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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

(Currently on Maternity Leave)
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.

Celestine Doyle

Celestine Doyle

DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Celestine Doyle has more than 30 years’ experience in development, fundraising, marketing, communications and leadership roles across the arts and creative sectors, including with Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria and as a consultant. She is a Professional Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA), and a Director of Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&G QLD) Board.

GENEVIEVE TRACE

GENEVIEVE TRACE

PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER

Genevieve is currently the Partnerships Officer 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.

MATT SEERY

MATT SEERY

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.

NICK SEERY

NICK SEERY

VENUE & TECHNICAL MANAGER

Nick is an arts management practitioner and producer, currently completing his studies of Technical Production at QUT. While much of his work falls within theatre, he has also worked across dance, music, circus, large-scale entertainment, precincts and public art. Nick has previously served as the Festival Director of the Festival of Australian Student Theatre, fueling his interest in festival-format events. He has also worked on a number of Metro Arts micro-festivals and takeovers, including Deathfest, Deathfest 2.0 and (The View) From Here. While Nick’s training has provided him experience in many facets of live performance and entertainment, his primary focus lies within arts and production management. Within the production arts, Nick is passionate about the exploration of performance in unconventional spaces and the orchestration, flux in dynamics and interactions between performance and audience.

VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS


Volunteers:
 annually Metro Arts runs a Volunteer program, with 6-10 volunteers to assist with Box Office and Facilities duties.
Industry placements: Metro Arts also takes up to 4 industry placements annually, in previous years we have had Marketing, Facilities, Programming  and Development Interns.