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JO THOMAS

JO THOMAS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR + CEO

Jo has been CEO of Metro Arts since 2015 and recently has guided the organisation through a period of once-in-a-generation change redesigning the  business model and creating the Metro Arts Future Fund (MAFF) to sustain art and artists into the future.  For this work Jo was awarded the 2020 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year; as well as being the state winner of the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category. She has also won Awards for her work at Metro Arts including a Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2020) and the Palliative Care Queensland Award for Innovation in Community for Deathfest.

Jo’s previous experience is in programming, producing and performance, working on projects for Brisbane Festival, Brisbane’s contemporary circus company CIRCA, Queensland Music Festival and Bleach* Festival to name a few. Jo has also worked as a performer in film, television and theatre and toured locally and nationally with her works and was a 2012 recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship. She holds a Masters Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) from NIDA.

GENEVIEVE TRACE

GENEVIEVE TRACE

GENERAL MANAGER

Genevieve has been a staple feature of Metro Arts for the past 10 years, having worked with the organisation as an artist, producer, and on staff making coffees, selling tickets, in general administration and most recently in Partnerships and Development.  She is a QUT graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), and Master of Creative Industries (Arts Management and Creative Production).  Genevieve is passionate about the power of culture and creativity in society.  When she is not in residence at Metro Arts, you can find her hanging out with her beautiful family in rural Dayboro, including her partner, her daughter, her 2 rescue dogs and the family quarter horse, Rosie. 

YANETH BAUTISTA

YANETH BAUTISTA

FINANCE OFFICER

Yaneth began her career 14 years ago after graduating with honors as a Public Accountant; she migrated from Colombia in 2012. Yaneth joined Metro Arts in 2019, currently working as a Finance Officer and although she is new to the art industry, she has enjoyed and learned a lot during her time at Metro. For some people numbers do not sound interesting but she loves helping her colleagues to attain the goals of performance and exhibition seasons, even if she is being out of sight. When she is not keeping busy with accounting issues, she recharges herself spending quality time with her family; and counting the days down to have holidays back home. 

SHANI GOULD

SHANI GOULD

PROGRAMMING AND TICKETING ADMINISTRATOR

Starting at Metro Arts in 2016 as an intern, Shani has since held a variety of roles across marketing, producing and ticketing. In her current capacity she manages Metro Arts’ ticketing, produces a selection of Metro Arts’ theatre works, and undertakes some administration based tasks such as collating statistical data and feedback.

Shani has a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries from QUT (2016) and a Certificate III in Visual Communication (Photo Imaging) from the Design College Australia (2013).

DANIELLE CARNEY

DANIELLE CARNEY

PRODUCER

Danielle joined Metro Arts in early 2021 as Lead Producer for Performance. Prior to this, she has worked across Brisbane as an Independent Director and Producer of theatre, Events and Festivals.  Danielle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, a Diploma of Event Management, and five years of experience in the finance industry working as a team leader. With a passion for people management, creating immersive experiences and audience development, Danielle is committed to creating teams and work environments that facilitate meaningful collaboration. 

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-directs Kuiper Projects, a project-based Artist-Run-Initiative with a space in Brisbane’s CBD. Previously, Kyle, again alongside Simone, co-directed and co-founded 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, Eyeline, Dissect and Un Magazine. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Queensland.

JENNA GREEN

JENNA GREEN

PRODUCER AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Jenna is an arts producer with a background in visual art and architecture. In her role as producer, Jenna looks after visual art projects that sit outside the gallery, and as Development Coordinator, she assists with Metro Arts’ business development activities. Jenna loves supporting artists to realise their ideas and is equally interested in how arts organisations function and thrive. Prior to Metro Arts, Jenna was a Co-Director of people+artist+place, an arts initiative focused on temporary public art projects. She has previously worked for the Queensland Museum, UAP, Creativemove, and Positive Solutions. Jenna is currently studying a Masters of Business majoring in philanthropy and nonprofit studies.

NICK SEERY

NICK SEERY

VENUE MANAGER

Nick is an arts management practitioner, studying 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 and entertainment. 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.

TEEGAN KRANENBURG

TEEGAN KRANENBURG

VENUE AND TECHNICAL COORDINATOR

Teegan is a stage manager, technician, venue manager, and production manager who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre from Griffith University. She has been freelancing in Brisbane and beyond since 2014 across many disciplines, including festivals, theatre, dance, and circus. She is particularly interested in site-specific, immersive, gamified performance work and how these forms of performance change and challenge the technical process. Teegan has worked on many productions at Metro Arts over the years as a freelancer, and was wildly excited to join the Metro Arts team in 2021. In another life, Teegan could be found onstage herself, performing in a Big Band-era quartet as a vocalist. These days, when she isn’t coordinating venues, updating spreadsheets, or drinking too much coffee, she can be found scaling cliffs for fun.

RILEY TOWERS

RILEY TOWERS

DESIGN COORDINATOR

Riley is a maker, scavenger and all-round creative born and raised in Meanjin. She is a QUT graduate with a Bachelor of Interactive and Visual Design (Hons) and a passion for creative works that experiment with technology. She joined Metro Arts in 2021 as an emerging graphic designer, developing the visual identities for the Young Artist Forum, Mad Dance Festival and Restrung Festival. As a designer, she combines elements of her eclectic art-making practice with traditional principles of graphic design, resulting in a bold communication style that packs a punch.

PAULA ARAUJO

PAULA ARAUJO

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Paula is a marketer and storyteller passionate about fostering communities. She holds a BCA in Theatre from USQ, and postgraduate qualifications in Creative Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications from QUT (leveraging narratives is kind of her thing). In her role, she draws on previous work in social media and customer experience to build meaningful relationships. More than just being the human behind Metro’s DMs and getting bums in seats, she works to connect people and foster community in digital spaces.