Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited is a Brisbane based not-for-profit company with a vision to propel a world-wide trend for exciting, engaging, passionate theatre anywhere but traditional theatre spaces. AnywhereFest is a first for Australia and the world.
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. – Paul Osuch, Anywhere Theatre Festival
Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd provides a new model for performers, businesses and audiences to engage for community benefit. Performers can produce in a sustainable way regardless of theatres, businesses can see direct benefits to their brand and bottom line and the barriers normally attached to traditional theatres are removed.
Facts and Figures
The 2013 Anywhere Theatre Festival features 49 productions, 270 performances and the work of over 265 local producers, actors, dancers, comedians, directors, vocalists, playwrights, puppeteers, designers and production. In just three years, Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd has provided the infrastructure, professional and creative development for 117 locally produced world premieres, more than any Queensland arts organisation.
The 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival had 66,000 attendees, up from 4,000 in our first year (2011) and we are the only festival in Brisbane to be nominated in QANTAS Travel Insiders “Top Nine International Festivals”.
Anywhere has been invited to Milan, Melbourne, the U.K.and presented to TEDx to explain how our model works and we have partnered with over 57 different organisation providing in kind support from Queensland Rail and Heritage Bank to local small business not traditionally engaged with the arts.
Anywhere is a festival that turns the attendance pyramid on it’s head with two thirds of the audiences being people who normally go to performance once or less a year. We are proud to be a festival that in its first year had more performances than Brisbane Festival and in it’s second year had more performances than Brisbane Festival and World Theatre Festival combined on a budget one hundredth of the budget of either!
Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
Meet our talented team of two…
Each Anywhere Theatre Festival grows up to 300 people in the lead up to the Festival. Meet the two brains behind the concept and each Anywhere Theatre Festival project.
Paul Osuch is the Co-Founder of Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd, a festival for performance anywhere but a theatre.
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, a Queensland Government Cultural Champion and Arts Queensland Industry Expert in Festivals, Marketing and Producing.
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 and been responsible for the rebranding of organisations including the U.K’s Rose Bruford College
Paul has always been focused on new ideas and ways to make theatre a bigger part of everyone’s life.
Alex brings a decade of experience in the arts to her role here at Anywhere Theatre Festival.
She is a cultural entrepreneur, actor, writer, producer and director who in 2013 became one of Queensland’s Leading Women. Alex uses her varied talents to motivate Anywhere Theatre Festival participants to realise their creative aspirations.
“I want to empower others to find inspiration in their own abilities, to build an environment in which experimentation and discovery is celebrated while a sustainable arts practice is sought for a long and fruitful career.”
Alex has a Bachelor of Journalism, Masters in Writing and she studied acting at Rose Bruford College in London.
Alex is interested in ensuring artists profit from their efforts.
Alex McTavish is the Co-Founder of Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd, a festival for performance anywhere but a theatre.
Board of Directors
The Anywhere Theatre Festival board of management is an expert panel of leaders drawn from the arts, business and government sectors.
Doug Brimblecombe (MIES MLighting)
Doug’s career over 30 years in the live entertainment industry has taken him from his home town of Dalby in Southwest Queensland, across Australia and to many parts of the world. His specialty is performance lighting, but his involvement in performance art has seen him in many roles, from company management and design consultancy to memorable episodes such as loading 124 ton Antonov aircraft in Russia for international rock bands.
Doug is now general manager of a innovative mobile cardiac and respiratory health initiative that will save lives in rural Australia called Heart of Australia. He brings to Heart of Australia his skills in the logistics of large scale global events and management of diverse and multi-discipline staff.
Doug is a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IESANZ) and is Vice President of the Queensland IESANZ Chapter Management Committee.
He is a member of the Australian Lighting Industry Association (ALIA) and holds a Masters in Lighting (Physics).
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience assisting small and medium businesses to grow and thrive.
He also brings a commercial focus to assisting businesses and their owners in both compliance and leveraging existing financial information flows to assist them in better managing their businesses. He holds and M.B.A. from the University of Queensland, together with business accounting degrees from Q.U.T.
He is also a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors course. He is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge with the broader community and assisting Anywhere Theatre Festival in its success.
Helen is a fundraising, marketing and sponsorship executive with vast experience in all aspects of philanthropy and stakeholder engagement. Throughout her career, Helen has successfully worked with a number of leading state, national and international organisations to deliver outstanding fundraising and engagement outcomes across a number of industries, including the arts (Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Arts Council, Anywhere Theatre Festival), medical research and the broader not for profit sector.