Dilshani Weerasinghe,  Angela Slater, Danielle Kellie, Aneke McCulloch, Sophia Hall, Joanne Currey, Katie Woods, Susan King, Wendy Mansell and Michael Adams

Watercooler Sessions

Before or after your pitch schedule a one-on-one chat with some of the industry's most knowledgeable professionals. Come prepared with a question, pick a topic and specialist and book yourself in for a 20 minute chat over the water cooler. Featuring experts in Philanthropy, Funding, Co-Investment Models, Budgeting, Education Packages, Touring NZ, Marketing and Publicity. These sessions will help you successfully manage getting your work out and about in Queensland and beyond.

Tuesday 2pm - 3.30pm Playhouse Lounge
Wednesday 11am - 12.40pm & 2pm - 3.30pm Playhouse Lounge


These sessions are designed for producers and will book out, so be sure to book your sessions before Showcase.

Philanthropy with Dilshani Weerasinghe, Queensland Ballet

Dilshani Weerasinghe is currently Executive Director at Queensland Ballet. She has held enabling positions in New Zealand, UK and in Australia at Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Powerhouse and Queensland Ballet. Dilshani has also held Directorships in various sectors including child safety, multicultural arts, broadcasting and international performing arts. Passionate about enabling growth of art, artists and audiences, Dilshani has been a part of the leadership team at Queensland Ballet that has driven a vision supporting agility on and off the stage, in artistic and business capability.

If philanthropy seems like a mystery to you, then bring your questions for Dilshani and you’ll be sure to leave this chat with a clearer understanding of what makes philanthropists tick.

Publicity with Angela Slater, QPAC

Angela Slater leads growth and innovation in QPAC’s communications area across publicity outcomes, strategic communications, as well as influencer and media engagement to broaden reach. Most recently, Angela has led the development and implementation of QPAC’s shareable content strategy – where all elements of communications are looked at through the lens of shareable content opportunities to combat the shift in the traditional media landscape. Early in 2018 Angela was promoted to the Director position and supports QPAC’s Executive Director Visitation (Marketing, Ticketing, Development) in leadership of QPAC’s Marketing Unit. With a vast background in tourism and major event marketing and sales, Angela has also contributed to QPAC’s tourism and distribution strategy, focused on increasing cultural tourism outcomes and growing QPAC’s reputation as a destination for live performance.

Make time to connect with Angela to figure out what interests media and how you can leverage your content in a changing media landscape.

Budgeting with Danielle Kellie, Circa

Danielle Kellie began her career as a Stage Manager and Production Manager freelancing for festivals and companies around Australia and overseas. She was the resident Stage Manager of the Queensland Ballet 1998 - 1999 and Opera Queensland 2003 - 2007. In 2010 Danielle commenced working at Circa moving into the Senior Producer role in 2011. Danielle produces Circa’s new creations as well as national and international touring, averaging 400 shows in 15 countries per year.

Dan’s impeccable budgeting talents mean she’s never blown a budget so schedule a chat with Dan to find out how to keep your budget spread sheets in check.

Creative Funding with Aneke McCulloch, Creative Partnerships Australia
Aneke McCulloch is the Australian Cultural Fund Manager at Creative Partnerships Australia. With broad practical experience gained from working with organisations such as Melbourne Fringe, National Institute of Circus Arts, Australian Film Institute, Auspicious Arts Projects, City of Melbourne, City of Darebin, City of Port Phillip, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Circus Oz, and as an independent producer with Seesault Projects which she co-founded in 2009, Aneke has worked with artists and organisations in all art forms to design and implement successful fundraising campaigns, helping creatives to build a network of ongoing support for their work, on all scales.

Schedule time with Anke to find out more!

Co-Investment Models with Sophia Hall, Queensland Theatre

Sophia Hall has held positions at Ten Days on the Island, Artsource, ScreenWest, PICA, Performing Lines and Tasdance. A WAAPA graduate, she has been a theatre artist and producer for more than 25 years, and was a founding member of award-winning company Last Seen Imagining, served as Director of Stages WA from 2002-2007, and has worked as a dramaturg across multiple artforms. She has served on a range of industry panels and recently joined the Board of Directors for Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre.

In her role at Queensland Theatre Sophia collaborates with companies to bring productions to life. Book in with Sophia for tips on finding the right partners, pitching your ideas and navigating the next steps.

Touring NZ with Louise Gallagher & Megan Peacock-Coyle, PANNZ

Louise Gallagher is the Executive Director for PANNZ (Performing Arts Network NZ) which delivers two business arms: Tour-Makers (national touring of NZ work) and the annual PANNZ Arts Market. Louise has over thirteen years of experience in Arts management, having worked with many high-profile companies and artists, as well as independently producing high quality NZ work.

Megan Peacock-Coyle is the PANNZ Chair and Manager of Hawkes Bay Arts Precinct and Opera House. Megan has a Masters of Theatre Arts from Victoria University and Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and has been a presenter Venue Manager for seven years working in three different regional theatres in NZ. 

Book in with Louise and Megan to see what makes New Zealand presenters tick and understand how to tour your work across the ditch!

Funding in the National Landscape with Sandy Collins, Australia Council for the Arts

Sandy Collins has worked as Business and Touring Manager for Bangarra Dance Theatre, Producer for version 1.0 and a partner in Lee Maverick Enterprises (a tour management, artist liaison, project management organisation).  She is currently the Outreach Manager and Pre-Applications at Australia Council for the Arts.

Talk to Sandy about getting to know and understand your project or tour in the context of the national funding landscape.

Touring Funding with Katie Woods & Susan King, Arts Queensland

Katie Woods has held a range of arts management roles in the university, government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK. She currently works in the Investment team at Arts Queensland across grant funding programs including the Playing Queensland Fund, the Queensland Arts Showcase Program, the Artist in Residence Program and the Individuals Fund.

Susan King has worked in program development and delivery across several Arts Queensland grant programs, including the Artist in Residence program and the Regional Arts Development Fund, and is now managing the Playing Queensland Fund.

Get a birds eye view of what AQ Funding might be available for your next tour. Book in with Katie and Susan to find out how to make your case for support.

Education Packages with Laura Bonner, Queensland Music Festival

Laura Bonner has over 10 years’ experience as an arts educator in both the state and independent sector. During this time, she worked extensively with both primary and high school students as a drama and dance teacher.  Her passion for arts accessibility and quality in arts education led her to join Queensland Music Festival as the manager of Youth Touring in 2017. Youth Touring continues to provide live theatre performances and workshops to school aged students throughout Queensland.

Laura can talk to you about QMF’s Youth Touring program, she knows what it takes to connect with teachers, students and schools. Make time to connect with Laura to work out how to crack education touring in Queensland.

Marketing with Michael Adams, Brisbane Festival

Michael Adams is Brisbane Festival’s Marketing and Communications Director. Michael has over 20 years’ experience as an arts marketer and communicator. Immediately prior to joining Brisbane Festival he spent 13 years directing the marketing, communications and innovation projects for Auckland Theatre Company as well as producing the Company’s national and international tours. Michael has frequently been called on to deliver talks at Creative New Zealand conferences and mentor other arts marketers and independent producers in New Zealand.

Book in to discuss your marketing quandary with Michael and you’ll be sure to leave with a creative solution to reach your audiences.

These sessions are designed for producers and will book out, so be sure to book your sessions before Showcase


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