Anywhere Festival is a Queensland not-for-profit company leading the world with exciting and engaging storytelling and performance anywhere.
The next Anywhere Festival is 6-23 May 2021.
Anywhere Festival began in 2011 as Brisbane’s revolutionary take on the fringe festival concept, taking all the things people love about fringe festivals and removing the things they don’t.
We make it possible for independent artists to present performance to audiences in 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.
Anywhere Festival is a globally unique and local cultural experience for locals and visitors alike: where local businesses and homes host performances so the artists can creative incredible work without the financial burdens placed on them when presenting independently or with many fringe festivals.
Since then it has become something much more than “Brisbane’s Fringe Festival” with 500 performances by independent performing artists every year, stretching out to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.
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 a in non traditional spaces became the only way.
Anywhere Festival led by example in Queensland: working with and paying independent artists to deliver 84 performances of 21 different productions of circus, music, comedy, opera, drama, theatre, poetry, and shakespeare to over eight thousand ticket buying attendees between late May and September.
Anywhere Stands for...
Story telling began as something we did around camp fires and over time it has been ghettoed inside traditional theatre venues and the structures that go with them. We believe that for our own stories and performance to survive we have to stop creating theatres where people “go” for live performance. Storytelling and performance needs to happen anywhere. People need to see performance, to see theatre and engage in theatre anywhere regardless of their income or location.
VALUE OUR STORYTELLERS
We also 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’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.
PAUL OSUCH | CO-FOUNDER &
Paul Osuch created Anywhere with Co-Founder Alex McTavish with the very first festival in 2011.
Paul Osuch holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology and is a graduate of the NIDA Playwrights Studio. He is an Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leader, and a Queensland Government Cultural Champion.
He was Artistic Director of Borderline Defamation Productions for several years, producing and directing the world premiere of many new works, including the Australian Film Industry nominated All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, which has since been adapted into a feature length film. He has created and marketed major productions from the Soho Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre in London to the Cement Box Theatre in Brisbane.
Paul has always been focused on new ideas and ways to make performance a bigger part of everyone’s life.
TONI WILLS | SUNSHINE COAST CREATIVE PRODUCER
Toni Wills is the Creative Producer of Anywhere Festival in Noosa and Sunshine Coast.
She joined the Anywhere team in 2017 to assist the delivery of our inaugural Noosa program and we’ve asked her to stick around since then.
Toni is a writer, independent producer. educator and workshop facilitator. She holds a Masters in Creative Arts and a Bachelor of Arts/Law and has over fifteen years of working in the design and delivery of creative and education projects across a number of sectors.
Outside of her role in Anywhere, she is a RADF committee member for Noosa Council, co-producer of The Bunker Spoken Word series and works on projects in spoken word, theatre and community arts across South East Queensland
TIM MONLEY | BRISBANE CREATIVE PRODUCER
Tim is a freelance creative producer that began his career in the arts, creating community based celebrations in Australia and Great Britain. With his heart in the building of community, Tim has moved his creative practice toward street, immersive, and gamified theatre.
Over the last ten years he created a Game for the Woodford Folk Festival that gathered a loyal following and built an in-depth imagined world. Tim has toured the world performing and producing comedy at Fringe Festivals and contributing to community events in the UK and Europe. His recent work with puzzle adventures, circus, and theatre projects is expertly mingling these genres together.
In 2018, Tim has produced an immersive puzzle adventure called A Convict’s Hope, in collaboration with Museum of Brisbane. The Museum of Brisbane won a national engagement award for the their Life in Iron’s exhibition, due in part to the Convict’s Hope performance. Tim is currently developing a technology system to design an interactive experience in your browser and deploy it in the real world.
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 HELEN HILLMAN
Theatre Producer & Financial / Administrative Systems for Arts Organisations. Previous experience includes Shakespeare’s Globe and Circa
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 MEGAN LAVENDER
Megan Joy Lavender is a transformational leader of organisations with a focus on stakeholder engagement. An experienced public company director and government board member, she is also peer recognised as one of the Asia Pacific’s best third sector CEOs having held senior executive roles in the corporate, government and third sectors.
Megan presently serves as a State Government appointed board member of the NSW Ministry of Health Centre for Health Record Linkage and has been commissioned by the Minister for Lands and Water as Deputy Chairman of the Gosford Showground Crown Lands Trust.
Megan is an arts, education, speech and drama graduate of Macquarie University and Trinity College, London.
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 NYCOLE PROWSE
Dr Nycole Prowse is the Founding Director of Peripheral Arts, Co-Producer of the Bunker Spoken Word Series and Sunshine Coast Creative Producer of Anywhere Festival.
Nycole is a writer, producer, director, scholar and researcher with 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, the UK and the Middle East.
In 2016 she established Peripheral Arts, an arts organisation, which puts focus on storytelling and creates collaborative, engaging creative arts projects and productions for venues and festivals with a focus on artist-led initiatives and high quality production. Appointments include assessor Regional Arts Development Fund.
Nycole has a PhD in Literature and has published widely in the area of literary representations of gender, space and the body. She is editor of a multidisciplinary anthology Intervening Spaces (Brill 2018), a transnational examination of the inter-connective impact and potential of performance, art and design on people and place. And has recently published her book Heroin(e) Habits: Potential and Possibility in Female Drug Literature (Gylphi 2018). Nycole teaches into theatre and performance, literature and creative industries programs at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Like to join our board? Check out all the details on our JOIN OUR BOARD page.
NYCOLE PROWSE | SUNSHINE COAST CREATIVE PRODUCER (2017-2019)
After doing an incredible job as a Creative Producer setting up Anywhere Festival on the Sunshine Coast, we invited Nycole to join our board. Thankfully she accepted and you can find her full bio there 😉
ALEX MCTAVISH | CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE PRODUCER (2011-2017)
Alex is a writer, actor, artist and arts leader, with more than fifteen years experience in the not-for-profit, corporate and cultural sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. She specialises in organisational and sector development, cultural change management, business planning, policy, advocacy, community engagement, communications and program development.
Alex is passionate about the arts and is driven by a desire to connect people to their communities by the stories they share.