P R O J E C T S
WOMEN IN THEATRE BRIDGE CLUB
MEETINGS FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE. IF THERE IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY THE MEETING IS USUALLY MOVED TO THE SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH.
WOMEN IN THEATRE BRIDGE CLUB
Women in Theatre Bridge Club has been created out of ‘Force of Circumstance’.
One fine day, Julia Rose Lewis, one of Brisbane’s playwrights (now living in Melbourne) and I met at Sol Bakery in West End to discuss how we can help create more visibility for Brisbane women artists. At the same time, Elise Grieg, a Brisbane mid-career actor/writer/producer, was having a similar idea. We all decided to create what we are now calling ‘the bridge club’.
We want to build staircases and bridges to ensure that Brisbane is led by women and others, as well as men. We are most impressed by the present leadership in our town and are keen to continue to grow the presence of women and others as we build a strong and sustainable future.
Since we began in 2015, things are shifting, and we are excited about this shift:
While he was artistic director of Queensland Theatre Company, Wesley Enoch began to change the culture of the theatre industry here in Brisbane,
and this was made clear when you read the sign outside of the building “The Greenhouse. our home”.
We now have artistic director Sam Strong and Executive Director Amanda Jolly continuing this cultural legacy as QT moves toward "leading from Queensland", embracing not only independent artists here in Brisbane, but also uniting us with some of the best Australian talents. Queensland Theatre is committed to bringing back artists who began their artistic careers in Brisbane. QT is also interested in developing and championing local works, such as The Longest Minute (Season 2018) which is a co-pro with Brisbane's oldest independent theatre, deBase Theatre Company and Jute Theatre Company and Belloo Creative, their resident theatre company, 2019. QT is also committed to gender parity, and for the last two seasons has achieved gender parity for directors and writers.
We have Todd Macdonald creating magic across the river and up the hill at La Boite Theatre. Todd and Executive Director Katherine Hoepper'sfocus is on diverse practice, providing a space for a wide range of stories from many different voices within our community. La Boite is also committed to creating gender parity, evidenced by 2018's season of women writers.
We have Creative Director and CEO Jo Thomas creating innovative changes at Metro Arts, with a strong focus on gender parity.
Things are changing. And we want to make sure that this change is good for everyone. As Tim Winton said in his presentation at Brisbane Powerhouse, March 2018, "I think we forget or simply don't notice the ways in which men, too, are shackled by misogyny. It narrows their lives. Distorts them. And that sort of damage radiates..."
The Women in Theatre Bridge Club is committed to widening everyone's opportunities, of enhancing everyone's life. And we believe that gender equity is the key.
The Bridge Club is a strengths-based organisation. We do not meet to complain or criticise. We meet to build, to connect and collaborate in order to inspire the women and others in our town to step up. To step out. To help develop equally gendered organisations that inspire the community, that help develop all the artists in this town.
Initially, the group was formed by invitation only. There was a reason for this. We needed to establish a strong core of mid-career women before we spread more widely into the community. We developed leadership skills by engaging in courses, guest speakers etc.
And now we have something of value to offer, we warmly welcome you to express interest in joining this strong group of dedicated artists who are committed to change.
We meet monthly at Queensland Theatre, the first Monday of every month unless it is a public holiday and then it is the following Monday.
You can go onto Facebook, find the page The Women in Theatre Bridge Club, and ask to join.
We look forward to hearing from you. Our only ask is that you share our values and commit to showing up. That is the beginning of a daily practice towards gender equity.
THE RE-ENCHANTMENT PROJECT:
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T H E R E - E N C H A N T M E N T P R O J E C T was part of 4change’s commitment as Company in Residence at Metro Arts in 2015 and 2016. During that time, 4change provided free counselling/coaching for Queensland artists.
Counselling and coaching sessions are still available at a reduced rate for artists. Margi's studio is in Pullenvale in the afternoons. The sessions are strengths-based and creative.
Margi prefers every client to have a creative practice or commit to creating a way of working that embraces art form of some kind.