About Anywhere Old

Anywhere Festivals is a Queensland not-for-profit company leading the world with exciting and engaging storytelling and performance that happens anywhere and puts artists first with Anywhere Fringe Brisbane Festival and Anywhere Festival Moreton Bay as our major projects.

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A Drop Too Many. Photograph by Geoff Lawrence

Anywhere Festivals makes it possible for performance makers to create works anywhere and for audiences to engage with storytelling while discovering local nooks and crannies.

where local businesses and homes host performances so artists can creative incredible work without all the financial burdens that are often placed on them when presenting independently.

Paul Osuch founded Anywhere Festival in 2011 as Brisbane's revolutionary take on the fringe festival concept, putting artists first so they could take creative risks without the financial risks with rent free non traditional spaces, creative development support, producing resources and festival marketing that helps build audiences.

For audiences, Anywhere Festival becomes a discovery of places and performances by using local nooks and crannies: poetry in light houses, circus in driveways, music in backyards, storytelling on ferries, theatre in hedge mazes and musicals in aeroplanes.

Since 2011 it has become something much more than "Brisbane's Fringe Festival" with 500 performances by independent performing artists every year. Since 2018 the festival has cemented it's place as a fixture of the Brisbane performance calendar for locals and visitors alike.

Anywhere offers up a vision where artists can step away from the fringe and siloed performance spaces to be at the core of society by being anywhere.

Anywhere Festival has inspired many other festivals and practitioners, providing the framework and ideas that many have followed when COVID-19 restrictions closed theatres and the idea of performing in streets, outdoors in a non traditional spaces became the only way.

Anywhere Stands for...

The Community

Story telling began as something we did around camp fires. Over time it has been ghettoed inside traditional theatre venues and the structures that go with them. the buildings have become the focus instead of the art created in them.

We believe that for our own stories and performance to survive we have to stop creating theatres where people "go" for live performance. People need to see and engage with performance anywhere regardless of their income or location.

Value Our Storytellers

We believe that restricting performance to theatres places an unnecessary gatekeeper for artists and audiences.

The majority of performers and producers wait for rare slots in theatres and fringe festivals where there are more performances than audiences members and the entire financial risk is placed on the independent producer.

We value our storytellers and performance makers for what they do do instead of a cog that ensures the rest of the economy make a living.

Local Business

We've also demonstrated that there is great opportunity for business and communities to benefit by placing performances in public and business locations.

We do this through innovative partnership with local businesses and performers by removing the fiscal and creative barriers in audience attendance. We create performance right where people live, work and play to make stronger, more vibrant communities.

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Paul Osuch
Founder, CEO and Festival Director of Anywhere Fringe and Anywhere Festival Moreton Bay

Paul created Anywhere Festival in 2011 to fill the aching void of artistic opportunities in Brisbane, with a festival of performances anywhere but theatres - hello, Spring Hill Reservoir! ⁠

Since then, he has worked with 2,706 performance makers to create 3,829 performances of 741 productions from Little Match Productions to Tim Ross, Sui Ensemble to Imploding Fictions, Merlynn Tong to The Travelling Sisters. ⁠Paul is like Santa as he makes dreams come true, well, for artists anyway!⁠

You'll also recognise Paul as creator and executive producer of Fringe Brisbane Festival, to reimagine the fringe model - to turn it on its head and show what the fringe can be for audiences, venues but most importantly, for artists with the first Fringe Brisbane Festival in October/November 2022 exceeding all expectations. ⁠

He has always been focused on asking "Why?" along with "Why not?", challenging the status quo at every opportunity to make things better, or at least a hell of a lot more interesting.⁠

Paul Osuch holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology and a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio. He is an Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leader, and a Queensland Government Cultural Champion.

Melissa Western | Moreton Bay Creative Producer

Over the past twenty years Melissa Western has delivered critically acclaimed performances to audiences locally in Brisbane, nationally throughout Australia and internationally in the UK and France.

Her self-penned one-woman musical Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me was an official sell-out for two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, garnering five star reviews from ThreeWeeks, "absolutely brilliant… enthralling vocal talents wowed the audience" and four stars from The Scotsman, "Melissa Western is on fire… it's mainly about the eyes, the face and the voice." In 2013, Melissa's new original comedy-cabaret entitled Sweet, Sour and Saucy received critical and audience acclaim, Western being touted as a "force of nature" (Broadway Baby, 5 stars). 

Mellissa Western is the Cultural Programs Officer at Moreton Bay Regional Council and is the Creative Producer for Anywhere Festival in the Moreton Bay Region

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Willem Whitfield | Marketing Coordinator

Since completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries at QUT, Willem has gone on to produce and perform in work for both stage and screen.

In 2018 he won the Audience Choice at the 48 Hour Film Project for his film noir: “The Taste of Fame”. A year later, Willem became the producer of the 48 Hour Film Project in Queensland.

In 2021 Willem wrote, produced and starred in his first feature-length play, the absurdist comedy Hello, Gaz Rhumbo! That same year he also completed an apprenticeship with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and worked with them behind the scenes on A Sleep of Prisoners and Romeo & Juliet. Willem's entry into Short and Sweet Queensland, the original meta-absurdist comedy Honey, I’m Home!, also won the Audience Choice, Best Actress and Best Director awards. In 2022 he portrayed Edmund in King Lear Monster Show with The Curators and is currently performing in The Rover with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.

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Sam Morris | Box Office & Ticketing

Sam is a Meanjin-based artist, writer, and producer working in the creative industry. They are particularly focused on community-based collaboration in order to tell necessary stories.

A recent graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) at Queensland University of Technology, Sam has spent the last few years working and creating as much as possible. This has primarily been with Vena Cava Productions, QUT’s resident student theatre company. With Vena Cava, Sam co-facilitated an immersive work in 2019, produced an original play ‘The Robots Club’ in 2020, and produced their annual theatre and arts festival, Freshblood, in 2021. Thanks to collaborative efforts from Sam, Vena Cava, and the QUT community, 2021 was Freshblood’s most successful iteration yet, in terms of both profit and participation.

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Kiarra Auberson - Venues and Locations

Kiarra is a Brisbane-based artist with a background in live performance.

She is currently a third-year QUT student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama with a minor in Scenography. Kiarra has a keen interest not only in just the creative aspect of theatre and performance but also in what goes on behind the scenes that make shows a reality.

Scheduled to graduate end of 2023 Kiarra hopes to not only create her own works but also help other artists showcase their own creative visions.

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Henry Solomon - Anywhere Associate

Henry is a Brisbane-based performer and co-owner of Next Door Theatre, originally from the Adelaide Hills.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Media, majoring in Digital Production at The University of Adelaide, Henry has a broad background in graphic design, marketing, and social media. His passion for the performing arts led him to further studies, relocating to Brisbane in 2021 where he recently completed a Bachelor of Screen & Stage (Acting) at the Australian Performing Arts Conservatory.

He has performed in various Australian theatre and film productions over the last 6 years, continuing to pursue his love for the arts by joining the Anywhere Festival team in 2023.

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2023 Interns

Evelyn Lyu

Based in Brisbane, Evelyn is a highly motivated artist with a deep passion for both live performance and the creative industries.

She is currently in her third year of study at QUT, pursuing a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Entertainment) degree with a minor in integrated marketing communication. With extensive experience in social media, marketing, and design as well as a keen interest in drama and performance, Evelyn brings a unique perspective to her work.

Looking to the future, Evelyn is committed to pushing the boundaries of her creativity and pursuing a career path as a dedicated creative professional. Driven by her passion and a desire to inspire others, she is always seeking new sources of motivation and looking for ways to challenge herself creatively.

Lachlan Driscoll

Lachlan is a Producer, Director and Writer.

He is the Founder and Creative Producer of Brisbane based Observatory Theatre, focussing on new and inventive theatre. Lachlan is passionate about new work and its role in Australia’s cultural scene. As a producer, he has worked with Redcliffe Museum, Wynnum Fringe, Ad Astra, Anywhere Festival and Fringe Brisbane. In 2022, he was a member of ATYP’s Youth Advisory Board and worked as Fundraising Manager for regional arts group The Storey Players. He has also been involved as a director with Underground Theatre Company, Phoenix Ensemble and Vena Cava Productions. Lachlan studies Drama and Business at the Queensland University of Technology and has a Certificate III in Performing Arts from the Australian Dance Performance Institute. Lachlan has volunteered with Playlab Theatre and the Queensland Writers Centre.

In his spare time, he tends to his VegePod garden and writes articles for Observatory Theatre’s new arts magazine Third Eye.

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Jodie Corr

Jodie is an artist who is eager to explore Meanjins Creative Industries.

Since graduating from Fine Arts (Music) at QUT in 2021, Jodie has been eager to meet like minded curators and develop skills in assisting creating work from conception to realization.

Although having predominantly focused on music, Jodie is excited to explore production roles through her experiences with Anywhere Festival.

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Haley Meekan

Haley Meekan is a Brisbane based artist and musician with a background in producing and directing.

She is one of the three cofounders of the theatre company Inscape Assembly as well as a university student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama, minoring in music at Queensland University of Technology.

Over the past three years, she has produced/created several works such as The Hundred Acre Wood, Oberon 11 and Tight in the Bud as well as acted as Vena Cava Productions Head of Events in 2022.

As she continues her Bachelor she hopes to find the balance between her passion for music and drama so they may both be relevant skills in her future career.

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Joel Royall-West

Joel Royall-West is an avid creative consumer and a passionate Visual Artist.

Recently studied a Bachelor of Business Marketing and a Bachelor of Visual Art, Joel loves to envelop his time in all things creative as much as finding how to market ideas to an audience.

As an avid fan of science fiction and Video Games, Joel actively continues his passion for digital art through a self-taught practice.

And during downtime, spends it playing video games, and watching movies, all while enjoying the company of his two dogs.

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Our Board

Chair | Michael Peterson

Senior management executive with 20 years of high-level knowledge of, and experience in, the arts, cultural and creative sectors. Proven expertise in the development and maintenance of professional relationships with multiple stakeholders; involving corporate, community and government agencies. Advanced negotiation practice and customer service behaviour. Exemplary record of innovative strategic policy and planning. Extensive knowledge of local, national, and international cultural trends, issues, and opportunities in the arts and cultural sector.

Treasurer | Lisa Pollard

Lisa is a new director, joining the board in December 2023.  

Company Secretary | Amanda Ralph

Amanda is an Australian lawyer who achieved first class honours. During the undertaking of her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree Amanda majored in corporate law and international finance and since then further studied a Grad Dip in Applied Corporate Law, a Grad Dip in Legal Practice, Applied Language Chinese Diploma, a Grad Dip in Engineering and the Company Directors Course. These studies are also in addition to a degree in Commercial Law Amanda previously completed which provided additional commercial skills in the disciplines of accounting and finance.

Amanda possesses a fluency in both Chinese and French and basic Russian language abilities. In addition, Amanda has recently completed an MBA.

Director | Marina De Jager

Businesswoman by trade, thespian by choice… From a young age, Marina realised her love for the creative industries and has been involved with all aspects of the performing arts ever since. She is very proud to base herself of the vibrant Sunshine Coast where she has served as a Sunshine Coast Council Arts Ambassador through their Arts Plan development.

Marina is the Festival Director of the Imagineers Festival hosted by Montessori International College (MIC) where she holds the role of Events and Community Engagement Manager. With a passion for passing on her love of theatre, she teaches performing arts at BYTE (Buderim Youth Theatre of Excellence) and has directed and choreographed many of their shows. Whilst also as being an independent producer working with creatives, facilitators and business owner. In 2018 she produced Likely Story, a show about books set in a bookstore as part of the Anywhere Festival, winning them an award.

Director | Trudy Gunston

Trudy Gunston is a proud Kullilli woman, passionate about advocating for and driving the success of First Nations creators, particularly in the arts and contemporary dance.

Throughout her career, she has worked extensively in the independent theatre and arts and is currently the Operations Manager at BlakDance

Director | Gary McDonald

With 37 years experience in national/international markets at senior management, contract/consultancy level in marketing, media, advertising and creative fields that commenced in movie distribution including Walt Disney, Pixar, Roadshow, Buena Vista, Touchstone. Working across film, television and radio in Australia, US and UK as a qualified journalist, producer and director through the 80/90s he continues to partner and consult in those fields as well as new digital avenues.

He ran his own Event/PR/Media company for two decades during that time and continues to represent major brands, organizations and individuals with counsel and strategic thinking, expertise in innovative communications, production values, marketing/sales, creative/brand, digital/film/tv, cultivating cultural change, organizational alignment, change thinking and project development. Formerly AJA/MEAA, Board of RSA (London), AICD, holds B.Psy., and a number of additional qualifications.

Gary continues to concentrate on strategic change thinking and advising in across industries as well an in the philanthropic and fundraising space.

Director | Jo Lovett

Jo is a creative and results-driven fundraising professional with over 30 years of marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement experience.

She has worked in various sectors from high tech biometrics in Silicon Valley to education and medical research, raising philanthropic funds for worthy causes.

Jo understands and is able to harness a person's connection to a cause and assist them realise their vision through philanthropy. She enjoys the process and culmination of strategy and planning, and equally likes to roll up her sleevs and work at grass roots levels.

Jo has a love for the arts understanding that beyond the joy it brings, the arts is the key to unlock the heart and the mind of both participant and audience member.

Director | Heidi Gledhill

Heidi Gledhill is an awarding-winning theatre director. She has established and run independent theatre venues; The Crypt in Sydney and The Substation in Brisbane.

Most recently, as Co-Artistic Director of The Hive Collective, Heidi produced a season of three plays and directed The Bull, The Moon & The Coronet of Stars by Van Badham in 2021 at the new Metro Arts in Brisbane. Heidi directed The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz as part of the Metro Arts’ Local season.

Heidi studied theatre at Macquarie University in Sydney and was granted a scholarship to study at La Sapienza Rome University in Italy, working alongside Nobel laureate Dario Fo. Heidi translated many of Dario Fo’s texts into English whilst teaching and translating in the performing arts department at La Sapienza, Rome University. Heidi was also a guest lecturer at Universitá 3 in Rome. As an actor, she was a core ensemble member of the theatre troupe, Stalker, touring throughout Italy.

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Paul Osuch is an Ex-Officio member of the board as CEO of Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited.

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Anywhere Team Alumni & Consultants

Zed Hopkins | Brisbane Creative Producer (2022)

Zed Hopkins is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer with a wide range of experience across performance, video, and installation mediums. Originally from Brisbane, Zed spent four years working and studying around the world before returning home in 2020.

His work explores the space between art forms and interrogates themes surrounding youth, identity, and community. As both an independent artist and co-founder of the emerging art collective 'The Crash Site' Zed is on a mission to connect, create and collaborate through innovative interdisciplinary projects.

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Toni Wills | Noosa and Sunshine Coast Creative Producer (2017-22)

Toni Wills is the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Creative Producer of Anywhere Festival. She joined the Anywhere team in 2017 to co-ordinate the establishment and delivery of the inaugural Sunshine Coast and Noosa regional program and she stuck around.

She is also a freelancer working across writing, dramaturgy, workshop facilitating, programming and producing. She has a Masters in Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Arts/Law and has over fifteen years working in the design and delivery of creative and education projects across the legal, community and Arts sectors. 

She is passionate about creating opportunities for artists and creatives in the regions. She was Program Co-ordinator of creative incubator, The Refinery 3.0 (2021) and co-founded The Bunker Spoken Word Collective in 2018.

An active volunteer and community builder, she is on the Board of the Old Ambulance Station in Nambour and currently manages their TAKEOVER project.

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Timothy Wynn | Ipswich Creative Producer (2021)

Since 2009 Timothy has fashioned diverse and imaginative seasons of theatrical experiences as the Artistic Director of THAT Production Company.

He has directed over 20 productions, including the Australian premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined by Lynn Nottage (at Studio 188, Ipswich) Saved by Edward Bond (at the Old Courthouse, Ipswich); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove); Spring's Awakening (at Metro Arts, Brisbane). Timothy studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, and trained at the JUTE Theatre Company's Director Development Program facilitated by Dr David Fenton. Timothy has also worked as an Assistant Director with Backbone Youth Arts, JUTE Theatre Company, Spotlight Theatre, and Fractal Theatre Company. In 2017 his production of Cosi with Beenleigh Theatre Company was nominated for seven Gold Coast theatre awards, winning Best Supporting Actress and Best Magic Moment of Theatre. In 2018 Timothy directed Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (also for Beenleigh Theatre Company) and Baal by Bertolt Brecht for Vena Cava Theatre Company. In 2019 he was a directorial observer for Death of a Salesman at Queensland Theatre, directed a staged reading of Thread by Emma Workman for La Boite's HWY Festival and directed the Queensland premiere of Kill Climate Deniers by David Finnigan

Tim Monley | Digital Program Director (2021) Brisbane Creative PRoducer (2019-20)

Tim is a freelance creative producer who thrives on the challenges of bringing together diverse stakeholders to create innovative projects. Working with artists, organisations, businesses, and communities he is able to find surprising solutions, through empathy, creativity, and a mix of artistic and business processes.

Tim Monley's creative practice is focused on creating meaningful connections between people through play and storytelling. He has created real world games with thousands of players, technology driven interactive installations, and gamified theatre. Having roots in community theatre and ritual, his work continues to discover ways of building connections between people in creative ways. He sees the movement toward digital theatre as an exciting opportunity to build deeper global connections, taking back the technology that is being used to commercialise our attention and using for the creation of an open and healthy culture.

Nycole Prowse | Sunshine Coast Creative Producer (2017-2019)

Nycole is a poet, playwright, author, producer, director, story facilitator, educator and academic scholar whom founded Peripheral Arts in 2016 upon completion of her PhD in Literature. She has over 27 years’ experience in teaching at tertiary level and in the creation and production of creative and literary projects and festivals in urban and rural communities in Australia, Japan, China, the UK and the Middle East. Her current creative works include the one-woman immersive theatre piece, Stuff: a tale of storage and clutter, and Women’s Rooms, a cross-cultural, multimodal story crafting exhibition performance.

Nycole is the primary developer and facilitator of Peripheral Arts’ community story-crafting program and teaches into literature, theatre and performance, and creative industries programs at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Most recently Nycole was the Co-Producer of the Bunker Spoken Word Series (2016-2019), a quarterly poetry and storytelling event series and competition delivered in partnership with Horizon Festival, and Sunshine Coast Director of Anywhere Festival (2017-2019) 

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we present Anywhere Festival, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stories continue to play.