STAFF

JO THOMAS

JO THOMAS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR + CEO

Jo has a long history with Metro Arts as a performance-maker and producer and now as Creative Director continues to champion the creation and presentation of new contemporary work.  She has a personal interest in new circus, dance and site-inspired works.  Jo oversees all programming (performance and exhibition) and the development and financial management of creative programs and initiatives. She also produces and curates select productions and microfestivals. In the last 5 years Jo has worked at Metro Arts as Executive Producer and Managing Producer (MAPS) where she was responsible for national and international touring and partnerships, managing and producing new Australian work and implementing a range of strategic initiatives. Her previous experience has been in programming, producing and performance.  As a Producer she has worked on projects for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Brisbane’s contemporary circus company CIRCA, the inaugural Brisbane Festival Theatre Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Qld Music Festival, Bleach* Festival, Actors Centre Australia, Empire Theatres Toowoomba and as an independent.  As a performer Jo has worked in film, television and theatre and toured locally and nationally with her works.  Jo was a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship; and one of only 5 Australian producers selected for the Asian Producer Platform – a 4-year initiative connecting producers from across Asia.  Jo is a graduate of both Queensland University of Technology and University of Southern Queensland and has recently completed the inaugural Masters Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA.

AMIDA CALLINICOS

AMIDA CALLINICOS

FINANCE OFFICER

As Metro Arts’ Administrator, Amida enjoys the human support element of administration and working behind the scenes in an iconic institute of Brisbane’s artscape. Like a bat in the night she does the things that you don’t see to enable our artists to present the raw, the amazing and electric; to hear those brave new voices that have something to say, all while supporting the sustainable future of Metro Arts…you’re welcome! Amida migrated from Zimbabwe at the age of seven and after extensive globetrotting still has wanderlust in her blood (which she now plays out vicariously through the arts.) She has a background in dance and fashion design, and for the last three years, community arts and cultural development administration. Her loves include writing, photography, vintage collecting, clothing design, illustration, installation art and performance that blurs the lines, and she is fascinated with contrast, juxtaposition – anything that stirs a little human emotion. Amida also has a thing for fringing.

GENEVIEVE TRACE

GENEVIEVE TRACE

DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER

Genevieve is currently the Development Coordinator at Metro Arts and a penultimate year Law Student at the Queensland University of Technology. Genevieve’s enthusiasm for the not-for-profit sector spans both the arts and the legal. Genevieve is a keen volunteer with local community legal clinics, and is passionate about supporting the development and sustainability of not-for-profits. In a former life Genevieve was a multidisciplinary contemporary performance maker holding a Bachelor of Creative Industries: Drama (QUT) and a Master of Creative Industries: Arts Management and Creative Production (QUT). Genevieve is a staple feature of Metro Arts, having been with the organisation since 2010 in varying capacities.
When she is not caffeinating at her desk, Genevieve is the proud mother of her 2 year-old daughter, 2 rescue dogs and a rescue horse named Bobby McGee.

KYLE WEISE

KYLE WEISE

CURATOR (EXHIBITION PROGRAM)

Kyle joined Metro in 2018, He is a writer and curator and, together with Simone Hine, co-founded and co-directed two Melbourne art galleries: the not-for-profit gallery Screen Space (2010-2016) and the commercial gallery Beam Contemporary (2010-2014). Screen Space was dedicated to screen-based practices, reflecting his interest in the moving image, across both art and cinema. He has curated or co-curated exhibitions in Italy, the USA and throughout Australia, and has written widely about contemporary Australian art, in catalogue essays and publications such as Millennium Film Journal, EyelineDissect and Un Magazine.Kyle is a graduate of the University of Queensland.

VERITY WOODFORD

VERITY WOODFORD

SENIOR PRODUCER

Verity is a very experienced Arts Producer and Event Manager who has been producing shows and events in Brisbane and Queensland for over 25 years. She has created some of Brisbane’s key signature outdoor events at South Bank attracting tens of thousands of general public.She managed UQ’s Centenary Celebrations, Brisbane Festival’s suburban program, Queensland Music Festival’s rural and remote shows working closely with communities whilst integrating international, national and local performers. Verity’s accomplishment in producing large indoor/outdoor events utilise her creativity, her recognised ability to work across cultures and organisations place her as one of Brisbane’s leading Producers in this field.
Verity is happily leading the performance program as Senior Producer at Metro Arts and in 2017 produced a very successful season of ‘He Dreamed a Train’’ and ‘Eve’ at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

MATT SEERY

MATT SEERY

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Matt is a director and producer of theatre, events and festivals working most frequently in Brisbane, with additional experience touring around Australia and internationally. Matt has collaborated with Dead Puppet Society, Imaginary Theatre, Motherboard Productions and Punchdrunk Enrichment (UK), as well as holding positions with La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Circa, Supercell Dance Festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane and World Science Festival Brisbane. Matt has formed a close, ever-evolving relationship with Metro Arts, having worked with the organisation as an independent artist in a variety of roles in recent years. These have included as Stage Manager (Awkward Conversation 2014), as Production Manager (Well, This Is Embarrassing 2015), as Director (ENGLAND by Tim Crouch 2017) and as Producer (Love Letters to Fuckbois 2018). Matt is thrilled to join Metro Arts as Associate Producer in 2018.
As an artist, Matt is particularly interested in highlighting the mechanics of theatrical experiences in order to leverage the uniquely metaphorical nature of live performance, pursuing a truthful and collaborative means of storytelling. Matt is also very interested in his tiny Staffy x Kelpie pup, George.

BRI ELLISON

BRI ELLISON

OPERATIONS OFFICER


Bri completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) at the Southbank Institute of Technology in 2015. The performing arts industry has been a passion for as long as she can remember, whether that be on stage performing, behind the scenes, or merely being an audience member. Bri is known around the Metro Arts building for her loud enthusiasm and continuous attempts to have a joke with anyone she approaches. She loves the Metro team for putting up with her sporadic fits of weirdness, and multiple failed efforts at doing anything right the first time round. Just like she always says, “If you have trouble remembering my name just think ‘It’s Brie – just like the cheese!’”

BELLA TEGGINS

BELLA TEGGINS

ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

After joining the Metro Arts team in early March 2018, Bella has adjusted well into her role as Administration Coordinator. A usual day in the office for her involves answering important emails and calls, covering the café staff’s breaks and doing jobs around the building – although a usual day in the office is never to be expected at 109 Edward Street! Bella’s quickly learnt that a creative and fun environment such as Metro Arts always has exciting things on for staff to get involved in. When she’s not in the office, Bella spends her time searching for singing gigs, op shopping, improving her painting skills and listening to music. Having just graduated from high school in 2017 with an immense interest in fashion, theatre, music and art, Bella is insanely excited to be part of Metro Arts!

OLIVIA DEAN-JONES

OLIVIA DEAN-JONES

FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT

Starting at Metro as a volunteer in early 2018, Olivia came on board as a member of staff in September of the same year.  She loves having the opportunity to be surrounded by creative and enthusiastic practitioners while working at Metro Arts. Olivia completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at QCA Griffith University and has also completed studies in Graphic Design. ­She likes to make things: earrings, drawings, sculptures, paintings, clothes, unusable furniture etc. She also occasionally sings in her dads cover band and often in her living room. She loves her three-legged cat Mulberry and gorgeous old rescue dog Phoebe very much

XANTHE PETERS

XANTHE PETERS

BARISTA

Xanthe started with Metro Arts in the espresso bar at the start of 2018. Xanthe has a study background in women’s health, lives with art in her heart daily and gigs and records with Brisbane band Star Slushy. 

EMMA BLACK

EMMA BLACK

BARISTA

Emma is an actor, director and producer of theatre originally hailing from the Gold Coast. When she isn’t making delicious coffee at metro arts espresso or new work with her company Share House Theatre Company she loves seeing live music and watching old school scary movies.

VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS

FOOD & BEVERAGE ATTENDANT


Volunteers:
 annually Metro Arts runs a Volunteer program, with 6-10 volunteers to assist with Box Office and Facilities duties.
Intern Team: the Business Operations Manager also has a team of 6 final year Entertainment Interns from QUT Creative Industries, the yearlong project takes many forms. The team has previously set up the Lumen Room Cinema, created a marketing plan for Metro Arts’ renovations and this year will be documenting all co-presented events.
Industry placements:Metro Arts also takes up to 4 industry placements annually, in previous years we have had Marketing, Facilities, and Programming Interns. For the first half of the year we had two Interns tackling Social Media. 
Overseas Placements: Metro Arts also takes on overseas placements, we have recently had an Intern from Japan within the facilities team for 6 weeks.