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Chief Executive Officer & Artistic Director (Maternity Leave)
Zoe is an arts and cultural leader with over 10 years experience in strategic organisational development and audience engagement. As a senior manager and sector leader, Zoe has a strong track record in development and fundraising, creative production and stakeholder engagement.
For six-and-a-half years years Zoe lead the History Council of NSW, where she was responsible for connecting diverse audiences with history and heritage through a broad range of programming including the annual History Week, public lectures, seminars and innovative immersive events. More recently, as Head of Development at Sydney Living Museums, Zoe built a network of engaged supporters and lead growth of external revenue through strategic corporate partnerships, philanthropy and membership. Passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and effective relationships, Zoe is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Queensland arts and cultural sector.
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Ann McLean identifies first as a creative producer, working alongside individual creatives to achieve their goals. She drives the success of arts organisations, deftly managing people and projects, the results of which are felt long after they have been delivered.
Previously, as Executive Director of Ausdance Queensland, Ann’s role was that of business manager, enterprise developer and producer. As Topology’s General Manager, Ann shaped and repositioned the brand, and consolidated its touring programs. As Marketing Coordinator for Flying Arts, Ann strengthened her affinity for regional cultural communities.
In her element developing strategic partnerships, or working on new ideas with like-minded souls, Ann brings her love of the arts, a life-long commitment to her own practice, and the vision to believe in the value and impact that creatives bring about.
Guest Artistic Director
Carl is a media publisher, magazine editor, curator and a self-confessed optimist who is interested in ideas that change the world for the better. For more than 20 years Carl has supported and nurtured Brisbane’s growing creative, arts, design and cultural communities through his various roles with arts bodies.
In 1999 Carl created map magazine to foster positive media, culture, ideas, diversity, and among other things – encouraged people to chase their dreams. He was map magazine’s Managing Editor for 15 years and has interviewed and written articles on some of the world’s greatest thinkers, inspiring people and change-makers.
Carl also created the online lifestyle media site The Weekend Edition, the Brisbane Magazine, as well as ideas agency map creative, and was the founding partner, curator and co-host of TEDxBrisbane from its inception in 2009.
Tanya has over 15 years’ experience as an internationally performing artist in opera, chamber music, film and voice-over recording. She holds a double Masters degree in Music and Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was a Guildhall Artist Fellow. Prior to returning to Brisbane in 2012, Tanya was Personal Assistant to the Artistic Director and Education Project Manager for the Concordia Foundation, where she managed projects, international tours and children’s education programs operating in partnership with the Lord Mayor of the City of London producing creative initiatives in support of international diplomacy. Joining UPLIT in 2013, she became General Manager in 2016 and is a 2017 Future Leader with the Australia Council for the Arts.
Emily has extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector having spent over 11 years working in the creative industries. Passionate about building sustainable futures for arts organisations, her focus is on fostering strong stakeholder relationships to enable innovation and growth. Her areas of expertise include business development, fundraising and stakeholder engagement. Emily was the Development Executive at Brisbane Powerhouse before joining the Brisbane Writers Festival team as Development Manager in 2014. She is also a member of the Management Committee for Backbone Youth Arts. Emily holds Bachelor degrees in both Communication Studies and Dance, and a Masters degree in Communications with a specialisation in Journalism.
Cassandra has worked in marketing with various arts organisations in the past, including the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse and Crack Theatre Festival (TiNA). Cassandra has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Applied Theatre, and also has worked as a playwright, performer and producer. She currently also works as the Creative Producer of THAT Production Company, a theatre company based in Ipswich, having presented works for the Story Arts Festival Ipswich, Ipswich Festival, and Anywhere Theatre Festival, and at various venues across South East Queensland.
Head of Production
Bill’s extensive experience in the arts and events industry spans 25 years, both on and off the stage. Most recently as Production Manager at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Bill delivered events for the Myriad Festival for tech and innovation, Queensland Ballet, the Powerhouse Writers+Ideas program, and the Brisbane Festival. He was a songwriter for internationally touring Queensland electronic artists Soma Rasa, and co-produced an extensive recording catalogue. Joining the UPLIT team in 2017, Bill will drive an enhanced event experience for our communities, through the creative use of technology vision, light and sound.
Children & Young Adult Programs Coordinator
Ella has been working with young people for the past fourteen years, including six years as a teacher with Education Queensland. She has also worked with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and as an Education Resource Writer for Queensland Theatre Company. Ella enjoys all art forms and has produced work as a writer, director, performer, and artist. She holds degrees in Creative Industries and Education.