Ian Lawson

Ian Lawson

Artistic Director/CEO

Ian Lawson is a multi award-winning Queensland based Director and Dramaturg who has had a focus on new Australian work for over two decades. As Artistic Director/CEO of Playlab Theatre, Ian has transformed the organisation into a progressive new-writing theatre, developing and directing the critically acclaimed Blue Bones, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek and Magpie. Ian has also worked for numerous other organisations including: Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, PWA, University of Queensland, JUTE Theatre, Griffith University, Zen Zen Zo and Screen Queensland. Ian was the Associate Director at La Boite (2002 – 2008), where he managed the Creative and Professional Development programs and directed numerous productions including My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, Urban Dingoes, The Pineapple Queen, The Danger Age and The Narcissist, which also had a season for the Sydney Theatre Company.


Kathryn Marquet

Kathryn Marquet

Literary Manager

Kathryn Marquet is an award-winning, multi-faceted artist and facilitator with a passion for saving the planet. Kathryn is an experienced dramaturg, having facilitated multiple playwriting programs for Playlab, including Incubator and Transmission, and regularly teaches playwriting across Australian universities. Kathryn’s dramaturgical credits include SHE (Indelibility) and Rising (Playlab Theatre). As a playwright, Kathryn’s published/produced plays include Dear Australia (Playwriting Australia), The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek (Playlab Theatre/La Boite), The Owl and the Pussycat (Little Match), The Secret Garden (Queensland Theatre Young Artists/Dead Puppet Society), Furious Creatures (QPDA/Playwriting Australia), and Pale Blue Dot (La Boite)As an actor, Kathryn has worked for Queensland Theatre, La Boite Theatre Company, Playlab Theatre, Bell Shakespeare and Elbow Room, to name a few. Kathryn was Emerging Artist at QT in 2009, Playwright in Residence at La Boite in 2013, and Playwright in Residence at Playlab in 2017. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from USQ, a post-graduate diploma in Writing, Editing and Publishing from UQ, a masters in Philosophy (creative writing) from UQ, and is currently completing her PhD at UQ in Creative Writing.


Madeleine Border

Madeleine Border

Program Associate

Madeleine Border is a Meanjin/Brisbane theatre maker, performer and writer. A voice that mixes political satire and quirky dialogue, she writes to provoke, intrigue and amuse. She was Playlab Theatre’s Young Playwright-in-Residence (2019), Backbone Youth Arts resident artist (2019), Express Media’s Left to Write Program participant (2020), Playlab Theatre commissioned writer for Rising (2021), Incubator Program participant (2021), Dead Puppet Society Academy Program participant (2022) and Assistant Director on Counterpilot’s Breaking (2022). Madeleine’s theatre collective, Yours Sincerely, creates experiential live theatre; Sometimes it’s Hot like the Sun (2018), This Fantastic Plastic Planet (2019) and Deep Breath In (2022). After doing a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Political Science, she completed her Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing at UQ in 2019.


Nicola Jones

Nicola Jones

Production Manager

Nicola Jones has a wide range of experiences working on both theatre and music projects, specialising across multiple roles in production, events and logistics. Nicola has enjoyed working with a number of organisations which include Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, QMF, World Science Festival, QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival, and Great Big Events. After moving to the United Kingdom, Nicola worked in London at Arcola Theatre and the children’s theatre, Unicorn Theatre. More recently Nicola has used her event management experience while working as an Event/ Volunteer Manager for Volunteering Queensland. Nicola loves working with different teams and the continued learning that comes within events, theatre and music.


Geoff Winter

Geoff Winter

Finance Officer

Geoffrey Winter holds a Bachelor of Commerce (UQ) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has spent time working in commerce, business services and tax and also spent several seasons working with the team at the Queensland Theatre Company. As the finance officer, Geoffrey thoroughly enjoys working with the talented and creative team at Playlab and always looks forward to the new works being nurtured and produced. Geoffrey also holds his Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) from the Queensland Conservatorium and has toured Australia as a performer in several national tours; The Rocky Horror show (GFO), The Bodyguard (GFO), Scooby Doo Warner Brothers (LifeLike Touring) to name a few.


Seán Dowling

Seán Dowling

Graphic Designer

Seán Dowling is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator who specialises arts organisations. A fixture in the Brisbane arts ecology for the last decade she designs for prominent local organisations such as Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Playlab Theatre, La Boite and Dead Puppet Society. As visual designer and illustrator Seán has been attached to numerous Counterpilot productions such Avoidable Perils (2020), Spectate (2017) and Crunch Time (2018) which was the winner of The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work.