Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUD AND HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK AT THE STATE THEATRE COMPANY?

I came to Queensland Theatre with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) and a passion for creating contemporary theatre. I was at QUT, completing my Honours degree on ‘Emerging Artists in Brisbane’s Theatre Sector’ and was asked to come and help out in the office during a busy few weeks in the Development team last December. Twelve months later I’m still chuffed to be here!  

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE HERE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

I’m the Communications and Grant Coordinator in the Development Department. This sees me spend the majority of my time writing proposals to invite support of Queensland Theatre’s mainstage productions, commissions and new work in development, regional touring and Education and Youth Programs. I manage the grant cycle of all successful applications and provide extensive reporting to the funding provider. My role spreads across philanthropic, corporate and government sectors so there is always variety. When I’m not writing grants, I’m developing our donor magazine Insider and helping out with events. 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN THE ARTS?

Absolutely. I was a dancer for 18 years before theatre took over. I have also dabbled in music playing the trumpet for a number of years. Like many people in the arts, I am pursuing my own theatre directing career outside of my work at Queensland Theatre.  

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

My favourite experience so far has been the Company Run of each show in the 2018 Season — a time nearing the end of rehearsals where the entire staff are invited to see the upcoming production before it opens. 

IN YOUR OPINION – WHAT IS THE BEST PLAY EVER AND WHY?

I could never choose the best one, but a few stand out as influential in my career so far. Daniel Evan’s Opening a Fuzzwollops Frame of Mind, The Motion of Light in Water by Marcel Dorney with Elbow Room and HotHouse Theatre, and Kendall Feaver’s The Almighty Sometimes, an outstanding new work I saw at Griffin Theatre Company this year. Each of these works are a different genre (absurd, sci-fi, realism) but what unifies them is an inclusive exploration of humanity and characters who bravely approach the unknown.  

WHAT DOES YOUR WEEKEND LOOK LIKE?

My weekend is a mix of time-out, catching up with friends, working on my own creative practice and general life admin. I’ll usually fit in seeing a show too. 

WHAT SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019?

At the moment I’m tied betweenCity of Gold and Fangirls — both are crucial because they make room for voices that are often overlooked by society. These productions showcase the wildly talented Meyne Wyatt and Yve Blake respectively, who will not only make their mainstage writing debuts but will also play the central characters in each work. 

 


Hannah Barr
Communications and Grant Coordinator
Queensland Theatre