Authorityof the Queensland Government established by an Act ofthe Queensland Parliament in 1970 (amended 2003). Thefunctions of the Company as set out in section 12 of theQueensland Theatre Company Act 1970 are:(a) to promote and encourage the development andpresentation of the arts of the theatre;(b) to promote and encourage public interest andparticipation in the arts of the theatre;(c) to promote and encourage either directly or indirectlythe knowledge, understanding, appreciation andenjoyment of drama and other arts of the theatre in alltheir expressions, forms and media;(d) to produce, present and manage plays, and otherforms and types of theatre and entertainment in placesdetermined by the theatre company;(e) to establish and conduct schools, lectures, courses,seminars and other forms of education in drama andother arts of the theatre;(f) to teach, train and instruct persons and promoteeducation and research in drama and other arts of thetheatre;(g) to provide or assist to provide theatres andappurtenances of theatres;(h) to encourage the involvement of persons resident inQueensland in the writing of plays and other aspects ofthe arts of the theatre;(i) to perform the functions given to the theatre companyunder another Act;(j) to perform functions that are incidental, complimentaryor helpful to, or likely to enhance the effective andefficient performance of, the functions mentioned inparagraphs (a) to (i);(k) to perform functions of the type to which paragraph (j)applies and which are given to the theatre company inwriting by the Minister.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t5


Chair’s Report2005 has been an eventful year for Queensland TheatreCompany. The Company premiered a new Queensland playMano Nera, developed a new audience by presenting an endof year family event with A Christmas Carol, and saw a hugeincrease in attendances and participation by young peoplethrough its Youth & Education Program. The Company alsocontinued its commitment to the development of theatrepractitioners including artists, technical, administrative andproduction staff.The Company’s other significant development was thedesign and construction of its new scenery workshop. This isthe final stage in the Company’s move to its premises at 78Montague Road and will finally see the entire operation ofthe Company under the one roof.With approximately half of the Company’s annual revenuederived from volatile box office and the corporate sector, andcontinued escalation of operating costs, Queensland TheatreCompany continues to face the challenge of maintaining itsfinancial strength.The Company has ended the year with a deficit, which wasanticipated due to delays in the construction of the newworkshop as well as some less than anticipated box officereturns. However, the Company’s overall position remainsstrong with $1,224,000 in accumulated reserves.The Company presented a total of 440 performances toQueensland audiences, playing to more than 89,000 peoplethroughout Queensland, and the rest of Australia. Therewere 266 performances in the Company’s Brisbane season.The Company performed nine productions in its mainstageseason.Sponsorship levels remained strong in 2005 with totalcash and in kind contribution of more than $312,000. TheCompany extends sincere thanks to major sponsors BendigoBank, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Deacons, Ergon Energyand University of Southern Queensland. Thanks also goesto Sun Microsystems, Orlando Wyndham, Palace CentroCinemas and Brisbane Marriott Hotel for their continuedsupport. Our sponsors of the Queensland Premier’s DramaAward, BDO Kendalls and Griffith University, continue toassist in the development of Queensland playwrights.Funding from State and Federal Governments continuesto be vital and the Company extends its gratitude to bothGovernments for investing in the state and national culturethrough Queensland Theatre Company. I would like totake this opportunity to thank the State Government, andmost particularly the Minister for Education and the Arts,the Hon Rod Welford MP, for his support and assistance ofQueensland Theatre Company.I thank the Board members for their constant support andguidance for the Company. Thanks should also go to ArtisticDirector, Michael Gow, for his leadership, commitment andability to continue to surprise and delight our audiences,and to General Manager Libby Anstis and staff for theiramazing response to the constant demands of a verychallenging environment. Finally, I would say a big thankyou to our audiences who continue to demonstrate theirappreciation for the theatre we bring to them.Dr Kate FoyChair6A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Artistic Director’s Report2005 was a year that highlighted Queensland talent. Wecontinued our commitment to the development of creativetalent including writers, actors and directors. We premieredMano Nera, the winning script of the Queensland Premier’sDrama Award, and watched our Emerging Artists developthrough a busy year filled with performances, training andworkshops for the Youth & Education Program.We continued our innovative Regional PartnershipsProgram, working with artists in Bundaberg, Cairns, Mackay,Toowoomba, Townsville, Sunshine Coast and surroundingdistricts and Weipa.Our nine play mainstage program encouraged theatre-goersto Be Bold with a promise of entertaining, adventurousand bold theatre. The year started with a presentation ofthe new Australian play, The Spook, produced by CompanyB Belvoir. Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?caused a stir with its controversial themes and resulted ina sell-out season in Bille Brown Studio. Vincent in Brixtonand The Memory of Water were popular with audiencesand A Christmas Carol was a highly successful moveinto developing family audiences for the Company. TheMelbourne Theatre Company production of The DaylightAtheist was a one man tour-de-force starring Richard Piperin an amazing performance. Hitchcock Blonde, part murdermystery and part lesson in cinema history, was well placedin the year coinciding with the Brisbane InternationalFilm Festival. The classic production of the year, Oedipusthe King, provided an opportunity to showcase someof Brisbane’s finest actors and gave audiences a rareopportunity to see one of the greatest works of ancientGreek drama.We are always seeking to provide a career path for the trulytalented individual. In this way we build for the future. In2005 Queensland Theatre Company provided 503 creativepositions to freelance theatre artists, of which 474 wereQueensland residents. We employed two full-time actorsand worked for the first time with new designers andplaywrights.The Company’s Youth & Education Program presented71 performances in regional Queensland. The Brisbanecomponent of this program connected with over 17,000young Queenslanders. The Company also provided supportand assistance to Real TV, to tour its production of Childrenof the Black Skirt in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.When regional, national and season production attendancesare taken into account, over 37,000 school age childrenaccessed the program in 2005. Ed Online, a web basedprogram introduced in 2002, provided more than 1,000students with the opportunity to speak with artists anddiscuss productions online.My thanks go to Chair, Dr Kate Foy, and the Board membersfor their continued support and contribution; the Company’sloyal and dedicated staff and all of the artists who workedwith the Company during the year. Thanks also goes tothe State and Federal Governments. There has also beenexcellent support from the corporate sector who recognisethat great theatre makes Queensland an attractive place todo business.Finally, I’d like to thank the audiences who support theCompany and its artists by attending our productions insuch numbers. In 2005, the Company played to 76,825people throughout the State, and many more engaged withthe Company through our other programs. We endorse ourcommitment to the audiences in our strategic plan and inour values. We will continue to entertain, challenge andstrive to continue providing great theatre for our audiences.Michael GowArtistic DirectorBe Bold.* Mainstage season plus Europe tourA n n u a l R e p o r t7


Board of Directors and StaffPATRONHer Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, ACGovernor of QueenslandBOARD OF DIRECTORSDr Kate Foy (Chair)Debra Bennett-McLean (until November 2005)Angela BetzienHaydon ColesCaroline DunphyWendy EdmondBarton Green (Deputy Chair)Barbara HoulihanProf Ian O’Connor (from June 2005)Terry O’DwyerSimon PorterPeter Bridgman State Government Representative (until March 2005)Leigh Tabrett State Government Representative (from April 2005)ARTISTIC DIRECTORMichael GowGENERAL MANAGERLibby AnstisExecutive AssistantArtistic Development ManagerKatie CumminsFabienne TemplemanArtistic Development Coordinator Ursula Dauth (until 10 August 2005)Geordie Brookman (from 05 September 2005)Associate DirectorJon Halpin2005 Emerging Artists Kerith AtkinsonJaydn BoweCorporate Development ManagerJulie WoodwardCorporate Development Coordinator Julian Conaghan (until 4 August 2005)Anna Jones (from 5 September 2005 to 14 December 2005)Youth & Education ManagerLinda PageEducation Liaison Officer David Armstrong **on secondment from Education Queensland8A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Board of Directors and StaffFinance ManagerToni PostansAssistant Accountant Cherdina Morgan (until 21 October 2005)Jacqueline Beres (from 24 November 2005)Finance OfficerRobin KoskiFinance Officer Roxane Eden (from 9 October 2005)Arts Administration Trainee - Finance Trainee Roxane EdenMarketing ManagerBronwyn KleppMarketing CoordinatorChristopher SalterSeason Ticket Sales Project Manager Andrew James (from 1 September 2005)Publicity & Communications Coordinator Olivia Guglielmino (from 10 January 2005)Sales & Ticketing CoordinatorHelen MayesReceptionist/Promotions Coordinator Jodie Gordon (until 27 October 2005)Receptionist Hannah Young (from 14 November 2005)Arts Administration Trainee – Sales & Ticketing Hilary SchultzOperations ManagerOperations CoordinatorArts Administration Trainee - Operations TraineeKellie MayKate HardingChase ArcherProduction ManagerMichael KaempffTechnical Coordinator Chris Sheahan (until 10 November 2005)Rebecca Rees (from 31 October 2005)Senior Stage ManagerAllana SheardHead of WardrobeGayle MacGregorHead CutterErin KroschMilliner/Wardrobe TraineeKate KassulkeHead of WorkshopHead Mechanist WorkshopApprentice CarpenterCasual StaffStage ManagersPeter SandsJohn PierceJustine NicolsonTravis ClarkeSophia DaltonJames HarrisonPeter JamiesonAnita KingKylie MascordMillie MullinarDelia O’HaraJodie RocheRebecca ReesBe Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t9


Board of Directors and StaffAssistant Stage ManagersCutter/Costume MakersCostume MakersWardrobe CoordinatorArt FinisherBootmakersWig MakersWig Stylist/HairdressersMake UpWorkshop CarpentersProduction ElectricianProp MakersScenic ArtistsSophia DaltonAmy FormanGeorgia GilbertTim HickeyAnita KingSusan BoothLinda LucasMarada ManussenShelley BrownlieKellie FlynnKirsten KaukenasLisa KelseyNicole LearyJohn MannionPeggy MoadKellie FlynnKellie FlynnSteven StarkeyPendragon Boot CompanyAnnette Miles (3AM Wigs)Cheryl Newton (Pastiche Wigs)Tiffany Beckwith-SkinnerShelley BrownlieMichael GreenTiffany Beckwith-SkinnerJan HuggettBrendan AndrewsCraig GoddardOliver HartwigRicky OlfaciusDean RussoChristopher BoothIan KathAlison RossRobert Shaun CaulfieldAlison JonesIvan RadanovicKerry RushtonErin LynchTanya MaloufHelen O’RourkeRebecca ReesJodie RocheVicki MartinRebecca Saffron FirkinsBianca SevilEmma ShakesKatherine SleeSteven StarkeyMadeline TaylorSamantha WalkerJayne WarringtonGeoffrey SmithMarika SzentivanyiCaroline Walker10A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Board of Directors and StaffLightingMechanistsSound ConsultantComputer GraphicsDaniel BlackNeil CairnsRichard ClarkeLachlan CrossJoanne CurreyNicholas EnglerJames HarrisonPaul HarroldShane HarroldThomas LindenauAnthony BerginJoann EvansCraig GoddardJames HarrisonRicky OlfaciusAnthony BrumptonBruce McKinvenMichael LockyerAndrew MeadowsFelicity Organ-MooreNatalie OxenhamRebecca ReesIan RendellDean RussoJames SheahanEdward WelshBenjamin PierceRebecca ReesGavin SawfordPeter SimpsonDaniel SinclairSales & Ticketing (casuals)Front of House (Bille Brown Studio)Xanthe BeesleyMark ConaghanSonja FeaJaana HokkanenAnita HughesCarlin BeattieDanielle CarrollChristopher ConnersJulian CurtisLeisha Du BoisJudith EnglishDorothy FarrellSonja FeaJane HadwenJenny IsaiMarc LacosteChase PollardGavin SawfordRosalind HallAnita HughesRobert KendallChase PollardKatherine TaubeDeirdree WallaceAlex WinklerNiki-J Wittcompany ASSOCIATESSue BennerPenny EveringhamBryan ProbetsLeo WocknerLONDON REPRESENTATIVESYolande BirdDiana FranklinFOUNDING DIRECTORAlan Edwards, AM, MBE(1925 - 2003)Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t11


Board of Directors and StaffBoard MembersKate Foy (Chair)Dr Kate Foy is Associate Professor (Voice) and Deputy DeanFaculty of Arts at the University of Southern Queensland(USQ). She holds a PhD from the University of Hawaii. Kateteaches in the fields of voice and speech, text analysis,theatre history and professional development. She alsodirects for USQ’s Performance Centre. She trained for thetheatre in London and began her professional career (as KateWilson) with Queensland Theatre Company in 1971 whereshe appeared in over 30 productions. Kate has published inthe area of voice studies and actor training, and her researchinterests include contemporary Australian theatre practiceand cross-cultural performance. She currently serves on theBoard of Directors Empire Theatres Inc, Toowoomba, and isChair of the Shakespeare in Queen’s Park Festival. She wasappointed to the Board of Queensland Theatre Company inAugust 2001.Debra Bennett-McLean (until November 2005)Debra Bennet-McLean is a descendent of the Wakka Wakkaand Gubbi Gubbi Peoples of South-East Queensland andthe Kullali Peoples of South-West Queensland. Her currentwork is directly related to advocacy, training, research andpolicy development within the arts and cultural sector.Activities also include collaborative projects which increaseprofessional development opportunities and culturalinfrastructure for indigenous arts and cultural workers.In addition, projects which link members of the broadercommunity, multi-cultural community and indigenouscommunity to indigenous priorities of community buildingand reconciliation. Debra has been an Educator andCounsellor within Queensland primary, secondary andtertiary institutions and community centres, a WorkplaceTrainer, Project Manager, Program Coordinator, IndigenousArts and Cultural Development Consultant and IndigenousArt Curator.Angela BetzienAngela Betzien was recognised as a talented writer whileshe was a student, winning the Queensland TheatreCompany’s Young Playwrights' Award in three successiveyears. Since then, she has graduated from QUT with aBachelor of Arts in Drama, held the position of AffiliateWriter (1998) and Writer in Residence (1998) at QueenslandTheatre Company and written several plays on commissionincluding Playboy of the Working Class and The OrphanageProject, which were produced as part of the Company’smainstage season in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Her otherplays include Kingswood Kids (La Boite Theatre) Princessof Suburbia (Real TV) and Children of the Black Skirt (RealTV) which has toured high schools nationally. Angela is aco-founding member of Real TV, a local independent artisticteam.Haydon ColesHaydon Coles retired as Head of Corporate BankingQueensland for the Commonwealth Bank in October 2004.He is a fellow of the National Institute of Accountants, aGraduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directorsand former Chairman of the Infrastructure Association ofQueensland (IAQ). He had 42 years of diverse bankingexperience with the Commonwealth Bank, in three states,specializing in Corporate Relationship Management andBusiness Development. Prior to being appointed to aSenior Executive role in Queensland in 1990, Haydon spentfour years as the Bank’s General Manager in Hong Kong.Haydon also serves on the Boards of the International RiverFoundation and Anglican Financial Services (ANFIN).Caroline DunphyCaroline Dunphy is an actor, teacher, and director havinggraduated from QUT, Academy of the Arts with a bachelordegree in acting in 1992. She is co-founder and seniormember of Frank Theatre and has acted with a range ofcompanies including La Boite and Queensland TheatreCompany and appeared in several short and feature films,as well on Australian and British television. Caroline wasrecently appointed to the position of Associate Lecturer atQueensland University of Technology.Wendy EdmondWendy Edmond brings to the Board a life long love ofthe theatre together with experience of government atthe highest level. Following a career in health in NuclearMedicine and Radiation therapy that took her around theworld and back to Brisbane, Wendy moved into Parliament in1989 as the member for Mt Coot-tha. During her 14 years inParliament, Wendy served on many committees, communityorganisations and the University of Queensland Senate.She served as Minister for Employment and Training, and asMinister for Health for nearly six years during the rebuildingof the public health system. After returning to Brisbanein 1984, Wendy became a Queensland Theatre CompanySeason Ticket Holder and has followed with interest thematuring of the Company since then.12A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Board of Directors and StaffBoard MembersBarton Green (Deputy Chair)Barton Green is a Director of Three Plus Pty Ltd, oneof Queensland’s largest business and communicationsconsultancies. He is the former Chief Executive Officerof the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Qld) Inc and theformer National Executive Officer for the Keep AustraliaBeautiful National Association. He started in journalismin the late 1970s and worked for newspapers in Brisbane,Sydney and the Gold Coast. In 1986, he was appointed asan Organiser for the Australian Journalists’ Association, andwas subsequently elected as Queensland Branch Secretary.He later worked as a freelance journalist and media trainer,including as a journalism tutor and guest lecturer at anumber of Queensland universities. In 1992, Barton wasappointed as Media Advisor to the Queensland Environmentand Heritage Minister. After leaving the Ministerial staffhe established Green Media, which provided governmentliaison services, strategic and business planning adviceand media planning services. In 2002, Barton co-foundedThree Plus. He is Chairman of the Keep Australia BeautifulCouncil (Qld) Inc and a Director of the Centre for AboriginalIndependence and Enterprise.Barbara HoulihanBarbara Houlihan is a solicitor and consultant to JamesByrne and Rudz Lawyers. From 1985 until 2004 she wasa partner in the legal firm Stephen Comino & Cominos.She has a broad background in common law, insurance,commercial and family law litigation and in disputeresolution. She has been involved in volunteer work throughWomen’s Legal Service and for various environmentalgroups. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Laws from theUniversity of Queensland, was admitted as a solicitor tothe Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court ofAustralia in 1982 and has practised continuously since.Professor Ian O’Connor (from June 2005)Professor Ian O’Connor has been Vice Chancellor andPresident of Griffith University since January 2005, havingjoined Griffith as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Teaching andLearning) in July 2002. Professor O’Connor holds degrees ofBachelor of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy from theUniversity of Queensland. During his academic career he hasheld visiting fellowships at the United Nations and Asia FarEast Institute, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge Universityand Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor O’Connorhas served as a consultant to, or as a member of, variousGovernment and non-Government bodies. He is a director ofOpen Universities Australia, and a foundation board memberof the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in HigherEducation.Terry O’DwyerTerry O’Dwyer is a chartered accountant and Chairmanof BDO Kendalls. He is a graduate of the University ofQueensland in commerce and holds a post graduate diplomain advanced accounting. He is a fellow of the Institute ofChartered Accountants in Australia and of the AustralianInstitute of Company Directors. He practices in corporatefinance and advice. He has previously held appointmentsas a Commissioner of the Legal Aid Commission, a memberof the Brisbane North Regional Health Authority and wasthe Attorney General’s representative on the Law Society’sGrants Committee. He is chairman of listed companies,Metal Storm Ltd, MFS Limited and Brumby’s Bakeries Ltdand is a director of Bendigo Bank Limited.Simon PorterSimon Porter is a Partner with Accenture, leadingtheir government practice in Queensland. Simon hasa Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University ofQueensland and has been Chairman of the QueenslandBranch of the Australian Information Industry Association(AIIA), the Queensland Information Technology andTelecommunications Awards and the QueenslandInformation Technology and Telecommunications Forum. Heis currently a Director of the Mater Foundation.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t13


Board of Directors and StaffBoard MembersState Government RepresentativeLeigh Tabrett (from April 2005)Ms Leigh Tabrett PSM was appointed Deputy Director-General, Arts Queensland in March 2005. In this role, sheis responsible for arts and cultural funding and capitalprograms, cultural policy and relationships with statutorybodies. Leigh has long-standing and diverse interests in thearts, and is pleased to have the opportunity to contributeto the success of arts and cultural activities in Queensland.Leigh brings to Arts Queensland extensive experience inmajor policy reform, service delivery and organisationalchange. Prior to taking up this role she was Assistant Director-General in Education with responsibility for international,non-state and higher education. In this role Leigh also hadresponsibility for the Department’s promotion and marketingof university and school education overseas. Leigh joined theState Government in 1990 as the first Director of the Office ofHigher Education and was employed in that role for more than10 years - a period of significant expansion of Queensland’shigher education facilities. Leigh has served as on numerousnational higher education advisory bodies and boards.Peter Bridgman (until March 2005)Peter Bridgman was appointed Deputy Director-General(Arts) in March 2004. He was previously Deputy Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Peterhas overall responsibility for Arts Queensland, includingdelivery of major arts and culture programs throughstatutory authorities and companies, the millennium artsproject, and the Queensland Government’s support for thearts and culture sector through grants, accommodation,industry development, research and advocacy. He iscurrently chair of the Cultural Ministers’ Council StandingCommittee. Peter is qualified as a barrister and as apsychologist and co-wrote The Australian Policy Handbook,with Professor Glyn Davis, now in its third edition.14A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Board of Directors and StaffExecutive staffMichael Gow – Artistic DirectorAs a director, Michael has worked with Sydney TheatreCompany, where he was Associate Director from 1991 to1993, Belvoir St Theatre, Black Swan Theatre Company,Griffin Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of SouthAustralia, Australian Theatre for Young People, Playbox,Opera Australia, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival andQueensland Theatre Company. Michael’s writing credits forstage, screen and radio are extensive. His plays includethe multi-award winning play Away, hailed as a modernclassic of the Australian theatre and now one of the mostperformed Australian works written. Other plays includeThe Kid, On Top of The World, Europe, 1841, the awardwinning Furious, Sweet Phoebe, also an award winner, andLive Acts on Stage. During 2002 Michael directed the worldpremiere of his new play, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony,for the Brisbane and Melbourne Festivals. In 2004 he wroteUp Here a one-act play specifically for performance at StMartins Youth Theatre, South Yarra, Melbourne and wascommissioned by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britainto write a new play for young people, titled 17. A number ofhis works have been produced and performed internationallyincluding major seasons in the UK and US. For televisionhe has written the mini-series Eden’s Lost, directed byNeil Armfield, and for ABC Television Art’n’Life; for radio,Michael adapted his play Europe for broadcast in Australiaand Europe, and wrote The Astronaut’s Wife for ABC Radio.Artistic posts held by Michael include Chair of Griffin Theatreand Board member of the Australian Theatre for YoungPeople.Libby Anstis – General ManagerLibby Anstis has had more than 14 years experience in theperforming arts industry in Queensland with a variety of keyroles in Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the ENERGEXBrisbane Festival and Centenary of Federation Queensland.She holds a Bachelor of Business – Communication fromQUT and began her career in marketing and developmentfor Queensland Symphony Orchestra. During this time shewas Chair of the joint arts marketing consortium, Ticketsave,comprising major performing arts companies in Queensland.In her seven years with the QSO, Libby spent the last twoas General Manager of the organisation, before taking upthe position of Producer – Music Program for the ENERGEXBrisbane Festival. Libby held two roles at Centenary ofFederation Queensland, joining as Community ProgramManager in 1999 and taking over as Executive Director in2000. During 2001, the Centenary of Federation programdelivered more than 500 community events throughout thestate of Queensland. She joined the Company in August2003 in the role of General Manager.Michael Kaempff – Production ManagerMichael joined Queensland Theatre Company in 1997 asProduction Manager. Michael has worked with companiesthroughout Australia as a Stage Manager, including BelvoirStreet Theatre, Australian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company,State Opera of South Australia and New Moon TheatreCompany. Michael also worked as a Stage Manager withthe English National Opera and other companies in theUnited Kingdom. Michael was the Production Manager forthe New Zealand tour of Cats, and the Australian and NewZealand tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has also workedas a Production Manager with Bell Shakespeare Company,the Festival of Sydney and for several national touringproductions. Before joining Queensland Theatre Company,Michael was Production Manager for Ric Birch, whosecompany Spectak produced the Olympic Games ceremonies.Bronwyn Klepp – Marketing ManagerBronwyn was promoted to the position of MarketingManager in October 2004, after four years as QueenslandTheatre Company’s Publicity & Communications Coordinator.Prior to this time she held a number of marketing, sales andpromotions roles in the tourism industry. Bronwyn holdsa Bachelor of Arts from University of Queensland and aGraduate Certificate in Communication/Public Relations fromQueensland University of Technology (QUT). She is currentlypursuing a Master of Business at QUT. Bronwyn is a memberof the Public Relations Institute of Australia.Kellie May – Operations ManagerKellie joined Queensland Theatre Company in 2002.Previously she held the position of Venue Sales Coordinatorat the Adelaide Festival Centre. During this time she wasresponsible for venue contracting arrangements workingclosely with the Australian Ballet Company, State Opera ofSouth Australia, State Theatre Company of South Australiaand national and international commercial producers. Kelliecompleted her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Drama in 1997and graduated as a director majoring in theatre directionfrom Flinders University Drama Centre. As a component ofher graduating project she was assistant director for TheRed Sun performed in Japan and at the Adelaide Festival ofArts. In 1997, she was Assistant Director for Company B’sproduction of Black Mary and for the State Theatre Companyof South Australia production of Tales from Arabian Nights.Her experience includes stage management for the AdelaideFestival Centre’s Compagnie Maguy Marin and VenueCoordinator for the Festival of Ideas in Adelaide as well asfor The Telstra Adelaide Festival of Arts 2000.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t15


Board of Directors and StaffExecutive staffLinda Page – Youth & Education ManagerLinda joined the company in July 2002. Previously, sheworked as the Theatre Manager of the Cement Box Theatreand administrator of the Schonell Theatre live program.She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Media Studies andDrama and Honours with distinction from the Universityof Queensland. She has worked in a number of capacitiesfor fringe and independent, theatre in education, youththeatre and theatre for young people companies in thelast 10 years including DeBASE Productions, Real TVProject, Better Than Nuthin’ Productions, Cracka TheatreTroupe, Front Productions, Vegas Nerve Productions andUnderground Productions. She has worked with QPAC’sOut of the Box Festival of Early Childhood, QPAC’s Stage XFestival, Come Out Festival, Straight out of Brisbane (SOOB)and Woodford Folk Festival. She sits on the advisory boardfor the Australian Drama Studies Centre, is chair of YouthArts Queensland’s Transit Lounge Advisory Committee, onthe steering committee for the Queensland Government’sframework for Education and the Arts and on the panelfor Underground Production’s Annual Drama Awards, TheUndies.Toni Postans – Finance ManagerToni was promoted to the position of Finance Managerin June 2004, after two years as Queensland TheatreCompany’s Assistant Accountant. Prior to this time she helda number of finance and accounts roles in the IT industry.Toni completed a Bachelor of Business, Management majorat Central Queensland University in 2000. She is currentlypursuing a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at CentralQueensland University.Fabienne Templeman – Artistic DevelopmentManagerFabienne has been Artistic Development Manager atQueensland Theatre Company since February 2003.Previously she was Artistic Administrator at State TheatreCompany of South Australia for four years. In 2000 Fabiennewas seconded to Arts South Australia where she monitoredthe interests of eight major arts organisations in the state’sarts portfolio as Manager Lead Agencies. Prior to her timein Adelaide, Fabienne experienced a broad range of artspractice in Queensland from positions at QPAC, QueenslandTheatre Company, and at arts management consultancyAustralian Arts Enterprise. Fabienne holds a Bachelor ofArts (Drama) majoring in Arts Management and a Masterof Business majoring in International Management, bothfrom Queensland University of Technology. She has alsocommenced a Bachelor of Laws.Julie Woodward – Corporate DevelopmentManagerJulie joined Queensland Theatre Company in September2002. She was previously employed at the Adelaide FestivalCentre as a Development Executive. In that capacity sheworked with a variety of organisations and programsincluding the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Made to Move,Adelaide Festival of Arts, Feast Festival and the State TheatreCompany of South Australia. Prior to joining the AdelaideFestival Centre, Julie worked as a Fundraising CampaignManager for the Band of the South Australia Police andSANTOS Stadium, both in Adelaide. Julie holds a Bachelor ofArts (Communication Studies) from the University of SouthAustralia with majors in cultural studies, media and drama.16A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events – Brisbane Season➣ Presented 9 plays in Brisbane, 2 Australian works➣ Presented 1 world premiere season Mano Nera➣ Provided 503 artistic opportunities, of which 474 werefilled by resident Queenslanders➣ Total subscription base of 4,956 Season Ticket Holders➣ Total attendance of 70,358 people to mainstage seasonRegional Queensland Programs➣ Regional Queensland tour of Europe played in 71 schoolsand to 5,770 students➣ Continued Regional Partnerships Program with 12partners in 8 regions in 113 locations➣ 55 regional artists and 30 Brisbane based artist engagedon regional program➣ 2,084 workshop attendees from 124 workshops➣ 13 performances with a total of 1,884 attendeesTouring➣ Provided assistance to Real TV to tour Children of theBlack Skirt to Sydney Opera House, South Australia andVictoria to perform to more than 13,000 school childrenWriting➣ 8 play readings of new works by Queensland andinternational playwrights➣ 3 playwriting competitions – Queensland Premier’sDrama Award – Theatre and Public Life, YoungPlaywrights’ Awards and George Landen Dann AwardAudience Development➣ Increase in total student attendance by 44% toalmost 38,000 students attending or participating inQueensland Theatre Company events in 2005.Youth and Education➣ 71 performances of Europe in regional and metropolitanQueensland with an audience of more than 5,770students➣ 6,287 students attended mainstage performances and afurther 4,509 24 & under ticket buyers➣ The Youth & Education Program provided 103employment opportunities for artists➣ Pilot program schools workshop series saw 59workshops presented to 203 studentsAccess➣ 59 bonus events including play briefings, readings,nights with the artists and marketing activitiesIndustry Development➣ Attendance by Queensland Theatre Company staff at avariety of courses and training sessions➣ Provision of resources and advice to local artists, groupsand theatre companiesPolicy➣ The company regularly provides information and policyadvice to GovernmentArtistic Development and Secondments➣ 2 actors were employed full-time, creating the onlyemerging artist ensemble in a theatre company inAustralia➣ 19 university student secondments, including a pilotprogram for directing and design assistantsCommissions and Development➣ Script development and mainstage production ofQueensland Premier's Drama Award winner Mano Nera➣ Script development of Queensland Premier’s DramaAward finalists – Constance Drinkwater and the FinalDays of Somerset and Welcome to DreamlandBe Bold.* Includes regional statistics plus Europe tourA n n u a l R e p o r t17


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonTHE SPOOKby Melissa ReevesA Company B Belvoir ProductionPlayhouse, QPAC15 February – 5 March 2005DirectorSet DesignCostume DesignLighting DesignComposerSound DesignerChoreographyAssistant DirectorStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerAssistant Stage Manager, QTCTouring Production ManagerTouring TechnicianTouring Head MechanistNeil ArmfieldRalph MyersJennie TateDamien CooperAlan JohnSteve FrancisGavin RobinsJon HalpinKylie MascordGeorgia GilbertAmy FormanBrenna HobsonTristan Ellis-WindsorJan S GoldfederL-R: George Spartels, Russell Kiefel, Kerry WalkerPhoto: Heidrun Löhr"This Company B production ishighly polished … and poignant"Brisbane News"The entire production is top-shelf… QTC has opened 2005 with awinner"SceneCastElliMartinFrank/Agent 2AlexAnnette/Jean/PolicewomanGeorge/FootballerTrixie/Phyllis18Eugenia FragosDamon HerrimanRussell KiefelSteve Le MarquandAnna Lise PhillipsGeorge SpartelsKerry WalkerA n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonEdward Albee’sTHE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?Bille Brown Studio,Queensland Theatre Company4 – 30 April 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposer/Sound DesignerFight DirectorVoice/Accent ConsultantStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerCastBillyStevieRossMartinJon HalpinRobert KempMatt ScottBrett ColleryScott WittMelissa AgnewPeter JamiesonSophia DaltonJaydn BoweCarol BurnsRobert ColebyBarry OttoL-R: Barry Otto, Carol BurnsPhoto: Rob Maccoll"… stunning to look at … Jon Halpin inhis first gig as QTC’s official associatedirector, directs with his usual clarityand intelligence"The Australian"… 100 minutes of concentrated,uncomfortable drama that sees actors,writer and director at the triumphant topof their considerable abilities"The Courier-MailBe Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t19


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonVINCENT IN BRIXTONby Nicholas WrightCremorne Theatre, QPAC2 May – 4 June 2005L-R: Andrea Moor, Patrick DrewPhoto: Rob MaccollDirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposer/Sound DesignerVoice/Accent ConsultantQUT Design SecondmentStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerUSQ SM SecondmentCastAnnaSamVincentEugenieUrsula20Scott WittBruce McKinvenJo CurreyBrett ColleryMelissa AgnewKieran SwannAllana SheardAnita KingShaun O’RourkeKerith AtkinsonAaron DavisonPatrick DrewAmber McMahonAndrea MoorA n n u a l R e p o r t"If you want to be immersed in afinely crafted profile of emerginggenius, see this"Brisbane News"It had everything, a great script,brilliant design by Bruce McKinvenand lighting by Jo Currey, superbacting and direction"www.absolutetheatre.com.auBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonMANO NERAby Adam GrossettiBille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre Company6 June – 9 July 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposer/Sound DesignerVoice/Accent ConsultantFight DirectorDesign AssistantStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerQUT SM SecondmentCastMario Palumbo/CanecutterDomenico DeMartini/Italian ManSalvatore Capra/Italian ManAlbino Mantanara/Canecutter/Italian ManStiletto JeanVincenzo DiPalmiSergeant Collyer/Canecutter/Italian ManFrancesca DeMartiniBe Bold.Jean-Marc RussBruce McKinvenMatt ScottBrett ColleryMelissa AgnewScott WittKellie FlynnTravis ClarkeErin LynchSarah RotoloneJaydn BoweWinston CooperMirko GrilliniJoss McWilliamVeronica NeaveTony PoliBryan ProbetsRosanna ScarcellaA n n u a l R e p o r tL-R: Jaydn Bowe, Tony Poli, Veronica NeavePhoto: Rob Maccoll"... a production that reflectsthe energy and dynamism of theQueensland playwriting scene"The Australian"snappy and well produced"The Courier-Mail21


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonTHE MEMORY OF WATERby Shelagh StephensonPlayhouse, QPAC11 – 30 July 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposer/Sound DesignerDialect CoachFight DirectorChoreographerStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerUQ Dramaturgy SecondmentCastTeresaCatherineMaryFrankViMike22Leticia CáceresBill HaycockDavid WaltersPete GoodwinHelen HowardScott WittNerida WatersDelia O’HaraJodie RocheHelen O’RourkeKylie BartlettHelen HowardJodie Le VesconteBarbara LowingPeter MarshallSally McKenziePaul RaynorA n n u a l R e p o r tL-R: Barbara Lowing, Jodie Le Vesconte, Helen HowardPhoto: Rob Maccoll"Astutely casted … this is anentertaining well directed piece oftheatre"The Courier-Mail"Production values are high andperformances are first rate"Brisbane News"... a tightly written, well directed andwell acted piece of theatre and oneof the best plays I have seen fromQueensland Theatre Company in their2005 season"612ABC BrisbaneBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonHITCHCOCK BLONDEby Terry JohnsonBille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre Company8 August – 10 September 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposerMultimedia ArtistFight DirectorVoice/Accent ConsultantAssistant DirectorDesign AssistantStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerQUT SM SecondmentUSQ Scenic Workshop SecondmentJon HalpinBruce McKinvenJo CurreyTyrone NoonanDavid ThomassonScott WittMelissa AgnewNic DorwardAlison JonesAllana SheardAmy FormanTim HickeyOliver HartwigL-R: Daniel Murphy, Melinda ButelPhoto: Rob Maccoll"[a] slick and thoughtful rendering ..this complex ‘whydunnit’ is smart andwell-executed"Time Off"… the individual and ensembleperformances are stellar. DannyMurphy’s Hitchcock is, well, bravo!"M/C ReviewsCastBlondeHusbandNicolaAlexHitchBe Bold.Melinda ButelDamien CassidySarah KennedyJoss McWilliamDaniel MurphyA n n u a l R e p o r t23


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonTHE DAYLIGHT ATHEISTby Tom ScottA Melbourne Theatre Company ProductionCremorne Theatre, QPAC13 September – 15 October 2005Richard PiperPhoto: Jeff BusbyDirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposerVoice ConsultantStage ManagerAssistant Stage Manager, QTCTouring Production ManagerCastDan MoffatPeter EvansChristina SmithEfterpi SoroposAndrew McNaughtonAnna McCrossin-OwenMillie MullinarSophia DaltonMartin OleskRichard Piper"… an extraordinary one manperformance"The Courier-Mail"… this production is soheartbreakingly good"Time Off24A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonSophocles’OEDIPUS THE KINGTranslated by Don TaylorPlayhouse, QPAC10 – 29 October 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposerFight DirectorAssistant DirectorGU Dramaturgy SecondmentStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerCastOedipusCreonJocastaShepherd/Chorus/Teiresias’ BoyPriest/ChorusTeiresias/ChorusMessenger/ChorusCorinthian Messenger/ChorusBe Bold.Michael GowRobert KempMatt ScottGerard BrophyScott WittRichard StrattonElizabeth DrysdaleDelia O’HaraRebecca ReesMarcus GrahamPaul BishopCarol BurnsLeon CainDavid ClendinningPenny EveringhamKaye StevensonLeo WocknerA n n u a l R e p o r tL-R: Paul Bishop, Marcus GrahamPhoto: Rob Maccoll"Michael Gow and Marcus Graham haveindeed stripped away the noise of the 21stcentury to show up the moral core of thisprofoundly ethical drama"The Courier-Mail"… if all classical plays were performedwith this level of spirit and verve, Oedipuswill still be around in another twothousand years!"Scene Magazine25


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Mainstage Brisbane SeasonCharles Dickens’A CHRISTMAS CAROLAdapted by Neil BartlettCremorne Theatre, QPAC7 November – 10 December 2005DirectorDesignerLighting DesignerComposerUSQ Dramaturgy SecondmentStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerCastClerk/Belinda Cratchit/Scrooge’s Sister/Miss Belle Fezziwig/Ignorance/Mrs Dilber1 st Portly Gentleman/Fred’s Wife/Martha Cratchit/Clerk/Light BulbClerk/Boy/Marley/Mr Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas PresentBob Cratchit/Apprentice Scrooge/Clocks/WatchFred/Clerk/Ghost of Christmas Past/Peter CratchitClerk/Dick/Father/Ghost of ChristmasYet To ComeScrooge2 nd Portly Gentleman/Clerk/Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Cratchit/Want26A n n u a l R e p o r tScott WittJonathon OxladeMatt ScottAdam CouperTravis DowlingAllana SheardAmy FormanKerith AtkinsonHelen CassidySandro ColarelliAdam CouperPeter KnapmanJoss McWilliamBryan ProbetsNiki-J WittL-R: Helen Cassidy, Kerith Atkinson, Adam Couper,Niki-J Witt, Peter KnapmanPhoto: Rob Maccoll"… a Christmas treat …genuinely theatrical images thatstick in the memory and sweepthe audience along within itsheightened zany world … thebest ensemble cast seen at QTCthis year"The Australian"… the best comedic director …and … a cast of local favouritespresent what can only bedescribed as a Christmascracker"Brisbane NewsBe Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Regional Partnerships ProgramQueensland Theatre Company continued its partnershipswith key regional organisations in 2005, with an emphasison artist and audience development initiatives and creativepartnerships with educational institutions. Through strategicpartnerships, the Regional Partnerships Program contributesto the development and sustainability of artistic experiencesthat promote the value of the arts in regional communities.Queensland Theatre Company’s goals for the program are:➣ Developing audiences➣ Creating great work➣ Building highly skilled artists➣ Building strong relationships throughout QueenslandBundaberg Players Inc – BundabergQueensland Theatre Company collaborated with theBundaberg Players on the Wide Bay Schools Project,the Bundaberg Players Youth Theatre Project and YouthExpressions in 2005. Queensland Theatre Company artistsMark Shepherd, Laurel Collins, Louise Brehmer and stagemanager Allana Sheard facilitated the workshop series forthe Wide Bay Schools Project from 18 - 24 June, developingthe performance skills of young people from 10 schools inthe Wide Bay area, culminating in a showing for parents andfriends at the Bundaberg Playhouse. Queensland TheatreCompany also supported the Bundaberg Players YouthTheatre in the development of a new self devised piece forproduction with the assistance of local artist Judy Pippen.Judy facilitated workshops aimed at developing the skillsof artists to devise new work with a group of Bundabergdirectors and actors on 2 and 3 April. Through YouthExpressions, Queensland Theatre Company capitalisedon the success of last year’s Expressions playwritingcompetition, re-focussing on discovering writers under theage of 18. The winning writer was Peter Thrupp, 16 years old,for his play With Blood on our Hands. Peter was mentoreddramaturgically by Ursula Dauth, Queensland TheatreCompany’s Artistic Development Coordinator, and DianneWills, Youth Theatre Director with Bundaberg Players.The developed script was performed as a staged readingalongside the Bundaberg Players Youth Theatre Project. Inaddition, Queensland Theatre Company mentored ShirleyHalpin, Dianne Wills and Cheryl Ratcliffe from the BundabergPlayers’ artistic staff throughout the year.Be Bold.Tropic Sun Theatre – TownsvilleQueensland Theatre Company and Tropic Sun Theatredeveloped a new program in 2005 – the Gone Bush Tour.Gone Bush was a series of skills development workshopsthat toured North Queensland from 7 - 26 July 2005.Queensland Theatre Company artist Laurel Collins and stagemanager Janes Harrison worked together with Tropic Sunartists Jonathan Brown and Karen Joy Gibb to facilitate skillsworkshops with local theatre groups and school studentsin Charters Towers, Greenvale, Hughenden, Richmond,Julia Creek and Mount Isa. Gone Bush visited eight primaryschools, six secondary schools and four adult groups on thetour. The initiative aimed to increase the value of the arts inregional communities by improving access and opening upa dialogue between professional arts workers and regionalcommunities. Queensland Theatre Company also continuedits mentoring relationship with some of Tropic Sun’s staff.Just Us Theatre Ensemble – CairnsPartnering with JUTE on the Enter Stage Write playwritingprogram in Cairns, Queensland Theatre Company providedartist-in-residence Sue Rider to lead dramaturgy workshopswith 29 local writers from 18 April - 17 June 2005. A secondstage of script development for these writers was facilitatedby Michael Gow in a further week of dramaturgy workshopsfrom 15 - 20 August. Michael also represented the Companyat the JUTE Playwright’s Conference in September. Inaddition, Queensland Theatre Company provided somefunding assistance towards JUTE’s production of SnapCrackle Pop as part of the Regional Partnership Program in2005.Crossroad Arts – MackayIn 2005 Queensland Theatre Company and Crossroad Artscreated an exciting new project developing work by writersunder 25 year of age. The TRACKS project, in collaborationwith Queensland Theatre Company’s strategic partnersPlaylab Inc and Youth Interplay, was designed to identifyand mentor young writers in the Mackay area. Four writerswere selected - Rhiannon Jones, Rebecca Hall, Brian Staggand Emi-Jai Palmer. They were mentored by Kathryn Kelly(Resident Artist, Playlab Inc) over the course of six months.Long distance dramaturgical assistance was provided duringthis time as well workshops and individual dramaturgysessions with the young writers over three trips Kathrynmade to Mackay in May, August and October. The writerswere supported through this process by Steve Mayer-Miller(Artistic Director, Crossroad Arts). In the Rough was theculmination of the TRACKS project, involving the publicperformance of sections of the young writers’ plays. Thewriters, along with a group of six young actors workedwith Queensland Theatre Company artist-in-residenceEmily Tomlins from 5 - 10 December in the lead up to theIn the Rough showing. The participating actors workedas an ensemble on the project with local drama teacherAnne Newborn for a month and a half in the lead up toA n n u a l R e p o r t27


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Regional Partnerships ProgramEmily’s arrival. In addition to these projects in the MackayPartnership in 2005, Steve Mayer-Miller’s play Melek moHani, created in consultation with the local South SeaIslander Community, received dramaturgical support throughKathryn Kelly. The piece has since been performed inVanuatu, Brisbane and in Mackay as part of In the Rough.University of Southern Queensland &The Empire Theatre (Que Theatre Inc)– ToowoombaQueensland Theatre Company continued to support QUETheatre Inc’s administrative structure in 2005 by providingfunds towards the salary of the QUE Administrator. Theproject manager for the Toowoomba Regional Partnership,David Armstrong (Education Liaison Officer), also servedon the QUE Management Committee and the Companyprovided financial assistance towards engaging consultantsFeldman and Associates to guide QUE’s ManagementCommittee and Administrator in the further developmentof a strategic and operational plan for the next three years.Queensland Theatre Company’s ongoing commitment tothe QUE-Fest project provided the services of professionalartists for two workshops during Semester 1 and the artistsin-residencefor the performance in Semester 2. On 7 MayJonathon Oxlade conducted his workshop on found objectpuppetry and design. The participants were challenged andlater found uses for the skills they gained in developingtheir own performances for Fest. Hayden Spencer, togetherwith Jon Halpin (Associate Director) and David Armstrong(Education Liaison Officer), facilitated a workshop on 7 Junetitled 'acting without a brain'. The workshop encouragedparticipants to make mistakes, discover the many ways ofpresenting scenes, work from an act/react point of viewand ultimately give directors choices. Chris Pye was artistin-residencefor the QUE-Fest performances, conductingworkshops with participants during August in preparationfor a week of directing the self-devised pieces in September.QUE-Fest was performed in The Church at The EmpireTheatre on 16 and 17 September.Rockhampton Area Schools Cluster –RockhamptonQueensland Theatre Company kicked off a new regionalprogram in Rockhampton in 2005. The Companyprovided artists to work on Transitions - a performanceproject involving several education based groups in theRockhampton region. There are three distinct phases of theproject - devising, shaping and directing for performance.The focus was the connection between Year 7 studentsand their expectations of high school and Year 12 studentsand their expectations of post school options. The themeof Transitions links the comparisons between these tworites of passage for young people. An expected outcomewill be to break down the barriers, dispel the myths andconfront the fears held by young people embarking on a newphase in their lives. In the first stage, Queensland TheatreCompany artists Angela Betzien and Jodie Le Vesconte28A n n u a l R e p o r tfacilitated workshops with local schools from 11 - 15 April.Angela Betzien then teamed up with Mark Sheppard and2005 Emerging Artist Kerith Atkinson from 17 - 30 July forthe second stage of Transitions workshops looking at scriptdevelopment, choreography and production design. Kerithalso delivered Ed Online workshops to interested highschools in the region. The culmination of the Rockhamptonproject happened over a week in August with Angela Betzienand Jodie Le Vesconte working with 183 students from sixschools in Yepoon, Bajool and Rockhampton to produce TheEdge, the performance outcome of the project at the Pilbeamon 19 August. Approximately 250 friends and family of thestudents attended the performance.Western Cape College – WeipaBuilding on the overwhelming success of this program inits first year in 2004, Queensland Theatre Company againpartnered with Western Cape College on a number ofinnovative projects. Queensland Theatre Company providedthree artists for two residencies to the College, in May andAugust 2005. Laurel Collins, Jodie Le Vesconte and FionaDoyle spent eight days in Weipa and Napranum for thefirst residency from 23 - 30 May. The artists worked withstudents in Years 7, 10 and 11 from both campuses and alsoselected students form Mapoon and Aurukun Campuses.The artists worked on several projects including developingthe Year 10 production of Robin Hood; working on a scenefrom a Midsummer Nights Dream with Year 11; presentinga career pathways information session; improvisation withYear 7; and choreographing sequences for the College’sCroc Fest entry. This was the first year the College had apart time arts teacher. In addition to the workshops of thisresidency, the artists also performed two free communityshows of Children of the Black Skirt by Angela Betzien.Members of Weipa Town Office, Napranum Council, Comalco,WCC students, parents and general public filled theNapranum School grounds and Weipa Town Hall to capacity.For the second residency, Fiona Doyle, Jodie Le Vesconte andLaurel Collins worked with students and teachers from21 - 27 August in Weipa and Napranum. The artists workedwith students from Year 2 using some creative play exercisesin preparation for their Year 3 rich tasks. They workedwith Year 6 students taking workshops in performancepresentation skills, acting with text, movement/dance andslapstick/mime. The outcomes for these workshops werepresented to Years 4 and 5 on the Friday afternoon. Someof the skits created will be used for the school’s end ofyear celebratory event. They also spent a day at Napranumbuilding on the workshops from May with students in Years1 to 6. After school, the artists lent a hand to the schoolmusical with students from Years 4 to 9 with their productionof a little dab’ll do ya. This is the first time the school hasembarked on producing a musical. The artists worked onpresentation skills, direction and choreography.Be Bold.


Major AchievementsCultural Events - Regional Partnerships ProgramSouth-East Queensland Play Reading TourQueensland Theatre Company worked with two new partnersfor the play reading tour in 2005. Extending the reach ofthis audience development initiative beyond the SunshineCoast for the first time, Queensland Theatre Companypresented rehearsed readings of The Country by MartinCrimp, with our new partners The Village Theatre, SanctuaryCove, and The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. The Companycontinued working with our long-time partners the MalenyArts Council and Caloundra Cultural Centre, visiting ourloyal Season Ticket Holders in these areas. Jon Halpin(Queensland Theatre Company Associate Director) directedthe reading of the play which starred Kerith Atkinson, CarolBurns and Robert Coleby. The play reading was at no costfor our Season Ticket Holders and additional single ticketswere sold for $10 each. Rehearsals were from 14 - 17 June atQueensland Theatre Company and the readings were held inthe various venues from 20 - 24 June 2005. Anita King wasstage manager of the readings for the second year in a row.Regional Partnerships Program StatisticsRegion Number of Number of Number of Number of Number of Number ofRegional Brisbane Attendances Workshops Performances AttendancesArtists Artists at Workshops (based on at1 w’shop/day) PerformancesBundaberg 6 5 80 7 1 240Townsville 2 2 411 7 0 0Cairns 29 2 29 25 0 0Mackay 13 2 6 12 1 80Toowoomba 5(USQ) 4 252 9 2 420Rockhampton 0 4 126 20 1 335Weipa 0 6 1180 44 4 320SEQ 0 5 0 0 4 489Totals 55 30 2084 124 13 1884Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t29


Artistic DevelopmentFreelance Theatre PersonnelActor..................................................................................... 67Artist in Residence.................................................................. 6Assistant Director................................................................... 3Assistant Stage Manager.......................................................12Associate Director...................................................................1Associated Writer................................................................... 6Choreographer....................................................................... 2Composer/Sound Designer................................................... 11Costume Designer...................................................................1Costume Maker.................................................................... 24Designer................................................................................12Design Assistant..................................................................... 3Dialect Coach...........................................................................1Director.................................................................................16Dramaturge............................................................................ 2Ensemble Actor...................................................................... 2Fight Director.......................................................................... 5Guest Speaker.........................................................................1Hair Stylist.............................................................................. 8Head Electrician...................................................................... 9Head Mechanist...................................................................... 9Head Mechanist/Company Carpenter.....................................1House Parent.......................................................................... 9Jewellery Maker...................................................................... 2Lighting Coordinator.............................................................. 11Lighting Designer................................................................... 9Licenced Electrician................................................................ 9Make Up Artist........................................................................ 4Multimedia Artist.....................................................................1Practical Aesthetics Tutor........................................................1Production Manager................................................................1Production Photographer......................................................16Props/Furniture Maker........................................................... 8Scenic Artists.........................................................................16Secondments (other than SM)................................................ 9Singing Tutor...........................................................................1Sound Consultant................................................................... 9Sound Operator...................................................................... 2Stage Carpenter.....................................................................12Stage Combat Tutor.................................................................1Stage Electrician................................................................... 22Stage Management Secondment........................................... 6Stage Managers....................................................................19Stage Mechanist....................................................................19Technical Coordinator............................................................. 2Touring Head Mechanist..........................................................1Touring Production Manager.................................................. 2Touring Technician...................................................................1Tour Manager/Driver.............................................................. 2Voice/Accent Consultant........................................................ 7Wardrobe Coordinator............................................................ 5Wardrobe Dresser................................................................... 7Wardrobe Manager................................................................. 9Wardrobe Mistress..................................................................1Wig Dresser............................................................................ 4Wig Maker...............................................................................1Workshop Facilitator............................................................ 50Workshop Manager................................................................ 1Writer....................................................................................21TOTAL........................................................................................Total Opportunities for Artists......................... 503Total Opportunities for Queenslanders............ 47430A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Artistic DevelopmentWriting ProgramThe Queensland Premier’s Drama Award– Theatre and Public LifeThe Queensland Premier’s Drama Award – Theatre andPublic Life encourages Queensland playwrights to develop abody of work focusing on Queensland life and our collectiveexperiences of living in Queensland. The award is uniquein that it provides the opportunity for the professional andcreative development of a number of Queensland writersand contains a commitment on behalf of the companyto stage the work of the winning writer. This innovativeprogram, conceived by the Premier of Queensland, the Hon.Peter Beattie MP, puts Queensland at the forefront of writingdevelopment for the theatre across the country. In 2005Queensland Theatre Company staged the winner of the 2004– 2005 Award, Mano Nera by Adam Grossetti, as part of itsmainstage season:Mano Nera by Adam GrossettiWhen an Italian migrant’s dream of a better life in Australiaturns foul, he turns to the extortion methods of hispredecessors as a sure fire way of making money. ManoNera (the term commonly associated with the extortiongangs operating in Italy and America in the early 1900s)thrived in the cane growing community of Ingham in FarNorth Queensland in the 1930s.In 2005, Queensland Theatre Company also called for entriesfor the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2006 – 2007.Over the course of the year 51 entries were received fromQueensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.In a change from the two previous awards, entrants wereasked to submit a completed first draft. The judges MichaelGow, Professor Sharon Bell (Pro Vice Chancellor, Equity andCommunity Partnerships at Griffith University), Ms FionaMcKersie (Department of Premier and Cabinet), Mr PeterMatheson (dramaturge and writer) and Dr Julian Meyrick(Associate Director, Melbourne Theatre Company) selectedthe following three plays for development:The Tram by Antony FunnellThe year is 1962, the Cold War is at a high point andAustralia has just committed a team of military observersto South Vietnam. In Brisbane a fire ignites at one of thecity’s main tram depots in Paddington. Two detectives takea young man into questioning. However as the questioningprogresses it becomes clear that they are Special BranchOfficers and the interrogation is not as simple as it seems.Part thriller and part morality tale The Tram exposes itsaudience to an Australia eerily familiar to the one we areliving in today.String by Michael RiordanPercival and Portia, a pair of once legendary Australianartists, now live in isolation in a far North Queenslandrainforest. When a young male fan that Portia met at awriters festival arrives to visit he brings with him a shockingsecret about their past. As their lives, both past and present,unravel around them Percival and Portia must struggle topreserve the bond that has held them together throughthe years. As String moves back and forth over 40 years ofPercival and Portia’s lives, it reveals how the little mistakeswe make so often turn into the largest ones.The Estimator by David BrownMartin, an estimator for a removal company is called to ahouse occupied by Yonni, an elderly overweight woman withchronic diabetes, and Sharday, her young aboriginal granddaughter. The estimation goes from bad to worse but whenYonni’s daughter Karen arrives connections are revealed thatturn Martin’s life upside down. A savagely funny comedy TheEstimator examines how we decide who we are and how wecan learn to forgive.These plays will be developed over the course of 2006 byMichael Gow and dramaturge Peter Matheson. The winner ofthe Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2006 – 2007 will beselected following public readings of the plays as part of TheWorks in August 2006.The WorksFor the sixth year running, Queensland Theatre Companypresented The Works, a week long festival of stagedplay readings. Held over four nights, The Works wasrefocussed in 2005 to concentrate more heavily on localwork. One international piece was chosen, The Bus byyoung German writer Lukas Baerfuss. The translationof the text was supported through Queensland TheatreCompany’s partnership with the Goethe Institut. Fourlocal writers were selected and all underwent a process ofcreative development with the support of dramaturge PeterMatheson and Associate Director Jon Halpin. In the opensection were writers Ian Brown, Sasha Janowicz and MichaelRiordan. Also included was the winner of the 2005 GeorgeLanden Dann Award, Maxine Mellor.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t31


Artistic DevelopmentWriting ProgramThe selected plays were:The Bus (The Makings of a Saint) by Lukas Baerfuss,translated by Dr Marlene J. NorstErika has been found on a tour bus. She has no ticket andno money to buy one. She says she’s been given a sacredmission; she must get to Tschenstochau in Poland to see theBlack Madonna on the Feast on St Sophia, otherwise therewill be a terrible disaster. Herman the bus driver is taking hispassengers, a miserable bunch of losers, to a Spa Hotel inthe mountains and has no intention of going to Poland. ButErika won’t back down. She incurs both the wrath and pityof everyone on the bus until she finds a soul mate runningan eco friendly petrol station. But Herman, who comesstaggering back straight out of a gothic horror movie, finallyforces Erika to complete her pilgrimage.Did You Ever See Me Work? by Ian BrownAn intimate portrait of three generations of Australiancomedians, each called George Wallace. George Jnr isrecording a tribute to his father, the vaudevillian performerand movie actor. Slipping in and out of his father’s persona,the story journeys a generation further to where the trilogystarted, with George ‘Bronco’ Wallace who began the line ofAustralian entertainers.The Kursk by Sasha JanowiczIn 2000 the Atomic Submarine Missile Cruiser Kursksuddenly sank less than 200 kilometres from shore in theBarents Sea. All 118 men on board were lost. The disasterwas a terrible blow to the Russian navy and a great traumafor the Russian people. The Kursk is a collage of voicesdramatising the event itself as well as the human stories ofthose trapped in the sub and those on land dealing with thedisaster.Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats by Maxine MellorWinner of the George Landen Dann AwardSee the world through Magda’s bottle top glasses as shestalks the slinky cat-men; watching them watching herkaraoke singing sister, following them to the field andlearning their secrets. Magda’s Fascination with Wax Catsis about the lure of danger, about escapism from monotonyand heat waves, and about the melting of Magda’s thirdperson to first.String by Michael RiordanPercival and Portia, a pair of once legendary Australianartists, now live in isolation in a far North Queenslandrainforest. When a young male fan that Portia met at awriters festival arrives to visit he brings with him a shockingsecret about their past. As their lives, both past and present,unravel around them Percival and Portia must struggle topreserve the bond that has held them together through theyears.DirectorsActorsStage ManagerAssistant Stage ManagerMichael GowJon HalpinJaydn BoweCarol BurnsLia CorderBob NewmanHayden SpencerEmily TomlinsRebecca ReesSophia DaltonMy experience during The Works was exceptionally positiveand enjoyable. I was made to feel most welcome, and theactors and director approached the work in a committed andhighly professional way. Feedback was constructive and wellconsidered.Michael Riordan, WriterMy experience with QTC was extremely professional. I wasalways treated with the utmost respect and everyone wasfriendly and helpful to me, a new comer, which I think, ishard to come by sometimes in this industry. I was alwaysgiven the opportunity to voice my opinions or ask questions.Rehearsal and performance schedules were precise and Iwas never left not knowing where I was meant to go or whattime I was meant to turn up! Staff were welcoming, helpfuland always available for questions or to guide me throughsomething. I was always treated as ‘one of the team’ eventhough I was only a temporary employee and had justarrived!Lia Corder, Actor32A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Artistic DevelopmentWriting ProgramEmerging Artists ProgramCommissionsThe following writers were commissioned to develop newwork:Adam Grossetti with his play Mano Nera for the 2005mainstage program as part of the Queensland Premier’sDrama Award 2004 – 2005.Ian Brown with his play Did You Ever See Me Work? for TheWorks (staged reading).Michael Riordan with his play String for The Works(staged reading).Sasha Janowicz with his play The Kursk for The Works(staged reading).Maxine Mellor with her play Magda’s Fascination withWax Cats, winner of the George Landen Dann Award, forThe Works.Associated WritersWriters associated with the company in 2005 were AdamGrossetti, Ian Brown, Michael Riordan, Sasha Janowicz,Maxine Mellor and Peter Thrupp. These writers receiveddramaturgical assistance from artistic staff at QueenslandTheatre Company at points throughout the year and weregiven the opportunity to foster their relationship with theCompany. In addition, they were offered access to theCompany’s script archive and Alan Edwards Library andwere invited to Company events. A number of other youngregional writers were supported through the Company’sregional partnership with Crossroad Arts in Mackay and ourprofessional partnership with Playlab Inc.PartnershipsQueensland Theatre Company has developed strategicpartnerships with Playlab Inc and Metro Arts to undertakejoint initiatives for the development of new work inQueensland. In 2005 this involved Associate Director JonHalpin mentoring Metro Arts artists and links with Playlabthrough the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Interplayand the Regional Partnerships Program. Queensland TheatreCompany has also strengthened its relationship with theGoethe Institut in the interests of bringing the best newGerman writing to Brisbane.Emerging Artists ProgramEnsemble ActorsJaydn Bowe and Kerith Atkinson were the Company’s 2005Emerging Artists. Jaydn commenced with QueenslandTheatre Company on Monday 28 February and Kerithcommenced on Monday 29 March 2005; both were employedfor 37 weeks. Jaydn and Kerith worked on a diverse rangeof projects during their Ensemble year. Activities includedroles in two mainstage productions each, contributing to theCompany’s Regional and Youth & Education Programs, TheWorks and an individually tailored professional developmentprogram (including training in stage combat with Scott WItt,practical aesthetics with Andrea Moor and voice & accentworkshops with Rowena Balos and Melissa Agnew).Design and Directing AssistantsSee Youth & Education Program – Young Artist DevelopmentProgram on page 39.Unsolicited ScriptsThe Company received a total of 31 unsolicited scripts overthe course of 2005 from a variety of sources. The plays wereassessed, either internally by the Artistic Development teamor by Playlab Inc, and all writers received feedback.AuditionsThe Company meets new and emerging actors through itsannual General Auditions. Actors apply for an IntroductoryAudition by submitting an up to date headshot andcurriculum vitae with covering letter. 94 applications for ageneral audition were made in 2005. Following a shortlistingprocess, the Artistic Development team (FabienneTempleman, Artistic Development Manager; GeordieBrookman, Artistic Development Coordinator; and JonHalpin, Associate Director) auditioned 43 of the applicantsover two days, 7 and 8 December 2005. All auditioned actorsreceived feedback on their audition and an introduction tothe company. Actors may be offered an Advanced Auditionwith Michael Gow or specific auditions for mainstageproductions following the introductory round.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t33


Audience DevelopmentStatisticsSelf Entrepreneured Number of Performances Total Attendance 2005Mainhouse Brisbane SeasonThe Spook 20 7,132The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 28 6,219Vincent in Brixton 35 8,178Mano Nera 35 6,998The Memory of Water 21 8,847Hitchcock Blonde 35 7,178The Daylight Atheist 34 5,951Oedipus the King 21 9,604A Christmas Carol 37 10,431Total Brisbane Season 266 70,538Queensland Regional TouringEurope 71 5,770EducationEurope 71 5,770Theatre Residency Week 28 133Young Playwrights’ Award 2 270Public Briefings and Industry Events 20 4,985Special Events (including Youth) 183 13,889Regional Access ProgramLocations Visited 93 9,946Other Audience InformationTotal number of Season Ticket Holders 4,956Artistic Vibrancy StatisticsNumber of ProductionsProfile of Works (Mainstage Season)New WorksQueensland Writer 1Australian Writer -Overseas Writer -Existing WorksQueensland Writer 0Australian Writer 1Overseas Writer 7Profile of ProductionsNew Production 7Buy in Production 2Co-Production 034A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Audience DevelopmentSeason Ticket Holder Events and General Audience DevelopmentServices & EventsThe Company provided a number of events and specialservices for our Season Ticket Holders aimed at buildingsupport for the Company and the art form. In 2005 theseincluded:➣ Easy two-part payment plan for Season tickets➣ Preferential booking period➣ Complimentary programs➣ Complimentary play readings➣ Complimentary play briefings➣ Complimentary quarterly newsletter➣ Lost ticket vouchers➣ Ticket exchange up to 24 hours prior to performance➣ Special discounted ticket prices for missed performances➣ Special discounted ticket prices for Season TicketHolder’s guests➣ Exclusive voucher book full of offers to the finest arts,leisure and dining experiences in Brisbane➣ Ticketsave card offering discounts to other Brisbaneperforming arts events➣ Free entry to company events including: Season Launch,Young Playwrights’ Awards, The Works, South EastQueensland Play Reading Tour etc.➣ Sunshine Coast Season Launch held especially for ourlong-standing, large group market hailing from this areaFlexible Season Ticket PackagesFor the third year running Queensland Theatre Companyoffered an additional range of flexible Season Ticketpackages including a 5, 7 and 9 play Fully Flexible SeasonTicket and a 10 Pass Season Ticket. These packages werecreated following market research undertaken in 2003identifying that flexibility was a key issue for a largesegment of our audience and having to choose the plays anddates up to a year in advance was a barrier to becoming aSeason Ticket Holder.In 2005 the number of Fully Flexible and 10 Pass SeasonTicket Holders was 599, or just over 12%, of total SeasonTicket Holders.24 & UnderThe Company continues its focus on giving young peopleaccess to live theatre and to developing this importantaudience. The Company continued its special 24 & Underticket price set at $18.50 for any performance in 2005. Forthe first time this price featured on all advertisements forour productions.Ticket Prices and Special ConcessionsThe Company is committed to providing affordable andaccessible theatre. To make this possible a range of Singleand Season Ticket prices were offered and attempts made tokeep price increases to a minimum.In 2005, Season Tickets ranged in price from:Adult: $175 - $288Concession: $145 - $26124 & Under: $105 - $18910 Pass Saver: $370Concession Season Tickets are available to pensioners andhealth-care and government-issued Seniors Card Holders,full-time students and anyone aged 25-30.Single ticket prices ranged from:Adult: $45 - $55Concession: $35 - $4524 & Under: $18.50The Company provided a range of discounts and specialconcessions to encourage theatre going and engenderaudience development.Members of the following organisations benefited fromthese: Artworkers Alliance, Australian Production Designers’Association, Australian Drama Studies Association,Australian Screen Directors’ Association Ltd, AustralianNational Playwrights’ Centre, Australian Writers’ Guild, CAAemployees, Dendy Cinema Club Members, EntertainmentBook, Good Reading Club, Health Care Card Holders,Helpmann Awards Committee, Media Entertainment and ArtsAlliance, Merlo Coffee, National Seniors Association, Playlab,Seniors Card and Theatre Arts Network Queensland.Additional discounts were provided to all Companyemployees including staff, 2005 cast members, creativeartists and production staff, sponsor company employees,QPAC staff, group bookers, school groups, students,audience members aged 24 & Under, Ticketsave CardHolders and through various promotional agreements.In 2005 Queensland Theatre Company introduce a 24 &Under Season Ticket package selling a total of 136 to thismarket.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t35


Audience DevelopmentWebsiteQueensland Theatre Company, in conjunction with LiquidInteractive, designed a new website to reflect its 2005 Season.Along with the Annual Report, the website is one of the mostcomprehensive sources of information about all the Company’sactivities.A scrolling ‘News’ section was added to the website homepage in 2005 providing the latest Company information tosite visitors as well as additional sections on the Company’sRegional Partnership program and Queensland Premier’sDrama Award.Visitors to the website continue to grow with 98,619 sessionsrecorded for 2005, an increase of 11,329 sessions from lastyear.Usage by Sessions tracks the number of different usersthat visit the web site. A Session is defined as one or moretransactions between the web server and a specific IP address.Sessions can be human users as well as automated users suchas search engine robots.Online Season Ticket Booking FormQueensland Theatre Company continues to include an onlineSeason Ticket Booking Form on its website for the ease andconvenience of our patrons. 5% of patrons booked online.Single ticket buyers visiting Queensland Theatre Company’swebsite can also buy tickets online via a hyperlink to theCompany’s ticketing agent’s website.Company NewsletterIn 2005, four issues of the Company’s newsletter weredistributed to more than 4,500 Season Ticket Holders, BoardMembers, QTC500 Members, sponsors and regional partnersproviding in-depth features on the Company’s activities,artist interviews and a regular message from Artistic DirectorMichael Gow.Company E-NewsletterIn 2005, the Company instigated a regularly monthly e-newsdistributed February to November. Highlighting the currentproduction, latest news and updates, plus special offers fromour promotional partners, the newsletter is sent to more than7,000 people including Season Ticket Holders, single ticketbuyers, promotional contacts, teachers, website subscribersand other general company contacts (eg. arts industry,sponsors, suppliers). The E-News database is hosted by LiquidInteractive.Play BriefingsSeason Ticket Holders were invited to nine play briefingsduring the year, held at the Company’s home venue, BilleBrown Studio. These events were a chance for our audienceto hear the director, cast and other members of the creativeteam discuss the process of creating the production helpingcontextualise the experience for the audience. Each eventconcluded with a question and answer session between theaudience and the artists.36A n n u a l R e p o r tNight with the ArtistsIn 2005, a Night with the Artists was held for each of thenine mainstage productions. The cast and creative teamfrom the show made themselves available on stage after theperformance for discussion and questions from the audienceabout the production.Play ReadingsIn 2005, Season Ticket Holders were provided complimentarytickets to a number of rehearsed play readings which includedThe Works and The Country by Martin Crimp, which touredSouth-East Queensland playing at theatres on the Gold andSunshine Coasts and in Toowoomba. The Country played animportant role in broadening the Company’s audience reachand was a great artistic bonus for our regional Season TicketHolders.Performing Arts Variety PackEarly in 2005, Arts Queensland approached the majorperforming arts bodies – Queensland Theatre Company, OperaQueensland, The Queensland Orchestra, Queensland Balletand Queensland Performing Arts Centre to pilot an audiencedevelopment initiative in response to the recommendationsof the Major Performing Arts Inquiry final report Securing theFuture.The collaboration of the five companies resulted in thePerforming Arts Variety Pack (PAVP), a five show subscriptionpackage, developed to expand the range of genres patronsattend. The package included one performance from eachof the five different companies, with performances based ontheir accessibility and timing and the different genres theyrepresented. The subscription series ran from mid-July to mid-December 2005.The objectives of the PAVP were to increase attendance at liveperformance, introduce non-subscribers to the benefits ofsubscribing, encourage trial of other performance genres andraise the profile of the performing arts in Brisbane.Each PAVP cost $199, and in budget predictions were initiallycapped at 200 packages. However, soon after the launch itwas clear that demand for the PAVP was very strong and adecision was made to cancel most of the advertising and usethe savings to subsidise additional packages.The total packages sold was 254.Evaluation in early 2006 identified the PAVP was well receivedand encouraged subscribers to try different companiesor genres of performing arts and give them confidence tocontinue this habit. Patrons enjoyed the variety and quality ofperformance and it appears there is demand for a subscriptionpackage across a range of genres and companies to bedeveloped annually. The performing arts bodies involved in thePAVP will be considering this for 2006.Be Bold.


Corporate DevelopmentSponsors and Partners 2005Company Sponsor Category Production and/or DescriptionBDO Kendalls Program Sponsor The Queensland Premier’s Drama AwardBendigo Bank Production Sponsor Vincent in BrixtonBrisbane Airport Corporation Program Sponsor Emerging Artists ProgramCITEC Production Sponsor Oedipus The KingDeacons Production Sponsor A Christmas CarolErgon Energy Production Sponsor Mano NeraGriffith University Program Sponsor The Queensland Premier’s Drama AwardUniversity of Southern Queensland Program Sponsor Youth & EducationTheatre Residency Week and ED OnlineOrlando Wyndham Beverage Partner Provision of beverage product at key events.Sun Microsystems Season Sponsor N/AThe Brisbane Marriott Hotel Season Sponsor Provision of hospitality servicesMerlo Season Supporter Provision of coffee and catering servicesMaddisons Hair and Beauty Season Supporter Provision of salon servicesCastlemaine Perkins Season Supporter Provision of beverage product at key eventsNous Season Supporter Provision of graphic design servicesPalace Centro Cinema Season Sponsor Provision of cinema advertisingEwan Gardam Fabrics Season Supporter Provision of discounted fabricsPhoebe Stephens Florist Season Supporter Provision of floral productsABC Radio Season Supporter PromotionPPS Hairwear Season Supporter Provision of hair styling productsRaleigh Paper Season Supporter Provision of paper productQueensland Cricket Promotional Partner Joint promotional activitiesNetball Queensland Promotional Partner Joint promotional activitiesAAPT Brisbane Lions Promotional Partner Joint promotional activities2005 was a successful year for sponsorship, growingexisting relationships and welcoming new long termsponsors. A number of 2004 sponsors increased their dollarvalue contribution to the Company. New sponsors introducedto the Company included Bendigo Bank, Universityof Southern Queensland (USQ) and Brisbane AirportCorporation. Bendigo Bank and USQ have both signed threeyear agreements which will see their involvement withcompany extend to the end of 2007.Whilst the sponsorship environment continues to bedifficult, the Company has been fortunate to increase thesponsorship dollar significantly on 2004 results. CorporateEntertaining sales remained static in a market wherecorporate organisations have many options to choose fromin both the arts and sports.The Company continues to provide excellent customerservice levels to our corporate partners. This isdemonstrated by the high rate of returning sponsors eachyear.After five years of partnership with the Company, CITEC,provider of IT support and infrastructure, concluded theirsponsorship arrangement. This partnership was extremelyimportant in the set-up of the Company’s premises at 78Montague Road and the Company extends its appreciationfor the important contribution made by CITEC over a numberof years to Queensland Theatre Company.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t37


Corporate DevelopmentCorporate Events and HighlightsQueensland Theatre Company hosted a number ofGovernment and Corporate networking functions at thetheatre as well as a range of other special events.Sustainable Development – Government and CorporateNetworking Event.Co-hosted by Bendigo Bank and attended by Hon. DesleyBoyle MP – Minister for Environment, Local Government,Planning and Women.Higher Education – Government and Corporate NetworkingEventCo-hosted by University of Southern Queensland andattended by Leigh Tabrett, Deputy Director-General, ArtsQueensland.Tourism – Government and Corporate Networking EventCo-hosted by The Central Group and attended by theMary-Clare Power, Manager Market Development, TourismQueensland.DonationsHelping Queensland Theatre Company realise its dreams,this Patrons Program was launched in March 2001.The following participants gave a tax deductible $500donation to the 2005 programLibby Anstis & Neil Hampton, Peter Bridgman,Bernard Curran, Glyn Davis & Margaret Gardner,Win Davson MBE, Doug Disher Real Estate, Wendy Edmond,Dr Kate Foy, Michael Gow, Barton & Brigitte Green,Barbara Houlihan, Sue Hunt, Ian Mathieson & Vicki Bennett,Lance Meikle, Ian O’Connor, Ann Roberts, Geoffrey Rush,John & Brenda Russell, Bruce & Sue Shepherd,Dr Marie Siganto, Three Plus Pty Ltd, Greg & Sally Vickery.Further donations have included:A Alexander, Elizabeth Baumann, Pauline Beames,Robin Bennett, Prue Benson, W Weekes & M Berkeley,Glenise Berry, Joyce Bostock, Robyn Brand, R & L Burns,A McDougall & H Conrad, Theresa Creagh, John Crocker,J Dopson, Pettina Eckart-Watts, Peg Englebright, F Fielding,Geoffrey Gargett, Lorraine Glynn, Chris Gould, Edna Hart,Sylvia Hebron, B Hegerhorst, Betty Hohnke, G & J Huxham,M & K Keating, Olwyn Kerr, Tempe Keune, A B Kidd,Ralph Laurie, Joan Lawrence, D Loader, L Mayo-Waddell,John and Gael McAlpine, Robert & Dana McCown,R G McNamara, Anthony Mellick, R & D More, G & M Morgan,John O’Brien, M & M Papas, T & B Parsons, Diana Paulin,W M & B J Rahmann, Karen Richardson, Cheryl Ross,Karen Ross, Grace Saw, David & Robyn Seers, L Shuker,Merrin Smith, P & M Smith, Cecily Stevenson, J Sutherland,Fiona Taylor, J S Walker, G Wegner,Robert & Margaret Williams.Queensland Theatre Company thanks all of its corporate andprivate supporters.38A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Youth & Education ProgramProductionsEurope by Michael GowHigh School Queensland TourProduced by Queensland Theatre CompanyPresented by Queensland Arts CouncilTour 1:Tour 2:7 February – 4 March3 May – 3 JuneVarious high schools across QueenslandLocations included: Texas, Bundaberg, Jimboomba,Charleville, Barcaldine, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Coolum,Maryborough, Toowoomba and Brisbane City.Writer:Director:Designer:Tour manager/driver:Tour 1Tour 2Barbara:Douglas:Number of attendances: 5,770Number of locations: 59Number of performances: 71Michael GowPhillip StorkBill HaycockTravis ClarkeJames HarrisonBridget BoylePeter CookChildren of the Black SkirtProduced by Real TV Project and auspiced byQueensland Theatre CompanyNational tour for young peopleCome Out Festival: Adelaide and regional South Australia:28 February – 18 MarchSydney Opera House: Utzon Room: 4 April – 7 AprilRegional Arts Victoria: various high schools throughoutVictoria: 20 April – 20 MayWriter:Director:Designer:Composer:Wardrobe Coordinator:Stage Manager (Adelaide):Stage Manager (Sydney):Cast:Lost Bush Child/ New One:Lost Bush Child/ Old One/ Rosie:Lost Bush Child/ Black Skirt/Harold Horrocks:Number of attendances: 13,768Number of locations: 59Number of performances: 83Be Bold.Angela BetzienLeticia CaceresTanja BeerPete GoodwinMarada ManussenAllana SheardKylie DegenLaurel CollinsFiona DoyleJodie Le VesconteYoung Artist Development ProgramsWork Experience15 students were placed with the Company in 2005. Thestudents were from Year 11 or 12 and came from both stateand independent schools. The Company provided workexperience and work shadowing in the rehearsal room,Youth & Education, Wardrobe, Stage Management, CorporateDevelopment and Marketing. All students attended amainstage production and wrote a reflective journal on theirtime with the Company.SecondmentsThe secondment program at Queensland Theatre Companyassists in the development of skills and knowledge in theareas of stage management, dramaturgy, research andproject coordination. It is aimed at third or fourth yeartertiary students looking at a career in the arts industry.In 2005, the Company hosted 15 secondments from theUniversity of Queensland, Queensland University ofTechnology, University of Southern Queensland and GriffithUniversity.Creative Assistants ProgramIn 2005, five young emerging artists were employed asassistant designers and assistant directors on the mainstageseason. They worked with production creatives developingkey skills and observing Queensland Theatre Company’sproduction process.Kellie Flynn with Bruce McKinven for Mano NeraAlison Jones with Bruce McKinven for Hitchcock BlondeNic Dorward with Jon Halpin for Hitchcock BlondeKeiran Swann with Bruce McKinven for Vincent in Brixton(Secondment)Richard Stratton with Michael Gow for Oedipus the KingTheatre Residency Week (TRW) Project teamFive Year 12 students were selected to give input into theplanning of 2005 Theatre Residency Week. The team metover a three month period to learn project coordination skillsand work on programming of the week. Some of the tasksundertaken were the selection of core groups, workshopsand performances, program schedules and timelines, traveland accommodation, logistics and event operations. Skillslearnt included: scheduling, basic budgeting, artist liaison,Occupational Health and Safety, team work, leadership andnegotiation.The 2005 TRW project team:Kimberly HollanderBodie HoltJessica KearneyAlice Mc DowellGrace StewartA n n u a l R e p o r t39


Youth & Education ProgramResourcesEducation Reference GroupThe Education Reference Group supports the Youth &Education Program by providing advice and advocacy for theCompany on the latest arts and education issues. In 2005Education Reference Group members attended all mainstageperformances and the Young Playwrights’ Award Ceremony.The 15 member group is made up of early childhood,primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors, youtharts practitioners, arts organisations and artists. The groupalso met formally on six occasions during 2005.Members of the Ed Reference group in 2005:Angela Betzien (Board representative)Bruce BurtonTrish JohnsonAdrianne JonesPenny Lowe-BrownJosh McIntoshKev McLarenAnthony PirovichJanet McDonaldHelen RiversBrendan RossAnne RoylanceMike TylerToni WorgerEd OnlineEd Online is an internet and video conferencing servicethat Queensland Theatre Company offers to all Queenslandschools and arts organisations. The program consists oftailor-made workshops with artists in an online format (chatrooms, billboards or video conference) developed to suit theneeds of the particular project. The main aim of this programis to develop stronger relationships with students andteachers in regional and metropolitan areas.In 2005 the Ed Online program was upgraded as part ofan Australia Council grant. This allowed the program toreach more students and upgrade technical and functionalcomponents of the program.The major upgrades were:The major Ed Online projects were:➣ The Queensland Orchestra’s Club Online➣ QUE Theatre Inc➣ Rockhampton partnership➣ Rounded Circles – Mareeba➣ Theatre Residency Week➣ Launceston College – Tasmania➣ Muttaburra State School➣ Aspley State High School➣ Brisbane Boys College➣ Elanora State High School➣ Hervey Bay State High School➣ MacGregor State High School➣ St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School➣ St Joseph’s College – Tweed Heads➣ St Ursula’s College – ToowoombaA total of 40 online or video conference events were heldduring the year involving 1,088 participants.School Groups6,287 students attended the mainstage productions in 2005.Queensland Theatre Company offers several complimentaryresources to accompany a mainstage production.Behind the ScenesBehind the Scenes are guided tours of the stage andbackstage areas of the current production. These tours aredesigned to give young people an insight into design andstage management process. If the tour is held at Bille BrownStudio, students also have the opportunity to visit wardrobe,workshop and administration. These tours occur before thematinee performance at 11am. Seven tours were conductedin 2005 and were attended by 140 students.Teacher BriefingsTeachers are able to attend preview performances of everyproduction as guests of the Company. Pre and post showinformation sessions are facilitated by Queensland TheatreCompany’s Education Liaison Officer. Discussions arecentred on the curriculum connections to the production andenable an exchange of ideas regarding learning experiencesand assessment tasks. Nine briefings were held in 2005 for15 teachers.➣ Development of a series of skins that would enhancethe engagement of the user with the billboards andchat rooms➣ Extension of the program to include video conferencing➣ Purchase of a high definition digital video camera andcomputer to record and edit video of Queensland TheatreCompany events (rehearsals, interviews, play briefings).➣ Enable web streaming of video on Queensland TheatreCompany's website40A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Youth & Education ProgramEducation Resource Packsand Artists InsightsIn 2005, every school that attended a mainstage productionreceived an Education Resource Pack designed to provideinformation and offer ideas for classroom connections to theproduction. These packs are also offered as a free downloadfrom Queensland Theatre Company’s website. Every studentthat attended a production or Youth & Education eventreceived an Artist Insights booklet. This booklet includesinformation on career pathways in the arts, interviews withyoung professional theatre practitioners and a Companyevent calendar for young people.Schools and Youth ProjectsSchool Workshop SeriesThis was a pilot program in 2005 that aimed to providestudents and teachers access to professional artists ina variety of theatre workshops delivered at the schoolsite. Queensland Theatre Company provided professionalartists for in-class workshops that were based on theSenior Drama and 1-10 Arts syllabus. The Workshop Seriesprovides students with an insight into real life contexts thatdeepen their understanding of drama and make connectionsbetween work in the classroom and work in professionaltheatre. A total of 59 workshops were delivered to schoolsas part of this program. Two regional schools participatedin their workshops via video conference. 2,031 studentsaccessed this program in 2005.Workshop 1:Telling My Story – How to Get Your Ideas into a Script9 – 13 MayAngela Betzien and Liz SkitchWorkshop 2:Political Theatre for Social Action9 – 13 MayLeticia CáceresWorkshop 3:A Vision Realised – A Director’s Process25 – 29 JulyBridget Boyle and Jaydn BoweWorkshop 4:Making it Real – Accepting the Fiction1 – 5 AugustMark Conaghan and Bryan ProbetsWorkshop 5:Monologues – Towards a Polished Performance8 – 12 AugustMark Conaghan, Bryan Probets, Kerith Atkinson and JaydnBoweWorkshop 6:Falling from Grace – Greek Tragedy Now3 – 7 OctoberMark Conaghan and Emily TomlinsBe Bold.Artists in SchoolsThe Artists in Schools program provides QueenslandTheatre Company artists to schools to work with studentson performance projects between 1 and 10 weeks in length.The program is designed to enhance classroom practice bydeveloping the students’ appreciation of, and involvementin, the arts. This is encouraged through an enriched workingrelationship between the students and Company artists.The Artists in Schools program involved a combination offully funded, partly funded and self funded residencies. Theprojects for three schools were fully funded, one schoolcontributed part of the funds and the remaining two schoolsprovided their own funds for their projects.Balmoral State High SchoolArtist: Bridget BoyleA Common ThreadA Common Thread is an arts event with collaborators frombusiness, schools and community groups with the themeof the thread that binds this particular community. Bridgetworked with primary students from the Gateway LearningCommunity and Balmoral State High School students in thecreation of a new work and several plays for a performanceoutcome. The project involved 100 students.St Mary’s Primary School (Beaudesert)Artist: Emily TomlinsOn Winged HeelsOn Winged Heels was a part of an integrated unit on GreekMythology at the school. Emily helped students to deviseand polish performances based on the Greek myths thestudents had been studying in class. The performanceoutcome was presented at the Beaudesert State High SchoolPerforming Arts Theatre. 56 students in Year 4 participatedin the project.Mooloolaba State SchoolArtist: Tony KishawiPinocchio PizzazzTony worked with one Year 5 class of 20 students and oneclass of Year 7 students of 28. He worked with the studentsto develop skills, devise and polish performances basedaround the story of Pinocchio through movement workshopsand puppet making. The performance outcome was at theFestival des Arts. This outdoor event was held on the schoolgrounds and was attended by 1000 people.Woodcrest CollegeArtist: Liz SkitchFractured FairytalesLiz worked with one Year 12 Drama class of 19 studentsto devise and direct a collage of familiar fairytale scenespresented in new ways. These were developed inconsultation with the primary school audience. The projectwas part of the Senior Drama extension unit on Theatre ForYoung People. The performance outcome was a part of JuniorArts Week at the school.A n n u a l R e p o r t41


Youth & Education ProgramMount St Patrick’s College (Murwillumbah)Artist: Mark ConaghanShamrock – the out of school arts programmeMark worked with 35 students across Years 8 – 12 ondeveloping acting and improvisational skills. He also ledworkshops for the production of A Christmas Carol. Awork in progress showing was attended by parents andQueensland Theatre Company’s Education Liaison Officer.Theatre Residency Week (TRW)In the September school holidays, Theatre Residency Weekwas held at St Margarets Anglican Girls School, Ascot. Theweek saw 133 students from Queensland, Solomon Islandsand northern New South Wales participate in core groups,workshops and night activities in the largest TRW forQueensland Theatre Company.Core Groups:Approaches to Shakespeare – Emily TomlinsStorytelling and Performance – Angela Betzien and Jodie LeVesconteDevised Work (senior) – Mark ConaghanDevised Work (junior) – Laurel CollinsPhysical Theatre (senior) – Veronica NeavePhysical Theatre (junior) – Shane JonesActing with Text – Kerith Atkinson and Jaydn BoweCabaret – John Reeves and Melissa WesternActing for Comedy – Andrew CoryWorkshops:Polynesian and Latin Dance – PolytoxicDeadly Moves – Mark SheppardDesign – Alison RossStage Management – Eloise Grace and Allana SheardAudition Techniques – Emily TomlinsPolitical Theatre – Marcel DorneyStage Combat – Scott WittApproaches to Character – Lucas StibbardThe Evening Program consisted of: Young Playwrights’Awards, PopEyed, The Daylight Atheist, Daggy Dance OffCompetition and a Works in Progress Showing. Night parentswere: Linda Page, Jimmy Harrison, Marcel Dorney, JamieDawson, Eloise Grace, Rachel Sampson, Maxine Mellor, KylieDegen and Cienda McNamara.Scholarship holders:Alan Edwards Scholarship: Lex Baker (Allingham, Year 12)and Elizabeth Pulsford (Hervey Bay, Year 12).USQ Toowoomba Scholarship: Catherine O’ShannesseyWilkes (Gatton, Year 10)A private donor also made possible the attendance of twostudents from Cape York’s Western Cape College: ToniSian-Dick (Napranum) and Nicola Sabatino (Weipa). Thesestudents will act as ongoing advocates for the Company and‘student ambassadors’ for theatre in the Cape (in addition toour regional partnership with the school).WritingGeorge Landen Dann AwardIn 2005, Maxine Mellor won the George Landen Dann Awardfor playwrights 19 – 25 years old with her play Magda’sFascination with Wax Cats. Her prizes included $1,500cash, a 2006 Season Ticket and her play was read at TheWorks directed by Jon Halpin. Previously Maxine has wonthe Company’s Young Playwrights’ Awards three times forStuck, Boy Slaughter and Little Hitler’s Ode to an AustrianBentwood. In 2003, she was an associate writer with theCompany’s Emerging Writers Network and was short listedfor The Works 2004 for The Cicada Movement.Young Playwrights’ Awards (YPA)In its 14 th year, YPA is designed for playwrights 13 – 18years old. 199 People attended the Award presentationand reading of the 2005 Young Playwrights’ Awards hostedby Michael Gow. Winners Peter Taggart and Samihih Sabrireceived $500 cash, books to the value of $250 each anda framed certificate for their work Glenfield Heights andHow to Play like Hendrix in six easy lessons. The plays weredirected by Jon Halpin and performed by Jodie Le Vesconte,Nick Backstrom, ensemble members Jaydn Bowe and KerithAtkinson with newcomers Anthony Standish and Ross Lowe.There were a total of 71 entries across the two categories.42A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Youth & Education ProgramStrategic PartnersFusion FestivalQueensland Theatre Company proudly supported the FusionFestival, an initiative of Vena Cava (QUT) and UndergroundProductions (UQ) in March/April of 2005. Designed toprovide skills development and stronger links betweenindustry and students, Queensland Theatre Companycontributed to this festival in the following ways:➣ Provided administrative assistance sourcing artists;➣ Michael Gow, Jon Halpin and Linda Page sat on forumsand panels➣ A mentorship for Alex Dixon in project coordination, fromLinda Page➣ Provision of tickets to Queensland Theatre Companyshows as prizes for studentsUnderground ProductionsIn an effort to increase the profile and artistic opportunitiesof both Companies on the University of Queensland StLucia Campus, Queensland Theatre Company developeda strategic partnership with University of QueenslandUnion’s resident student theatre Company, UndergroundProductions. The partnership focussed on BUGFest, a oneact play and cabaret festival. Queensland Theatre Companycontributed to the partnership in the following ways:➣ Provided artist in residence, Jamie Dawson, for thedirectors and actors of six new Queensland works➣ Naming rights support and prize for the best directoraward recipient Scott Drummond➣ Linda Page was a member of the judging panel forUnderground Productions annual Undies AwardsPhoenix EnsembleQueensland Theatre Company worked with local communitytheatre group Phoenix Ensemble (based in Beenleigh)to create modules of work for their members in order toprovide skills development and new audience awarenessfor both Companies. As part of this exercise, QueenslandTheatre Company delivered a series of workshops on design,marketing, audition techniques, writing and devising newwork. The artists on this project were Alison Ross, MelissaWestern, Nick Backstrom, Louise Brehmer, Angela Betzienand Jodie Le Vesconte.Be Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t43


Industry DevelopmentStaff Skill DevelopmentCompany members play an active role in the wider artscommunity with many staff members engaged at a nationaland local level on a number of boards, committees andorganisations.International TravelArtistic Director Michael Gow was invited to the UnitedKingdom in August to attend a performance of his new playfor young people, 17, at the Royal National Theatre. CateBlanchett attended as his special guest for the evening.The Company assisted staff members to augment their skillsby attending conferences, training programs and seminars.With the assistance of the Queensland Department ofEmployment, Training and Industrial Relations and theCommonwealth Incentives Funding Scheme, QueenslandTheatre Company provided three traineeships in artsadministration, one in wardrobe and continued a workshopapprentice position.During 2005, staff professional development supported byQueensland Theatre Company included the following:➣ Computer training of various staff in Microsoft Word,Access, Excel, Pagemaker, Powerpoint and Projectprograms.➣ Fact finding and networking tours of interstate theatrecompanies.➣ Several staff attended Australian Institute ofManagement seminars and short courses➣ Intensive strategy workshop for managers➣ Intensive team building workshop for the full staff➣ Occupational Health and Safety training courses forour production department employees (eg dockers andriggers course)➣ Proof-reading course for select marketing departmentemployeesCommunity OutreachThe Company continued its service to the community witha variety of activities, including advice as well as the useof company facilities and services, in particular to schools,charity groups and other theatre companies.The props hiring and set building facilities continued togive practical support to other professional performing artscompanies as well as operating on a commercial basis.Bille Brown Studio is important as a place where thecommunity can own its state theatre company. The Companyoccasionally offers Bille Brown Studio as a venue forcommunity events. In 2005, the Bille Brown Studio wasutilised for industry events, community programs andauditions. In addition, the Company made its other rehearsaland meeting spaces available to community organisations.The Company also provided office facilities for Interplay,organizers of the World Interplay Festival in Townsville in2005.The Company actively supported Queensland studentsseeking work experience with placements in variousdepartments being in high demand.Queensland Theatre Company’s community service isintegral to its policy of providing access and operating asa resource for professional theatre practice. In 2005, theCompany developed Memorandums of Understanding todocument shared arrangements with Metro Arts, Playlab andGriffith University.44A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Forward Planning2006 Goals and StrategiesIn 2005 the Company reviewed its Strategic Plan andidentified the following vision, purpose, values and goals.VISIONWe aim to be one of the great theatre companies of theworldPURPOSEBe living proof that theatre mattersVALUESWe value our team that:Acknowledges our people as our greatest asset➣ Is committed to innovation and flexibility➣ Encourages respect and trust➣ Is supportive➣ Values individual differences➣ Allows time for reflection and celebration➣ Exceeds our customer’s expectations and providesexceptional serviceGOALSWe will create:➣ Great work➣ Highly skilled theatre practitioners➣ Larger audience numbers➣ A financially strong company➣ A great place to workAs part of this strategic plan, Queensland Theatre Companyplans to achieve the following in 2006:➣ Stage nine plays in its Brisbane season, including onenew work by a Queensland resident➣ Employ 4 emerging actors for a period of at least 40weeks➣ Employ an Associate Director➣ Undertake four traineeships through the Breaking theUnemployment Cycle; three in administration and one inwardrobe➣ Continue to develop an apprentice in the Workshop➣ Continue a program for emerging creative personnel, withdesign and director’s assistant opportunities➣ Continue its Regional Partnerships Program➣ Undertake a regional Queensland and national tour ofAway➣ Complete the construction of the new workshop facilities➣ Continue initiatives in the Youth & Education Programincluding the Workshop Series and an Artists in Schoolsprogram➣ Continue involvement by young people in the planningphases of Theatre Residency Week➣ Develop three new scripts as part of the QueenslandPremier’s Drama Award – Theatre and Public Life, one ofwhich will be included in the 2007 mainstage programThe FutureThe Company has identified the following as key issues in thefuture:➣ Arts industry development in Queensland➣ The need to develop larger audiences, and in particularyounger audiences➣ Financial sustainability for future growthBe Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t45


GovernanceGovernanceQueensland Theatre Company BoardThe Queensland Theatre Company Board met 10 times duringthe year.Public Sector Ethics Act 1994Queensland Theatre Company has developed andimplemented a Code of Conduct for all Board members andemployees utilising the key principles contained in the PublicSector Ethics Act 1994. The Code of Conduct is included inthe induction program for all new employees and Boardmembers and all staff and Board members continue to abideby the principles contained in that Code.ArchivesThe Company’s archival collection is an important part ofQueensland’s performing arts heritage which provides aunique resource for internal and external use. The collectionis comprised primarily of photographic records of the workof Queensland Theatre Company over the past 37 years andis stored at the Queensland Performing Arts Museum. Thecomplete set of programs and posters provides an excellenthistorical documentation of the Company and its activities.Over the past three years, the Company has established itsadministrative, marketing, financial and production archivesin a systematic and accessible system.Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994During 2005, no public interest disclosures were raised.Legal and Consultancy Costs 2005Name Type Details Amount PaidDeacons Legal Contracts review $7,527*Property Search Consultancy Local Area Planning $ 227* included in this amount, $7,527 was provided free of charge as part of a contra sponsorship arrangement46A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


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We are proud to acknowledge oursponsors for 2005Production Sponsor for Vincent in BrixtonProduction Sponsor for Mano NeraProduction Sponsor for Oedipus the KingProduction Sponsor for A Christmas CarolProgram Sponsor: Emerging Artists programProgram Sponsor: Youth & EducationEd Online & Theatre Residency Week70A n n u a l R e p o r tBe Bold.


Assisted by the Commonwealth Government through theAustralia Council, its arts funding and advisory body2005 Season SponsorsThe Queensland Premier's Drama Award - Theatre and Public Life SupportersMedia SupporterBe Bold.A n n u a l R e p o r t71


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