Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Grey St & Melbourne St
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
+61 13 62 46
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is one of Australia’s leading centres for live performance. Public engagement and learning is central to our curatorial practice. At the heart of our programs is the desire to support audiences and communities to find out more about themselves, others and the world through art.
Our engagement and learning programs build context, provide information, interpretation, immersion, challenge and inspiration through performances, free outdoor programs, publications and digital communications. In essence, we continue and expand the conversation that artists start on our stages through a whole of life approach.
As the state performing arts centre we are focused on building diversity and access to art by expanding the reach of our programs through innovative production and delivery with an end goal to deepen arts literacy. We are committed to working with audiences and participants to create a shared expression of identity, place and ultimately a more democratic future for all.
Courses offered by Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Professor Judith McLean is the Chair of Arts Education at the Queensland University of Technology and Scholar in residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The role is a unique collaboration between the two entities and McLean’s role is to inspire and build points of connection in arts learning within arts and non-arts institutions and communities across Australia and internationally.McLean designed and currently leads the Australia Council’s Senior Leaders Program which is a twelve-month project where leaders from across the globe meet in different Australian regions building their own and their organisation’s capacity. Mclean’s areas of expertise include: arts practice, brain based learning, developmental and psychoanalytical theory, leadership studies and adult learning.She has led ground-breaking inroads as a teaching artist working in and across non-traditional sectors: health and engineering as well as a range of arts based programs/projects. The common thread operating across these disparate sectors over a 30-year career is an ability to re-purpose and transfer the knowledge and skills of the teaching artist’s practice to explore self-expression, identity and creativity in the workplace.
Rebecca is Director of Public Engagement and Learning at Queensland Performing Arts Centre. She leads a team of teaching artists, producers and arts managers to curate and deliver programs that build context, increase participation and support audiences and communities to make meaning through live performance. One of the key initiatives produced by the team is the internationally recognised Out of the Box Festival for Children under 8. Rebecca is also the Editor of QPAC’s Story magazine, a biannual publication featuring some of the world’s leading writers, artists and thinkers exploring ideas in art, performance, placemaking and learning. Over the last 20 years, Rebecca has worked with large and small arts organisations including performing arts centres, literary festivals, visual arts, youth programming and education, libraries and museums. Her work spans non-profit administration and leadership, strategic planning, critical analysis, conceptual development, research, consultation, programming and evaluation. She was the first Australian accepted as an International Fellow of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Originally training as a journalist at The University of Queensland, Rebecca has a Master of Arts in Cultural and Media Policy from Griffith University.
Brad Haseman worked for thirty years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he was Professor in Drama Education and held a range of senior leadership posts. He is a pioneer of drama in schools and arts education, and is known internationally as a teacher and workshop leader (Process Drama), arts researcher (Performative Research) and community engagement practitioner (Applied Theatre and Teaching Artistry). In recent years he has been an invited keynote speaker and workshop leader in the UK, Finland, the US, Australia and South Korea. Brad has contributed as a teacher, researcher and policy developer on all matters related to the field of teaching artistry. He has worked as a teaching artist in Papua New Guinea for a decade leading a team of teaching artists addressing sexual health education. He served as Chair of the Community Partnerships Committee of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2007 to 2011 and was actively involved in developing strategic priorities for Teaching Artists and Artist-in-Residence programs for Australian schools and communities. In 2014 Brad co-convened the second International Teaching Artist Conference in Brisbane Australia and is a member of the International Teaching Artist Collective which supports these biannual Teaching Artist Conferences.