Elise Greig is an actor/playwright/director who has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on four occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in Good Girls (Short Film Corner Cannes & New Filmmakers NY) and has three Goldie Awards for her voiceover work. As a playwright, Elise’s play Magpie was longlisted for the QPDA and in 2019 premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse in partnership with Playlab Theatre and Metro Arts. Elise’s most recent play Night Sky Over Our Town was developed through Qld Conservatorium Griffith University, a production she also directed, along with Buccino’s It’s Only Life and a celebration of Stephen Sondheim, Putting It Together. Acting credits include: The Clints Come Again Reunion Cabaret (regional tour and Redlands Performing Arts Centre), Anatomy (BC, EG, Big Scary Animals and Metro Arts), That’s What She Said (Metro Arts), The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars (QT Quality Time), Reagan Kelly (Rocket Boy), Poison and Swallow (Metro Arts and EG), Spring Awakening (Metro Arts and Underground), A Little Night Music (Brisbane Philharmonic), Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite/QBFM), The Spirit of The Land (La Boite), Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (La Boite/QPAC), Explosions (QTC), Summer Rain (QTC) and Modd Madame Butterfly (QTC). Elise has worked extensively in film and TV, appearing in over 30 TV commercials and most recently she played Ma Brown in Young Rock. Elise is currently the voice of Mrs. Kangaroo in Peppa Pig.
Kate Wilson Foy has been working professionally in the Australian theatre since 1972 and has appeared in more than 60 theatre productions as an actor.
Her most recent credits include roles in Death In a Statesman (Debase): Brutal Utopias (Playlab Theatre); Joe vs. Carole (NBC/Peacock); Do Us Part (The Red Room, Brisbane Festival), Daylight Saving (QT Playclub); That’s What She Said (The Good Room) and The Revisionist for Refraction Theatre (2020 Matilda Awards Nominee Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role). Kate is also a voice actor with most recent roles in Breaking and Adrift (Counterpilot) and 16 titles as Liz Gentle, audio-book narrator for Audible.
Kate also works as a Tour Leader for Academy Travel in Sydney, leading international tours that focus on theatre history.
Kate maintains a coaching and advisory consultancy as part of her private practice. She has served on arts-related boards and committees including as Board Member and Chairman at Queensland Theatre Company, Board Director at Empire Theatres (Toowoomba), and as a member of the Matilda Awards Judging Panel. She currently serves in various advocacy and advisory roles as a Director of Empire Theatres Foundation and Co-Chair of Playlab Theatre’s Management Committee.
Kate has an extensive production and teaching portfolio in university theatre programs including USQ, UNE, and Griffith University. She also maintains a private coaching practice and is an Associate Professor and occasional staff member at QAEMT (Queensland Academy of Excellence in Musical Theatre).
Kate holds a PhD in Theatre (UHM) an MLitt (Distinction) in dramatic literature, and BA (UNE).
In 2019, Kate was awarded the Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award by the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, Queensland.
Dr. Georgia Seffrin is a creative leadership consultant, specialising in developing dynamic facilitation services for individual clients across a diversity of professional sectors, including Education, Health, Corporate and Arts organisations. Georgia researches, designs, facilitates, and evaluates a breadth of work around Leadership, Strategic Planning, Coaching and Team Development. Her teaching style fuses her background in the arts and academia with the latest thinking in management theory, learning and neuroscience.
Previously she was the coordinator for the Masters’ Degree in Creative Industries, Arts Administration at QUT. Georgia has had a longstanding relationship with the University as tutor, lecturer, program coordinator and facilitator for over 25 years. As well as an academic profile, Georgia has significant experience in other areas: research, speech writing, arts administration at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, policy, and strategy writing across the tertiary, corporate and government sectors, including Arts Queensland and the Brisbane City Council. Her key areas of interest include developing leaders who fuse connectivity with creativity, effective communication and managing cultural change within organisations.
Georgia is committed to profiling the arts as key to a healthy, tolerant, and imaginative society, and she was a Board member and subsequent Chair of the Southern Cross Soloists chamber orchestra from 2013 – 2017 and is currently a board member of Playlab.
Oliver Samson is a multi-genre producer, performer and voice artist with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (2015).
Since graduating, he has experienced success as a performer locally, nationally, and internationally with credits including Underground Opera’s West End To Broadway, The Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Japan, and as a member of The Ten Tenors. Oli has since turned his focus to Australian premieres of original musicals, including Don’t Call Me Ishmael and Becoming Bill. He most recently appeared in The Head Bros. premiere production of new musical Hallmarked! in which he played legendary composer George Gershwin.
As a producer, Oli’s work spans both independent and public sectors. He worked on Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2018 (Programming Intern) and Queensland Music Festival 2019 (Project Coordinator). In the independent sector, he has produced William Hinz’s Genesis at Metro Arts in 2019, which was recently published by Australian Plays; and co-produced the Australian Premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist, which starred Kate Wilson and Michael Mandalios, and was directed by Caroline Dunphy.
Oli is committed to developing and expanding opportunities for intersectional theatremakers in Brisbane and Australia.
Sam Neill is a secondary drama teacher and Head of Department for The Arts at Education Queensland. He is the current Vice President of Communications and Regional Representative for Drama Queensland. After serving as a District Review Panellist for Drama, Sam has been appointed to various positions across the assessor roles within the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority, leading to a secondment working as a Principal Education Officer (The Arts) in 2021. His experience in curriculum leadership led to an appointment as a sessional academic for the Master of Teaching secondary course at Central Queensland University since 2017. Sam is currently a participant in a research project to advance his practice as a transdisciplinary, teacher-artist.
Paula Perkins is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years industry experience including Telecommunications, Professional Services and Not for Profits. As an experienced Financial Services Manager, she has a history of working with and leading large culturally diverse teams both domestically and internationally.
In her current role as the Manager of Finance and Reporting at Uniting Care Queensland, she leads a team of 25 accounting professionals delivering the accounting and regulatory requirements for very large and complex businesses including hospitals, aged care , lifeline and disability.
Paula is committed to using her professional qualifications and experience to give back to the community and is a passionate supporter of the Arts.
Triona Calimbayan-Giles is a proud Filipina-Australian artist, with a Bachelor of Acting with Distinction from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Triona was recently an Understudy and Director Observer for The Poison of Polygamy at La Boite Theatre, and is currently a Script Assessor for the Queensland Premier Drama Award for Queensland Theatre’s 2025 season. Triona is a fierce advocate for inclusivity, and how we can honour diverse voices in the arts, and has most recently founded mIxED Productions as Artistic Director, who strives to create opportunities for those from underrepresented backgrounds. mIxED productions opened their inaugural show of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons with a sold out season, for her first dual role as Director and Producer.
Peter Wood is a proud Queer, Indonesian-Australian actor and performance-maker. Peter recently understudied for THE POISON OF POLYGAMY with La Boite Theatre Company. They also directed and choreographed Bianca Zouppas in her one-woman show, KATRINA THE REAL WOG WIFE OF BRISBANE at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Notable credits include, GREASE (Millennial Productions), MAMMA MIA! (The Show Co.), AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS (Antipodes Theatre Company), SUNNY TRIBE DISTRICT (Robert the Cat/Metro Arts), TICK TICK BOOM (THAT Production Company), and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Altitude Theatre). Peter choreographed TICK, TICK, BOOM! which was nominated for Best Musical at the Matilda Awards in 2022. When they aren’t a Captain Starlight at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, they can be found writing one of their plays or teaching themself new choreography. From their work on screen to theatre, Peter aims to portray authentic queer and Asian-Australian characters in hopes to give voices to those like him.