About Us

 

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 performance regardless of access to traditional theatre infrastructure.

Anywhere is for:

 

THE COMMUNITY

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.

EMERGING CREATORS

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.

LOCAL BUSINESS

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.

Checking out the 2015 Anywhere Program

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.

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.

In five years Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited has presented festivals in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales with over 1,300 performances to over 274,316 people.

We 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 and engaged instead of permitted to attend.

WATCH & LISTEN

MEET OUR TALENTED TEAM

Paul Osuch
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.

Ally McTavish
GM & Creative Producer

Ally 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 YWCA’s Queensland Leading Women. Ally 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.”

Ally 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. Ally is interested in ensuring artists profit from their efforts.

Ally on IMDb | Seeding Time Pictures

Our Expert Board

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Doug Brimblecombe
Board Chair
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Travis Clarke
Secretary
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Vera Ding
Director
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Howard Duggan
Director
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Michelle Anglin
Director
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Jeremy Wicht
Treasurer
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Helen Astbury
Director

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