“The life of live theatre depends a great deal on donors, especially for school and other outward looking programs.” – Fred and Margaret Leditschke
If you sit behind row J in the centre bank of the Bille Brown Theatre, you’ll be looking upon dedications from two of Queensland Theatre’s most devoted donors, Fred and Margaret Leditschke.
Season Ticket holders since 1978, Fred and Margaret have experienced the influence of all eight Artistic Directors across the five-plus decades of the Company. Each and every year they’ve experienced the breadth and depth of artistic approaches to classic and contemporary works, the growth of our training programs for young artists, and the diversity of voices found in our playwriting commissions. Inspired by all that the Company has achieved over so many years, they decided to commemorate their family’s love for the theatre with two seats in the Bille Brown Theatre.
Donating to Queensland Theatre has enabled them to fulfil their “desire to support live theatre in a practical way, particularly for productions which involve young Queenslanders. The life of live theatre depends a great deal on donors, especially for school and other outward looking programs.”
We are so grateful to have this generous pair as part of our Visionaries program. We thank Fred and Margaret Leditschke for their passionate support for the Company, and for sharing their giving story with the Queensland Theatre community.
Phoebe Stephens, take a bow for your recent burst of exquisite and celebratory floral creativity, photographed here sharing the stage with Lee Lewis to launch our 2021 Season!
For over 20 years, Phoebe Stephens has supported Queensland Theatre by generously gifting spectacular flowers to adorn our foyers for opening nights and special events. A renowned florist, Phoebe is a celebrated artist in her own right, and extends her love for the creative from the florist bench to theatre foyers, for the enjoyment of our whole QT family - artists, staff and loyal audiences. Playful and adventurous, we love to discover what Phoebe has in store for each of our productions.
Thank you Phoebe and team for your passionate and ongoing support, and for allowing us to share your giving story with the Queensland Theatre community. It is a genuine pleasure to work with a local Brisbane business held in such high esteem.
“I have always maintained that theatre is a major part of education, and one of the motives for my benefaction is to ensure that live theatre remains available to all in our society.”
When John Casey retired to Brisbane in 2012 from Sydney — where he frequented Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre and Bell Shakespeare — it was only a matter of time before he attended Queensland Theatre. Libby Munro’s performance in Venus in Fur was particularly memorable, convincing him to become a regular patron and to add his support to his new local theatre.
After many enjoyable years as a patron, John was pleased to become a donor to Queensland Theatre during our ‘Foundations for the Future’ campaign to support the redevelopment of the Bille Brown Theatre. In his words, “Nearer the Gods and Antigone alone would have justified the expense!”
We thank our Visionary Dr John Casey for his passionate support, and for sharing his giving story with the Queensland Theatre community.