ARTS FOR EVERYONE, RIGHT WHERE THEY LIVE
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.
Since 2010, We have been making arts a bigger part of Queenslanders’ lives but we have since expanded and now work with communities across Australia in QLD (Mackay, Brisbane), NSW (Parramatta) and VIC (Frankston).
Anywhere was 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
We believe there is a better way for performers and producers than waiting for rare slots in theatres and losing life savings presenting in fringe festivals where there are more performances than audiences members and the entire budget goes on venue hire and paying for everything but the creation of the work.
Anywhere Theatre Festival aims to create cohesive communities where diversity, achievement and excellence are fostered. Where supporters, volunteers, audiences, participants, consumers, makers, creators, keepers and distributors of arts and culture are cherished.
We create opportunities for collaboration, for the meaning they bring to our lives, the power with which they engage us, to share stories and engage audiences to find meaningful solutions for the challenges we face today.
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.
LOCAL – We create local networks and connections, local skills development, local opportunities for cultural growth and local products.In turn, we create cultural tourism and engagement, build place-making and pride-building and build creative partnerships between business and artists.
INCLUSIVE – Anywhere is ageless. Participants span from youth to eighty and our audiences are equally diverse. There is no need for big budgets to perform at Anywhere and the average ticket price of $20 makes it affordable for everyone.
We are proud to enable many people to have a stake in performance making, presenting, support of and discussion of culture, because we know it is central to strong arts communities.
RELEVANT - Quality matters. As an advocate for innovation in the arts we are committed to creating new, timely, relevant knowledge and resources relating to arts innovation.
Along with excellence and inspiration, we know that people want value. Anywhere Festival is a proven Queensland success story (having grown from one festival to four throughout Australia in under two years!) because we provide a quality connection to our community- a dialogue between who we are and who we want to become.
Meet our talented team
Each Anywhere Festival grows up to 300 people in the lead up to the Festival but meet the brains behind the concept and each Anywhere Theatre Festival and Anywhere Festival project.
CEO / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.
CREATIVE PRODUCER & GM
Alex brings a decade of experience in the arts to her role of producer and General Manager 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. She is also co-founder at Seeding Time Pictures, a film company dedicated to telling stories that matter. Alex is interested in ensuring artists profit from their efforts.
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).
In the 2014 Anywhere Festival, Ruby was also a key creative in Sarah Winter’s a library for the end of the world. Ruby’s other site-specific producing credits include co-founder and artistic director of In-House a month-long performance residency at Box Vintage, West End devoted to creating a new work each week and interrogating theatre making processes.
In 2013, Ruby worked with Vancouver site-specific company The Only Animal on Lord of the Flies, 2nd Story and Cedar Boardgame. Ruby has most recently been accepted into the Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Internship Program with whom she travelled to Japan to train and perform Crazy Camel with Butoh company Dairakudikan and master Akaji Maro.
Ruby is currently creating her own work, experimenting with intermedial design and spending her spare time in Brisbane’s nooks and crannies looking for new sites for the Brisbane 2015 Anywhere Festival.
UP YOUR ARTS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Honi Harrison is a theatre producer and cabaret performer with over eight years corporate Project Management experience.
No stranger to Anywhere Theatre Festival, in 2014 Honi was a Producing Partner & Director of Booby Trap’s “Forbidden Island; Adventures of the Glamazons”, a science fiction burlesque theatre show located in a restaurant. For 2013’s Anywhere Theatre Festival, she produced and directed “Burlesque Bordello”, located in a residential home. Honi knows the ins and outs of producing shows in unusual places.
“I am really excited about joining the ATF HQ team this year to share my experiences with fellow Producers”, says Honi.
“Anywhere Fest provides a supportive platform for budding producers, many creative productions for audiences and a smashing performance community. I cannot wait to assist with the growth of this artistic phenomenon.”
Honi possesses degrees in Bachelor of Business (Advertising & Marketing) and Bachelor of Creative Industries in Media Communication from QUT. Honi will be the primary contact for all Performer enquires, potential Partners and all those interested in embracing the Up Your Arts program.
DOUG BRIMBLECOMBE | CHAIR
Doug Brimblecombe’s (MIES, MLighting) 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 WICHT | TREASURER
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 ASTBURY | SECRETARY
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.
MICHELLE ANGLIN | DIRECTOR
As an executive member of the Transactions & Advisory team of a national law firm, Michelle specialises in advising both for-profit and not for profit companies, investor consortia, and entrepreneurs on strategic transactions, corporate governance, and risk management regimes across diverse industry sectors. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Queensland.
As Anywhere Theatre Festival continues to expand nationally, Michelle brings her legal expertise, together with her keen personal interest in the arts, to help drive best practice governance, and facilitate the success of Anywhere Theatre Festival as a vehicle for young entrepreneurs to fulfil their creative ambitions.
Michelle is passionate about empowering people to thrive. In addition to her role as a Director of Anywhere Theatre Festival Ltd, she is also actively involved with The Hunger Project, having been selected to participate in The Hunger Project Leadership & Immersion Programme in Ethiopia in 2015.