Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

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

After returning from Melbourne and working with Melbourne Theatre Company for 10 years, it was fortuitous to return to Brisbane (my home town) and land at Queensland Theatre. This is actually my second stint at QT and I count myself extremely fortunate to once again be involved with the Company at such an exciting time. I think few people would have had the opportunity to work with three of the best Artistic Director’s in the Country – Simon Phillips, Wesley Enoch, and now with Sam Strong as the Company goes through unprecedented growth and the opening of the new BBT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE HERE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

I’m currently the Marketing & Audience Development Manager and responsible for the marketing and ticketing functions of the Company. It’s a diverse role, both creative and analytical, and many touchpoints with other departments so it keeps me on my toes. The marketing and ticketing team are an amazing bunch making it all run smooth.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN THE ARTS?

In short YES. Apart from studying drama at uni I started my arts administration career with QPAC and Brisbane Powerhouse, and through working with a technology company (Tessitura) and freelancing I’ve consulted with many of Australia’s Arts Organisations including Sydney Theatre Company, MONA, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Theatre Company, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, Queensland Ballet and Perth International Arts Festival, but I have to admit I’m a theatre girl at heart.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

Leading up to Season Launch is always my favourite time of year. It’s hectic but there’s always a great sense of achievement once we launch. And sorry to be crass but as my position is ultimately about audience and sales I’m very pleased when we hit our goals…this year we’ve met all of our targets…phew.

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

My pooch Stella. And pizza.

WHAT SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019?

All of them…it’s such a solid season. You can’t beat a classic Arthur Millar, Anna McGahan retuning for Hydra, Ursula Yovich belting out original songs, Meyne Wyatt’s powerful presence in City of Gold, the amazing staging and puppetry that will be Storm Boy, Joanna Murray-Smith’s directorial debut, Fangirls will just be fun, fun, fun and you can’t go past Christen O’Leary in Antigone.

WHAT DOES YOUR WEEKEND LOOK LIKE?

Once upon a time it would have been filled with live music but somehow I’ve tip-toed into middle age…. a bit of binge TV series watching (“Younger” at the moment for Fangirls research – thanks Kath Rose for the tip), the park, good food and bubbles.
 

Tracey Webster 
Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Queensland Theatre