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The joy of giving

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Almost ten years ago, the Prior family were swiftly and enthusiastically immersed in the world of theatre. One of Liz Prior’s children, Nic, was studying acting and music at the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries in Kelvin Grove, and successfully auditioned to become part of the Young Artists’ Ensembles at Queensland Theatre. During Year 11 and 12, Nic trained at QT after school during the term, and attend Theatre Residency Week (TRW) in the September school holidays.

“In Nic’s first year at TRW, they decided to study puppetry with David Morton from Dead Puppet Society. In one week, their group had created puppets with only brown paper and tape, learned to be puppeteers, and written an entire performance. We were astounded at the show… and have never forgotten the experience. At that point we realised the breadth of experience and the incredible industry contacts Nic was making, and we wanted to help ensure that others would have the same access that Nic did.

“My husband and I are particularly interested in supporting the Education and Youth programs as we recognise what an impact they can have on students’ lives as they follow their dreams. Supporting the refurbishment of the Diane Cilento Studio last year was important to us in this regard, as young artists deserve to have the best facilities and performance spaces available to them.

Being donors to the Arts, and Queensland Theatre specifically, has been transforming. From the day we made our first donation we felt very connected to the organisation… Every time we see a new show we almost feel part of it as we know the impact we and all the other donors are making.”

We feel very fortunate to have known Liz Prior and family for many years now, and to have watched the pivotal role they’ve played in encouraging Nic’s — and many other students’ — creative careers. We thank the Priors for their ongoing support of our Education and Youth programs, and for sharing their giving story with the Queensland Theatre community.