Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

What is your background and how did you come to work at the state theatre?

I started in the fashion industry in the 90s and in 2000 I enrolled in a theatrical costuming diploma. From then I was hooked. I've worked most of my career freelance in film, TV and theatre.  

Tell us about your role here at Queensland Theatre? 

I run the costume department. I’m in charge of realising the designer's vision. I do everything from employing costume staff, managing budgets, sourcing materials and ensuring all of the costumes are of a very high standard.

Have you always been interested in the Arts? 

Yes of course, it’s incredibly important. 

What is one of your all-time favourite live performance experiences? 

While bringing a locally made show to Moscow for the Chekhov Festival I was given tickets to the Bolshoi Ballet. To see such an extraordinary company in their home theatre was truly amazing.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Brisbane? 

Any one who knows me could answer this question. Julius Pizzeria.  

What has been your favourite experience at Queensland Theatre? 

Going down to the Helpmann Awards in Sydney to showcase a performance from Ladies in Black. The show was nominated for Best Costume (one of its many nominations) and eventually won for Best New Australian Work. I’m very proud of the work we did on that show. 

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why? 

Paris always Paris. Because it’s Paris. I also studied there and have incredibly fond memories.

What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend? 

Hanging on my deck doing as little as possible.


Nathalie Ryner
Costume Supervisor
Queensland Theatre