WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Aidan Rowlingson, Courtney Coombs, Oliver Samson & Joseph Simons

Who’s behind the curtain? Meet the arts workers whose careers run parallel with artists, and discover the alternative career paths that are available to you within the sector. Learn how we come together to make art happen! Gain invaluable insight into the unique journeys of real artists and arts workers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines, who’ve gone through many steps to land where they are today.


2.30pm, Sun 11 Apr


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


60 mins


Aidan Rowlingson
Butchulla man Aidan Rowlingson is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and producer based on Jagera and Turrabal country in so-called Brisbane who interprets the world around him through acting, writing, visual art, and directing. Aidan creates and produces LGBTQIA+ First Nation performances and creative developments. Speaking to the many diverse voices within these proud communities. Through this work he has worked at a number of projects including The Lublys as part of the Queensland Performing Arts Centers Clancestry Festival and Sovereign-Tea as part of Digi Youth Arts Fri-Yayy online series. Growing up in regional Queensland Aidan learnt the importance of proud representation and the effect that art can have on a community in its connection to culture. Through his artistic practice he serves his community, taking and creating space for LGBTQI+ First Nation art that platforms our voice in our way.

Courtney Coombs
Courtney Coombs has dedicated themselves to working across several cultural sectors, including independent arts organisations, higher education, and community cultural development. Courtney is strongly committed to enriching partnerships between culture and community – promoting academic and artistic excellence and social equity through their work as an artist, academic, educator, artist, project manager, and advocate. Courtney was awarded a PhD in creative practice research in 2015 and has been the recipient of several competitive grants and awards.

Oliver Samson
Oli is a multi-genre producer, performer and voice artist. He has experienced success as a performer locally, nationally, and internationally with credits including Underground Opera’s West End To Broadway, The Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Japan, and as a member of The Ten Tenors. Locally, Oli has starred in many new Australian works including Don’t Call Me Ishmael, Becoming Bill and Hallmarked! As a producer, Oli’s work spans both independent and public sectors. He worked on Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2018 and Queensland Music Festival 2019. In the independent sector, he has produced William Hinz’s Genesis at Metro Arts in 2019, which was recently published by Australian Plays; and co-produced the Australian Premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist, which starred Kate Wilson and Michael Mandalios, and was directed by Caroline Dunphy. Oli is committed to developing and expanding opportunities for intersectional theatremakers in Brisbane and Australia.

Joseph Simons
Joseph Simons is a director and choreographer working in musical theatre, contemporary dance, ballet, opera and physical theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director of Altitude Theatre. Since winning Outstanding Emerging Artist at the Australian Dance Awards, Simons has toured extensively throughout USA, Australia, UK and Asia performing as a soloist for West Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Opera Australia, Force Majuere, Australian Dance Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre and The Production Company. Joseph was the recipient of the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship, sending him to Germany for residencies at Ufer Studios Berlin and the International Choreographic Laboratory in Frankfurt. His solo works First Things First and 100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale have both toured internationally. Most recently, Simons directed and choreographed The Producers at Brisbane Powerhouse.



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