Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

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

I studied theatre performance at university and parlayed my enthusiasm and knowledge of the form into a role at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. I moved to Brisbane in 2017, determined to wedge my foot in the door at Queensland Theatre … and after two failed attempts, I finally completed an interview in which my nerves didn’t make me completely incoherent! And luckily for me, I was hired.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE HERE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

I’m the Artistic Administrator, which means I contract and manage payments for our artists, coordinate events, manage venue bookings, coordinate our accessibility programs and provide general administrative support to the Director of Programming.

WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE LIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES?

Watching Tom Holloway’s Forget Me Not on stage broke me into a million grateful and devastated pieces. Honourable mentions must also go to watching One Day in 67 by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Patti Smith performing Gloria at the Melbourne Arts Centre and seeing Ursula Yovich absolutely shine in BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS here at Queensland Theatre. Sorry, that’s way more than one experience!

WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN BRISBANE?

Fromage the Cow on Park Road – delicious coffee, unfailingly excellent service and ALL THE CHEESE.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?

Applauding Sue Smith’s curtain call at the Opening Night of HYDRA – it was a beautiful moment in which we celebrated the talent and guts of our female writers, so many of whom are erased by histories told by men.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU'VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

Edinburgh Fringe … for all your gothic castle, rainy weather and 24/7 theatre needs. Plus deep-fried mars bars, a healthy antipathy towards the British Empire and winter coats. The best.

WHAT SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019?

CITY OF GOLD! I saw Meyne Wyatt perform Peter Pan brilliantly on stage in 2013 and the prospect of seeing him perform a story he has also written is extremely exciting. No one should miss this.

 

 


Laura Henderson
Artistic Administrator
Queensland Theatre