Nine young local arts producers and directors have been selected to learn how to run a festival from the inside out in Anywhere Festival’s Producer In Training Scheme
The Brisbane based scheme skills up local emerging producers to become the new breed of Queensland based theatre and festival producers growing a vibrant and sustainable arts sector.
Lisa Wheildon (Springwood), Lauren Harvey (Kangaroo Point), Katie-May Hollett (Wilston), Chantel Keegan (Mount Gravatt East), Celene Pretorius (Kenmore), Kiera Quinn, Alicia Jane Steele (Red Hill), Alexandra Stringer (West Chermside) and Teagan Williams (Alexandra Hills) are the confirmed applicants of the Anywhere Producer In Training scheme.
“We ran an earlier version of the scheme in 2014, received eleven applications and selected six and all are now working in the arts and entertainment,” said Paul Osuch, CEO of Anywhere Festival.
“This year applications jumped to 83 and in the end we couldn’t separate the top fifteen, so we invited them to be part of the scheme to whittle it down to the nine here.”
The scheme is run through Anywhere Festival, a festival of performance running 5-21 May 2016 through Brisbane and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
“Since starting the festival in 2011 we had people constantly asking us how to learn how we produce a festival of theatre anywhere but a theatre,” said Paul.
“We knew it was time to do something that developed those skills and let people in on our trade secrets.”
The Producers in Training will be covering all the skills required to run their own festival or arts company from producing, legal, risk, marketing, creative development, social media, web site, performer liaison, strategy and planning, funding, strategy, box office, and much more.
“We see this as a vital development scheme that shares all the mistakes and successes we have had with Anywhere Festival so the Producers in Training can take the next step up,” said Paul, “If it had been around when I was thinking of running a festival, I’d hate to think how much time and heartache I could have saved!”
An approach backed up by Producer In Training Chantel Keegan.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Anywhere family,” said Chantel. “To be provided with such a unique mentoring opportunity is invaluable to my career development. Moreover, the scheme allows me to shepherd local queer artists and their stories to greater levels of visibility and success.”
For further information, interviews, photo requests, please contact Paul Osuch direct on 07 3102 4683 or the email contacts on this page.
The Producer In Trainings also include:
Lauren has previously successfully produced the Fresh Blood Festival for QUT’s student theatre company in 2015, but is looking forward to the wealth of professional resources she will now have access to, which are unparalleled compared to any arts management experiences she has been involved with before.
Katie-May is an ambitious director, performer, teaching-artist and collaborator with a very strong curiosity and love for physical theatre, contemporary performance and live art. Katie-May cannot wait to gain new knowledge in Brisbane’s creative theatre festival industry and collaborate with a creative team that is passionate about bringing challenging and inspiring theatrical experiences to Brisbane audiences in non-traditional spaces.
Celene is a third year QUT student addicted to the creation of visceral experiences and personal exchanges between a performer and the audience. As a ‘Producer in Training’ Celene cannot wait for the chance to test her passion and knowledge within this industry while striving to increase opportunities for other young Brisbane performers.
Keira enjoys all artistic platforms whether it be visual art, theatre, TV or film and is excited to develop her growing skills as a producer and celebrate Brisbane’s creative scene.
Alicia has been singing since she could speak and telling stories to anyone who would listen for as long as she can remember. In 2016, she’s brewing tea with Anywhere team, to make this year’s festival the most fabulous tea party the world has seen since a girl chased a white rabbit down a hole in 1871.
Alexandra is from Liverpool in England and recently graduated with a theatre degree from Goldsmiths University, London. Alexandra has a strong passion for producing fringe theatre and wants her work to say something and evoke a response from an audience; Anywhere Festival encourages that.
Lisa is currently in her third year of study towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), with an Entertainment Industries minor at QUT and is passionate about all aspects of performance-making. She is looking forward to immersing herself fully in the experience of being a producer, providing information and support to artists in an efficient manner and ultimately making the 2016 Anywhere Festival the best experience yet for everyone involved.
Teagan Williams is an actor, facilitator, director and performance maker who has recently graduated from Griffith University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre. She is excited to learn how to produce a festival of shows, which will enable her to achieve her goal of creating a festival around youth theatre work.