If you didn’t get to join the Queensland Touring Showcase live on 12 & 14 October, but have heard how great the sessions were, you can watch them here. 

Join us for a celebration of performing arts in Queensland. Connect with artists, producers, venues and key industry players from across our State’s touring network to exchange ideas and discover new and exciting touring opportunities!

Monday 12 October
Session 1: 1000 – 1100

Queensland – Our State of Play 

To open Queensland Touring Showcase 2020, we’ll hear from a cross section of Presenters to find out where they’re at today, how they’re moving forward and what their hopes and dreams are for future programs.

Joining us in person to give an insight into their different programming processes, what they program, timelines, programming budgets (or lack of!) and how shows are funded are:

Guest speakers:

Session 2: 1130 – 1230 

Festivals in Focus:  Programming and delivering COVID-safe festivals

Find out how Festival teams have adapted and delivered their festival programs during this pandemic. Hear about their trials and tribulations, what worked and didn’t work and learnings for future festivals. 


Chaired by Katrina Torenbeek – Program & Technical Director, Queensland Music Festival

Wednesday 14 October
Session 3: 1000 – 1100

Getting in on the ground floor: Commissioning new work 

Ever wondered why some presenters choose to commission new work rather than just buying a season? What are the benefits? What are the different models for partnering to make a new work? How much would you need to invest? What are the pitfalls to watch out for? Join a panel of presenters and producers experienced at doing this, and find out all the ins and outs of commissioning new work.


Chaired by Simon Hinton – Artistic Director/CEO, Merrigong Theatre

  • Rod Ainsworth – Manager - Arts & Cultural Services, Bundaberg Regional Council
  • John Glenn – Director - Programming, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • David Morton - Creative Director, Dead Puppet Society
  • Nicholas Paine – Executive Producer, Dead Puppet Society
  • Hillary Coyne – Executive Director/Co-CEO, Dancenorth

Session 4: 1130 – 1230

Access on tour: Programming accessible work by, with, and for people living with disability

Touring is critical to increasing profile, professional opportunities, and access to the performing arts industry for artists with disabilities, increasing access to relevant, entertaining, and accessible work for audiences with disabilities, and ensuring engagement with the wider community for producers and venues. Successful touring does, however, require attention to the full spectrum of logistical, social, and aesthetic access requirements that need to be addressed to ensure artists and audiences with disabilities feel welcome in a venue. In this panel, theatre performers, directors, and producers will discuss their experience of touring, and how to create the best possible experience for artists and audiences, throughout the entire span of the touring experience, from contracting, through presentation, to evaluation of tour outcomes.


Chaired by Bree Hadley - Author and Associate Professor in Performance Studies, Queensland University of Technology

Session 5: 1300 – 1400

Blak is the new black: why program First Nations work?

In conversation with leading producers, directors, writers and arts managers, Wesley Enoch AM will lead a discussion about the growing appetite for First Nations programming and how we can bridge the great divide between artist, venue and audience.  


Chaired by Wesley Enoch AM – Artistic Director, Sydney Festival

  • John Harvey – Writer, director and producer, Brown Cab Productions 
  • Pauline Lampton – Artistic Director, Miriki Performing Arts & Programs Coordinator, Nintiringanyi Cultural Training Centre
  • Nadine McDonald-Dowd – Executive Producer for Public Engagement and Learning, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Guest Speaker:

  • Suellen Maunder – Artistic Director / Chief Executive Officer, JUTE Theatre Company

Monday 19 October
Session 6: 1000 – 1130

Company updates #1

Session 7: 1230 – 1400

Showcase pitches #1




Wednesday 21 October
Session 8: 1000 – 1130

Company updates #2

Session 9: 1230 – 1400

Showcase pitches #2



We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy.

The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland.

Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgement of Country

Photo: Queensland Tourism