Louise Bezzina, Sanja Simic, Zohar Spatz and Katherine Quigley


Mapping our Audiences

These two sessions (at the beginning and conclusion of Showcase) will bring us together to understand where our current audiences are and how we might want to develop them in the future. They will be fun, powered by our brains, leaning on the more instinctual and aspirational (with a little bit of physical thrown in to get the body moving and the mind inspired). Come armed with what you know about your venue and your work. Remember to check in on your venue or production listing on the arTour website to back up your mapping. Featuring a powerhouse of Queensland facilitators; Louise Bezzina, Sanja Simic, Zohar Spatz and Katherine Quigley, in these sessions you will discover programming allies, production alignment, and future strategic partners.

The Here and Now: Tuesday 11am - 12pm

Who, where, why and when are audiences attending? Using a combination of data and shared knowledge this interactive discussion will map our understanding of who our audiences are across regional Queensland.

The Close By: Wednesday 4pm – 5pm

Looking to the near future - who do we want to attend? Where should they gather? Why should they gather? When should they gather? Using a combination of what we know now and how we might support getting our great stories on our stages.


Louise Bezzina is the inaugural director and creator of Bleach* Festival, and has produced and commissioned over 40 new contemporary site-specific works as part of Bleach* Festival across all art forms and scales, including the 2018 Helpmann-Award winning TIDE by the Farm.. In her role as Artistic Director for Bleach*, Louise was part of the Creative Lead team for Festival 2018, part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program. In 2016 Louise was awarded Business Woman of the Year for Arts and Culture for the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards and Cultural Achievement award for International Women’s Day.

Sanja Simic is currently the Creative Producer at La Boite Theatre Company, where she has worked across numerous projects including the programming and delivery of consecutive HWY festivals, the Sydney season of Michelle Law’s Single Asian Female (2018), the national tour of Future D Fidel’s Prize Fighter (2018), and multiple seasons of The Village (2017, 2018). Sanja has created work for La Boite, Tamarama Rock Surfers, PACT Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Griffin Theatre Company, Merrigong Theatre Company, Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, NovemberISM, and Shopfront Theatre. Her most recent theatre directing includes Claire Christian’s Lysa & The Freeborn Dames for La Boite’s 2018 Season and Bodysnatchers’ production of Mark Rogers’ Plastic for Old 505’s 2017 Season.

Zohar Spatz has an extensive background in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector including project management and cross-cultural development. Prior to becoming the Horizon Festival Director she led the Brisbane editions of the Australian Performing Arts Market (2014 – 2018), and was responsible for the executive leadership and strategic planning of APAM to increase the international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing artists and companies. Included in her substantial working background is a highly developed operations and logistics expertise.

Katherine Quigley is the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts. A scholarship recipient and graduate of NIDA’s inaugural cohort, Masters of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership, Katherine specialises in producing collaborative, experimental multi-arts and cultural experiences. Her career spans 15 years as a producer of multi-arts festivals, events, exhibitions, theatre and circus working for; Maerz Muzik Berlin, Queensland Music Festival, QPAC, State Library of Queensland, Artworkers Alliance, The Danger Ensemble, Company 2, Flipside Circus, Youth Arts Queensland, Straight Out of Brisbane, Contact Inc, Black Drum Productions, Ausdance Queensland, Vibewire, Backbone’s 2high Festival, Lucks, Lightbox Studio and Artslink.