A new artistic era in Australia

 

​​​​Earlier this year BGS Old Boy '93 Marcel Dorney was named in a ground-breaking National Artistic Team by the Queensland Theatre Company.

The Australian-first program sees Dorney and nine other leading artists working with QTC Artistic Director Sam Strong, in dissolving borders to create an exchange between the best of Queensland and the rest of the country.

Featuring a line-up of artists from a deliberately diverse mix of disciplines, the team has representatives in Brisbane, the Torres Strait, Sydney and Melbourne, and includes actors, writers, directors, designers, dramaturges, devisors, programmers and provocateurs.

After graduating from BGS, Dorney went on to become an award-winning playwright and director, and brings a wealth of experience to the National Artistic Team. He is a founding member and the current artistic director of Melbourne-based performance company, Elbow Room.

A number of his works have been commissioned and developed by QTC and other major theatre companies across the country. He has studied in St Petersburg in Russia on a Lord Mayor's Fellowship, and he has a Masters in Performance Creation from the University of Melbourne.

The unique National Artistic Team comprises 60% women, 30% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and 70% Queenslanders.

According to Strong, the team forms the “brains and hearts thinking about what Australian theatre needs, and sharing their intense passion for its magic".​​

​Click here ​to read more about the National Artistic Team. Read more about Elbow Room here​.