From Director-In-Training to Anywhere Festival Producer in one year

Ruby Donohoe from the 2014 Anywhere Festival Director-In-Training scheme is taking over the reins of the internationally acclaimed Anywhere Festival in Brisbane.
She is the first person to join the core Anywhere Festival team since co-founders Alex McTavish and Paul Osuch created the festival in 2011.

“Producing Anywhere Festival in Brisbane is going to be a big challenge,” said Ruby. ”The festival will be running from 7-24 May 2015 so we’ve still got a bit of time to get organised but I know how quickly the months will fly by!”

Ruby’s appointment coincides with the call out to Brisbane based producers and performers of all types to express interest by the 4th of December, just under two months away.

“Performer, producers and anyone with an interesting event can head to the Anywhere Festival website and express interest in the 2015 Anywhere Festival Brisbane,” said Ruby

Anywhere Festival has developed a reputation for breaking the mould with new and innovative approaches to performances and business, from the original concept of theatre without theatres through to allowing businesses to host performances and now with the Director-In-Training scheme.

“We didn’t want to fall into the trap of organisations that use unpaid interns every year in lieu of respecting and paying for skills. It felt dishonest to skill people in an area with no opportunity within the organisation to be paid. That’s why we came up with the Director-In-Training Scheme for the festival earlier this year,” said Paul.

Last year the Director-In-Training Scheme skilled up six young producers with the intention that the next year would be a paid role.

“Ruby Donohoe was one of the Directors In Training last year and we’re really excited to announce she is starting with Anywhere Festival this year as the Brisbane Producer,” said Paul

Ruby is a site-specific producer and performance maker who studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, minoring in Scenography at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and lives in Kangaroo Point. Ruby will take over primary responsibility for Anywhere Festival in Brisbane, working with co-founders Alex McTavish and Paul Osuch to deliver the best festival experience for performers, audiences and local businesses.

“Anywhere is an inspiring festival to be a part of and the In-Training role was a great opportunity to work with the many exciting non-traditional arts spaces and independent artists who call Brisbane home,” said Ruby.

“Learning to produce with this festival in a way that connects artists with places and businesses in our community was such a fabulous affirmation that I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Anywhere as the Brisbane Producer.”

Anywhere Festival Brisbane is a festival of performance anywhere but a theatre running 7-24 May 2015. Expressions of interest for performers are now open and close on 4 December 2014 at